If you’re a frequent traveler, getting a Priority Pass membership could make a lot of sense for you. Priority Pass not only provides access to airport lounges, but you could also eat for free or at a discount at Priority Pass restaurants in airports across the U.S. and the globe.
Figuring out which restaurants participate can be complicated, but this guide can help you find a Priority Pass restaurant at a location convenient to you.
How do Priority Pass restaurant credits work?
Priority Pass provides access to its network of more than 1,200 independent airport lounges, regardless of which airline you fly with. In many of these airport lounges, food and drinks are available to guests.
But in addition to lounge admission, your membership can also provide access to discounted or even free meals at participating airport restaurants — including 28 restaurants in the U.S. as well as additional restaurants abroad in major cities, including London and Sydney. The specific discount you’ll receive is determined by restaurant but is typically around $28. When you use your Priority Pass membership at a participating restaurant, the discount typically counts as a lounge visit.
To find participating restaurants, you can visit Priority Pass and click “Find lounges and more.” You’ll be asked to input the city, airport name, or airport code where you’re interested in using your Priority Pass membership. Once you do, participating restaurants and lounges are listed. For example, at Washington D.C. Reagan National, you could visit the Bracket Room sports lounge in Terminal B or dine at American Tap Room in Terminal C.
Read the offer’s fine print
When you find a restaurant in your airport of choice, be sure to read about the details of using your Priority Pass membership. The Priority Pass website not only tells you the opening hours but also any conditions applicable to your discounted dining experience.
For example, if you bring a guest, you can often double the credit you receive — but this will then count as two lounge visits. If your Priority Pass membership allows unlimited visits, this probably won’t matter to you. But if you’re limited to a specific number of visits annually, you’ll need to be sure you’re comfortable using up a portion of your visits.
Similarly, if you have a Priority Pass membership that requires you to pay for each lounge visit you and a guest make, you’ll want to make sure the restaurant credit actually offers value to you. Priority Pass recommends these customers review their membership’s Conditions of Use before using restaurant credits.
You may also be required to provide a valid Priority Pass membership card as well as a boarding pass showing you’re traveling on the day you’re dining in the restaurant. Some food items may also be ineligible. For instance, “grab and go” items are sometimes excluded from the discount.
Lastly, remember you’re responsible for the remaining balance above and beyond the credited amount. Your credit also won’t count towards gratuity, and you should tip on the full bill before the Priority Pass discount.
28 U.S. Priority Pass restaurants where you can eat for free
|Boston (BOS)||Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|Boston (BOS)||Stephanie’s||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|Cleveland (CLE)||Bar Symon||$28 per person|
|Denver (DEN)||Timberline Steaks & Grille||$28 per person|
|Fort Lauderdale (FLL)||Kafe Kalik||$28 per person|
|Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP)||RJ Rockers Flight Room||$28 per person|
|Houston Intercontinental (IAH)||Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|Houston Intercontinental (IAH)||Landry’s Seafood||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|Indianapolis (IND)||The Fan Zone||$28 per person|
|Lexington (LEX)||Kentucky Ale Taproom||$28 per person|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||P.F. Changs||$30 per person for you and up to 2 guests|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||Rock & Brews||$28 per person|
|Miami (MIA)||Air Margaritaville||$28 per person|
|Miami (MIA)||Corona Beach House||$30 per person|
|Miami (MIA)||Viena||$28 per person|
|New York Kennedy (JFK)||Bobby Van’s Steakhouse||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|Portland (PDX)||Capers Cafe Le Bar||$28 per person|
|St. Louis (STL)||The Pasta House||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|St. Louis (STL)||The Pasta House & Schlafly Beer||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|San Francisco (SFO)||San Francisco Giants Clubhouse||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|San Francisco (SFO)||Yankee Pier||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|Syracuse (SYR)||Johnny Rockets||$28 per person|
|Tampa (TPA)||The Cafe by Mise en Place||$28 per person|
|Tucson (TUS)||Noble Hops||$28 per person|
|Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD)||Chef Geoff’s||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|Washington D.C. National (DCA)||American Tap Room||$28 per person for you and 1 guest|
|Washington D.C. National (DCA)||Bracket Room||$28 per person|
How to get a Priority Pass membership
You can become a Priority Pass member by signing up online. There are three tiers of membership. Higher tiers of membership provide more free visits to airport lounges but come at a higher cost.
- Standard Membership: $99 annual fee; members and guests pay $32 per visit.
- Standard Plus Membership: $299 annual fee; members get 10 free visits, then pay $32 per visit. Guests must pay $32 each visit.
- Prestige Membership: $429 annual fee; members have unlimited free visits. Guests pay $32 each visit.
But purchasing a membership through Priority Pass isn’t your only option. A more economical path to membership could be found in the many cards that offer free Priority Pass memberships. These cards tend to have annual fees but usually come with other rewards and valuable perks, such as upgraded hotel rooms or free air travel thanks to statement credits or companion tickets.
Here are just some of the cards offer Priority Pass membership as a cardholder perk.
|Card||# of free lounge visits/year||Annual fee|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||Unlimited||$450|
|Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express*||10||$95|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card*||Unlimited||$450|
|Platinum Card from American Express*||Unlimited||$550|
|Business Platinum Card from American Express*||Unlimited||$595|
|U.S. Altitude Reserve||4||$400|
*Starting on August 1, 2019, Priority Pass restaurant access will not be available with American Express cards.
Now you can eat for free at a Priority Pass restaurant
You’ve learned now how to find a Priority Pass restaurant and should understand more about how to score a free or discounted meal using a Priority Pass restaurant credit.
Discounted dining is a major perk of Priority Pass cards and is an important cardholder benefit that can make paying an annual fee for a premium membership or credit card worth it. But don’t forget to consider how often you travel and whether Priority Pass lounges and restaurants are available at airports you frequently fly through before deciding if Priority Pass is right for you.