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With access to more than 1,200 lounges worldwide, Priority Pass has quite the network. Recently, the program has branched out and started to add offers and restaurants to its roster, letting members enjoy a true sit-down dining experience as part of their membership.
While Priority Pass is adding restaurant lounges around the world, most TPG readers aren’t going to be able to take advantage of the $53 in free food and drink in Sydney’s airport (SYD) very often. But, the good news is there are now 25 restaurant lounges in 18 US airports.
Recently, Priority Pass added another restaurant option to LAX and its first restaurant option in Tucson (TUS). Now, both Washington DC’s Dulles (IAD) and Tampa (TPA) are getting their first restaurant lounges.
The 25th Priority Pass airport lounge has now opened in the US’ 28th busiest airport, letting Priority Pass members grab a sit-down meal before or after their flight. With a same-day boarding pass and your Priority Pass membership card, you can score $28 per person up to a maximum of $56 in free food and drink when you visit with at least one guest. Hours run from 4:30am until the last departure of the night.
This restaurant is located in TPA’s Airside F just inside security. While the TSA doesn’t mind if you go through security in the wrong terminal — as I’ve proven myself multiple times — the hub-and-spoke airport layout means that this restaurant is only going to be useful for passengers flying American Airlines, British Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Edelweiss Air, Lufthansa and Norwegian.
While IAD’s Concourse A has two lounges (Air France/KLM and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse) and Concourse B has two lounges (British Airways Galleries and Turkish Airways), Concourse C had yet to get a Priority Pass lounge. Thankfully that drought has now ended with the addition of Chef Geoff to the Priority Pass lounge network.
From 6am to 10pm daily, you can get $28 per person — up to a maximum of $56 by visiting with a guest — in free food and drink at the airside restaurant adjacent to gate C14. As with the other Priority Pass restaurants, you’ll need to present a same-day boarding pass and your Priority Pass card before ordering. Take-away orders are excluded.
A menu for Dulles’ Chef Geoff’s can be found on the airport’s website. While free food always tastes better, just a heads up: Chef Geoff’s only scores 2.5 out of 5 on Yelp and 3.5 out of 5 on Google Maps.
Other recent Priority Pass restaurant additions include:
Arizona’s first Priority Pass restaurant isn’t going to be at the state’s largest airport (Phoenix), but at the distant second-largest airport of Tucson (TUS). Described on the airport’s website as “one of the region’s original gastropubs,” the restaurant serves “an ever-changing menu of craft beer and fine fare.”
The restaurant is landside (on the 2nd floor, opposite the Arroyo Trading Post), but you “must present a valid [Priority Pass] Card and Boarding Pass with confirmed same-day travel before placing an order.” So, you won’t be able to just head to the airport for a free meal. Unlike some of the other recent additions, your Priority Pass is going to get you the standard $28 per person credit — up to $56 for 2+ visitors on one card. Hours run from 5am to 8pm.
While most of the restaurants that contract with Priority Pass are local chains, this marks one of the first that’s a national chain. The P.F. Chang’s in LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal joined the Priority Pass network. You can view a menu for this location here (caution: PDF link).
Between 11am and 11pm, members can visit P.F. Chang’s and get $30 per person ($2 more than at all of the other restaurants) for the cardholder and up to one guest. That means you’ll be able to order up to $60 in complimentary food and drink if you visit with at least one other person. Note that the terms and conditions require that you “must present a valid Card and Boarding Pass with confirmed same-day travel before placing an order.” If you forget your physical card at home, this lounge allows digital card access.
This isn’t the first Priority Pass lounge in LAX. Members have had the option of visiting the Korean Air KAL Lounge, which provides a decent selection of finger foods from a buffet. However, the addition of a full restaurant is a notable improvement — especially for those that might be about to take a long flight across the Atlantic.
With these restaurants added, there are now 25 Priority Pass restaurants in the US. Each of these offer members $28-30 per guest in food and drink. Here’s a list of all of them with the latest additions highlighted:
- Boston (BOS): Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill
- Boston (BOS): Stephanie’s
- Cleveland (CLE): Bar Symon
- Denver (DEN): Timberline Steaks & Grill
- Greenville–Spartanburg (GSP): RJ Rockers Flight Room
- Houston Intercontinental (IAH): Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar
- Houston Intercontinental (IAH): Landry’s Seafood
- Indianapolis (IND): The Fan Zone
- Lexington (LEX): Kentucky Ale Taproom
- Los Angeles (LAX): Barney’s Beanery (Leaving Priority Pass November 30, 2018)
- Los Angeles (LAX): P.F. Chang’s
- Miami (MIA): Air Margaritaville
- Miami (MIA): Corona Beach
- Miami (MIA): Viena
- New York Kennedy (JFK): Bobby Van’s Steakhouse
- Portland (PDX): Capers Cafe Le Bar
- Portland (PDX): Capers Market
- St. Louis (STL): The Pasta House (both in Terminal 1 and 2)
- San Francisco (SFO): San Francisco Giants Clubhouse
- San Francisco (SFO): Yankee Pier
- Syracuse (SYR): Johnny Rockets
- Tampa (TPA): The Café by Mise en Place
- Tucson (TUS): Noble Hops
- Washington DC Dulles (IAD): Chef Geoff’s
- Washington DC National (DCA): Bracket Room
- Washington DC National (DCA): American Tap Room
In addition to restaurants, you can get $28 per guest in booze at House Spirits Distillery in Portland (PDX).
To get free food or drinks at these Priority Pass lounges, you’re going to need a Priority Pass membership. The best way to do so is by having a membership through a credit card, such as Chase Sapphire Reserve, The Platinum Card® from American Express, Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card, Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express or Citi Prestige.
You can also get 10 annual Priority Pass lounge visits through the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card or the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card. That’s up to $280 of free food and drink per year from a $95 annual fee card.
And here’s a reminder that shouldn’t need to be said: Tip your restaurant waitstaff. Despite the food being free through the Priority Pass benefit, they worked just as hard as they would have if you were paying for the meal. I’ve been absolutely appalled to witness Priority Pass members stiff the waitstaff on multiple occasions at US Priority Pass restaurants. It’s actions like this that threaten the sustainability of this program. So, if you want to continue to get free food at these Priority Pass restaurants, make sure to bring cash along to tip your waiter/waitress. Or, many restaurants will ring up a $0.01 charge so that you can pay — and tip — via a credit card:
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— JT Genter (@JTGenter) August 10, 2018
Featured image of the author’s recent meal at Timberline Steaks in Denver (DEN).
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