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Gone are the lounge days…restaurant credits are the way to go. One of the benefits of holding a credit card that offers the Priority Pass as a benefit is using it at restaurants around the world for a full meal. In the past year I’ve gotten at least a couple hundred in benefit by using my Priority to enjoy $28 worth of free food at their membership restaurants around the world. My most recent visit was at the uber busy SFO airport, Terminal 3 at Yankee Pier. They even pro-actively asked me when my boarding time was so they could get my meal to me quickly.
Which credit cards offer a free Priority Pass?
Here’s a few:
Most of the cards listed below offer the membership with 2 guests.
- Citi Prestige
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- American Express Platinum
- American Express Business Platinum
- American Express Hilton Honors Aspire
- American Express Hilton Honors Ascend ( 10 visits no guests )
- American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Luxury Card
- US Bank Altitude Reserve
Yankee Pier SFO Terminal 3, near gate 72
The Yankee Pier is a full service, sit down or at the bar, restaurant. When I visited, it was PACKED with Priority Pass members. How did I know? All the tables around me asked about the $28 per person benefit afforded them by the membership.
My Meal: Tofu Scramble w/o tofu
The meal was delicious. Service was great, and if you’re transiting, whether it be domestically or internationally, it’s worth a visit.
TIP, TIP, TIP – I couldn’t stress this more. This is an incredible benefit, and if a tip isn’t included, please leave cash.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.