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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express
Back in November Priority Pass become the first independent lounge provider to offer more than 1,000 lounges across the world, as the company has steadily added lounges to its network without too much fanfare. But there are two recent additions that definitely deserve accolades: a restaurant in London’s Gatwick (LGW) and the top-notch Turkish Airlines lounge in Washington DC’s Dulles (IAD) airport.
In a first-of-its-kind move, Priority Pass has added an airport restaurant to its network. Already a well-regarded London cafe, the Grain Store Cafe & Bar has opened a new location in London Gatwick’s South Terminal. Having just opened on January 28, the Grain Store Cafe & Bar isn’t just a new addition to Priority Pass — the lounge network’s fifth location in LGW — but the cafe itself is brand new.
Unfortunately, though, it’s not all-you-can-eat. Here’s how it works: the Priority Pass cardholder and any guests get £15 each (about US$19) toward any food or drink in the cafe — even alcohol. The cafe’s menu (caution: PDF link) lists breakfast plates between £7-11, salads run £11-12, burgers are £11 and main dishes vary from £12.50-19.50. So the £15 allowance covers most smaller meals and a large portion of nicer dishes.
While there’s no stated limit on the number of visits per day, Priority Pass’ system might reject duplicate “visits.”
We got a peek inside the IAD Turkish Airlines lounge shortly after it opened in September, and it looks great! From relaxation rooms to an impressive food spread, Turkish Airlines is definitely setting the bar high with its first lounge in a US airport. At just 5,000 square feet, the lounge might start to get crowded with this new Priority Pass partnership. But we can hope that the quality is maintained.
Priority Pass Membership
Don’t have access yet? There’s no compelling reason to pay outright for a membership, as there are premium credit cards that’ll give you membership — often with annual fees cheaper than a Priority Pass membership. Here are the top cards that include Priority Pass membership as a benefit:
- Platinum Card from American Express and the Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN: cardmember only; guests are $27 each
- Citi Prestige: cardmember and immediate family members or up to two guests
- Chase Sapphire Reserve: cardmember and unlimited guests
- Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards: cardmember. No published guest policy, but reports indicate guests are allowed for free
- Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express: This card includes a Priority Pass membership, however visits to the lounges are not complimentary. You and your guests will have to pay a $27 fee per person, per visit.
Grain Store Cafe & Bar and the Turkish Airlines Lounge at IAD are welcome additions to the Priority Pass network. We applaud Priority Pass for these excellent additions and hope for more to come. If you haven’t gotten a membership through a premium credit card, there’s now two more great reasons to do so.
Featured image courtesy of Gatwick Airport.
The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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