New: LAX Priority Pass Restaurant

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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.

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, Priority Pass restaurants & bars include the following:

Priority Pass has just added their latest US restaurant location — Barney’s Beanery at LAX Terminal 2. Priority Pass members have access to the restaurant between 10:30AM and 12AM.

Terminal 2 at LAX is used primarily by Delta, though also by Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet, and more. While the South Terminals at the airport are all connected airside by walkways (Tom Bradley International Terminal, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 6, and Terminal 7), Terminal 2 isn’t connected airside to the other terminals. The exception is a limited shuttle service between Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and Tom Bradley International Terminal.

So if you’re not a Delta flyer and want to use the restaurant then you may have to clear security twice, though the good thing is that you can clear security at a terminal that’s different than the one you’re flying out of.

Here’s how the restaurant describes their food:

Barney’s Beanery serves a range of delicious food from Burgers, Soups, Salads, Chile and even items from South of the Border like Wet Burritos, Tacos and Quesadillas.

You can find the Barney’s Beanery menu here. As you can see, it doesn’t look like the healthiest menu, but then again, airport food rarely is. While this goes back quite a while, it seems like Barney’s Beanery also has a controversial past. At their West Hollywood location they had a “Fagots Stay Out” sign behind the bar, which was finally removed in 1985.

Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. While a valid boarding pass is required to use the restaurant, it would appear that either an outbound or inbound boarding pass would qualify.

The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $28 credit, and that credit can’t be applied towards gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here).

You may notice that the restaurant is only open to Priority Pass members starting at 10:30AM, even though it opens way before that. Presumably that’s because the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Terminal 2 opens for Priority Pass members between 5AM and 10:45AM (in the past it would just open in the afternoons). My guess is that since they’re exclusively opening for Priority Pass members they have some kind of a non-compete clause that means there can’t be another Priority Pass lounge in the terminal during those times. I could be wrong, though.


The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LAX, which is open to Priority Pass members during select hours

As a reminder, the following are some of the popular credit cards that come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges):

Card# Of Guests Who Get Free AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
The Platinum Card® from American Express2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN2Yes$300 Per Person
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit CardUnlimited GuestsYes$0
Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card2Yes$75 Per Person

Bottom line

LAX is a tricky airport when it comes to lounge access, given how many terminals there are, and given that some of the terminals aren’t connected airside. The addition of Barney’s Beanery is great news for Delta flyers from LAX, since they now have access to a Priority Pass option at virtually all hours of the day.

Is anyone planning on checking out Barney’s Beanery at LAX using Priority Pass?

(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

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Comments

  1. So AMEX Platinums will just double dip here, if flying Delta: eat the restaurant, and then drink at the Sky Club!

  2. The South Terminals, not the North terminals, are connected via walkway. Terminals4-8 are on the south side.

  3. Ben,

    I would have thought you might have written something about Mr. Bourdain. I’m sure you saw he’s no longer with didn’t you : (

  4. Just an FYI — The first Barney’s Beanery (in WeHo) has been around forever and has a checkered past when it comes to gay rights/tolerance.

  5. Why do you find it “appropriate” for a business not to pay it’s employees fairly? Of course the cost of a (quasi-mandatory tips gratuities) should be included!

  6. @lucky

    You don’t need a Delta boarding pass to access the shuttles between T2/T3/TBIT. The only situation you’ll need to clear security twice is if you decide to walk landslide and cut across the terminal horseshoe area.

  7. Someone should do a test of how long it actually takes to get from T2 to T7 airside using the shuttles and walking.

    On a related note, I can confirm the Alaska lounge at LAX T6 is still essentially closed to PP. I tried on a Saturday morning recently and they still weren’t allowing PP. That is usually one of the lightest traffic times for lounges. PP should kick them out of the program.

  8. This is ridiculous, we need more options at TBT International Terminal and not some distance from there. KAL lounge has limited time of service to PPS members 12:00 – 20:00. Terminal 2 at LAX usually serves Aeromexico, Air Canada / Canada Jazz, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, Avianca, Hawaiian Airlines, KLM, LACSA, Northwest, Sun Country, TACA, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris and West Jet.

    While TBT International Terminal serves Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Copa Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Airlines, LAN (Chile), LAN (Peru), Lufthansa, Malaysia Airline, Mexicana Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai Airways, and Turkish Airlines.

  9. Yes, Barney’s has an anti-gay history. Not sure if it has the same owners as it did in the 80s.

  10. @Tom I agree! the only time ive transited from one terminal to the other was walking on the sidewalk, it took forever! LAX is the worst with non-connected terminals

  11. An important correction regarding Barney’s Beanery, from an openly gay former West Hollywood resident and frequent business traveler. While it is true that Barney’s had an anti-gay sign (mirroring, more or less, mainstream attitudes in the US at the time), it was removed some 33 years ago. Since then, the Beanery has been incredibly gay-friendly. They sport a pride flag and host various parties around Gay Pride. I am personally a long-time patron and enjoyed seeing this satellite pop up at LAX. Why shame a business for a long-corrected mistake when we can can celebrate their making it right?

  12. HI Ben,

    How do guests work? For example if I have the priority pass through Chase Reserve… would it be $28PP still for guests? or is it $28 per priority pass card>

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