My favorite perk, so far, is having a complimentary Priority Pass Select membership that grants me access to certain airport lounges around the world.
I tested out the perk on a recent layover in Washington, DC’s Ronald Reagan National Airport. Here’s what it was like.
I arrived in Washington at around 8 pm and was absolutely famished.
Most of the terminal’s restaurants were closed or closing, including my favorite, Ben’s Chili Bowl.
I checked the Priority Pass mobile application to see if there were any open lounges or restaurants I could use. I wasn’t hopeful but it was worth a shot.
Luckily, there was a restaurant in my terminal, the American Tap Room.
Although the Priority Pass app said it was closed, the restaurant was very much open. Flyers should check with the airport to see whether a restaurant is open since the app seems to be outdated.
I checked the terms of the deal and saw that I was, in fact, able to spend up to $28 and have it entirely covered by Priority Pass, except for the gratuity.
Normally, I would’ve walked right past this place. Airport food is often overpriced for what it is, and I would’ve just opted for fast food if this wasn’t a Priority Pass restaurant.
The food items were reasonably priced and my $28 allowance was enough for a proper meal consisting of an appetizer, entree, and a soft drink.
And the best part is that I could bring a guest and they’d get the $28 allowance, as well.
I started off with five wings as an appetizer. They cost $6.75 so I still had $21.75 to spend before I’d have to pay out of pocket.
The restaurant was quite crowded and I’m sure at least some were using the Priority Pass perk.
I honestly felt bad for the patrons that didn’t have Priority Pass.
Once the meal was said and done, I still had $7.40 leftover. I could’ve ordered a salad and took it with me in case I got hungry again, but I was content for the night.