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Membership in the Priority Pass™ Lounge Network Just Became a Lot More Valuable

The Priority Pass lounge network expands its 1,000-plus airport lounge portfolio to include restaurants and bars. Say hello to free bar tabs!

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Timberline Steaks & Grille at Denver International Airport
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We’ve discussed before on CreditCardPro how, with the right credit card, you can take full advantage of over 1,000 lounges in over 500 cities (representing 130 countries) worldwide through the Priority Pass lounge network, the largest independent airport lounge access program in the world.

Well, in recent months the Priority Pass lounge network has evolved to offer customers more than complimentary lounge access—the portfolio has expanded to include select restaurants and bars worldwide. Through its new “Lounge Alternatives,” members receive approximately $28 per person off the bill at select outlets. Given most premium cards grant cardholders complimentary Priority Pass membership and guest access, this could translate to hundreds in savings annually. Here’s what you need to know about this new perk.

How do I use my Priority Pass at airport restaurants and bars?

Cardholders can use their Priority Pass card to receive $28 to $30 off the bill at select airport restaurants and bars for each person covered by the Priority Pass membership. The number of guests covered depends on the guest policy of the Priority Pass membership (more on that below). As an example, a cardholder who is entitled to two complimentary guests per visit would get a total of $90 off the bill. This amount is valid toward the purchase of any meal and/or drinks, including alcoholic beverages. A valid card must be presented before placing an order, and the cardholder must pay any excess. Note that 18% gratuity will be automatically added to the final bill (before the discount) and will be paid by the cardholder. 

How do I know what restaurants and bars are considered Priority Pass Lounge Alternatives?

The Priority Pass app is the best source for researching the lounges and restaurants that accept the Priority Pass card. As this perk is a rather new initiative (and growing every month), at press time restaurants include:

  • Corona Beach House at Miami International Airport
  • Timberline Steaks & Grille at Denver International Airport
  • Capers Café Le Bar, Capers Market, and House Spirits Distillery at Portland (OR) International Airport
  • Grain Store Café & Bar at London Gatwick International Airport, U.K.
  • MoVida, Bistro 2020 & Bar, Benny Burger, Peroni Bar, Mach2, Wok on Air, and Bar Roma at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport
  • Bar Roma, Graze Grill & Bar, and Corretto Café & Bar at Brisbane International, Australia

We expect this list to grow significantly into 2018.

How can I gain complimentary access to Priority Pass Lounge alternatives for myself and travel companions?

Priority Pass Select membership is complimentary for cardholders of Citi Prestige® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve℠, Mastercard® Black Card™, Mastercard® Gold Card™, The Platinum Card® from American Express, and U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card.

Chase Sapphire Reserve℠, Mastercard® Black Card™, and Mastercard® Gold Card™ offer an exceptionally generous unlimited guest policy. Read: You + your spouse + three kids = $140 tab ($28 x 5) at the aforementioned restaurants.

Citi Prestige® Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express allow cardholders to bring two guests per visit while U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card allows four guests per year.

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Award-winning travel writer and economist Paul Rubio is a credit card enthusiast, whose sophisticated use of points and rewards has helped him travel to 125 countries for free. Paul is a Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in economics. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University with a double major in economics and environmental policy and a minor in conservation biology. He attended both undergraduate and graduate schools on full scholarships. Paul worked in the field of wildlife conservation before embracing his writing talents full-time in 2008. Since then, he has won more than two dozen national awards for his exemplary work in travel journalism. The prolific writer contributes to a number of top-tier international, national, and regional publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Fodors.com, Palm Beach Illustrated, Private Clubs, and Robb Report.