The Priority Pass airport lounge program will increase the standard cost of lounge visits from US$27 to US$32 from 18 September 2018.
Many business travellers find those outlets more appealing than airline lounges – for example, MoVida at Sydney's domestic Terminal 2 is favoured by many Virgin Australia flyers over Virgin's own lounge, with $36 landing you a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Favourites of Melbourne's high flyers include Bar Pulpo by MoVida and Urban Provodore, with Graze and Bar Roma popular at Brisbane's domestic terminals.
"It has been over 10 years since we have raised our visit fees and during this time we have done all we can to absorb the rising costs of providing airport lounge access to our members," Priority Pass said in a statement.
"Raising our fees ensures we can maintain the quality offering of Priority Pass and continue to invest in both the growth of offerings available to members."
A spokesperson for Priority Pass' parent company The Collinson Group confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "at this stage, the entitlement amount available at our out-of-lounge airport partners will remain the same as they are currently,"' adding that "these partnerships with top dining experiences represent great value for these members."