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Priority Pass has added two restaurants at Miami International to its network of lounges and restaurants, the Viena and Air Margaritaville. This brings the total number of Priority Pass locations at Miami International to 6, with three lounges airside, and three restaurants landside.

The Viena

The Viena Priority Pass Miami Airport
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Located landside, the Viena restaurant can be found on the 7th floor and is reached via the Miami International Airport Hotel elevator. The restaurant specializes in Brazilian and European cuisine, with offerings including Brazilian cheese bread, Salt cod fritters, and Brazil’s national cocktail the Caipirinha. Access to the restaurant is subject to the following:

  • Each cardholder is entitled to a $28 credit towards food and drink
  • Each guest is also entitled to a $28 credit towards food and drink
  • Cardholders and guests need to show a same-day boarding pass for an outbound departure

Air Margaritaville

Image courtesy of Priority Pass

Also located landside, the Air Margaritaville restaurant can be found on the departures level opposite the security checkpoints door 11. The restaurant specializes in cuisine inspired by a tropical island lifestyle and includes offerings such as Volcano Nachos, Coconut Shrimp, frozen boat drinks, and house-made margaritas. Access to the restaurant is subject to the following:

  • Each cardholder is entitled to a $28 credit towards food and drink
  • Each guest is also entitled to a $28 credit towards food and drink
  • Cardholders and guests need to show a same-day boarding pass for an outbound departure

Guest Access Policy

None of these restaurants have a restriction on the number of guests, unlike the Bobby Van’s Steakhouse at JFK which restricts you to one guest regardless of card membership level. This means you can bring in as many guests as your Priority Pass membership allows.

There are different types of Priority Pass membership, the one we're most familiar with is Priority Pass Select, which comes complimentary with many premium credit cards.

Credit CardComplimentary Cardholder AccessNumber of Free GuestsDigital Priority Pass CardCard Annual FeeAuthorized User Lounge AccessAuthorized User Fee
Chase Sapphire Reserve®Unlimited2 guestsYes$450Yes$75
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit CardUnlimitedNo limit - Lounges can limit the number of guests at their discretion Yes$450Yes$0
The Platinum Card® from American ExpressUnlimited2 guestsYes$550 - Rates & FeesYes$175 total for first 3 AU's then $175 each - Rates & Fees
The Business Platinum® Card from American ExpressUnlimited2 guestsYes$595 -
Rates & Fees
Yes$300 - See Rates & Fees
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire CardUnlimited2 guestsYes$450No$0
Citi Prestige® CardUnlimited2 guests or immediate familyYes$450Yes$50
Crystal® Visa Infinite® Credit CardUnlimitedNo limit - Lounges can limit the number of guests at their discretion Yes$400Can gift access to one other person - doesn't have to be AU
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card10x free passes then $27 per person$27 per guestYes$95 - Rates & FeesNoN/A
U.S. Bank Altitude™ Reserve Visa Infinite® Card4x free passes then $27 per visit1 guest free for first 4 visits, then $27 per visitNo$400No$75

Our Take

The addition of these two restaurants brings the number of Priority Pass restaurants as of May 7, 2018, to 23 worldwide, with several being added in recent months. Adding more restaurants should, in the long run, relieve some pressure on the lounges, and offers travelers better choice, since many lounges lack any substantial offerings for meals. Spending more time dining in a restaurant landside, and spending less time in the lounge airside is a potential win-win situation for everyone.

Source: No mas coach

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card (Rates & Fees), The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees)

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Comments

  • Keep more coming. Love these restaurants compared to most lounges in the US.

  • So happy to learn of these additions to MIA! Very cool!

  • Nice; looking forward to checking them out.

    Hopefully, though, the PP restaurants will adopt the credit card issuers’ guest restrictions, so the overcrowding at lounges won’t spill over to the PP restaurants.

  • Jacqueline says:

    Great, we love these outlets!

  • I have the version through Amex centurion which gives complimentary access to all lougnes etc. I also have ot through a Mastercard, but have to pay for each visit.

  • Totally planning a PP restaurant hop!

  • I’d love to see this continue to grow. The addition of these restaurants is a nice perk to those flying through MIA!

  • Federico says:

    Nice! I didn’t knew PriorityPass had restaurants too, I thought it was only for lounges.

  • Haven’t used a priority pass restaurant yet, but I like the growing trend.

  • Air Flyer says:

    Great addition to the PP portfolio!

  • Alessandro says:

    The Viena restaurant is popular with Brazilian food, typical of many regions, an interesting menu for Miami. A great insenitive for consumption with premium cards in Priority Pass. Thank you Miami …

  • I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like free food! Thank you for the info.

  • Maryjane says:

    This is great news and the restaurants sound very good. I still haven’t had the opportunity to try the Priority Pass Restaurant offerings. I think it is a very smart move on the part of these restaurants: I know that I would never consider them otherwise. When I get to the airport, I want to get through security as quickly as possible, then I can relax as the last obstacle between myself and the flight is gone (Long security lines.) I think most people are the same way. I might be persuaded to use them for the free food. It would just be important to watch the time and the security lines closely. How awful to start a vacation by enjoying a free meal landside, then realize that the TSA line had grown to the point where you risk missing the flight. TSA pre check helps, but those lines can be long also. I think many of the PP restaurants in other airports are airside, which makes it much easier.

  • Still hoping to see something at PHL. Big airport to not have many Priority Pass options.

  • Glad to have these additions, even though MIA has a number of Priority Pass places already.

  • Awesome! Heading there in a few weeks.

  • Ross Hymel says:

    Awesome! I love how priority pass seems to be getting stronger!

  • deerseason says:

    Anything to keep the pressure off the lounges! Plus compared to the crowded lounges sometimes it’s nicer to be guaranteed a table at the restaurant.

  • The_Bouncer says:

    Keep the restaurants coming. Very positive development.

  • I’m visiting MIA next week – this is great!

  • This is a great addition to the program! Going to use it next time I fly out of there!

  • I love these options. More choices is always a plus!!

  • they both sound yummy

  • vinay Kumar nayak says:

    Do the restaurants credit is also limited to card holder & 2 guests? Can more than 3 people share the credit (i.e. a family of 4 in restaurant but if the bill is under 28*3 = $84, its fine)?

  • The more PP options the better! Lounge food usually isn’t that great anyways.

  • @deerseason says: “Anything to keep the pressure off the lounges! Plus compared to the crowded lounges sometimes it’s nicer to be guaranteed a table at the restaurant.”

    Exactly. The more quality options the better to match up with our varying needs and desires. And, this move improves both options.

  • You do wonder how Priority Pass actually make any money if they keep adding options such as restaurants. I assume they have to pay something, although I assume not the whole $28 everytime someone uses it. A family of four already takes it over $100 for just one visit.

  • natalia c says:

    definitely intend to try this on my next visit!

  • This is great as VIP are not always available or outside working ours.

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