Tel Aviv Airport Gets A Priority Pass Restaurant

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One of the great developments we’ve seen with Priority Pass is that they’ve increasingly added restaurants to their lounge network. 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. Sometimes they even work with a restaurant in addition to a lounge.

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 28-30USD).

Originally we saw a few of these outside the US, though lately we’ve increasingly seen Priority Pass add restaurants outside the US. Now an international airport is getting a new Priority Pass restaurant.

Priority Pass has just added a Priority Pass restaurant at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport — specifically, Schmoozy Bar in Terminal 3 is now part of Priority Pass.

As a reminder, the following are some of the most 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

Tel Aviv Airport Priority Pass restaurant

Schmoozy Bar is located in Terminal 3 Concourse E. It’s airside in the departures hall near the duty free area.

The restaurant is open 24 hours per day Sundays through Thursdays. Then it has more limited hours on Fridays and Saturdays in observance of the Sabbath, and is closed on religious holidays.

Priority Pass members will be entitled to ILS100 (~27USD) worth of food & drinks per person. In order to be eligible you need to have a same day day confirmed boarding pass. The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the ILS100 credit.

The restaurant is described as offering “full table service and all dishes are prepared a-la minute.”

Ben Gurion Airport has two other Priority Pass lounges — the Dan Lounges — so this is a nice option for anyone who is looking for a meal, and then you can always go to one of those lounges to relax.

Bottom line

It’s nice to see Priority Pass’ restaurant program expanded to more international destinations as well. We have a surprising number of OMAAT readers in Israel, and I know a lot of readers frequently travel to/from there, so hopefully this update is useful.

Anyone plan to check out the Priority Pass restaurant at TLV?

(Tip of the hat to a user in the Ask Lucky forum)

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Comments

  1. Great addition to TLV! This is the only real bar in the airport and the other two priority pass lounges are always packed. I never bother with them! Issue is that too many people will take advantage of this in TLV and the place will be a mess.

  2. This is great! The Dan lounges are reminiscent of a financial crisis – era United Club. Except smaller and without agents that can help you.

  3. Eager to see if the Dan’s Deals crowd will be up in arms that they can’t feed their family of 12 at this restaurant on one Priority Pass card.

  4. @Carlitos What an idiot, don’t you know each family member has a PP card and will guest each other member into the restaurant netting 144 food vouchers there for the family of 12?

    What is this amateur hour?

  5. C’Mon – I think that cap on PP guests for the Chase Sapphire Reserve was instituted at the request of this TLV restaurant. We may see a riot at Chase HQ in Manhattan … Just not from sundown Friday to Saturday.

  6. Uh-oh, after reading Dan’s post, I worry Shmoozy Bar won’t survive the next two weeks:

    “Currently Sapphire Reserve cardholders can bring unlimited free guests into lounges, but effective 8/26 that will go down to 2 free guests in addition to the cardholder … Each guest that you bring in is entitled to 100 shekels of free items, so if you bring in 5 free guests before the Sapphire unlimited guest benefit ends on 8/25, you would get 600 shekels taken off your bill.”

    As of now, the comments are remarkably restrained: https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/airlines/airline-news/priority-pass-adds-new-lounge-offering-tel-aviv/

  7. @JR – just change this section Jews vs black/brown people and how quick it will explode. Same content just another group of people. Disgusting.

  8. @PM – black and brown people make fun of themselves and so can jews. you actually think israelis/haredim at airports don’t display the behavior people are joking about? even the celebratory comments at the top note that this PP rollout is going to be a total mess. can’t we laugh at our collective foibles / quirks, or are we beyond reproach? shabbat shalom.

  9. @ Uri

    We need to laugh at ourselves a little. Have you been to the Dan lounge? They practically need to check bags for lounge food on the way out the door; you’d think it were a 7/11 or take-out bar and not an airline lounge at times. It is a miracle they are able keep it catered it at times!

  10. @PM

    Now why would you want to do Jews vs POC, are you racist???

    Some people don’t care not because it’s racism but because they can accept the truth. Ever think why we cannot use the “N-word” but can still use the “J-word”

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