Updated: Oct 18, 2019
Yes you read that right. You and your guests can indulge in over $84 worth of food and drinks at the Portland International Airport through the Priority Pass network.
UPDATE 3/15/18: Due to to the immense popularity of Priority Pass at Portland International Airport, you will no longer be able to purchase alcohol at Capers Cafe and you must also possess an outbound ticket to use your card.
Take advantage of the perks Priority Pass offers at the Portland International Airport. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
Ever heard of Priority Pass?
No? Well it is a network of worldwide lounges and restaurants. You can purchase a membership package directly through the Priority Pass website or be automatically granted a free Priority Pass Select membership that comes with certain luxury credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
So why should I sign up? Huge benefits.
The main benefit of the having a Priority Pass membership is lounge access. Their network consists of over 1,000 lounges worldwide!
Standard membership starts as low as $99 per year up to the Prestige membership which is $399 per year ($89 or $359, which is a 10% savings using my affiliate link).
My advice is to get the free Priority Pass Select membership when you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card.
The main difference between the Priority Pass Prestige and the Priority Pass Select membership is that if you bring a guest to a lounge it will cost you $28 per guest (through Standard, Standard Plus & Prestige) versus free access for guests (through Select).
The other huge benefit is that some airports also have participating restaurants, bistros and bars that offer each member and their guest(s) a credit of $28 each.
Disclaimer: Please note that lounges and restaurants which exceed their seating limit will use their own discretion in allowing Priority Pass members and their guests.
Priority Pass at the Portland International Airport
If you are flying in and out of Portland and have a Priority Pass membership, use your perks!
The Portland International Airport has one lounge and three participating restaurants, which are part of the Priority Pass network. They are:
The Alaska Lounge
House Spirits Distillery
Capers Cafe Le Bar
On a recent weekend trip we (my wife and friends) visited beautiful Portland, Oregon. I was excited to be able to use my Priority Pass card and enjoy the perks that come with it.
The Alaska Lounge
The first stop was the Alaska Lounge, however due to it's small size and seniority given to Alaska Airlines frequent fliers, I was denied access. I was slightly bummed out at not being able to relax for a couple of hours in a nice quiet lounge, but I pressed forward.
A peek inside the House Spirits Distillery - a first of it's kind airport tasting room. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
The House Spirits Distillery
Not very far from the lounge was the House Spirits Distillery, so I decided to check it out and grab some drinks. I was also very curious to see how the $28 credit would work.
Cocktail menu at House Spirits Distillery at the Portland International Airport. (Photo by Digital Nomad)
The House Spirits Distillery is a first of it's kind airport tasting room. It's beautifully decorated with plenty of space to hang out.
The friendly staff was very welcoming and after we asked about using our Priority Pass cards, it was an easy process. I should mention that each of us had a Priority Pass card, which we used to our advantage.
Excellent, free whiskey flights at House Spirits Distillery when you use your Priority Pass card. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
My friend used his Priority Pass card for first round of free drinks, which ended up being three whiskey flights (worth $28 each). I used my card for the second round of drinks, but we didn't use my wife's card because we got hungry and wanted to check out the next place.
So to recap: We drank $168 worth of whiskey and cocktails! (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
Capers Cafe Le Bar
Feeling buzzed, hungry and still amazed about the free whiskey we just drank we walked down the terminal to Capers Cafe Le Bar.
Capers Cafe Le Bar is a big open-space with tons of seating. They sell excellent meals, beer and wine.
When our server came over to our table, we let her know that we will be using our Priority Pass card. This is recommended just as a courtesy. With $28 credit per person looking at the menu felt like being kid in a candy store.
$28 worth of free wine when you use your Priority Pass card at Capers Cafe Le Bar. (Digital Nomad Foodie)
We started off with some wine (please note that you will no longer be able to use your $28 credit towards beer, wine or liquor) and also ordered a plate of pasta and a bacon cheeseburger. The food that Capers Cafe Le Bar is definitely gourmet. It's not the typical, cheap airport meal. Look at the photos below if you don't believe me.
A big plate of delicious seafood pasta, which is free when you use your Priority Pass card. (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
This is what you call a real hamburger! (Photo by Digital Nomad Foodie)
The next time I travel to Portland, I will bypass the Alaska Lounge and take advantage of all the excellent food again. I'll also check out the Capers Market, which my friend said he was able to buy snacks and other items using his Priority Pass card!