Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, and lately they’ve been getting creative in terms of the “lounges” they’ve added to their network. They’ve added airport distillery tasting rooms, airport sleeping pods, and airport relaxation rooms to their network, just to name a few. I love the creativity, and there’s no doubt this adds a lot of value for members.
In mid-May I wrote about how Priority Pass added seven restaurants at Sydney Airport to their lounge network. Sydney Airport was one of the largest in the world without a Priority Pass lounge, and since they couldn’t get any lounges to join the network, this seemed like a creative solution.
I shared my experience with using this benefit shortly after it was introduced. Well, it looks like a similar benefit has now expanded to another Australian airport.
- Graze Grill & Bar — domestic terminal, airside near gates 16-21 (past security)
- Bar Roma — domestic terminal, airside near gates 23 & 24 (past security)
- Corretto Cafe & Bar — international terminal landside, 4th floor food court
Much like in Sydney, Priority Pass members receive 36AUD of free food and drinks per person. If you have a Priority Pass membership that allows guesting privileges, you can multiply that by however many guests you have. This is potentially a huge benefit. If you’re traveling as a party of three and have a card with guesting privileges, you can potentially get 108AUD of free food and drinks. Furthermore, you could potentially visit two of the restaurants back-to-back, and double the value (well, assuming you’re still hungry or thirsty).
Unlike in Sydney, though, Brisbane already has a Priority Pass lounge. Specifically, the airport has a Plaza Premium Lounge, located in the international terminal. So the new restaurants are especially useful for those departing out of the domestic terminal, and even in the international terminal, many may prefer a restaurant to a lounge.
As a reminder, here’s a table with some of the major US credit cards offering Priority Pass memberships, as well as their respective guesting rules:
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
Anyone have plans to try out the new Brisbane Priority Pass restaurants anytime soon?
(Tip of the hat to Jacob)
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).