How To Score Free Food At Airport Restaurants

If you’ve used Priority Pass to access an airport lounge, you may be underwhelmed by the free food offerings, depending on where you are. But there’s a way to get higher quality food without shelling out any more money.

One benefit you may not be aware of is that Priority Pass offers meal credits, typically of $US28 ($39), in partnership with some airport restaurants, as Sally French writes for the Wirecutter. This helps with lounge overcrowding, and gives members an extra perk. French explains (emphasis mine):

Some of the restaurants allow you to bring a guest too, netting you and a lucky friend a combined $US56 ($78) off your bill (even if your friend doesn’t have Priority Pass).

You simply present your card and order off the menu, and you get $US28 ($39) off. You’re on the hook for any charges beyond $US28 ($39), and gratuity is always extra (you should tip on the full amount, not the discounted amount you pay).

That’s a great deal if you get to the airport early (or have a layover) and don’t want to deal with potentially sub-par offerings in the lounges themselves. French notes, too, that she uses the perk to snag food for later:

Sometimes I’m not hungry at the airport, as was the case during a layover in Sydney en route to Queensland. When I landed in Sydney, I went to Movida (a restaurant that offers AU$36 off the bill) and grabbed a roast pumpkin and hummus sandwich $20 and a chocolate croissant $8, which I saved for the next day to nosh on during a hike in Springbrook National Park.

Priority Pass’s website notes that the offer “may vary by location and/or time.” The Points Guy has a list of all of the Priority Pass restaurants around the world.

To become a Priority Pass member, you either need to sign up on its website (you pay an annual fee, and then a fee each visit), or access it through a travel rewards card, if you have one.