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One of the perks of premium rewards credit cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express and Chase Sapphire Reserve cards is included membership in the Priority Pass Select lounge network. You need to activate this membership once you get those credit cards, but then you can access over 1,000 lounges around the world including the KLM Crown Lounge and Air France Lounge in Houston, The Club at MCO in Orlando, Mera Business Lounge in Cancun, Club Mobay in Jamaica, Alaska Airlines Board Room Lounge located in several cities, and the Plaza Premium Lounge in London’s Heathrow. Even cooler still you can bring guests, so families can benefit as well as solo travelers. The guest policy varies a bit based on your membership’s origin, but via the Amex Platinum you can have two guests included, and via the Chase Sapphire Reserve there is no stated included guest limit.
We have visited a few lounges in the Priority Pass Select network, and while they aren’t all amazing, we are always glad to have somewhere other than just the gate area to visit in the airport.
There are some limits to this perk though as these lounges aren’t in every airport, they can be crowded, and they are seemingly only getting more crowded. I’ve heard multiple stories of travelers being turned away because the lounges are too full. These are problems that will not have just one solution as more travelers are continuing to learn about more comfortable ways to travel.
Priority Pass Select Gets You Free Airport Restaurant Meals
That said, I am loving this new potential solution to the lounge over-crowding and limited location problems – free meals at airport restaurants via Priority Pass Select! To my knowledge, this practice within the Priority Pass Select collection started earlier this year, but is continuing to expand to more locations!
At a few airports around the world, instead of using your Priority Pass Select card to access a lounge, you can use it for credit at an airport restaurant/bar! The amount of credit varies by location, but it is generally enough to cover an entree. Each of your eligible guests also gets the same credit, so this is great for families!
Read the fine print for your location, but the amount generally can be used towards food and/or drinks, but it does not cover the tip. Here are some examples of places that your Priority Pass Select membership can get you complimentary food and drinks beyond your traditional airline lounge locations.
At the airport in Portland, you can visit the Alaska Lounge with your Priority Pass Select card, or you can skip that and instead head to one of these restaurants/bars and get a $28 per person credit towards food and beverages.
Capers Café Le Bar – Concourse C
Capers Café Le Bar offers a space to dine in and also offers food conveniently packaged to take on the flight.
House Spirits Distillery – Concourse C
Their products are made exclusively in-house and are crafted in small batches using ethically sourced ingredients. The product portfolio includes Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, Krogstad Aquavit, Volstead Vodka, and Casa Magdalena Rum. It is the only distiller in the world to have opened an airport tasting room.
Cardholders and accompanying guests will receive US$28 off the final bill per person per visit, valid on any type of drink/tasting, excluding bottle sales and merchandise in a single transaction upon presentation of a valid card.
Capers Market – Concourse D
Capers Market offers market fresh seafood, pastries, beer, wine and spirits.
PGA MSP – Terminal 1
This places looks insanely cool for golf fans and those who just want a complimentary burger and fries. Children 3 and under are free, and otherwise Priority Pass Select members and guests get admission and a $15 credit per person per visit towards a la carte menu or golf experiences, but credit cannot be combined across both.
You can use the putting green, hit balls on the driving range, or just have a meal.
Sydney actually has seven restaurants/bars you can currently visit with your Priority Pass Select membership. A sampling of those locations is below, and you can get a AUD$36 credit per member and guest off the bill at the eligible locations.
Benny Burger – Terminal 1
Gourmet burgers designed by one of Australia’s Master Chef Shannon Bennett. International flights only.
Mach2 – Terminal 1
Italian restaurant that brings the signature dishes of Sydney’s ‘Machiavelli’ Restaurant to the airport.
Wok on Air – Terminal 3
Wok On Air is fast, fresh, healthy food, with every dish made to order in less than five minutes and offers Asian classics such as laksa, pad thai, red and green curries and noodle soups.
Brisbane has three restaurants/bars you can currently visit with your Priority Pass Select membership. A sampling of those locations is below, and you can get a AUD$36 credit per member and guest off of the bill at these locations.
Graze Grill & Bar – Domestic Terminal
Delicatessen style concept offering a selection of cured meats, cheeses and dishes from the charcuterie. The menu also serves rib-eye steak sandwiches, Mooloolaba prawns and other delicious local specialities. A full bar serving a selection of beer, wine and spirits
Corretto Café & Bar – International Terminal
Corretto Café & Bar is a full-service restaurant serving gourmet burgers, grilled halloumi salad, chicken parmigiana, and more. They also have a full bar serving a selection of beer, wine and spirits.
Grain Store Cafe & Bar – South Terminal
Grain Store is an offshoot of Bruno Loubet’s award-winning London restaurant, Priority Pass Select Cardholders and guests receive a £15 off the final bill per person per visit valid on any type of meal and/or drinks in a single transaction upon presentation of a valid card.
A family of three in Portland getting a total of $78 in credit at one of those restaurants sounds even better in many situations than heading to the Alaska Airlines lounge. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this newer way to put your Priority Pass membership to good use!
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