Your Rewards Credit Card Gets You Up to $56 at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse (JFK Terminal 8)

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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..

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  1. There is also a Japanese restaurant in Singapore’s airport terminal 2 that serves you free food with one entrée dish per guest on priority pass for free. It is next to a krisflyer lounge and is a standalone restaurant.

  2. I’m happy about this, a big step up from Corona Beach House. The burger I got at “the bridge” in the Flagship Lounge sucked, I know you liked the burger at Flagship First dining (same kitchen, right)? Maybe I was unlucky, but it was a tiny overcooked patty that was only lukewarm.

    Please do a comparison of Bobby Van’s burger to Flagship Lounge (or Flagship First Dining).

    I was thinking of upgrading from J to F on JFK-LAX but now that I have this option, FFD isn’t enough of a draw, and since I’m travelling with someone, J seems better for a daytime flight.

  3. It is a Japanese-Korean Restaurant called TGM and is on Level 3 Terminal 2 in Singapore’s Changi airport .Airside – main departure lounge, Level 3.
    Their Bento boxes are great!

  4. The rules say you have to present your Priority Club Select Card and a same-day ticket. So it seems that you could hit Bobby Van’s upon arrival. Do the rules permit using the Priority Club Lounge upon arrival?

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