$74 in Food, Drinks and Snacks for Free at Portland (PDX) Airport
I found myself at the Portland (PDX) airport on a 90 minute layover recently. This was a perfect amount of time to test out the Priority Pass offerings at PDX. If you’re not familiar with Priority Pass, it is a lounge membership that is included with many Premium credit cards. PDX is unique as it has more than just lounge offerings.; it has 3 locations where each location gives you a $28 credit to use with the priority pass.
After deplaning, I headed straight for Capers Cafe. Having browsed the menu online, I knew what I wanted already… “Lox N Bagel.” I placed my order with an Orange Juice on the side and the total came out to $20.75. I gave the cashier my Priority Pass card and was asked for an outgoing boarding pass. I signed their receipt machine and waited for my order.
The second stop on my PDX tour was Capers Market. Again, you are given a $28 credit to use on most anything. From reading other blog articles, I saw that you could even grab wine and/or beer. After finding a $25 bottle of red wine, I went to the cashier, presented my Priority Pass card and… was denied. They told me that recently it had changed to not include Wine or Beer. So, plan B was in motion, get as close to $28 in snacks as I could without going over. My end total was $25.50.
House Spirits Distillery
The third stop on my tour was to the House Spirits Distillery. They have various tastings you can do or cocktails to try. Again, a $28 credit is given for what you would like. I did the Sampler Flight which, coincidentally, is $28. It included 3 whiskies, and 3 cocktails one of them being a highball and the other 2 you choose.
Alaska Airlines Lounge
Alaska Airlines also has a lounge that you can visit with the Priority Pass. I had about 30 minutes to kill after my tour, and headed to the lounge. Unfortunately, as has been the situation lately, the lounge was closed to Priority Pass members. So I went to my gate and waited to board.
As you can see, I was able to get $74+ in food, drinks and snacks for $0 out of pocket. The next time you take off from PDX or have a layover, make sure to use your Priority Pass card to try a few new options.