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There are over 1000 airport lounges that a Priority Pass will gain you access to, most of those are spread throughout airports around the world. In order to expand their network in the US (where they have only about 6% of their total lounges) they’ve been adding airport restaurants where you can get a $28 per person credit to spend.
If you bought a Priority Pass membership directly, the normal price of unlimited lounge visits (but no free guests) is $399.
However Priority Pass comes bundled with several premium credit cards, and often not just with unlimited visits but even unlimited guests (subject to capacity of the lounge). Here’s a chart comparing policies:
I’m super excited that Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at New York JFK terminal 8 is now participating in Priority Pass. (HT: One Mile at a Time)
That’s the American Airlines terminal in New York, that also services Qatar, Royal Jordanian, Cathay Pacific and LATAM.
The lounge scene is certainly much improved in the terminal already with the introduction of the American Airlines Flagship Lounge there and the renovated main concourse Admirals Club.
Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge Entrance at the Elevator on Right, Bobby Van’s is Just to the Right
There’s no club option for passengers without access to those, however, and the new JFK American Express Centurion lounge will be going into terminal 4 (which is not connected airside).
Bobby Van’s steakhouse offers decent for airport, albeit expensive, food. It’s immediately to your right when you clear security.
- You get $28 credit per person with your Priority Pass card.
- Regardless of which Priority Pass membership you have you can only get $28 credits for yourself and one guest ($56 total). Of course if more than one person in your party has a Priority Pass card each can use that for themselves and a guest.
- The credit can be used towards any meal and drinks by presenting the card prior to placing an order. The $28 per person credit cannot be used towards the tip. You’re on the hook for that and for any additional spend beyond $28.
Here are the menus. Going beyond breakfast or a sandwich or salad in the afternoon and evening you’ll burn through the credit rather quickly here. They offer $16 burgers, but they list entrees up to $49.
If you have multiple Priority Pass cards like I do it might be interesting to make friends with your waiter, order an appetizer and run one card then order your entree..