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A surprising travel trend in the past year has been the increasing list of airport restaurants where you can dine and drink courtesy of your Priority Pass Select membership. This is great for families who don’t do well in quiet airport lounges, but want to maximize their credit card perks. Here are sixteen airport restaurants and cafes in the United States where you can eat and drink thanks to Priority Pass…

A surprising family-friendly travel trend of the past year has been the addition of over a dozen airport restaurants and cafes across the United States to the line-up of Priority Pass Select ‘lounges’. This is relevant to many of us, because Priority Pass Select membership is available at no additional cost to those with premium cards such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, and the Chase Sapphire Reserve, among others.

At the growing list of airport restaurants on the Priority Pass Select line-up, you can enjoy a credit towards food and drinks, usually set at $28 per person, without having to spend your own money. For those with Priority Pass membership, spending $28 on salads, quesadillas, and milkshakes at the airport Johnny Rockets can cost the same $0 out of pocket as visiting an often-sterile airport lounge.

As you can imagine, families don’t always do well in a traditional airport lounge with snacks, drinks, and quiet spaces geared towards adults. Being able to use your ‘lounge membership’ to secure a pre-flight order of chicken nuggets and fries at a real restaurant is significantly more useful to most traveling families than visiting your run-of-the-mill lounge.

With that in mind, here are sixteen airport restaurants across the United States that currently accept Priority Pass Select membership cards in exchange for some level of drink and dining credit. Click on the links to see the exact credit details and location.

U.S. airport restaurants where you can dine ‘for free’ thanks to Priority Pass

Cleveland Airport:Bar Symon

Denver Airport:Timerline Steaks and Grille

JFK Airport:Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

LAX:Barney’s Beanery

Lexington Airport:Lexington Ale Tap Room

Miami Airport: Air Magaritaville, Vienna, Corona Beach House

Minneapolis St. Paul Airport: PGA MSP Lounge (comes with a $15 credit)

Portland Airport: Capers Cafe Le Bar, House Spirits Distillery, Capers Market 

St. Louis Airport: The Pasta House, The Pasta House & Schlafly Beer

Syracuse Airport: Johnny Rockets 

Timberline Steak and Grill in Denver

If a participating airport restaurant provides a $28 credit per Priority Pass Select entrance, and you have a Priority Pass Select membership that includes two complimentary guests, then you could order a combined total of $84 in food and drinks for no out-of-pocket cost for your party of three. That said, I recommend budgeting real money for gratuity, as that is not included in your credit from Priority Pass.

Has your family dined at any of these airport restaurants courtesy of your Priority Pass Select membership?

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