American Express Ending Priority Pass Restaurant Credits at the End of Summer

Get.com 5/30/2019

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American Express cardholders soon won't be permitted to use credits when visiting airport restaurants and bars that are affiliated with Priority Pass. The change was just announced this week. American Express is doing away with the special restaurant credits that have been available for cardholders with premium cards that come with Priority Pass membership.

However, cardholders still have time to take advantage of the soon-to-be-scrapped perk. The change doesn't become effective until Aug. 1 of this year. The list of cards impacted by the change includes the American Express Platinum Card®, the American Express Centurion Card®, the Hilton Ascend Card®, the Hilton Aspire Card®, Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ Card and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. Cardholders who opt to take advantage of restaurant credits instead of visiting lounges are given $28 to spend toward food and beverage per visit.

Eligible cardholders will still be able to gain access to Priority Pass lounge locations just as they always have once Aug. 1 rolls around. In addition, sleeper suites may still be selected once the restaurant credit is off the table at the end of the summer. Members can stay in the loop and keep an eye on the locations they have access to by simply logging into their Priority Pass accounts online via the lounge provider's website or app.

What can you do if you really enjoy using the dining credit and you're not happy about this latest update? American Express isn't the only card provider that offers this perk. U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve® and the Citi Prestige® Credit Card currently offer the $28 dining credit for travelers who sometimes prefer to visit a restaurant instead of a lounge. No changes have been announced regarding either of those cards as of time of writing.


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