Cleveland Gets A Priority Pass Restaurant/Bar (It’s Part Of The Network Already)


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There’s something beautifully poetic about a bar joining Priority Pass on St Patrick’s day but that’s really what happened last weekend. Ok, so the venue isn’t just a bar (it’s a restaurant too) but the name “Bar Symon” does seem to indicate where the establishment’s expertise lies.

In the past 18 months Priority Pass has been employing a new tactic in its efforts to increase its presence in the United States and this tactic has been to parter with restaurants in airports where it’s finding it hard to partner with an existing lounge.

The way this works is as follows:

If you have a Priority Pass membership (through a credit card or direct from Priority Pass) you are given between $28 and $30 of credit spend on each visit to any of the restaurants on the Priority Pass list. Guests are allowed too (although some establishments set a limit of 1) and they too get a $28 -$30 credit as well.

Some locations have a limit to the number of guests a Priority Pass member can bring along (you can check details on the Priority Pass website) but, apart from that, there’s really no catch to the  $28 – $30 food and drink credit members and their guests are given.

Leading up to this past weekend the list of participating establishments was as follows:

  • Bobby Van’s Steakhouse – JFK Airport Terminal 8
  • Capers Cafe Le Bar Portland Airport
  • Capers Market Portland Airport
  • Corona Beach House Miami Airport
  • House Spirits Distillery Portland Airport
  • Kentucky Ale Taproom Lexington Airport
  • The Pasta House St. Louis Airport
  • Timberline Steaks & Grille Denver Airport

Now Bar Symon on Concourse C at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has joined Priority Pass

Opening Hours:

  • Sunday – Friday: 04:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday: 04:00 – 19:30

Location:

Between Gates C4 and C6 on Concourse C

Conditions:

  • Priority Pass members will get a $28 credit which represents a single lounge visit within a members allocation (not an issue if you have unlimited free entries).
  • Members can bring just one guest who will also be entitled to a $28 credit.
  • Only 1 membership can be used per person per visit (if you have multiple Priority Pass memberships courtesy of your credit cards you can only use one).
  • $28 is valid as a credit against the purchase of food and drinks
  • The Priority Pass member must present his/her valid membership card before placing an order
  • The member is responsible for any balance due above the credited amount.

Here’s what Bar Symon has to say about itself:

Bar Symon offers a cozy respite from the hustle and bustle of busy airport travel. With locations at Pittsburgh International Airport, [Cleveland International Airport] and Washington Dulles International Airport, chef Michael Symon delivers a menu of hearty comfort food for travelers to enjoy in a vibrant tap house setting.

Menus feature Symon signatures such as his award-winning Fat Doug burger with coleslaw, pastrami, stadium mustard and swiss cheese; Pulled Pork sandwich with coffee BBQ sauce, creamy coleslaw and pickles; and Potato & Cheese Pierogi with kielbasa, griddled onions and mustard sour cream. The airport eatery is equipped with power outlets at every table and bar stool as well as flight status screens to allow passengers to connect and keep tabs on their flight during their meal.

Sounds tasty…but this is clearly a place where healthy eating takes a back seat!

Thoughts

The pictures that Priority Pass has got of its new location aren’t exactly blowing me away but, as this is the first Priority Pass establishment at Cleveland, this is definitely a move in the right direction.

There’s no American Airlines Admiral’s Club or Delta Sky Club in Cleveland and Bar Symon opens an hour before the United Club (between gates C14 and C16) so this new addition to Priority Pass should benefit quite a few travelers.

Bar Symon offers power and wi-fi (two essentials when you’re on the road) and, let’s face it, given the choice of a tap house or an airport gate where would you prefer to wait for your flight? 🙂

Priority Pass USA & Priority Pass UK are both currently running a Spring Promotion with up to 20% off membership

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