Over the past couple of years 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
- 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
- Landry’s Seafood at Houston Airport
- Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar Houston Airport
- P.F. Chang’s Los Angeles Airport
- Chef Geoff’s Washington Dulles Airport
- The Cafe by Mise en Place Tampa Airport
- Noble Hops Tucson Airport
- Rock & Brews Los Angeles Airport
Seattle Airport historically hasn’t had any Priority Pass restaurants, though it is an airport that has had a shortage of Priority Pass lounges. The Alaska Lounges used to be part of Priority Pass, but last year they were removed.
That’s why it’s exciting that there’s now a new addition. Priority Pass has just added a restaurant at Seattle Tacoma Airport — specifically, Floret by Cafe Flora.
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 (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
Floret by Cafe Flora at SEA
Floret by Cafe Flora is open daily from 6AM until 9PM (except on Fridays it’s open until 10PM), and it’s located airside (after security) next to gate A1 (at the intersection of Concourses A & B).
All terminals and gates at SeaTac are connected airside, so all passengers should be able to use this.
Here’s how the restaurant describes itself:
Offering fresh and local seasonal vegetarian fare, Stumptown coffee, craft cocktails and local beer, wine and spirits.
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). The terms also state that the credit isn’t valid for to-go and grab-and-go orders.
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).
SeaTac is an airport that has grown so much the past few years, and they really haven’t added sufficient lounges to keep up with the increased traffic. Until last year Alaska Lounges were part of Priority Pass, though they were removed.
It’s great to see a Priority Pass restaurant added in Seattle, since short term that sure seemed to me like the only solution for getting members some sort of value at the airport.
Does anyone plan on visiting the SeaTac Priority Pass restaurant?
(Tip of the hat to @OHTravelDad)
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).