Priority Pass unlocks $36 of food and drink at Melbourne Airport

By Chris Chamberlin, December 5 2017

Priority Pass’ growing network of affiliated restaurants now includes two locations at Melbourne Airport, where members of the global airport lounge scheme receive a $36 credit towards the cost of their pre-flight meal in place of lounge access.

On the list is Bar Pulpo by MoVida, specialising in Spanish tapas, and Urban Provodore, which showcases healthy meals centred on typically-Australian flavours – both of which are located past security and passport control in the T2 international terminal.

As in Sydney and Brisbane, Priority Pass members simply present their Priority Pass card at the cash register, where the restaurant will process one ‘lounge visit’ on the account in return for $36 of dining credit.

Travelling with a plus one? Restaurants can also put through this visit with one additional guest for double the dining credit: that’s $72 instead of $36 – but do check whether your specific membership plan provides for a complimentary guest, as many do not.

Any visits over and above those included in your plan attract a fee which Priority Pass directly bills to the credit card on file for your membership, and is typically US$27 (A$35.30) per lounge visit or additional guest for Australian members.

This makes the restaurant tie-up most appealing for Priority Pass Prestige members, who enjoy unlimited lounge entries – and by extension, restaurant visits – as part of their yearly plan.

However, as both participating restaurants in Melbourne are located airside at the international terminal, passengers jetting from the Victorian capital on domestic flights can’t take advantage of this.

Get your own, potentially free Priority Pass membership

Many high-end Australian credit cards offer Priority Pass membership as a perk for top-tier cardholders, either with two lounge visits (or restaurant credits) included every year, or unlimited access to all lounges and restaurants in the program, subject to holding a same-day boarding pass.

The $700/year Citi Prestige Visa Infinite credit card and the $1,200/year American Express Platinum Charge Card offer the latter, with AMEX also throwing in a second unlimited Priority Pass membership for one nominated additional cardholder (such as your partner or spouse) to use when they travel.

Or, look to the Westpac Altitude Black, St. George Amplify Signature, BankSA Amplify Signature and Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature cards for two yearly lounge or restaurant visits at no charge, with additional visits billed at US$27.

Otherwise, Priority Pass membership can also be purchased outright for US$409 (A$534) for an unlimited Prestige membership or US$259 (A$338) for a Standard Plus membership covering 10 yearly lounge visits, both including the company’s US$10 ‘delivery fee’ billed in addition to the membership price.

A Standard, pay-per-visit plan costing US$109 (A$142) each year is also available, but as you’re also billed US$27 per lounge or restaurant visit, this doesn’t represent value for Australian travellers looking to dine using their membership.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

clarkysdonga

clarkysdonga

18 Aug 2015

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About time! This make me very happy, and even more so, very fat!

Bob Burgess

Bob Burgess

13 Sep 2016

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Great news, Chris, thank you for this, I regularly use my Priority Pass at Sydney's T2 Movida for breakfast as it beats the Virgin lounge hands-down, great there is now a similar option at the other end of my SYD-MEL flights!

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Only if you're flying internationally from Melbourne, though. ;)

BenOfAustralia

BenOfAustralia

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Mar 2017

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Handy, when at Sydney airport typically flying Jetstar I go to Movida all the time. This wouldn't help me flying domestic but it's a start.

Tigerblade

Tigerblade

13 May 2017

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For crying out loud! Still no domestic MEL priority pass lounge???

Even the tiny island of Lombok has a pp lounge.....

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Priority Pass members used to get access to the Virgin Australia lounge in Melbourne, but that was pulled by Virgin Australia some years back. Priority Pass also used to provide access to the United Club in Melbourne's international terminal, but United also pulled that (and then subsequently closed the lounge).

Now that Melbourne has an independent lounge (the Marhaba Lounge), I wouldn't be surprised if that joined the Priority Pass scheme in the coming months, but we'll see!

lind26

lind26

24 Apr 2014

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Is Marhaba used by any airlines or just independent travellers?

Perthguy

Perthguy

12 Jul 2012

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Looking forward to hear when Priority Pass comes to the Party in Perth now they have done Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

alicelai

alicelai

13 Dec 2017

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Hi Chris,

I have a Bank of Melbourne Black card, and believe entitle to the Priority Pass. Can you please advise me what to do in order to unlocks $36 of food and drink at Melbourne Airport? How do I get the Priority Pass?

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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Hi Alice, the first step would be contact Bank of Melbourne to arrange for your complimentary Priority Pass membership (which includes two 'lounge visits' per year, which can be used for either actual lounge access or restaurant dining, as above).

Once you have your Priority Pass membership card, follow the instructions covered in the article to receive your dining credit, by presenting the Priority Pass card at the desired establishment.

Forever_red

Forever_red

15 Dec 2017

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Just added cafe Vue in Melbourne airport. Nut only the one airside.

Forever_red

Forever_red

15 Dec 2017

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Typo correction.

*But

charlieyvonne

charlieyvonne

20 Dec 2017

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Will trial this PP tomorrow at Doha, although not expecting much. Also tempted with the Doha swimming pool.

Any news on when PP will be useable in Perth? Especially with Qantas using us as a stepping stone to London surely it will be soon.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin

24 Apr 2012

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As always, when there's new to report, we'll report it.

In Doha, you can access the Al Maha Transit Lounge using Priority Pass, which isn't far from the central teddy bear and the part of the terminal you'll enter if coming through transit security.

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