Washington National Airport Gets A Priority Pass Restaurant

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Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars in the US 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.

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:

Priority Pass has just added their latest US restaurant location – Bracket Room at Washington National Airport. The restaurant is open daily from 5AM until 9PM.

Bracket Room is located in Terminal B at DCA, right after security opposite gate 12. DCA has three separate security checkpoints, and the area where the restaurant is located is where Alaska, Delta (including Delta Shuttle), and United depart from.

Here’s how the restaurant describes its food:

Bracket Room is a full service upscale sports lounge and eaterie, that indulges your appetite with an extensive menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

You can find the Bracket Room menu here. The menu looks pretty decent, with burgers, salads, and more.

Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. In order to be eligible you need to have a same day outbound boarding pass departing the airport.

The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $28 credit, and that credit can’t be applied towards gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here).

As a reminder, the following are some of the popular 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
Chase Sapphire Reserve®2Yes$75 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Credit Card2Yes$75 Per Person
The Platinum Card® from American Express

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
2Yes$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card

No access to Priority Pass restaurants as of August, 2019.

Bottom line

DCA didn’t have any Priority Pass lounges prior to this, so this is a great addition. You should have easy access to this restaurant if flying Alaska, Delta, or United, while those flying American or JetBlue would have to leave a lot of extra time to visit this restaurant.

Is anyone planning on checking out Bracket Room at Washington DCA using Priority Pass?

(Tip of hat to Drew)

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. I noticed this last night on the PP app – thrilled! My journey to Kenya next week begins at DCA.

  2. Any excuse to chug some more credit card referrals eh, Lucky? I will see what you do when Iberia refuses to award Ford his 90k Avios lol

  3. According to iata.org the name for DCA is Ronald Reagan National Airport. Wikipedia shows DCA being Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The airport’s own website (flyreagan.com) refers to it as Reagan National Airport. But, this is OMAAT so……

  4. @James If it were 1963 he definitely would be.

    Idlewild stopped being that airport’s official name in 1943. Yet twenty years later in 1963, when it was renamed (again) to JFK, it was still called Idlewild. And that name change completely obliterated the old name(s).

    National was far-more-controversially changed to Reagan National in 1998. That is, twenty years ago. And the old name persists along with the new. So it’s hardly surprising that locals and longtime flyers still call it National. The airport has only very recently emphasized the Reagan name over National (“flyreagan.com”), so I expect “National” will eventually go the way of Idlewild. But it will take quite a while.

  5. For those of you wondering why anyone cares about the “real” name of the airport – longtime locals still call it Washington National. It was named for President George Washington, it’s not in DC, it’s in Virginia. The name “controversy” stems from the fact the change to Reagan was railroaded through Congress by lawmakers who didn’t represent the Washington metro area. And over the objection of local business leaders (who had to pay for it) and local politicians, national and state. Both groups rightly claimed Congress was meddling in control of a local airport. Airport workers weren’t happy either – many of them still remembered Reagan as the president who busted the air traffic controllers union. There was no discussion, not even a superficial poll of those who live with the airport in their back yards. BTW, Boehner cried crocodile tears a few years ago when President Obama renamed Mount McKinley to it’s original name of Denali. This prompted some DC locals to remind Boehner he should be consistent in his thoughts about renaming a landmark already named for a U.S. President. (the link is to a well written petition to Boehner – it includes newspaper clips from the time of the airport renaming for those who didn’t live through it. You can still judge a DC newbie by what they call the airport…https://act.credoaction.com/sign/rename_reagan_airport?sp_ref=146495001.4.15584.f.64466.3&referring_akid=.3052774.fqiIi0&source=fb_share_sp

  6. Another restaurant to add to the list (always omitted for some reason) is MSP PGA at MSP of course. Priority Pass members receive a $15 credit for food and beverages or you can apply the credit to golf simulators and other golf experiences. Ike’s restaurant below MSP PGA provides the food.


    Priority Pass restaurants offer better food and greater variety than Amex Centurion Lounge buffets.

  7. Another restaurant to add to the list (always omitted) is MSP PGA at MSP of course. Priority Pass gives a $15 credit for food and beverages or for use on the golf simulators or other golf experiences (large putting green is free). Ike’s, below MSP PGA, provides the food.


    Priority Pass a la carte restaurants have better food and a greater variety of menu items compared to Centurion Lounge buffets.

  8. DC is a city full of affluent people with CSR — this restaurant is going to become a nightmare of PP users at all times of the day and night.

  9. Isn’t there an airside AA shuttle that runs between terminals B and C? I took something like that years ago but no idea if it still exists. Anyone know?

  10. @CJ yes but doesn’t it require exiting security in one terminal and then waiting in line at the other terminal? Or are you saying there is an airside connection between the two?

  11. @Hoko – DCA has ridiculous naming conventions for the “new” terminal opened back in 1997, where they introduced the concept of the B terminal (currently housing Delta, United, and Alaska), the B/C terminal (currently housing American and Jet Blue), and the C terminal (American).

    There is an air-side shuttle between the B/C and C terminals (mainly used by those making connections on American), but you are correct in that there is no shuttle between B and B/C, so one would have to leave the B terminal if wanting to use the restaurant and then departing from the BC or C terminals.

    They should have just named the three terminals B, C, and D, but that’s just me being all logical…:)

  12. No response from Mr. Lucky in terms of adding MSP PGA to the list of Priority Pass restaurants. As expected.

  13. @TravelinWilly

    Well I had to read it a couple times before it clicked but that makes sense. That is indeed a confusing way to name the terminals. Thanks for the clear explanation!

  14. @HoKo

    The naming convention is extremely uninuitive, but you can see what’s going on in the picture lucky included with the post. Gates 23-34 are *both* in terminal B and terminal C. American runs an airside bus shuttle between Gates 23-34 and 35-45, but the new PP restaurant is in neither of those.

  15. If you are a nonrev and have a standby boarding pass, does that suffice, or do you need a seat assignment?

  16. Dulles/IAD has several Priority Pass options while Reagan/National/DCA has had none, so this is huge. And frankly, an actual restaurant will likely serve better food and beverages than some airline lounge that serves hors d’oeuvres and rents itself out to Priority Pass.

  17. Thanks for letting us know when these pop up. I was at LAX a few weeks ago the day after they added Barney’s Beanery and was pleasantly surprised to be able to utilize that Priority Pass benefit. Especially since the lounge in that terminal was not available to us at that time of day (which seems to be more and more common with PP these days-super frustrating).

  18. Citi Prestige has PP too.

    It is in the UA concourse at DCA – near the UA club. With the improved food offerings in the UA Club – likely not worth sitting in the restaurant – with the “view” from the UA Club.

  19. This is big news for DCA. It was one of the few larger airports in the US without any PP coverage, and the only DC-area airport without any.

    I sometimes fly Air Canada out of DCA, and they use the older terminal A so I’l be out of luck for those flights, but at least I can use it for my other flights.

  20. Stopped in here today as I’m flying out. Their PP machine was not working so I didn’t stay but the staff at least knew about it. Hoping that gets fixed soon.

  21. Just to add one piece of info too. Wish he construction happening and the new terminal being built, tumor has it that terminal letters will either by doneaway with completely or they’ll align the letters to the piers. I volunteer as a travelers aid at DCA and this is one of the biggest points of confusion for travelers not familiar with the layout.

  22. @George and @Mike – I stopped in yesterday with two guests and they took my digital card. Food was decent, service was not the speediest but not terrible although it was midday and I had plenty of time. Might be worse during the evening rush. The waitress was helpful and friendly.

    They said that I got a $28 discount for each of the three of us, not just the first two, and since the meal + taxes came to ~$70 there was no charge. I tipped $10, overall very nice option to have.

  23. @Menashe

    Just as a heads up: your priority pass membership determines how many guests you can have, not the restaurant. So the restaurant will gladly charge you for as many guests as you are traveling with…but PP will only reimburse you based on your account terms.

    So for example if you have a total of seven people, the restaurant will give you the $28 credit seven times but if your priority pass only covers you + two guests then that means you will see a charge assessed to your linked credit card for the four ppl not covered.

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