American Express Will Stop Offering Restaurant Credits with Priority Pass

American Express Will Stop Offering Restaurant Credits with Priority Pass

May 29, 2019         Written By John H. Oldshue

Starting August 1, American Express will no longer offer restaurant credits for cardholders with Priority Pass. This includes American Express Platinum and Centurion Cards, Hilton Aspire, Hilton Ascend, and Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ Cards.

To clarify, American Express is ending “complimentary access to non-lounge airport experiences.” The most popular non-lounge offer was the free credit American Express offered at select airport restaurants. Lounges can become crowded during peak travel seasons, so the restaurants provided an additional space for cardholders to relax between flights.

Restaurant credits are $28. American Express pays the restaurants $23 to $24 for each credit. That is significantly more than what AmEx pays to airport lounges. The card issuer may be cancelling the perk as a way to cut costs.

Many critics have pointed out that cardholders were beginning to abuse the Priority Pass restaurant credits.

Chase Sapphire Reserve said they are not changing restaurant perks for their Priority Pass members at this time.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of May 29, 2019. For up-to-date information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website. Many of the offers on this article are from our affiliate partners, and LowCards.com may be compensated if you take action with any of our affiliate partners.

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