Skip the lounge and get free food at 31 restaurants that are part of Priority Pass

Mar 20, 2020

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In a move that was seen as beneficial for U.S. travelers, Priority Pass augmented its worldwide lounge program a few years ago by adding restaurants across its network. This change allowed members to enjoy a sit-down dining experience as part of their membership. After all, TPG readers can’t always take advantage of the more far-flung benefits, like the pool at an airport lounge in Punta Cana.

Unfortunately, you no longer get complimentary access to restaurant locations if your Priority Pass membership was generated through an American Express card. Priority Pass memberships that are a benefit of other credit card companies, such as Chase and Citi, continue to offer the restaurant benefit.

The list of U.S. restaurants participating in Priority Pass changes somewhat frequently. For now, there are 31 Priority Pass restaurant lounges at 20 U.S. airports. Most of these offer members a $28 to $30 per guest food and drink credit.

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Where to use the Priority Pass restaurant benefit

Here’s a list of all U.S. airport restaurants that are currently part of the Priority Pass program:

And here’s a list of Priority Pass restaurants at international airports:

How to use the Priority Pass restaurant benefit

To get free food or drinks at these Priority Pass lounges, you need an eligible Priority Pass membership offered through a credit card such as, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Mastercard® Black Card™, U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card or Citi Prestige® Card. (The information for the Citi Prestige card and U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.)

Related: Best credit cards for airport lounge access

Depending on your card, you may be entitled to a dining credit not only for the cardholder, but also for at least one guest. Check the terms of your card’s Priority Pass benefits and the restaurant’s rules, but it is common to receive a larger credit when dining with guests.

This meal is on Priority Pass with the right card. (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Related: Best credit cards for Priority Pass

There are several American Express cards that offer a Priority Pass benefit (enrollment required). Unfortunately, Amex discontinued “complimentary access to non-lounge airport experiences” as of Aug. 1, 2019. That change affects Amex cards such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card and Hilton cards.

Tip: Even though cardmembers are offered a dining credit at these Priority Pass restaurants, the usual tipping etiquette applies to the meal, despite the meal credit. I’ve seen Priority Pass members stiff the waitstaff on multiple occasions at U.S. Priority Pass restaurants. 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:

Additional reporting by JT Genter and Mark Spivak.

Featured photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy

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