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New Priority Pass Benefit: Airport Restaurants

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By: Travis Cormier

Hey Travel Junkies,

If you’ve been around the points and miles game for awhile, you’ve surely heard of Priority Pass. For the uninitiated, a Priority Pass Select membership grants you access to thousands of airport lounges across the world for free.

Many credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card offer a Priority Pass Select membership as a benefit.

To help expand the benefits for its members, Priority Pass has added restaurants to its list. Let’s look at how and where this new benefit works so you can start getting even more value from your membership.

How to Use Priority Pass at Restaurants

Using your Priority Pass benefit at restaurants is easy. Just present your card when you are seated, before you place your order, and the credit will be applied automatically to your bill.

The credit is roughly $28 per guest in at U.S. airports and similar at airports abroad. This is enough to get you a meal, a drink and maybe a bit more. The number of guests who qualify for the benefit varies depending on which credit card provides your membership. Below is a table that shows how many guests you receive based on which credit card has given you Priority Pass Membership.

The Platinum Card from American Express2
American Express Hilton Honors Aspire2
Citi Prestige2
Chase Sapphire ReserveAll Guests
Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit CardAll Guests

Let’s break down what this means. If you have a Priority Pass Select membership from the American Express Platinum Card, you can get a maximum of 3 credits—one for yourself and 2 for your guests—worth $84.

Although, a Priority Pass membership from the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Ritz-Carlton Credit Card offer unlimited guests, restaurants can limit the number of people who receive the benefit.

One important restriction that applies across the board you need to remember is that the credit does NOT apply to tips. If your bill is less than the total amount, the remainder will not be given to staff as a tip.

I know there’s plenty of debate around tipping in the U.S., but tip appropriately on the full amount of the bill when using this benefit. If your bill was $100 before an $84 credit was applied, tip based on the $100 not the $16 remainder.

Just to reiterate, your credit does NOT apply to tips. Even if there is extra left at the end, that difference does not go to staff.

Locations and Restrictions (as of February 2018)

The list of restaurant locations accepting priority pass is growing. As this new benefit rolls out, expect there to be more locations that make this list.

Since this is a new benefit, users and program administrators are constantly learning more about how it is used. Most limitations we’ve seen have been imposed by individual restaurants and not Priority Pass.

The only limitation that applies across the board is that restaurants may limit access due to seating and at certain times of the day. This is nothing new for Priority Pass members as Priority Pass lounges have the same general restriction. So far, this isn’t being enforced at any restaurants.

United States Locations

Blue Grass Airport (LEX)

Kentucky Ale Taproom

Benefit: $28 per guest

Hours: 5:00 AM until last scheduled flight departure

Location: Airside, next to Concourse B entrance

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Timberline Steaks & Grille

Benefit: $28 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM until 9:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, center core of Concourse C

Restrictions: Excludes to-go orders and orders from D Bar French Macarons

Bonus: Access to the adjacent smoking lounge granted after finishing your visit

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Corona Beach House

Benefit: $30 per guest

Hours: 6:30 AM until 10:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, between gates D23 and D24

Restrictions: Free WiFi limited to 45 minutes

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

PGA MSP Lounge

This one isn’t exactly a restaurant, but it isn’t exactly a lounge either. It is a restaurant with a golfing lounge included.

Benefit: $15 per guest towards meal, drinks, or a golf experience

Hours: 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM until 7:00PM Saturday & Sunday

Location: Airside, north end of the airport mall on the Mezzanine level

Restrictions: maximum 3 hour stay

New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

Benefit: $28 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, across from Gate 14 in Terminal 8

Restrictions: Maximum of 1 Guest (this means your maximum credit is $56)

Portland International Airport (PDX)

Capers Cafe Le Bar

Benefit: $28 per guest

Hours: 4:00 AM until 10:30 PM daily

Location: Airside, immediately past security in Concourse C

Restrictions: Must show a same-day outbound departing boarding pass, excludes bottle & merchandise sales

Capers Market

Benefit: $28 per guest

Hours: 4:00 AM until 10:30 PM daily

Location: Airside, immediately past security in Concourse D

Restrictions: Must show a same-day outbound departing boarding pass, excludes bottle & merchandise sales.

House Spirits Distillery

Benefit: $28 per guest

Hours: 5:00 AM until 10:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, near gate C6 in Concourse C

Restrictions: Excludes bottle sales & merchandise

St. Louis International Airport (STL)

The Pasta House

Benefit: $28 per guest

Hours: 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM Sunday through Friday, 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM Saturday

Location: Pre-security in Terminal 1 near baggage claim

Restrictions: Free WiFi is limited to 20 minutes

The Pasta House & Schlafly Beer

Benefit: $28 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM Sunday through Friday, 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM Saturday

Location: Airside, on the upper level of terminal 2 across from gate E6

Restrictions: Free WiFi is limited to 20 minutes

International Locations

Brisbane International Airport (BNE)

Bar Roma

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 5:30 AM until 8:00 PM Sunday through Friday, 5:30 AM through 5:00 PM Saturday

Location: Airside, Qantas Sattelite Domestic Terminal, Level 2 across from gates 23 & 24

Graze Grill & Bar

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 5:30 AM until 7:00 PM Sunday through Friday, 5:00 AM through 12:00 PM Saturday

Location: Airside, Qantas Sattelite Domestic Terminal, Level 2 near gates 16-21.

Corretto Cave & Bar

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 5:00 AM until 11:00 PM daily

Location: International terminal, landside at check-in level food court on the 4th floor

London Gatwick International Airport (LGW)

Grain Store Cafe & Bar

Benefit: £15 per guest

Hours: 4:00 AM through 9:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, south terminal one level above main shopping concourse

Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD)

Better Burger

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM through 9:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, Terminal 1, Pier B near gate 10

Restrictions: International flights only.

Mach 2

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM through 9:00 PM daily

Location: Landside, Terminal 1 in the food court before customs.

Peroni Bar

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM through 9:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, Terminal 1, Pier C near gate 56

Restrictions: International flights only.

Bistro 2020 & Bar

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM through 9:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, Terminal 2 after security in the food court area

Restrictions: Domestic flights only.

Movida

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM through 9:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, Terminal 2 after security near gate 32

Restrictions: Domestic flights only.

Bar Roma

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM through 9:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, Terminal 3, near gate 3

Restrictions: Domestic flights only.

Wok On Air

Benefit: AUD$36 per guest

Hours: 6:00 AM through 9:00 PM daily

Location: Airside, Terminal 3 in the food court area

10xT Reader Matt B used this Priority Pass feature on a recent trip to Australia!

Final Thoughts

Using the Priority Pass restaurant benefit is just as easy as using it at a lounge. Provide your card before you place your order and you will receive your credit on your final bill. If you have multiple memberships, the amount of guests you can receive credit for varies.

For maximum credit, use your Priority Pass Membership offered from the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Ritz-Carlton credit card.

Since restrictions vary by location, make sure you check the Priority Pass website before choosing where you will dine so you won’t be surprised.

Travel In Style,

Travis

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  • Reply Ben April 18, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Is this an exhaustive list of participating airports and restaurants? Or was the list of airports just for the purposes of highlighting some examples?

    • Reply BryceConway April 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      These are just a few examples

  • Reply Bosch April 18, 2018 at 7:40 am

    They also just added Bar Symon at CLE! Concourse C 0400 to 2000.

  • Reply Alex April 19, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Wow – I’ve been using LEX and never realized Kentucky Ale Taproom was participating! Will definitely be using this for our upcoming honeymoon flight! THANK YOU Travis!

  • Reply Jacob Reis April 25, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    CSR gets you priority pass select, does the select offer this resturant benefits?

    • Reply BryceConway April 27, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Yes

  • Reply Bill Jarvis April 29, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    I can’t find this anywhere on PP’s site? Is it still in effect and where do you find it if so?

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