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):
- House Spirits Distillery Portland Airport
- Capers Cafe Le Bar Portland Airport
- Capers Market Portland Airport
- Timberline Steaks & Grille Denver Airport
- Corona Beach House Miami Airport
- Viena Miami Airport
- Air Margaritaville Miami Airport
- The Pasta House St. Louis Airport
- Kentucky Ale Taproom Lexington Airport
- Bobby Van’s Steakhouse New York JFK Airport
- Bar Symon at Cleveland Airport
- Johnny Rockets at Syracuse Airport
- Barney’s Beanery at Los Angeles Airport
- Bracket Room at Washington Reagan Airport
- The Fan Zone Indianapolis Airport
- RJ Rockers Flight Room Greenville-Spartanburg Airport
- Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill Boston Airport
- Stephanie’s Boston Airport
- San Francisco Giant’s Clubhouse San Francisco Airport
- Yankee Pier San Francisco Airport
- American Tap Room at Washington Reagan Airport
- Campanile at Los Angeles Airport
- Landry’s Seafood at Houston Airport
- Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar Houston Airport
- P.F. Chang’s Los Angeles Airport
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 Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card||2||Yes||$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.
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).
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)