Airport Lounges

JFK scores a Priority Pass restaurant

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If you aren’t familiar with the Priority Pass restaurant program, you may think that’s a typo.

But it’s not. In many airports around the world, Priority Pass has actively been expanding their network to include airport restaurants where you get a generous credit per diner when showing your Priority Pass card. To me, this is often much better than their lounges!

Remember that Priority Pass membership comes free with your Citi Prestige and Chase Sapphire Reserve cards. And the Hilton Business card includes 10 visits.

On a recent trip to Sydney, I was excited by the many Priority Pass restaurants (seven!) included. But we ate at two of them, MoVida and Bistro 2020, and they were both *terrible*. It can be hit or miss.

JFK has been a particularly weak spot for Priority Pass lounges, with two in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 4. Usually, if I’m flying from JFK it’s not from either of those terminals.  In fact, I just flew out of Terminal 8 two weeks ago on a Virgin America (now Alaska Airlines) flight.

The new addition is Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, which seems like a beauty of an addition. Note that for this particular restaurant, you can only bring one guest, even if you have the Chase Sapphire Reserve which otherwise allows unlimited guests. If you are a larger party with multiple cards, split up for seating….

From Priority Pass:


1. Cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement to receive US$28 off the bill. Each US$28 deduction represents a single lounge visit within the Cardholder’s existing lounge visit allocation for which the Cardholder will, where applicable, be charged. E.g. if a Cardholder registers 1 Guest they will receive US$56 off their bill which will be charged as 1 Cardholder visit + 1 Guest visit on their account. Only 1 membership card per visit per Cardholder will be accepted at point of entry.

Additional Information

2. US$28 is valid for purchase of any meal and/or drinks. To be eligible, Cardholders must present a valid card before placing an order. 3. US$28 is non-transferable & cannot be exchanged for cash substitute or refund if the final bill is lower than US$28 per person. 4. Cardholder is responsible for balance if total final bill exceeds US$28 per person. Any remaining balance cannot be used towards gratuity.Need a card that provides Priority Pass as a benefit?  Search signup bonuses for Point Rewards Credit Cards.

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