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Priority Pass, the world’s largest airport lounge network, has been getting creative the past year or so in terms of the “lounges” they’re adding to their network.
For example, they’ve added a restaurant at London Gatwick Airport to their network, where Priority Pass members get 15GBP of free food and drinks.
They’ve also added seven bars and restaurants at Sydney Airport, where members get 36AUD of free food and drinks.
Then they’ve added free rooms for one hour at Minute Suites locations in Dallas and Philadelphia.
That’s just a few examples. However, I think a lot of people will love one of the latest Priority Pass additions.
Priority Pass now gets you free tastings at an airport distillery!
This is located in Concourse C, near gate C6. Priority Pass members receive 28USD per person off their final bill. So if you have a Priority Pass membership with guesting privileges, you can potentially take three friends and get $112 off your bill, for example.
House Spirits Distillery at Portland Airport is open daily from 5AM until 10PM. Here’s how it’s described:
House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling resurgence. The company’s award-winning products are made exclusively in-house and are crafted in small batches with a passionate pursuit of perfection 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.
Here are the terms of visiting it through Priority Pass:
1. Cardholders must present a valid card for staff to swipe and record the visit incl. any accompanying guests. 2. Cardholder and guests must be 21 years or older. 3. Registered accompanying guests are eligible for the US$28 per person per visit off final bill. 4. US$28 is non-transferable & cannot be exchanged for cash substitute or refund if the final bill is lower than US$28 per person. 5. Cardholder is responsible for the balance if total final bill exceeds US$28 per person. 6. US$28 valid to purchase any type of drink/tasting sold at the tasting room, excl. bottle sales & merchandise. 7. US$28 per person per visit will be deducted from the total final bill. 8. If the distillery is unable to grant the credit, under no circumstances will an offer of compensation, cash substitute or similar be provided by any party. 9. Please note that the distillery may exceed their seating limit at certain times of the day & access to the distillery is at their sole discretion.
As you can see, this is valid on drinks or tastings of any sort, though excludes bottle sales and merchandise. While I can’t find anything on House Spirits Distillery’s website, Yelp suggests that you can do a whiskey flight for $20, spirit flight for $15, and mini cocktails are available for $5.
It’s especially useful that this is at Portland Airport, given that the only other Priority Pass lounge there is the Alaska Lounge, and it often has capacity controls in place. Furthermore, Priority Pass members can’t bring guests into the Alaska Lounge. So this will be a very nice alternative.
Which cards get you Priority Pass memberships?
As a reminder, if you don’t have access to Priority Pass, here are some of the best cards that get you access, along with their guesting policies:
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN||2||Yes||$300 Per Person|
|The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card||Unlimited Guests||Yes||$0|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card||Unlimited Guests||Yes||$75 Per Person|
Has anyone already visited the House Spirits Distillery, or plan to do so soon?