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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.