Priority Pass now offers $36 of food, drink at Sydney Airport

Priority Pass now offers $36 of food, drink at Sydney Airport

Priority Pass card-holders can now tuck into $36 worth of free food and drink at seven restaurants, bars and bistros in Sydney Airport.

The Priority Pass program is geared to providing access to airport lounges around the world but has a minimal footprint in Australia with just three airports (Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin) covered – making the card pretty useless until you travel beyond Aussie shores.

That's just changed, and how – with a wave of your Priority Pass card slashing $36 off the bill at selected eateries at Sydney Airport's domestic and international terminals.

And if your bill happens to come in under $36, then your food and drink is on the house.

At Sydney Airport's international Terminal 1 the Priority Pass discount is available at Benny Burger (below), Mach2 and Peroni Bar.

Mach2 – an extension of Sydney's Machiavelli Restaurant – is the only one of these located landside, before you pass through border control and security, making it well-suited to spending some time with friends or family before you hop onto your flight overseas.

At the domestic Terminal 2 – used by Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger and Rex, among others – take your Priority Pass card to Movida and Bistro 2020 & Bar.

MoVida (shown below) is the winner here: $36 will land you a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner which would be the envy of passengers in the nearby Virgin Australia lounge.

We'd go so far as to suggest that many Velocity Gold and Platinum members and Virgin business class travellers should make a beeline for MoVida, enjoy a superb meal courtesy of Priority Pass and then zip back into the Virgin Australia lounge to plug in their laptop and get some work done before the flight.

Priority Pass partners at the domestic Terminal 3 – exclusive to Qantas and its regional arm QantasLink – are Bar Roma (below) and Wok on Air.

Although both are airside, you don't need a boarding pass to enter the secure part of the Qantas terminal: making these good options not only for Qantas flyers who lack lounge access but also for preflight catch-ups with colleagues who aren't travelling with you.

As the Priority Pass program has just been rolled out, except a few wrinkles in the system as each outlet comes to grips with using the card to provide your $36 discount.

It's also worth noting that the Priority Pass rules are fairly straightforward: "Cardholders and accompanying guests will receive AUD$36 off the final bill per person per visit, valid on any type of meal and/or drinks upon presentation of a valid card."

How to get a Priority Pass card

If all this sounds appealing, you'll be wondering how to get a Priority Pass card.

The good news: you may already have one!

Both the American Express Platinum Charge and Citi Prestige cards include full Priority Pass membership.

Westpac Altitude Black, St George Amplify Signature and Citi Signature cards are good for two Priority Pass lounge visits per year, and a spokesperson for Priority Pass has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "when visiting the seven participating food and beverage outlets in Sydney, these ($36) discounts would be treated as a lounge visit."

"Each AUD$36 credit will represent a single lounge visit within their existing lounge visit allocation."

It's worth noting that the American Express Platinum Charge card also gives you unlimited access to Sydney Airport's American Express Lounge, so there's nothing to stop you from mix-and-match with a meal and drink at Benny Burger, Peroni Bar or Mach2 and then clocking up some more private work-friendly lounge time at the AMEX lounge.

Looking to buy into Priority Pass as a new member? Packages start at US$99 per year plus US$27 each time you want to use a lounge; US$249 per year with 10 free lounge visits (and US$27 a pop after that); or the Prestige plan at US$399 per year, with every lounge visit free.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

29 comments

  • russell

    russell

    8 May, 2017 12:22 pm

    Nice deal....$36 seems an odd amount though.
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  • David Robertson

    David Robertson

    8 May, 2017 12:32 pm

    AUD$36 is equivalent to USD$27, which is the same payment required for per-visit and per-guest lounge access under Priority Pass.
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  • mcglynp

    mcglynp

    8 May, 2017 12:37 pm

    Not really its an almost direct US$ to AU$ conversion of US$27,  which is the cost of a lounge visit.  
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  • David Robertson

    David Robertson

    8 May, 2017 12:34 pm

    Very timely, I have just used this at Movida@T2 thanks to my AMEX Platinum Charge card's inclusion of Priority Pass. Flying Virgin today instead of Qantas, in economy and no status, but my lunch was better than anything I would have gotten at the Virgin lounge or even the Qantas T3 business lounge!
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  • markpk

    markpk

    8 May, 2017 12:50 pm

    Am I reading this right David F? 

    I have PP via my AMEX, so I could stop at Wok on Air in T3, grab some good grub and then wander upstairs to the Qantas lounge?
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  • David Flynn

    David

    8 May, 2017 02:14 pm

    Yep, in fact I know some travellers who've done just that over the weekend. Same scenario as we outlined for T2 and the Movida/Virgin Australia lounge combo.
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  • clarkysdonga

    clarkysdonga

    3 Jul, 2017 03:04 pm

    So, with Amex Platinum it basically free lunch at Domestic? I work near there so it seems worth getting the card just for this?
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  • jneufeld

    jneufeld

    8 May, 2017 01:03 pm

    So is this a discount or do you have to pay for it as you would a lounge visit at US$27?
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  • Victor Teng

    victort

    8 May, 2017 01:05 pm

    Damn, just cancelled my PP membership as there was no access for SYD - but may have to reconsider now. This sounds appealing. Potentially you could hop from one place to another getting 3x $36 free meals if you visit all 3 places in the International Terminal! ;-)
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  • Peter Loh

    PeterLoh

    8 May, 2017 01:14 pm

    I'm curious as to whether Priority Pass will request these restaurants to start asking to see a boarding pass before processing the $36 credit. It would be easy enough for some Sydney locals to abuse this benefit, if they were motivated enough.
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  • Dmitry Abramov

    dimi

    8 May, 2017 07:28 pm

    Oh, that is unlikely to be a worry.
    Sydney airport's extortionate airport access (public transit) and parking fees pretty much ensure that the number of will be close to none,
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  • lind26

    lind26

    8 May, 2017 02:16 pm

    PP card for me is about lounge access not free food.
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  • Matt J

    MattJelonek

    8 May, 2017 02:37 pm

    $1200 for an Amex Charge Card, $36... how many times in a day can we use this $36? 
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  • markpk

    markpk

    8 May, 2017 04:14 pm

    Good question Matt, I would have thought it's limited to 1 use of $36 per day. 

    Even if it's $36 per day and you live in Sydney or transit into/via Sydney a lot there's still some real value. 

    Looking at my 2016 travel involving Sydney I could have enjoyed north of $600 of value from this deal! 


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  • lionelhutz

    lionelhutz

    8 May, 2017 02:44 pm

    So you don't have to show a boarding pass? What's to stop someone who works in or near Sydney Airport from signing up for a Priority Pass Prestige and going to Movida for lunch every day?
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  • Alex_upgrade

    alex_upgrade77

    8 May, 2017 03:24 pm

    On an unlimited visit Priority Pass, this is unbelievable value as you can enjoy a very decent meal for 36 bucks at either end of your trip. Wonder if it will be abused.

    I have had a PP now for a year and it's been very useful when flying economy through airports such as Changi where the Krisflyer Gold lounge is very average but the PP lounges are excellent. Heathrow is the same. Arrival access to the T5 Sofitel which is an excellent facility for showers etc.  
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  • kiwiwings

    kiwiwings

    8 May, 2017 06:54 pm

    This is great news! I'm over the soup and toast in domestic lounges. Definitely keen on trying some of these places out. Departing Syd tomorrow but might give it a miss as I quite like NZ's lounge food.
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  • kiwiwings

    kiwiwings

    9 May, 2017 02:51 pm

    So this Mach2 place is just down the end of row H for NZ check-in. I had a look at the menu and immediately thought "there's no way I'm going to get any lounge food as good as this" and entered, consumed, and left full and happy. Eggs Benedict was better than the QF F lounge version. So yeah I'm sold on it :) 
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  • thelongroad

    thelongroad

    8 May, 2017 07:33 pm

    If I worked at the airport, I'd be signing up. If you were single, dedicated and didn't mind the monotony, you could probably pay for most of your year's food costs for the price of a PP membership or Amex Platinum Charge annual fee.
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  • henrus

    henrus

    8 May, 2017 09:59 pm

    So it's in the Priority pass T's and C's that they can and are supposed to check both your card, boarding pass and ID when visiting a lounge outside the USA. 
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  • Fqtv

    Zac

    8 May, 2017 10:04 pm

    Fantastic - actually prefer this to a lounge! This has tipped the scales in terms of PP being worth it, will be signing up shortly. Hopefully this doesn't get abused and withdrawn.

    I have lounge access through Velocity and QFF, so this is going to be for pre-lounge dinner before emails and a few further beers in the lounge. Excellent, well done Priority Pass.
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  • Charles Furrows

    OOLflyer

    9 May, 2017 12:09 am

    Tried Movida in T2 today, but hadn't got my plastic card with me and they couldn't read the electronic one in my Apple Wallet.

    BTW, nothing to stop members using both restaurants in each terminal. I've done it at Changi often enough.

    This is a really good enhancement.
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  • Greg Brewer

    gredesb

    10 May, 2017 09:56 pm

    I have the base PP with $27us entry fee, does this mean I could eat in these places up to $36 and no money changes hands?
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  • Dgoody

    Dgoody

    12 May, 2017 07:48 am

    Sitting in Sydney T2 - bistro bar 2020. No problems in accepting my digital priority pass card. Scanned the digital wallet and checked my ID (drivers licence), then took my order for eggs, toast and coffee. 

    Food has just arrived and looks good.

    Really impressed with priority pass (not I have full membership)

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  • Irina Petrovsky

    Xanthetas

    12 May, 2017 06:25 pm

    Do you think  the same deal will happen with the other airports round Australia?
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  • Christian Barrington

    Tigerblade

    13 May, 2017 02:21 am

    I have been asking PP for years get them to fix the situation in Australia. I'm so glad see this new initiative.
    Now - a little love for MEL please?
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  • Les Szancer

    les48

    15 May, 2017 12:13 pm

    I have the $99- deal where I pay $27- USD each time I use  a lounge.So how will it work? Will I get charged $27- USD when I use a Sydney partner? If so I see no advantage ,as I can just eat for that price or lower at numerous places. 
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  • Dan Lavis

    danlavis

    31 May, 2018 10:13 pm

    I’m confused - I used my PP card at Movida last week and was surprised (based on the information above) to receive a charge on my credit card for $27 USD... hardly a free credit of $36 when you get charged for it?! What am I missing??
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    31 May, 2018 10:38 pm

    Each credit counts as one 'lounge visit' under your Priority Pass plan. If your plan isn't unlimited, or you process more 'guests' on the same transaction than your plan includes, you'll be billed at the same rate as a lounge visit. If you have an unlimited (Prestige) PP membership, contact PP to request an adjustment.
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