Priority Pass Devaluation: Amex-Issued Priority Pass Memberships Losing Restaurant Access From August 1

American Express has announced some disappointing news today, advising that Priority Pass memberships obtained as a benefit from Amex cards will lose access to Priority Pass restaurants from August 1, 2019.

Tuna burger sliders at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill at Boston Logan Airport

Tuna burger sliders at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill at Boston Logan Airport

These restaurant options have been a welcome addition to Priority Pass for several reasons. They’re the only option at some airports with no other Priority Pass lounges, they offer more filling meal options than most lounges and can be in more convenient locations at airports with multiple terminals. I’ve used this benefit numerous times, most recently at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill at Boston Airport to order some tasty tuna burger sliders topped with seaweed salad and sriracha aioli.

It’ll be interesting to see if Chase follows American Express in removing access to Priority Pass restaurants or if they’ll keep it as a benefit for customers in order to differentiate themselves. The pessimist in me assumes that they’ll also remove restaurant access at some point in the coming months, but I’d love for them to prove me wrong. The Priority Pass membership that comes with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card offers unlimited guesting privileges, so Priority Pass could be incurring large costs by allowing unlimited guests for restaurants. If they try passing those costs on to Chase (which might be what’s led to this Amex change), I can’t imagine Chase will want to subsidize that for much longer.

h/t View From The Wing

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Josh
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Josh

The Reserve no longer offers unlimited guests. That is long gone.

Ryan
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Ryan

I’d give Chase about 2 weeks before they follow Amex in removing restaurants. Of course I’m a hard-core pessimist so hopefully I’m wrong! But the CC and loyalty program world is a fickle one of race-to-the-bottom mindsets!

Daniel Kimberlin
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Daniel Kimberlin

Priority pass is basically worthless any more save for the restaurants. Without that it is of very little value to me. The signs at most of my visited lounges are permanently out that say no priority pass so restaurants are my only use.

scott l
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scott l

Agreed. The CLT lounge is a “minute suites” which is limited to 1 hour and no snacks. Great for business travelers who need a spot to take a call or do work in quiet, but otherwise pretty much useless for me on personal travel. Huge reason I’m already considering ditching Priority Pass (or at least trimming to one card only between myself and wife) and signing up for Amex for their lounge access when they open next year. As they continue to cut back in other airports their value to me continues to shrink.

YoniPDX
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YoniPDX

That was one of the things that made Platinum card worth holding and more of a break even – Makes CSR so much more attractive as well as other premium cards.

matthesf
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matthesf

So in this arrangement, the restaurants would bill back Priority Pass the $28 credits/charges…and then didn’t Priority Pass ever charge/bill AMEX (perhaps like they would like for lounge visits??) or was Priority Pass always covering/eating that cost? Did they recently begin passing that charge onto the AMEX? Just trying to understand who was on the hook for all these increased $$ coming through. Thanks for the info.

mark
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mark

According to Doctor of Credit, this is only for Amex cards issued in Hong Kong.

Billy Bob
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Billy Bob

Remember:
1) they fed you on the plane
2) it’s all junk anyway
3) you’re already too fat!

Brian
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Brian

It’s Amex that is doing the devaluation. And this is after I just paid $595 for the business Platinum

Al f
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Al f

Anyone know how to figure out which priority pass is with which card? I have so many I can’t tell anymore

AlexL
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AlexL

“Priority Pass cards with 16 digits on the front are issued by Chase, while cards with 11 digits on the front are issued by other banks, including American Express and Citi.” Quoted from One Mile At A Time, which credited DoC.
The one from chase should start with 735, while the ones from American Express and Citi should all start with 142 and end with 1. To further differentiate, you have to call the number on the back of your priority pass card to inquire.

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[…] Airport Lounge Access – Priority Pass Select Lounges: Priority Pass Select member plus two guests are allowed free entrance.  Unfortunately, beginning Aug 1 2019 this membership will not include Priority Pass restaurants. […]