Priority Pass Members Can Now Eat & Drink For Free At Sydney Airport

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Priority Pass is 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’re even expanding beyond that.

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Priority Pass is getting creative with the “lounges” they’re adding

I have to commend Priority Pass for how creative they’ve been getting in terms of adding locations for members, especially at airports where they have a hard time adding partner lounges. For example, last year the executive lounge at the Sofitel London Heathrow Terminal 5 was added to the Priority Pass network. This means you could use the hotel’s club lounge during a long layover. Or in my case, I even used it when staying at the hotel, as they didn’t actually verify that I was flying the same day.

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They’ve even added a restaurant at London Gatwick Airport to their network, where Priority Pass members get 15GBP of free food and drinks.

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In the past few months Priority Pass has also added free rooms for one hour at Minute Suites locations in Dallas and Philadelphia.

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I appreciate their creativity, and that they’re giving members more options outside of traditional airline lounges.

Priority Pass finally has options at Sydney Airport

Up until now, Sydney Airport hasn’t had any Priority Pass lounges, which seems a bit odd, given how big the airport is. It’s one of the biggest airports in the world not to have a Priority Pass lounge.

While they still don’t have an actual lounge, Priority Pass has just added seven restaurants at Sydney Airport to their network. Priority Pass members now get 36AUD (~27USD) of credit per person to spend at seven restaurants at the airport. If you have a membership with guesting privileges, your guests can each enjoy 36AUD of spend as well.

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The seven restaurants are spread across three terminals, as follows:

Terminal 1

  • Benny Burger
  • Mach2
  • Peroni Bar

Terminal 2

  • Bistro 2020 & Bar
  • MoVida

Terminal 3

  • Bar Roma
  • Wok on Air

While many will prefer a lounge, I consider this to be an awesome development. For example, if you’re traveling with two other people and have a Priority Pass membership with guesting privileges, you could potentially spend 324AUD at Terminal 1 alone (108AUD at each of the three restaurants). I’m not saying you’d necessarily want to do that (that sounds like a lot of food and drinks), but it’s a nice option to have. Based on the terms each of these should be viewed as a separate “visit,” so there’s no reason you can’t visit all the restaurants in your departure terminal.

In case anyone is curious about the business model here, Priority Pass reimburses lounges for each individual visit, and I believe it’s typically somewhere in the range of 20-25USD per person per visit. What’s happening here is that Priority Pass is basically paying the restaurant what they’d otherwise be paying a lounge.

Cards that offer a Priority Pass membership

Several premium credit cards issued in the US offer a free Priority Pass membership, along with guesting privileges, as follows:

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 Express OPEN2Yes$300 Per Person
Citi Prestige® Card2 Guests Or Immediate Family MembersYes$50 Per Person
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit CardUnlimited GuestsYes$0
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ CardUnlimited GuestsYes$75 Per Person

Also keep in mind that there’s an Amex Centurion Lounge at Sydney Airport, which you have access to if you have The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. While the lounge isn’t quite as nice as some of the US Centurion Lounge locations (in my opinion), it’s still a nice enough lounge.

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Do any Priority Pass members plan on checking out one of these Sydney Airport restaurants?

(Tip of the hat to Points from the Pacific)

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Comments

  1. Wow. That’s quite a lot of spend for a lounge pass. I wonder how much SYD lounges were asking for Priority Pass to turn that much money down in favor of restaurants. The AMEX and SkyTeam lounge are pretty mediocre anyways. Even Silverkris is nothing too special.

  2. Lol whilst your answer might be valid… you are quite the patronising little bellend arent you Elijah

  3. I visited these places today in terminal 2 and 3 after a tip off, however being new to Priority Pass they took a while to validate the card. Wok on Air took 25 minutes (!) to validate after reading the instruction manual and a couple of calls to tech support.

    MoVida wasn’t accepting Priority Pass today due to ‘terminal issues’ but they should get that sorted pretty quickly.

    Managed to ‘spend’ about $100 here today between terminals 2 and 3. If I lived in Sydney I’d be back tomorrow to sample the menu as they didn’t check my boarding pass 😉

  4. Good stuff – congratulations to Priority Pass for adding value. I’ll look forward to taking advantage of the new options in the next weeks. A big hole in their program is at ORD for connecting domestic travelers. I’d like to see something like this happen there.

  5. It’s the same with LoungeKey, I presume because they’re owned by the same company.

  6. +1 on what DaveS said – Chicago ORD options are only viable if you’re traveling out of International terminal, no domestic lounge in any of the other terminals for PP. I’m hoping this starts a trend in at least the major hubs that are missing PP lounge options.

  7. It would be great if PP starts doing more of this at other airports, especially ones where lounges turn away PP customers due to overcrowding (i.e. SEA). Really I’m mostly looking for some nibbles and a couple of drinks when I visit a lounge. A ~$20-25 F&B credit is just as good for me.

  8. Yes this is definitely adding value to the benefit. An overcrowded dark lounge with stale sandwich can’t compete with fresh food and drinks from a restaurant. Let’s hope they start adding this to US hubs and smaller airports with nothing as well!

  9. A good move, the more of these sort of setups the better. Can’t believe how generous some US cards are with unlimited guests – that could get very expensive very quickly, they must be making an absolute mint in interchange fees to cover it!

  10. Priority pass so far has not been worth it.

    In Orlando, not where we were departing from, so too far to get to and from.

    In Auckland, a huge come down compared to the Emirates biz lounge.

    Didn’t know about the SYD deal. We flew April 24 from SYD to SFO. We were in QF biz lounge. It was satisfactory and enormous, but a downgrade compared to Emirates.

  11. Quite happy about this. Before moving from Aust to the UK a bit over 6 years ago, the only PP lounges were the United lounge in Melbourne, and one that I can’t remember in Brisbane in the international terminal. Sydney was barren, but admittedly there were Qantas lounges in all 3 terminals that I had access to regardless of who I was flying with.

    My PP membership was used mainly in Asian and European airports, and occasionally in the US when I wasn’t flying American, so if it didn’t come free with my Amex card, I certainly wouldn’t have bothered paying for it. I find it a great bonus now that I’m living in the UK, as there is a PP lounge at the vast majority of airports in Europe regardless of size – albeit the Gatwick lounges are difficult to get access to if catching a morning flight.

    With the removal of the QF lounge in T2 in recent years, I’ll be more than happy to partake of the tapas menu at MoVida when flying DeathStar. Probably the same for terminal 1 if I don’t fly enough QF flights and drop from Platinum to Gold, as I’m guessing the Qantas Business lounge is still crappy. Haven’t tried the Amex lounge in T1, but it was the old QF First lounge, and has a great view of the apron alongside the pier, and the ability to look at the undercarriage of the nearest plane.

  12. Wow, this is amazing. Kudos to PP for doing this, there are so few PP lounges in Australia, this would really make the membership worthwhile (even better when it is free with my Amex Plat). I think from now on I will BYO my food and drinks into the QF and Amex lounges.

  13. My wife and I just tried to order breakfast at the Peroni Bar in SYD and was told “the priority pass machine was broken”. I asked if she could just copy my priority pass details down and sort it later and was told no. She asked me to pay cash or credit instead.

    Things aren’t off to a good start.

  14. Thanks for this notification. We are travelling to Sydney on 2 June. Will give it a go! So far Priority Pass has not been great. My husband got turned away at Auckland Airport a couple of months ago due to over crowding. I didn’t think such a thing existed. We usually go to the Air New Zealand lounge which is never so over crowded that entry is refused.

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