Priority Pass Restaurants Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Priority Pass Restaurants Guide: Everything You Need To Know

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A long time ago I wrote a guide about Priority Pass restaurants in the US. I wanted to publish an updated version of that, given what has changed with the program over the past couple of years, the restaurants that have been added and taken away, etc.

In this post I wanted to provide a consolidated, updated look at how US Priority Pass restaurants work, along with providing a table that lists all of the US Priority Pass restaurant locations.

What is Priority Pass?

Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,300 lounges around the world. Priority Pass isn’t directly affiliated with any airline, and a majority of their member lounges are independent, and not run by airlines (though there are exceptions).

In general there are two ways to get a Priority Pass membership. You can either buy a membership directly, or you can often get a membership through a premium credit card. In the US a vast majority of people get a membership through the latter method.

As I’ll explain below, how you attain your membership could impact the benefits associated with it.

Which credit cards come with a Priority Pass membership?

In the US the following are some of the most popular credit cards to come with Priority Pass memberships, along with their guesting privileges:

2 guests, plus authorized users $75 per authorized user
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
2 guests, plus authorized users $175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional (Rates & Fees)
The Platinum Card® from American Express
2 guests, plus authorized users $300 per authorized user (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum Card from American ExpressThe Business Platinum Card® from American Express
2 guests No authorized user access
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
2 guests No authorized user access
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

Note that while all of those cards offer Priority Pass benefits, since August 2019, Priority Pass cards issued through American Express don’t offer any credits at Priority Pass restaurants, but do still offer access to Priority Pass lounges.

While this was never officially stated, my guess is that this was an attempt for them to control costs associated with the Priority Pass benefit. As of now, Chase and Citi cards continue to offer Priority Pass restaurant credits through their cards.

For Priority Pass restaurant credits, I tend to think that the Chase Sapphire Reserve® (review) continues to be the all around best option.

What are Priority Pass restaurants?

A vast majority of Priority Pass locations are actual airport lounges, which feature plenty of seating, complimentary snacks and drinks, and sometimes shower.


Quito Airport Lounge, which is “traditional” and accessible by Priority Pass members

However, in some cases Priority Pass has a hard time striking deals with airport lounges. This is especially true in terminals that are largely occupied by one of the “big three” US airlines.

American, Delta, and United all don’t allow any of their lounges to participate in Priority Pass (since they view Priority Pass as competition to their own lounge memberships).

In these cases Priority Pass has gotten creative, and they’ve partnered with some restaurants. The intention is that Priority Pass ordinarily pays lounges a certain amount for every guest who visits, so instead Priority Pass pays restaurants a certain amount for every guest who visits, and then guests get a credit for a certain amount that they can spend at that restaurant.

As a general rule of thumb, restaurants are reimbursed about ~80-90% of the credit amount, so if you get a $28 credit you can expect the restaurant is getting about $23 of that (they’re giving the discount due to the volume of business they’re getting from this).

Lunch at Viena Restaurant at Miami Airport

Which US airport restaurants participate in Priority Pass?

As of now there are well over two dozen US airport restaurants that participate in Priority Pass. Here’s a chart showing the current restaurants, sorted by airport code:

Restaurant
Airport
Terminal / Location
BOS – Boston, MA
Terminal C – Landside – before Security
BOS – Boston, MA
Terminal B – Airside – opposite Gate B24
CLE – Cleveland, OH
Concourse C – Airside – between Gates C4 and C6
DCA – Washington, DC
Terminal C – Airside – near Gates 35-45
DCA – Washington, DC
Terminal B – Airside – opposite Gate 12
IAD – Dulles, VA
Concourse C – Airside – near Gate C14
IAH – Houston, TX
Terminal A – Airside – near Gate A17
IAH – Houston, TX
Terminal C – Airside – near Gate C42
IND – Indianapolis, IN
Concourse B – Airside – near Gate B17
JFK – New York, NY
Terminal 8 – Airside – opposite Gate 14
LAX – Los Angeles, CA
Terminal 6 – Airside – opposite Gate 11B
LAX – Los Angeles, CA
Terminal 1 – Airside – between Gate 65A & 65B
LEX – Lexington, KY
Airside – next to Concourse B entrance
MIA – Miami, FL
Concourse D – Airside – between Gates D23 and D24
PDX – Portland, OR
Airside – Concourse C immediately after Security on the left-hand side
PDX – Portland, OR
Airside – Concourse C near Gate C6
SEA – Seattle, WA
Airside – North Satellite
SEA – Seattle, WA
Airside – Central Terminal
SFO – San Francisco, CA
Terminal 3 – Airside – Concourse F, near Gate 82
SFO – San Francisco, CA
Terminal 3 – Airside – Concourse F, near Gate 72
STL – St Louis, MO
Terminal 1 – Landside – lower level near Baggage Claim
STL – St Louis, MO
Terminal 2 – Airside – Upper level, opposite Gate E6
SYR – Syracuse, NY
North Concourse B – Airside – Airside Connector
TPA – Tampa, FL
Concourse F Airside – by Gate F85
TUS – Tuscon, AZ
Landside – 2nd Floor, opposite the ‘Arroyo Trading Post’
Enjoy these Priority Pass Restaurants at US Airports

What international airport restaurants participate in Priority Pass?

You can use your Priority Pass membership outside the US as well, though I usually prefer a premium international lounge to a restaurant on those itineraries. Here’s the current list of airport restaurants outside the US that accept Priority Pass:

Restaurant
Airport
Terminal / Location
EZE – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Terminal B – Airside – Between Gates 7 and 8
BNE – Brisbane, Australia
Domestic Terminal (Qantas Satellite) – Airside – Near Gates 16 and 21
BNE – Brisbane, Australia

Domestic Terminal – Airside – Opposite Gate 40 (domestic flights only)
BNE – Brisbane, Australia
International Terminal – Landside – Food court
CBR – Canberra, Australia

Main Terminal – Airside – After security check
CBR – Canberra, Australia

Main Terminal – Airside – After security check
OOL – Gold Coast, Australia
Main Terminal – Airside – Near Gate 5
MEL – Melbourne, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Opposite Gate 4 (international flights only)
MEL – Melbourne, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Near luxury retail area
MEL – Melbourne, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Opposite Gates 10 and 15 (international flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 1 – Airside – Near Gate 10 (international flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 1 – Landside – Food court
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 1 – Landside – Food court
SYD – Sydney, Australia

Terminal 1 – Airside – Near Gate 56 (international flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Food court (domestic flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 2 – Airside – Near Gate 32 (domestic flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 3 – Airside – Near Gate 3 (domestic flights only)
SYD – Sydney, Australia
Terminal 3 – Airside – Food court
GRU – São Paulo, Brazil
Terminal 3 – Airside – Near Gates 301 to 304 (international flights only)
GRU – São Paulo, Brazil
Terminal 3 – Airside – After passport control in the transit area (international flights departing from Terminal 2 and 3 or in-transit passengers only)
YUL – Montréal, Canada

Main Terminal – Airside – Near Gate 48 (Canadian domestic flights only)
YUL – Montréal, Canada
Main Terminal – Airside – Near Gate 77 (US transborder flights only)
YUL – Montréal, Canada
Main Terminal – Airside – Near Gate 3 (Canadian domestic flights only)
CAN – Guangzhou, China
Terminal 1 – Airside of domestic departures – Near Gate B234
CAN – Guangzhou, China
Terminal 1 – Airside of domestic departures – Near Gate B213
CAN – Guangzhou, China
Terminal 2 – Airside of domestic departures – Near security check 48 on 3rd floor
CAN – Guangzhou, China
Terminal 2 – Airside of domestic departures – After security check area B
IXC – Chandigarh, India
Domestic Terminal – Airside – Near food court area
IXC – Chandigarh, India
International Terminal – Airside – Near food court area
CJB – Coimbatore, India
Main Terminal – Airside of domestic departures – After security check
KIX – Osaka, Japan
Terminal 1 – Landside – 3rd Floor (passengers with departing flights only)
LGW – London, United Kingdom
South Terminal – Airside – One level up from shopping concourse
Enjoy these Priority Pass Restaurants at International Airports

How much credit do you get at Priority Pass restaurants?

When you visit Priority Pass restaurants you get a certain dollar credit. A vast majority of Priority Pass restaurants offer you a $28 credit per person, while a couple of restaurants give you a $30 credit. You’ll want to check the restaurant you plan on visiting on the Priority Pass website to see the exact terms.

Note that the credit is per person, so if you have a Priority Pass membership that allows guesting privileges and offers credits at Priority Pass restaurants, you can multiply the credit by how many guests you have.

If you’re traveling alone you’re limited to the credit for one person, so it’s not like you can use multiple credits for yourself.


Breakfast at Cafe by Mise en Place at Tampa Airport

Priority Pass Restaurant Menus

Below you will find a list of the menus for each restaurant that participates in Priority Pass.

How many guests can you bring into Priority Pass restaurants?

There are two factors that determine for how many guests you can receive a credit at a Priority Pass restaurant:

  • Your specific membership only allows a certain number of complimentary guests (for most US issued credit cards, that number is two guests, not including the cardholder)
  • Some Priority Pass restaurants have specific restrictions about how many guests you can bring in; for many US Priority Pass restaurants you’re limited to one or two guests

US Priority Pass restaurants are pretty evenly split when it comes to their rules for guests, so check the Priority Pass website for the specific location to see how many guests you can bring.

Can you use your Priority Pass restaurant on arrival or only on departure?

All US Priority Pass restaurants require you to show a boarding pass for confirmed same day travel. Some restaurants require that you have an outbound boarding pass (meaning that you’re there before your flight), while other restaurants don’t have such a requirement.

You can visit many Priority Pass restaurants even upon arrival of your flight.

Can you visit multiple Priority Pass restaurants at the same airport?

Generally speaking, yes. For example, Miami Airport has three Priority Pass restaurants, and you could visit them all back-to-back if you wanted to.

When should you present your card at Priority Pass restaurants?

The etiquette for this varies by restaurant. Some restaurants swipe your card upfront, while others only charge it upon the conclusion of the meal.

My strategy is to just ask the host when I’m seated if they need my card then or only want it later. I find that most locations just swipe your card at the end of the meal, though some swipe it at the beginning.

For those that swipe it at the end, when it comes time for the check, just let your server know that you’ll be paying with Priority Pass.

They should then bring over a machine where they’ll swipe your card, you’ll sign, and then you’ll be given a receipt (if you want it).

If you charge more than the Priority Pass credit amount then you’ll be brought a bill for the balance.

Should you tip when eating at a Priority Pass restaurant?

Priority Pass acts as a form of payment when dining at a Priority Pass restaurant, so it’s no different than a gift card, for example. Personally I’d recommend tipping on the full amount just as you would if usually dining at an airport restaurant.

I’d note that the one exception to this is Corona Beach House at Miami Airport. They automatically build in an 18% gratuity, so there’s no need to tip beyond that.

I’d love to see more restaurants adopt this policy, but I wouldn’t count on it happening. In the meantime I certainly don’t want servers to lose out because of what’s a very generous benefit.

I always make sure I can tip in cash, because if I stay under the credit amount they sometimes can’t run credit card transactions just for tips (though if you go over your credit amount then you can just add your tip to the card you use to pay for the overage).

Are there other Priority Pass restaurant restrictions?

You’ll want to check the exact terms on each Priority Pass restaurant’s site, but as a general rule of thumb the credit isn’t valid for delivery orders, or orders through their “grab & go” feature, if they have it.


Grab & go items are generally excluded for Priority Pass members

Some Priority Pass restaurants also prevent you from taking any leftovers with you.

Bottom line

Priority Pass restaurants are an awesome feature for terminals and airports that don’t otherwise have Priority Pass lounges (and heck, even those that do).

In the past, I’ve used my Priority Pass to relax in the Alaska Lounge, and enjoy a spirits flight (up to $28 per person) at House Spirits Distillery.

I’ve also eaten and drank at Capers Cafe Le Bar, and shopped at Capers Market. Both places also have a $28 per person limit.

I’ve even had pleasant experiences at Priority Pass restaurants outside of the US, Sydney and Singapore for example, though it seems to me like most of the new ones are here in the US.

Unfortunately this feature is no longer valid for Amex cards, though those with Chase and Citi Priority Pass memberships, this feature is alive and well.

If you’ve used Priority Pass restaurants, what was your experience like? Do you have any other questions?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).

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  1. Jon

    At some restaurants you can use the PP credit to take a 4- or 6-pack(s) of beer to go, like at Bar Symon in CLE.

  2. Clayton

    Great article, thanks for the useful info. Used it at a airport restaurant in Sydney and LAX on the same trip. That's before I switched to the AMEX platinum right before they cut the restaurant benefit for their Priority Pass. Just another way AMEX is cheap skating the customers.

  3. Anonymous

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  4. Iamhere

    Your last conclusion is not quite correct. "Unfortunately this feature is no longer valid for Amex cards, though those with Chase and Citi Priority Pass memberships, this feature is alive and well." You can get in to most Priority Pass restaurants with one issued by Amex, but will not be allowed to take guests in. The machine can tell you who issued the card if you are not sure, as many cards are giving the...

    Your last conclusion is not quite correct. "Unfortunately this feature is no longer valid for Amex cards, though those with Chase and Citi Priority Pass memberships, this feature is alive and well." You can get in to most Priority Pass restaurants with one issued by Amex, but will not be allowed to take guests in. The machine can tell you who issued the card if you are not sure, as many cards are giving the membership. Also, I think as far as the restaurant is concerned, it is a good deal because they get business that they otherwise would not have. I don't think many people dine in the airport restaurants these days.

  5. Daiko

    PP Restaurant saves me bunch of $$. Right now price is abt $4 for a Starbuck tall size coffee everywhere in LAX. Always taking Y on domestic flight so no free meal. PP lounge is not a option in many if not all US airports due to capacity control. Go get a meal before boarding, during connection and upon landing. It's a habit and saves at least 2 days meal expense. Also the food left...

    PP Restaurant saves me bunch of $$. Right now price is abt $4 for a Starbuck tall size coffee everywhere in LAX. Always taking Y on domestic flight so no free meal. PP lounge is not a option in many if not all US airports due to capacity control. Go get a meal before boarding, during connection and upon landing. It's a habit and saves at least 2 days meal expense. Also the food left over covers the next day lunch. Estimate cashing out departure and landing $25*2=$50 airport food ≈ $30 outside food each day. Fly 4 days a month. Real saving on food per year $30*4*12=1440.

  6. Tom Coker

    According to PP, there is also a restaurant at the FLL airport, Kafe Kalik! I did not see that on your list!

  7. Ivo Sio

    I was transit in IAH on April 2019 and there are 3 Priority Pass restaurants available. I used my Priority Pass card at the first restaurant without any problem. But when I heading to the second restaurant and try to swipe my Priority Pass, the server ask me did I just used my card at another restaurant not too long ago? I respond yes and the she said that I can only use once with...

    I was transit in IAH on April 2019 and there are 3 Priority Pass restaurants available. I used my Priority Pass card at the first restaurant without any problem. But when I heading to the second restaurant and try to swipe my Priority Pass, the server ask me did I just used my card at another restaurant not too long ago? I respond yes and the she said that I can only use once with the same card. Lucky I was travel with my wife and end up I used my wife card at the second restaurant.

    Btw... Restaurant with grab & go work perfect in Australia. As least at Melbourne & Sydney airport.

  8. Ed

    I visited the LEX restaurant back in October and was told they were no longer accepting Priority Pass.

  9. Bgriff

    I don't actually know if it works at the restaurants or not, but you should really mention the option of using the Priority Pass app to enter participating lounges. So much easier than digging around in your wallet or bag for the PP card when you've just gone through the security gantlet and in my experience works consistently enough that I would be just about willing to not bother carrying the card around at all.

  10. Lorraine

    This is like my query, hope someone can help! I emailed PP a week ago and despite the fact their auto response said would get a response in 24 hrs it has failed to eventuate.

  11. Michael H

    Little confused here. Single dad traveling with 2 teenagers. Amex Platinum. Do I need to register all 3 of us at a restaurant - and thus pay $28 plus tip - or can I just register myself and 1 guest and net $56 against the total bill for the 3 of us? Thanks.

  12. Lorraine

    I have a free PP membership but have to pay $32 for my partner to come in to a normal lounge. How does it work with restaurant entry? I don't think we would spend more than the $35 I am entitled too - don't want to pay the $32 for her and get $70 credit - can we just take a table for two and spend up to $32 and not have to register her as guest and so pay her fee?

  13. Lorraine

    Do you have to register a guest and pay their $32 or can you just take the $35 or whatever off the bill for the both of you? I want to use my free pass and get $35 off bill but don't want to pay for partner's $32 and get $70 off bill - not if we are just after a drink or two, would not be worth it. In other words can we take a table for 2, order and get the basic $35 off for me but both eat it?

  14. SwissAviator

    Will I be losing the Restaurant Benefits also with a PP Select Membership received via AMEX in Canada?

  15. zzap

    Lucky — this article makes it sound like Americans Express is only restricting their Priority Pass restaurant credits for restaurants within the US, is that correct?

    Can you clarify whether American Express Priority Pass holders can continue to access restaurant benefits at Priority Pass restaurants outside of the US?

  16. Kent

    Ben, A bit confusing on this news last week. First it was AE issued in Hong Kong would not be eligible for Priority Pass restaurants, then it was the same for USA issued AE's.

    Now is it that all AE's from all countries issued will be discontinued at not only the restaurants but from the Priority Lounges as well?

    Also, no email or announcement received from AE Platinum on this.

    Thanks,
    Kent

  17. Ernest Alleva

    I find Priority Pass a Joke. I just flew in from LHR and of course "no space" was available but if I reserve for 5 pounds....miracle space is found.

    On he outbound from JFK the place did have space, but it looked like a real zoo inside with food offerings resembling a dogs breakfast and people with bare feet on chairs. I just walked right out. I suppose when the light is good, you can...

    I find Priority Pass a Joke. I just flew in from LHR and of course "no space" was available but if I reserve for 5 pounds....miracle space is found.

    On he outbound from JFK the place did have space, but it looked like a real zoo inside with food offerings resembling a dogs breakfast and people with bare feet on chairs. I just walked right out. I suppose when the light is good, you can get a meal someplace but I'm not going through all the hassles. I think this is a benefit that will just go away.

  18. JustSaying

    This article is an example of why you are the king of blogs. To have the restaurant list by airport and terminal and gate is invaluable. I have it bookmarked and will definitely use it! Thank you!

  19. Nate

    Lucky is teaching people how to bleed their credit card company dry.

  20. Bill 8

    @tjp74 & @Andie,

    Per "Additional Information - Citi Prestige® Card" site:
    Primary and Authorized users are granted complimentary access to the Priority Pass lounges and allowed a maximum of up to two guests or and immediate family members (spouse, domestic partner and/or children under 18 years of age)

    I've never seen anyone at a PP lounge enter ages of children. (My wife and I have four under 18 and have never been charged an extra person fee.)

  21. Stanley

    You may be limited to $28 only if you are traveling alone, but that does not stop the restaurants from overcharging to get more money from the credit cards or banks. How can the credit card companies or banks really check? I was at Bobby Van’s and although it was only me, the server charged PP two people instead. It is not just certain PP holders gaming the system, it is also the restaurants. Probably...

    You may be limited to $28 only if you are traveling alone, but that does not stop the restaurants from overcharging to get more money from the credit cards or banks. How can the credit card companies or banks really check? I was at Bobby Van’s and although it was only me, the server charged PP two people instead. It is not just certain PP holders gaming the system, it is also the restaurants. Probably the banks and credit card companies are becoming aware of it, so at least AMEX wants to put a stop to it. So sad.

  22. Henry Young

    Well that's not "everything you need to know" - is it !!! You listed US info only. Maybe make a global list of participating restaurants, or go easy on the US exceptionalism attitude. There is a rest of the world, and the US's part in it is diminishing by the day !!!

  23. Colin

    Did Amex ever officially announce the change, or just Gary and you with some anonymous quote?

    1. Ben (Lucky)

      @ Colin -- Their press team sent over a statement. I think the only "public" announcement will be in cardmember statements, but I could be wrong.

  24. Penny

    Hi Lucky,

    What about Priority Pass from City National Bank Crystal Visa Infinite credit card? What is the impact on this?

    1. Ben (Lucky)

      @ Penny -- As of now no changes have been announced, so that should still get you access.

  25. Gail

    Are there any PP restaurants abroad or just in the US?

  26. Eireen

    So if my family of 4 stops at a PP restaurant (using Chase Reserve) would we have to pay $27 each for the two others for access? Or will the max credit of $56 be okay even though there's a total of 4 people? Thanks for the help!

  27. JBC

    My family of 4 stopped at the Cadillac Mexican Tequila & Bar and they only accepted max of 2 guests for credits ($56). I have the Citi Prestige PP and Chase Reserve PP. I think I saw the CP allowing your family to be part of the benefit but the restaurant didn't allow it. I don't understand what the difference is in PP cards if the restaurants are the ones that decide; does anyone know? The food was pretty good btw.

  28. James Peters

    Thanks @Lucky. That begs the question, which Priority Pass lounges/restaurants require a visitor to have the physical card? I have always used the one on my phone and most people don’t want to carry more things on themselves.

  29. James Peters

    @Lucky. I am looking to finally use My Citi Prestige Priority Pass at the Rock n' Brews at LAX. At all the other lounges that I have used it at, I only have the electronic version on my phone. You mentioned that they swipe your card. Do I need to bring the actual physical card of can I use the electronic version on the app? Thanks!

    1. lucky

      @ James Peters -- Sorry for the confusion. For the locations that accept the digital version, that works too. And it seems like Rock & Brews does accept the digital version, so you're good.

  30. Andie

    Helpful post. @tjp74 I know that ours used to be unlimited. But they changed this in August 2018 so maybe it's the same for you?
    In MSP, as mentioned in above comment there are a few options. It's good to note, as mentioned, that you do have to check in at PGA lounge desk to eat at the restaurants and it doesn't open until 7 AM. Found this out the hard way with 5...

    Helpful post. @tjp74 I know that ours used to be unlimited. But they changed this in August 2018 so maybe it's the same for you?
    In MSP, as mentioned in above comment there are a few options. It's good to note, as mentioned, that you do have to check in at PGA lounge desk to eat at the restaurants and it doesn't open until 7 AM. Found this out the hard way with 5 hungry kids for a crack of dawn flight!
    Also a note to get around the large family problem. We have 7 people.... My husband and I have priority pass through Sapphire Reserve but that only allows 6 of us. So we made my oldest an authorized user on my account for $75 a year. She got her own priority pass. Totally worth it for our family since we travel internationally. Really love the Gatwick restaurant option, btw

  31. Donald

    @Thomas
    Yeah. Better to be petty and penalize them for something they have no control over.

  32. Matt

    PP restaurants are great, personally I much prefer them to lounges, which just have much worse food.

    Home airport (STL) has good food and have never had to wait for a table. Also have never been asked for boarding pass, and in fact one time had someone with me who had come through security but wasn't flying . . . I alerted the server but they didn't care, still got the full guest credit.

  33. Ryan

    @Bri and @Steve, sorry I should have read your posts before I posted, are they still asking for boarding passes but allowing inbound ones now?

  34. Ryan

    Capers Cafe and Capers Market both have T&C's that say only a "same day boarding pass" is required, yet people a few months ago were saying that Market was insisting on a departing boarding pass. Anyone have any recent DPs about this and anyone successful in showing the T&Cs to change the mind of a Market employee insisting on a departing boarding pass?

  35. Abe A

    How do you "register" a guest when visiting a PP restaurant? If u have 3 people including card holder, how do you "register" the other 2 people?

  36. Thomas

    Great, let’s subsidize employees wages, no thanks.

  37. Bri

    Capers PDX used to ask for an outbound boarding pass. They haven’t the last couple of months.

    Both capers locations allow grab and go, there’s no need to tip on grab and go.

  38. Jetagain

    I have tried multiple times to eat at PP restaurants but the wait to get in is always an hour plus. PP is becoming less valuable with inferior lounges that close by 3 pm (ie. Phoenix)

  39. Azamaraal

    Our credit card just switched to lounge buddy from priority pass.

    Any info on lounge buddy associated with restaurants?

  40. tjp74

    Are you sure the priority pass you get from the citi prestige has guest limit of 2? I always thought it's unlimited. we always get my family of 4 into the lounge and have redeemed more than 2 guests worth of food at the restaurant. In fact, my visit history at Timberline Steak at DEN shows 4 guest visits and I didn't get charged anywhere. What am I missing?

  41. No More Tipping

    Tipping just allows employers to pay their employees less while we subsidise the shortfall, a terrible insidious practice that is spreading from the US like a virus. It must be stopped!

  42. Steve

    PDX always asks for a boarding pass. They are happy to let you take to-go but please be nice and leave them a tip.

  43. Billiken

    @ Rob, apparently they've raised the minimum wage for servers in Manhattan. So, now you don't have to tip so much.

  44. Connie Tenn

    Very helpful article. We used Corona House in MIA 3 times last year. Twice for breakfast and did not know 18% tip was included; we left cash tips on the table. They did not bring us a bill, just handed back my card and said we were all set. Our breakfast was probably way under the $30 allowance because we were given huge bottles of Evian. Last November Corona House was packed and we were...

    Very helpful article. We used Corona House in MIA 3 times last year. Twice for breakfast and did not know 18% tip was included; we left cash tips on the table. They did not bring us a bill, just handed back my card and said we were all set. Our breakfast was probably way under the $30 allowance because we were given huge bottles of Evian. Last November Corona House was packed and we were rushing, the grab and go told us we could use up to $60 for the two of us. Corona service is slow and they never asked to see a boarding pass.

    The New Jersey lounge had better food but we were packed like sardines. They asked for the boarding pass and there was a time limit.

  45. IVO Sio

    Grab & go work well in Sydney & Melbourne, Australia. No tips (no such as tipping cultural in Australia) as well.

  46. dan

    I have gotten grab and go for two of us. In Portland after using pp to visit the sad Alaska lounge.

  47. Rob in Miami

    Traveling now to NYC each month- and 18% tip is not the normal in Manhattan. Given their standard of living, 20% is now the minimum for a tip...... just getting that word out there for people who travel to NYC. And, you should find that their service (IMHO) is sharp and worth the extra $$$.}
    In MIA, since it's so easy to live here, 18% is more than enough (given normal service).

  48. Brian

    Also, wondering if there's any daily limit in terms of visiting same PP restaurant in a same day, which could happen if you have a very long layover or when you fly out in am and fly back before the end of day, etc.

  49. Donald

    I'm with you Robert. I have used PP at restaurants at least 25 times since it started. I've never been asked for a boarding pass. They just want to see the card (or the digital version from the app on my phone). I've eaten at LAX, DEN, CLE, IND, SFO, BOS, MIA, IAH, JFK AND STL.
    Where are these restaurants that require the boarding PASS? Lucky you say it's a 50/50 chance. Maybe I should start playing the lottery if I'm this lucky. ;)

  50. Stuart

    Really awesome post, Ben. I have never used it once as was (I am lame) unsure of the process and was dreading arguing with restaurant staff to be able to use it.

    This has helped me a lot and I will def try it out now. Apparently there is a free lunch!

  51. yyc

    I'm excited to try this when I fly out of SFO . I presume this also works when arriving from Canada?

  52. Steve

    One suggestion. The chart would be perfect if you added a column indicating whether a restaurant specifically required an outbound boarding pass. That wouldn't guarantee you can us PP upon arrival but at least would highlight that you might.

  53. JB

    @Lucky - I've been to Bobby Van's at JFK T8 about 3 times where I was able to order to-go. Is this generally not allowed in Priority Pass? Does this resteraunt have an exception?

  54. Mattt

    Useful article Lucky, thank you

  55. miafll

    Personally I would much prefer the tips added to the total bill like what Corona Beach House does - the problem though, when the service is exceedingly BAD, like at Corona Beach House, you are still forced to pay 18% on not only completely LACK OF SERVICE but wasted a lot of your time waiting for things even for a glass ... that 18% mandatory tip feels very much like a Rip Off.
    Because...

    Personally I would much prefer the tips added to the total bill like what Corona Beach House does - the problem though, when the service is exceedingly BAD, like at Corona Beach House, you are still forced to pay 18% on not only completely LACK OF SERVICE but wasted a lot of your time waiting for things even for a glass ... that 18% mandatory tip feels very much like a Rip Off.
    Because MIA is home airport we use Corona Beach House far more often than any other set up (and haven't used anyone at the West Coast, as well as at Denver), the service there is indifferent at best, and inefficient most of the time. Yet, the 18% is mandatory. Other than save some folks the out of pocket cash, we dont see how good is such a set up - the wait staff has NO incentive to provide decent service.

    BTW, restaurants in Australia airports have far better F&Bs to choose from than what you can find from Qantas domestic lounges, even the F international lounge at Melbourne, that are still within the allowance. Next time we would just use the PP restaurants instead of the QF lounges other than the international F in SYD.

    With the tip being extra you have some control as to whether paying the customary, below or above, depending on the service you received.

    We have the same waiter 3 times at Bobby Van - he is a Philippino, very friendly and prompt. The last time we had him it wasn't a busy time (around 7pm and we would head to Hampton Inn after dinner for an overnight and caught the CX flight the next morning),, we hit up a conversation - turned out he had worked on cruise ships many years and then turned to land side upon his wife's request. The dinner experience was so pleasant that time we tipped above the normal as we had a good time.

  56. Eric

    I always tell the server to charge me $0.01 so I may tip with my credit card. (When I do not go over my $28)

  57. miafll

    You sure can tip with a CC by having the waiter run a 0.01 charge and then you add the tip on the card. In fact this is the mechanism suggested by a waiter at the PF Chang LAX when our bill was over $10 below the allowed amount. He proactively suggested we could still pay the tip with a CC if we agreed to put 0.01 on our credit card. Needless to say, this...

    You sure can tip with a CC by having the waiter run a 0.01 charge and then you add the tip on the card. In fact this is the mechanism suggested by a waiter at the PF Chang LAX when our bill was over $10 below the allowed amount. He proactively suggested we could still pay the tip with a CC if we agreed to put 0.01 on our credit card. Needless to say, this was what we did and everybody was happy.

    In fact on land we have done this several times when we pay with a gift card which still have a bit of bal left after the bill but not adequate for the tip - we just ask the wait staff to put $0.01 on the credit card so we can add tip. Works every single time.

  58. Tennen

    @Kalboz, agreed!

    The HH Ascend PP benefit is great for when you need to bring in more than 2 guests, since the 10 visits can include the member and/or guests. Obviously, it doesn’t help at lounges/restaurants where the guest limit is 2, but IME, it does come in handy maybe once or twice a year. It saves me from paying for the extra guests on my “regular” PP card.

  59. Randy

    At GAT the Grain Bin restaurant is usually your best bet, since the awful No.1 Lounge is often closed to PP members and the food's better at Grain Bin anyway.

    The Timberline at DEN is a chaotic mess most of the time; there's often a wait to be seated and it's noisy as hell.

    And come on. Is it really that hard to keep a few $5s and $1s in your pocket to tip servers? You tip shuttle drivers and hotel maids in cash, right?

  60. Kalboz

    Great but incomplete survey of the cards that provide lounge access through the Priority Pass Select benefit. You did not mention (again!) that the HH AMEX Ascend Card has this same benefit.

    With your Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card you will receive 10 complimentary lounge visits each Priority Pass Membership year.

  61. kenny

    Anyone know if Jery Remy's on BOS is available on arrival?

    1. lucky

      @ kenny -- The terms state the following: "Cardholders must present a valid Card and Boarding Pass with same-day travel before placing an order."

      Since it's not specified that an outbound boarding pass is required, you should be fine.

  62. Michael

    @David S, perfectly ok with saving your employer the food money and expensing the tip amount. Just keep a written record or ask for a copy of the receipt, if your employer requires written documentation.

  63. Michael

    @Erica, if you need to go to the same restaurant at the airport over 4 hours you may need to revisit your travel logistics.

  64. David S

    The tipping thing makes it tough for business travelers. PP restaurant and tip $5-6 out of pocket or don’t use the credit and expense the whole bill? That being said I do a mix of both, but if PP included the tip it would be a no-brainer.

    If a restaurant won’t let you do grab and go, a server is typically happy to place a to go order in the hopes of a tip. I get dinner to go every time I land.

  65. James W

    They prevent you from taking leftovers with you?

    1. lucky

      @ James W -- Yep, some restaurants refuse to-go containers with Priority Pass.

  66. Erica T

    Can you please add information to the article about visiting the same restaurant more than one time a day? You mention in another article that some restaurants allow a second visit four hours after the previous swipe. Other restaurants (like the PF Chang's at LAX) only allow one visit. Thanks!

    1. lucky

      @ Erica T -- That's a great question. Travis wrote about this a while ago, and someone from one Priority Pass restaurant said you can get credits two hours apart:
      https://onemileatatime.com/priority-pass-visit-same-day/

      The reason I'm not including this in the post is because that's not officially published anywhere, and I imagine a lot of servers would refuse someone under similar circumstances, so I wouldn't count on that always working. But at least in one case,...

      @ Erica T -- That's a great question. Travis wrote about this a while ago, and someone from one Priority Pass restaurant said you can get credits two hours apart:
      https://onemileatatime.com/priority-pass-visit-same-day/

      The reason I'm not including this in the post is because that's not officially published anywhere, and I imagine a lot of servers would refuse someone under similar circumstances, so I wouldn't count on that always working. But at least in one case, that seems to be how it works.

  67. Chaz

    If two people who both have PP are visiting a restaurant, can they both designate the other person as a guest and get the credit four times?

    1. lucky

      @ Chaz -- That's not supposed to be allowed, though that's not to say that some restaurants might not allow it. But it shouldn't be possible.

  68. Stanley

    @Michael I think for most locations, tips are not included in the PP terms. You would need to tip in cash or add the tip amount on your credit card transaction if you go over it. If you are under the amount, some locations like at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse will allow you to leave a tip of your choosing on the credit or debit card. The server will just charge a penny to the bill,...

    @Michael I think for most locations, tips are not included in the PP terms. You would need to tip in cash or add the tip amount on your credit card transaction if you go over it. If you are under the amount, some locations like at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse will allow you to leave a tip of your choosing on the credit or debit card. The server will just charge a penny to the bill, so she can swipe your card as a purchase transaction and you can tip whatever amount you want.

  69. Jpluto

    I'm happy to see more restaurant options. However, I'm not sure it's sustainable as more people continue to get PP. On our recent trip we visited 3 of these restaurants in the U.S. and 1 in Osaka. Only one of them didn't have a wait of at least 15 minutes just to be seated.

  70. Larry D

    Was the Marriott Ritz card excluded from the "how many guests" section because it is no longer offered as a new card, not popular enough to include, or because it's not clearly written as how many guests are permitted?

    1. lucky

      @ Larry D -- Sorry, I didn't include it because it's no longer issued. I believe it allows two guests, though. :)

  71. GoAmtrak

    You missed MSP in here. Even though the PP credit is officially redeemed at the PGA Lounge, the resulting voucher is redeemable at all of these venues:
    -Ike's Food & Cocktails
    -Champions' Grill by Ike's
    -French Meadow Bakery & Cafe (including to-go and grab & go)

  72. Michael

    Still not clear if I can tip via Priority Pass or cash. Would love Priority Pass to pick up that tab. So if my bill is $20 can I use some of the unused credit to add a tip? I've only used one restaurant so I just tipped in cash that one time.

    1. lucky

      @ Michael -- Nope, the unused credit can't be used towards gratuity at any Priority Pass restaurant. Corona Beach House includes 18% gratuity, but otherwise that's not possible, and you'd need to tip in cash, or in some cases could leave a tip by credit card.

  73. Bill n DC

    We enjoyed the TPA restaurant for lunch before our mid afternoon flight home. We hung in the Admirals club then switched. Great food and hospitality!

  74. Robert

    FYI, I have taken advantage of this PP benefit many times. Nobody has ever asked to see a boarding pass.

    1. lucky

      @ Robert -- It's definitely a mixed bag. I've had some restaurants ask and others not ask, I'd say in my experience it's about 50/50.

  75. Thomas

    hoping to see more restaurants in US airports as I plan on dropping Amex Platinum due to recent changes and stick with Saphire Reserve.

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At some restaurants you can use the PP credit to take a 4- or 6-pack(s) of beer to go, like at Bar Symon in CLE.

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Great article, thanks for the useful info. Used it at a airport restaurant in Sydney and LAX on the same trip. That's before I switched to the AMEX platinum right before they cut the restaurant benefit for their Priority Pass. Just another way AMEX is cheap skating the customers.

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