Priority Pass Adds Restaurants In Lima & Sao Paulo

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Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars join Priority Pass. The concept is that at some airports Priority Pass has a tough time striking a deal with a major lounge due to crowding issues, so when that’s not possible, they instead work with a restaurant. We even see this sometimes at airports where Priority Pass does have lounges, but they’re just overcrowded.

Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so instead Priority Pass is just paying these restaurants a fixed amount, and then you can spend some dollar amount at that restaurant (typically $28-30). So far in the US, Priority Pass restaurants & bars include the following:

There are also some Priority Pass restaurants outside the US (I’ve written about my experiences with the ones in Sydney and Singapore), though it seems to me like most of the new ones are here in the US.

Priority Pass has recently added four additional restaurants — two in both Lima and Sao Paulo.

At both airports they added a Bleriot Bar & Lounge as well as La Bonbonniere. It’s interesting to see them add the same two restaurants at both airports. As they describe it:

  • Bleriot Bar & Lounge offers an assortment of international cocktails and local influence, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • La Bonbonniere is an all-day Peruvian restaurant that offers an international menu blended with local cuisine

As far as these lounge locations go:

  • In Lima both lounges are past passport control near gate 24
  • In Sao Paulo there’s one located in Terminal 2, and one in Terminal 3, so that gives passengers access to more options

Priority Pass members will be entitled to $27 worth of food & drinks per person at all of these restaurants. That’s interesting, since it’s $1 lower than the credit at most other Priority Pass restaurants, which is $28. A same day boarding pass is required to use the credit at the restaurants.

The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $27 credit, and that credit can’t be applied towards gratuity (which I think is appropriate in the US, but outside the US there’s not as much of a need to tip).

As a reminder, the following are some of the popular US credit cards that come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges):

Card# Of Guests Who Get Free AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
The Platinum Card® from American Express2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express2Yes$300 Per Person
Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card2Yes$75 Per Person

Bottom line

Getting four additional Priority Pass restaurants is a nice development, especially for those who frequently travel through South America. If I’m actually wanting to eat during a layover, I’ll take a Priority Pass restaurant over a Priority Pass lounge any day of the week.

Has anyone checked out these new Priority Pass restaurants in Lima or Sao Paulo yet, or plan on doing so soon?

(Tip of the hat to Doctor of Credit)

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Comments

  1. Went to Bleriot in Lima. It was 5 in the morning, so just grabbed a couple baked things to go (it’s really little more than a counter anyway), but it was super easy and uncomplicated. Lima has a pretty solid set of options – as Priority Pass lounges go, the Sumaq was above average (ok, I mostly liked it because it had a fresh orange juice squeezer).

  2. Just passed through LIM on Tuesday. No lounge access there for Avianca J pax, no contract lounge for United Club members, and a paucity of space in the Sumaq lounge which we were able to access on my Priority Pass. We ended up sitting outside as there was not a single seat available inside. Looking forward to trying one of these places in LIM next week when we head back home to the US.

    Are we sure that this deal is active right now, or is there a future start date?

  3. Ben,

    It is worth nothing that the “La Bonbonniere” in GRU is actually located outside the secure zone, just to the left of LATAM’s Domestic check-in positions in Terminal 2.

    It is solid, but nothing to write home about.

  4. I went to La Bombonierre in GRU twice in June. It’s LANDSIDE in Terminal 2 (mostly domestic). They didn’t check for boarding passes; secret – some of us weren’t flying.

  5. Will try out in LIM next week. Question is if I use the $27 option in the restaurant can i still enter the Priority Lounge with my card ?

  6. La Bonbonniere in Lima has been on priority pass since at least May as I used it then. Also the bar that sits right across from it.

  7. Doesn’t GRU have the Star Alliance lounge for Priority Pass? How do the new restaurants compare to the *A lounge?

  8. @ chub — I think it all depends whether you’re looking to eat or relax. Generally a restaurant is still going to be better for food, though there’s no reason you can’t check them both out!

  9. I have used La bombonniere Lima voucher many times. The restaurant is very good (as its other branches in Lima), only it is small and crowded. Food very good however at “airport prices” (~15usd a sandwich). Last time I was flying Lima-GRU and actually I used a voucher in Lima and other one in Sao Paulo (arriving next morning so different day)

  10. I have visited all 4 Priority Pass lounges in Lima in the past month. The Domestic lounge is horrible. (if you are connecting on to Cusco). On the other side the Intl lounge (if you are connecting to anywhere outside of Peru) is pretty good but can get crowded. Then the 2 restaurants are right across from each other in the Intl area and are OK.
    We had a 4 hour layover connecting onto Cusco and we were not able to enter the Intl area upon arrival at all so we got stuck for 4 hours in the cruddy domestic lounge.
    https://truptravels.com/2018/06/10/10-lounge-visits-for-our-family-in-12-days-and-my-135-mistake/

  11. I went to the location in LIM back in May that is essentially a bar. As reported above, the Sumaq lounge had a 2 hour wait at LIM’s busy late night transfer time (2200?), but the PP bar was empty. The card was accepted without any question, but don’t expect anything close to Peruvian prices.

    I think a 330mL Cusquena was USD7, pisco sours were around USD10. I can’t recall food prices, but I wouldn’t expect too much. Your $27 is essentially buying you 2-3 drinks. Though for a short connection on my way down to EZE it was a great pit stop.

  12. This is definitely good news for LIM. As SUMAQ is the only lounge in the international section right now, it is super packed during the rush hours. People need to wait like 20-30 min on average before moving into the lounge.

  13. In GRU its much better to stick with the lounges. The food there is abundant, with a variety of options.

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