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 Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
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.
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)
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).