Priority Pass gets you access to four different places in the Portland airport, and the American Express Platinum card can get you one more. Concourses are all connected airside so you have access to everything with a bit of a walk.
You can have a complimentary tasting at House Spirits Distillery (but you can’t use your credit for retail purchases).
At both Capers Market and Capers Cafe Le Bar you have to be departing on a flight — no arriving passengers, they check your boarding passes — and they won’t sell you merchandise with your credit it has to be food and beverages. You can visit both restaurants and use Priority Pass credits at each. The C and D concourses are connected airside.
Capers Market is right past security at concourse D (the Cafe is right past security at concourse C). The cafe has hot items and an extensive wine list by the glass.
Here’s the cafe:
And here’s the market:
The market has a to go counter and a bar. You can buy food from the to go counter and sit down to eat it if you’d like (or the bartender will be happy to bring food to those tables, after all they expect to be tipped).
My wife and I each ordered a bagel and lox, and got a bottle of water. That brought our total with tax to $40.
That’s when I went looking for anything else I might want, since our credit would be $56 ($28 x 2).
After breakfast it was lounge time. I had two lounge options:
- Alaska Airlines Lounge. The lounge is accessible via Priority Pass. Though the Seattle lounges were quite bad about turning away Priority Pass customers before leaving the program, the Portland lounge isn’t quite as overcrowded and still accepts the card. Either way though
- Delta SkyClub. The lounge is accessible with a Platinum Card by American Express and a same day Delta boarding pass and I was flying Delta.
The airport also has a United Club by gate E1.
Honestly the Delta club in Portland is busy, dated, and even kind of sad — but better than waiting in the terminal.
I think using a $28 per person food and beverage credit, grabbing a table, and using the airport’s free wifi is the way to go here.