Priority Pass is the the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,000 participating lounges around the world. Some of these are airline lounges, some are contract lounges, and lately they’ve gotten creative and have expanded beyond that.
For example, several weeks ago I went to Portland to review their ridiculously awesome Priority Pass lounge setup. As a Priority Pass member you can access the Alaska Lounge…
You can get a spirits flight of up to $28 per person at House Spirits Distillery…
You can eat and drink for up to $28 per person at Capers Cafe Le Bar…
And you can eat, drink, and/or shop for up to $28 per person at Capers Market.
Not bad, eh?
In early September a steakhouse at Denver Airport also joined Priority Pass, which is great news for those who frequent the airport, as it didn’t previously have a Priority Pass lounge. Then in late September a restaurant at Miami Airport also joined Priority Pass (while the airport already had a couple of Priority Pass lounges, none were in American’s terminal).
Well, Priority Pass has just announced their newest location in the US. Specifically. St. Louis Airport is getting two Priority Pass restaurants — The Pasta House in Terminal 1, and The Pasta House and Schlafly Beer in Terminal 2. At both locations, Priority Pass members can spend up to $28 each (so if you’re traveling with two others, $84 will be taken off your final tab).
It’s interesting to note that the Terminal 1 location is before security, while the Terminal 2 location is after security. However, Priority Pass terms state that a same day boarding pass must be shown (either a departing or arriving boarding pass should do the trick). Whether or not that’s actually enforced remains to be seen.
The Pasta House seems to be a local family chain of Italian restaurants, and you can find the dining menu here. As you can see, they have mostly burgers, sandwiches, pasta, pizzas, etc. It’s probably not the best (or healthiest) food in the world, but it’s the only Priority Pass option in St. Louis.
If you don’t have access to Priority Pass, here are some of the best cards that get you access, along with their guesting policies:
|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|
While I don’t travel through St. Louis often, this is a very nice option for anyone who does. Previously the airport didn’t have a Priority Pass lounge, and in general I quite like the concept of restaurants joining the group. Most lounges within the US are pretty lousy, so being able to have a drink or hot food at a sit down restaurant is in many ways an upgrade, especially as airports increasingly offer free wifi.
It’s great to see the Priority Pass restaurant concept expand. The US airports with Priority Pass restaurants now include Denver, Miami, Portland, and St. Louis, and I’m sure more are on the way soon.
Does anyone plan on checking out The Pasta House at St. Louis Airport?
(The featured image is a pizza from Italy, not from The Pasta House… if only!)
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).