Amex Cardholders to Lose Priority Pass Restaurants, Cafés and Bars Access

Friday, May 31st, 2019
Updated: May 31st, 2019
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Priority Pass is a world-known program offering its members access to over 1200 airport VIP lounges with free food, drinks and entertainment in more than 500 cities across 143 countries. The program is available to everyone who’s paid for membership, regardless of a tickets class. It often comes for free or for a small additional payment with premium credit cards. The Platinum Card®, the Centurion® Cards, the Hilton Ascend® Card, the Hilton Aspire® Card, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ Card and the Business Platinum Card® credit cards from American Express are no exception.

However, this week American Express notified their US cardholders of termination of access to, as they call it, “non-lounge airport experiences” that include restaurants, cafés and bars outside the standard Priority Pass lounges. Visiting such experiences is a little different. In the participating restaurants, cafés and bars the cardholders are provided with a credit of about $28 that they can spend on food and beverage. Among other things, such extra spots allow to avoid overcrowdedness in the standard Priority Pass lounges.

The decision will take effect on August 1, 2019. So, if you own one of the listed above credit cards, you have two months left to enjoy all the Priority Pass benefits and use your card to the full. Moreover, the Amex Priority Pass bonus will still include the airport lounges and select sleeper suites access.

We cannot but rejoice that the changes are to affect only one issuer. Chase with their Sapphire Reserve® credit card and Citi with the Prestige® Card credit card, that also provide a Priority Pass membership, haven’t joined American Express in this restriction so far. These credit card companies will continue to offer their cardholders to use the full list of the Priority Pass program benefits.

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