Priority Pass Adds Salt Lake City Airport Restaurant

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Update: It appears that for the time being this restaurant has been removed from Priority Pass. Hopefully it will be added back soon.

Over the past year we’ve seen several airport restaurants and bars in the US join Priority Pass. The concept is that at some airports Priority Pass has a tough time striking a deal with a major lounge due to crowding issues, so when that’s not possible, they instead work with a restaurant.

Priority Pass pays a fixed amount for each guest who enters a lounge, so instead Priority Pass is just paying these restaurants a fixed amount, and then you can spend some dollar amount at that restaurant (typically $28-30). So far in the US, Priority Pass restaurants & bars include the following (it’s amazing how much this list has grown in a short time):

Priority Pass has just added yet another US restaurant location – Il Viaggio at Salt Lake City Airport. Note that as of now the restaurant only shows on the Priority Pass app and not the website, but it should already be open to Priority Pass guests.

As a reminder, the following are some of the most popular credit cards that come with Priority Pass memberships (I’ve also listed the respective guesting privileges):

Card# Of Guests Who Get Free AccessAuthorized User AccessCost To Add Authorized User
The Platinum Card® from American Express2Yes$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That
The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN2Yes$300 Per Person
Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card2Yes$75 Per Person

Il Viaggio at SLC

Il Viaggio is open daily from 6AM until 10:30PM, and it’s located airside (past security) in Terminal 2 Concourse D, next to gate D4. All terminals at SLC are connected airside, so this should easily be accessible by all passengers. Here’s how the Priority Pass app describes the restaurant:

Il Viaggio is designed to show the “younger, faster, casual” side of Italy and offers specialty salads, paninis, pizza, and pasta dishes.

You can find the menu for the restaurant here.

Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. In order to be eligible you need to have a same day day confirmed boarding pass, though there’s no explicit requirement that it needs to be an outbound boarding pass (so in theory you could visit on arrival). Furthermore, each Priority Pass member is limited to bringing one guest.

The Priority Pass member will be responsible for any overage beyond the $28 credit, and that credit can’t be applied towards gratuity (and personally I think it’s appropriate to tip, as a Priority Pass membership is just a form of payment here).

Bottom line

This is the first Priority Pass location at Salt Lake City, so this is a great development. I continue to be so impressed by the pace at which Priority Pass is adding restaurant locations.

While I have a general sense of the Priority Pass business model, I really wonder who is footing the bill for each lounge visit. My assumption was that it was always Priority Pass. Essentially I thought Amex, Chase, etc., paid them a fixed amount for each membership, and then they took the risk, with them making money on a vast majority of people. However, given the pace at which they’re adding locations, I wonder if the credit card companies actually take on some of the cost of each visit.

Does anyone plan on visiting the new Priority Pass restaurant at SLC?

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)

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Comments

  1. Funny how this may only last a couple of years as the currently terminals will be torn down to make way for the new airport terminals being built in the next 7 years. And since Terminal 2 is the main Delta terminal, and they are footing the bill for most of the new airport, i would suspect that they would be one of the first to move. I wonder what the plans are for the priority pass in the new airport?

  2. Anyone look at what the items cost on the menu? Some of the most bizarre pricing I’ve ever seen in a restaurant.
    $12.92
    $11.28
    $12.21
    $14.68
    $13.18
    What the hell?

  3. Anyone know if you can pay at a restaurant with the PP app, or just your number – or if you _need_ the card?

    Going to SLC today. Left my PP card at home b/c I figured I would Amex -> SkyClub.

  4. You don’t pay anything with the app but most accept the app for entrance which includes the credit. . Tips and overage are settled with cash or credit card

  5. Sitting at Il Viaggio right now and they said they will not be accepting Priority Pass. Just a heads up for those thinking you will be able to use the card.

  6. FYI, I ate there today. After the check came, the waiter told me “we aren’t doing Priority Pass today.”

    Eventually the manager came out and told me “we were told to do it and it is on the website but today we were told we aren’t doing PP.”.

    They comped the dinner for me, but beware.

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