Regardless of which airline you’re flying with or where you’re sitting on board, Plaza Premium welcomes all guests travelling through the airport – so if you’re flying in Qantas premium economy to Los Angeles, for example, a Priority Pass card now gets you through the door.
There’s just one catch: Priority Pass members must pay for any alcoholic drinks and can stay for a maximum of three hours, whereas other guests visiting this lounge aren’t charged for alcohol.
While Priority Pass sells all-purpose lounge memberships to the general public, some Australian credit cards do provide a completely free Priority Pass membership among their roster of perks.
Westpac Altitude Black and St. George Amplify Signature are two examples, both offering two complimentary visits each year to any lounge that participates in the Priority Pass scheme, which now includes the Plaza Premium Lounge in Brisbane.
Higher-priced cards like the $700/year Citi Prestige Visa Infinite and the $1,200/year American Express Platinum Charge Card instead include an unlimited use Priority Pass membership – so you’re free to visit the Plaza Premium Lounge as many times as you like when flying from Brisbane.
Priority Pass card acceptance has long been on the decline in Australia following the withdrawal of the (now closed) Melbourne Airport United Club in 2015 and the removal of Virgin Australia’s domestic lounges from the program back in 2011.
Beyond Brisbane, Priority Pass calls only one other Australian lounge home – being the Reef Lounge in the international departures area at Cairns Airport.
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