Members of the global Priority Pass airport lounge scheme can now access the Plaza Premium Lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal.
Opened in March 2018, the lounge is divided into a range of zones, including a dedicated dining area…
… a relaxation zone with natural light and airport tarmac views…
… a cocktail area, better-suited to shorter stays…
… and a working space, but which is quite dark and secluded from the rest of the lounge:
On the food and beverage front, an egg chef is on standby for cooked-to-order omelettes before morning flights…
… with a ‘dish of the day’ served later in the day – fettuccine pasta with arrabiata sauce during our last visit.
Other options are available from the buffet, nearby a tended bar for a pre-flight nip.
AusBT review: Plaza Premium Lounge, Melbourne Airport
Guests can visit the lounge when departing from Melbourne Airport’s international terminal (T2) aboard any airline to any destination – including QF9 from Melbourne to London via Perth, which departs from T2, on which passengers can also travel solely from Melbourne to Perth.
Priority Pass members can remain in this lounge for up to three hours, with the traveller’s membership plan determining the cost of access (if applicable) and any charge for bringing additional guests into the lounge.
Many Australian credit cards include complimentary Priority Pass membership as part of their perks, often with two inclusive lounge visits per year, with higher-end cards such as the AMEX Platinum Charge Card throwing in an unlimited lounge membership.
(However, it’s worth noting that AMEX Platinum Charge Card customers have had access to this lounge since it opened in March, simply by showing their AMEX Platinum card. This arrangement continues – Priority Pass is simply a new option for entry.)
This update comes just two weeks after Priority Pass also signed the Rex Lounge at Sydney Airport, which members can now access prior to flights with any airline.