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Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars in the US join Priority Pass. The concept is that at some airports Priority Pass has a tough time striking a deal with a major lounge due to crowding issues, so when that’s not possible, they instead work with a restaurant.
My assumption is that Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so instead Priority Pass is just paying these restaurants a fixed amount, and then you can spend some dollar amount at that restaurant (typically $28-30). So far in the US, non-traditional Priority Pass locations include:
- House Spirits Distillery Portland Airport
- Capers Cafe Le Bar Portland Airport
- Capers Market Portland Airport
- Timberline Steaks & Grille Denver Airport
- Corona Beach House Miami Airport
- The Pasta House St. Louis Airport
- Kentucky Ale Taproom Lexington Airport
Priority Pass has just added their latest US restaurant location — Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at JFK Airport Terminal 8 is now part of Priority Pass. The restaurant is open daily from 6AM until 10PM. It’s located airside, after security. Just walk about 100 feet and you’ll see the restaurant on the right, near gate 14, and across from the elevators to the Admirals Club.
For those of you not familiar with JFK’s layout, Terminal 8 at JFK is primarily used by American Airlines, though there are also flights operated by Cathay Pacific, LATAM, Royal Jordanian, and Qatar Airways departing from the terminal. Unfortunately Terminal 8 isn’t connected airside to any other terminal at the airport.
Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. This restaurant has added one other restriction we haven’t seen before — you’re limited to bringing one guest, meaning that you can get at most $56 worth of credit for two people. Of course if multiple travelers each have their own Priority Pass memberships, then you could get significantly more credit. The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $28 credit, and that credit can’t be applied to gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here). You do need a same day boarding pass to visit the restaurant with Priority Pass, though either an arriving or departing boarding pass should do the trick.
As you can see, this is definitely one of the higher end restaurants belonging to Priority Pass. Some will like that, since you can actually get good (and hopefully high quality) food, while others won’t, since the credit won’t get you as far as it would at some other Priority Pass restaurants.
As a reminder, the following credit cards come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges, though keep in mind this restaurant limits you to one guest):
|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||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
This is a fantastic new addition to the Priority Pass network, especially given that there’s not currently a Priority Pass lounge at JFK’s Terminal 8, and the terminals aren’t connected airside. I’d say this is probably the highest end restaurant to join the Priority Pass network, and I can’t wait to check it out.
The only downside is the restriction of one guest per Priority Pass membership, which is one of the stricter policies we’ve seen from a Priority Pass location.
Do you plan on visiting Bobby Van’s Steakhouse using Priority Pass?