Priority Pass Members Can Now Eat & Drink For Free At St. Louis Airport

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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 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 Express2Yes$300 Per Person
Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card2Yes$75 Per Person

Bottom line

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!)

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Comments

  1. Remember: Priority Pass diners should tip on their bill as if they’d paid full price, or else they’re assholes.

  2. New rules at Capers in PDX when I flew out earlier this week:
    No wine to go. My daughter had the same experience yesterday when she flew out (but we each were able to take cheese, crackers and other goods to go).

  3. Good deal! I grabbed breakfast at Timberline in DEN a couple weeks ago. I’m glad to see the network expanding domestically. TBH though I’m not sure how they make money and I’m worried they may not be long for this world. I know I abuse the hell out of mine since The Club at PIT is a member.

  4. I’ve been to the Pasta House at T1 before. It’s okay. Not terrible, but nothing like what you’d find in The Hill. You can do far worse for an airport meal, the main issue being Italian food starts feeling really heavy after about an hour in an airplane seat. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to use my PP there.

  5. If you were going into a lounge and you had the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, how many guests could you bring and is that the same number of guests you can invite to dine with you?

  6. Former St. Louisan here – can’t speak to the airport locations specifically, but Pasta House is a generally well-regarded chain of casual Italian restaurants. Definitely get the Pasta House salad (my wife and I buy the dressing whenever I’m in STL and make it together at home bc it’s so good) and the toasted ravioli is a good experience for non-natives (though I agree there is higher quality toasted rav elsewhere in the city).

    Since my parents are still in STL I’m super excited to use this PP option frequently.

  7. I live in St Louis! This is like doing a happy dance! Pasta House is a good casual local Italian chain. I think I order out from them at least twice a month. And free Pasta House? Life doesn’t get any better! The Pasta House in Terminal 1 is downstairs in between Concourse A and B/C. So if you have Prepass/ Global Entry, you could get to the airport an hr before and get a good dinner. Their pastas are good (try the Pasta Con Broccoli) and the Pasta House Salad is wonderful!

    Just too bad I’ll never use Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is where Southwest is… and since their first class and flights to Europe aren’t to the same league as American or Delta, I’ll never get to try the Schafly beerhouse. But if you ever have the time, head over to the Schafly Bottleworks in Maplewood or the Schafly Tap Room on 21st and Locust Downtown. The food is great, the beer is better. Try their White Chili……mmmmmmmmmm

  8. @Ben L

    You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. I don’t tip at other lounges as part of the network so whatever I tip here is more than 0 before.

    “yeah yeah yeah it’s restaurant, it’s different” cool story bro

  9. Yes Ben thank you so much for posting this! I got an email from American Express saying I can use my priority pass at Pasta House restaurant at my local airport and it is a family chain too.

  10. Schafly in T2 is an excellent option. As Jacki said, they have good food and good beer. Okay, she said the beer is better, but they don’t carry an analogue to Belgian Trappist or abbey ales, which is what I look for in a beer selection.

  11. Does unlimited Reserve PP guesting mean unlimited PP meals for 10+ people in your party? Hell I’ll invite homeless people to dine with me in that case.

  12. This is a great development as I do frequently need to connect at STL when flying Southwest. I like the way Priority Pass – unlike just about everyone in the world of travel – is constantly finding ways to improve the value of its product. I hope lots of people don’t abuse it by trying to max out spending just for the sake of doing so, spoiling it for everyone. I’d rather see Priority Pass expand this concept than get rid of it due to abuse.

  13. Lucky you can also add LEX airport has a restaurant for priority pass. Called Kentucky Ale Taproom and you can buy refreshments there.

  14. I find this interesting. Priority Pass continues to promote themselves as offering over 1000 lounges worldwide, when apparently what they really mean is offering a discounted place to eat. Access to lounges is not the same as discounted service at a restaurant. I looked on the STL terminal maps and it looks like there are lounges in both terminals. As a Priority Pass member, this type of offering isn’t exciting, but rather disappointing they don’t do more to partner with the lounges that are currently in the airports. It seems they are more interested in self-promotion than finding the best service provider for their customers. Way to figure out how to cheapen the lounge experience.

  15. Annison, there is only one airport lounge in St. Louis. It’s the American Airlines club just inside security in Concourse C. American works with nobody it seems. 🙁 Also, the airport map on flystl.com is crap. A lot of things are missing on these maps (restaurants missing, the AA club not on the map, Concourses B and D has been closed for a few years, etc etc etc).

    While I like Pasta House, and probably will use my Priority Pass quite a bit in T1 (at least once a week to bring food home once I land!), I wish that Priority Pass had something inside Concourse A like Mike Shannon’s or at C with the Tap Room. I really don’t like being outside security once I get to Lambert. But I think what they are doing in St. Louis is a great start. I hope they expand it in the future.

  16. A new ACTUAL lounge is arriving to St. Louis mid-December. Its called Wingtips STL and they have one in JFK Terminal 4. This will be in Terminal 2. Priority Pass doesn’t want their members to know about it…………

  17. It figures, it is in T2. I’m never in T2! Maybe they will reconnect T1 and T2 (and Delta can move to Concourse D or down at the end of C). With so much space open in Concourse C/D, it would be easy for STL to close Concourse A and move Delta and United over. Heck, Delta could open a Skyclub at the old TWA Ambassador Lounge. That would be awesome!

    Oh well. One can dream, can’t they?

  18. Question, if my Husband & I both have Priority Pass cards through Amex allowing 2 guests each, could I technically bring him as a guest and use up the $28 each and then he could bring me as a guest? Could come in handy for long layovers/flight delays.

  19. Went to Pasta House on my trip, they limit to 1 guest. Also, they say the Wingtips Lounge isn’t going to be Priority Pass. They will be the only lounge option.

  20. This is awesome! I’m in STL and I’ve been waiting for something like this. Pasta House is a great local Italian chain. I usually get the Canneloni. If I’m travelling with friends we can get a few pizzas to share (16″ pizzas take up barely half of one person’s allotment).

    Honestly I prefer restaurants to lounges, especially at an airport like STL where T1 doesn’t even have any layovers, and while T2 does the layovers are short domestic flights, nothing too long. All a lounge really offers is quiet, easier access to chargers, maybe more comfortable chair. At restaurants, the food is significantly better. And Pasta House is cheap enough you should be able to get plenty of booze in addition to your food and stay under $28.

  21. with amex plat, is the $ limit also $56 for 2 ppl like PP’s in STL? for the pasta house & beer in T2, do folks know where or gate # is it located?…only have about 45 min on connecting flight on SW, assume that i can grab some to go? TIA for info & suggestions

  22. Pasta House is over by E6, according to the map. Far east part of the concourse. 45 minutes may be cutting it short, but you may want to call them to place the order. (314) 423-8880 Look online at pastahouse.com for their menu.

    Hint… Get the Pasta House salad. I love it.

  23. DP- called & ordered to go after the plane had just landed; picked up & made to a connecting flight with 5 min to spare…spent a total $56.48, paid a .48 difference plus some tip on the CIP card. Thx all for the info & suggestions

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