Priority Pass offers access to over 1,0000 independent airport lounges worldwide, and many premium credit cards (such as The Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, and The Business Platinum® Card) come with a Priority Pass membership as a cardmember benefit.
With AmEx’s expansion of their popular Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass has been making positive additions to their lounge network including Minute Suites for travelers needing a quick nap at ATL/PHL/DEN, and new restaurant options that allow members to enjoy a full service meal.
In early September, Priority Pass added a pretty generous “lounge” option in Terminal C at Denver International Airport (DEN) – Timberline Steaks & Grille.
The restaurant is open daily from 6am until 10pm (9pm on Saturday) and is located airside in Terminal C, right by the AirTrain. I had a chance to dine here twice this weekend, and I must say that I was impressed! Not only was the food good with large portions, the prices were extremely reasonable for an airport restaurant. You can view the full menu with prices here.
If you’re not already familiar, the lounge benefit is extremely generous. Each guest is allowed a total credit of $28 to be used towards the bill (alcohol and take-out is included), so if you’re traveling as a family of 4 – that’s $112 off your bill! It’s also worth pointing out that you can “enter” the lounge every 2 hours, so if you have an longer layover at DEN, it’s possible to dine several times (or order food to go to bring on your flight). Keep in mind that gratuity is not included and unused credit cannot be applied towards it.
The restaurant is spacious, but can get very busy during peak times, so be prepared to wait for a table or you can take advantage of open seating at the bar. Also, as you can imagine, business has soared since its inclusion in the Priority Pass network. My server told me that they had 6,000 Priority Pass visits in September, and they’re already over 12,000 for this month!
During my first visit, I had lunch with 3 other guests. We ordered as we pleased, and our bill (including an order of steak quesadillas to go) only came to $76. On my second visit, I had breakfast with one guest (including the most expensive item on the menu – steak & eggs), and we were still under the $56 limit.
I really enjoyed my experience at this new Priority Pass lounge, and I think the allowance is very generous. With a deal this good, I wouldn’t be surprised if Priority Pass soon implemented a limit on number of visits allowed over a certain period of time.
What are your thoughts? Have you had a chance to swing by?