This year Priority Pass has added several non-traditional establishments to their US lounge network. In the past almost all of their US lounges were actual airport lounges, while this year we’ve seen them add a handful of restaurants to the network. This is a solution they’re using at many airports where they haven’t been able to get actual lounges to join the program, so it’s a creative way for them to still give members access to something.
Currently Priority Pass has the following restaurants and bars in their US lounge network:
- House Spirits Distillery Portland Airport
- Capers Cafe Le Bar Portland Airport
- Capers Market Portland Airport
- Timberline Steaks & Grills Denver Airport
- Corona Beach House Miami Airport
At all of these locations Priority Pass members get up to $28 each off the cost of what they eat & drink, except for Corona Beach House, where members get $30 each off.
My assumption has long been that Priority Pass pays lounges on a per visit basis when their members access a lounge, and that the concept is similar for their restaurant locations. If they have to pay X dollars for a member to access a lounge, they might as well make it more flexible and give members the ability to spend X dollars at a restaurant. It certainly increases customer satisfaction in the program.
However, the exact reimbursement rates are confidential, so up until now we’ve only been able to guess. My assumption is that Priority Pass isn’t reimbursing restaurants at face value for the credits. After all, Priority Pass is giving these places a huge amount of business. However, how big of a discount are restaurants giving Priority Pass?
Well, it looks like we have our answer. Reader Mike just ate at Timberline Grill at Denver International Airport with one guest, and shares the check he received:
As you can see, the check references a $4 per person discount, and then lists “Priority,” and $24 twice.
So I can’t guarantee this with 100% certainty, but it sure seems to me like Priority Pass is reimbursing this restaurant $24 for a $28 credit. We don’t know whether the amount is the same at different restaurant locations or not, though I see no reason it wouldn’t be.
Ultimately it doesn’t really impact us as consumers, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who found this interesting.
Is that more or less than you were expecting Priority Pass to be paying for this credit?