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.
My assumption is that 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:
- 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
- The Pasta House St. Louis Airport
- Kentucky Ale Taproom Lexington Airport
- Bobby Van’s Steakhouse New York JFK Airport
- Bar Symon at Cleveland Airport
Priority Pass has just added their latest US restaurant location — Johnny Rockets at Syracuse Airport. The restaurant is open from 10:30AM until 7PM daily. It’s located just after the security checkpoint, so once through security turn left and head towards North Concourse B, and the restaurant will be on the left side. This restaurant should be accessible regardless of which airline you’re flying.
I think most of us have probably heard of Johnny Rockets, though here’s how they describe it:
Johnny Rockets offers a high quality innovative menu including fresh, never frozen 100% ‘Angus’ beef cooked-to-order burgers, fries and hand-spun shakes.
Priority Pass members will be entitled to $28 worth of food & drinks per person. Furthermore, members will be required to show an outbound boarding pass for confirmed same-day travel, which is a restriction we’re increasingly seeing (this means you can’t get the credit at the restaurant upon arrival).
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).
You can find the generic Johnny Rockets menu online here, and as you’d expect it includes things like shakes, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. Overall it’s not exactly the healthiest cuisine, and not what I really want to eat before getting on a plane, but…
As a reminder, the following are some of the 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|
Johnny Rockets is the largest food & beverage outlet at Syracuse Airport, so it’s nice that Priority Pass members can spend $28 per person on food and drinks. The restriction of requiring an outbound boarding pass is becoming more common, so don’t expect to be able to use this restaurant on arrival.
Is anyone planning on checking out Johnny Rockets at Syracuse Airport using Priority Pass?
(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)
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).