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.
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.