Priority Pass has been adding all kinds of non-traditional lounges such as bars and restaurants to their airport lounge network.
JJ flew out of Cleveland last month and was able to order $84 of KIND bars for free from Bar Symon, as he, his wife, and his son were each given a $28 credit thanks to his Priority Pass membership.
Like the Priority Pass lounge, the bar only has a Rabanut hechsher, but they have beer, wine, and possibly other items that would be OK for those who only eat mehadrin. (Cue the Israel hashgocha comment fest…).
Schmoozy Bar is open 24 hours a day except when they are closed on Shabbos and Yom Tov.
Currently Sapphire Reserve cardholders can bring unlimited free guests into lounges, but effective 8/26 that will go down to 2 free guests in addition to the cardholder. Additional Sapphire Reserve cardholders (which cost $75 each annually) can also bring in 2 guests for free. Click Here to get more details on these cards and compare to other cards!
AMEX Platinum cardholders also get Priority Pass and can bring in 2 free guests. Additional Platinum cardholders (which cost $175 for 3 additional cardholders annually) can also bring in 2 free guests each.
Each guest that you bring in is entitled to 100 shekels of free items, so if you bring in 5 free guests before the Sapphire unlimited guest benefit ends on 8/25, you would get 600 shekels taken off your bill.
If you’re flying to Israel from Newark, don’t forget that you can also access the Art & Lounge in Newark Terminal B before security with Priority Pass. They brought us tons of kosher meals and snacks when we asked for some and they had kosher wine in the lounge as it’s used by El Al in Newark for their premium passengers. The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse is after security in Terminal B and is also available for Priority Pass cardholders, though the Clubhouse hours in Newark are restricted to just 2-6pm.
If you are flying through Ben Gurion let us know what you find to buy at Schmoozy Bar!