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While I’ve reported on the expansion of Priority Pass into restaurant credits, I hadn’t actually experienced it for myself. After doing it in Sydney at Movida, I have to say…I may even prefer it. Airport lounges are great if you have a long layover, but often times the food lags far behind what you could get at a restaurant in terminal. Enter Priority Pass restaurant credits. I was traveling through Sydney, connecting on to Hamilton Island, and had roughly 45 minutes to kill. With this much time to spare, it hardly makes sense to track down a lounge, sit for a bit, and then get back to the gate. However, with Movida, I was able to use my Priority Pass credits ( $36 Aussie Dollars) a person, grab food, and whisk off to my connecting flight. I mean…how fantastic is that?
- Hours: 6 am to 9pm
- Located near gate 32
- Spanish themed restaurant with table service and take away options
Acceptance of Priority Pass cards are clearly advertised – $36 AUD per person for 2 people
If you end up charging more than the allotted amount, you’ll just pay the difference. Since we were under $72 we simply signed our priority pass receipt, and headed off on our way…which was about 20 feet to the right. We had to wait for our lattes to be made – THEN we were off to Hamilton Island with a bag of food, drink, and caffeine pumping through our veins. BYAH!
As you can see Movida has a great menu. While there are places to sit, we wanted to take away, and it was executed without a problem. This is a huge benefit, as we loaded up on a few bottled drinks, a couple of sandwiches, and coffees. In fact, looking back, I should have gotten a couple pastries. My Smoked Salmon sandwich was DELISH!
How we obtained our Priority Passes
Both my girlfriend and I have a few Priority Pass memberships. I carry not only an Amex Business Platinum, but a personal Platinum, Citi Prestige, and a Chase Sapphire Reserve. All of these cards come with complimentary Priority Pass memberships.
Terms and conditions:
Straight from the Priority Pass website:
1. Cardholders can use their lounge visit entitlement to receive AUD$36 off the bill. Each AUD$36 deduction represents a single lounge visit within the Cardholder’s existing lounge visit allocation for which the Cardholder will, where applicable, be charged. E.g. if a Cardholder registers 1 Guest they will receive AUD$72 off their bill which will be charged as 1 Cardholder visit + 1 Guest visit on their account. Only 1 card per visit per Cardholder will be accepted and at point of registration.
2. The AUD$36 is valid for the purchase of any meal and/or drinks. To be eligible, Cardholders must present a valid card before placing an order. 3. AUD$36 is non-transferable & cannot be exchanged for cash substitute or refund if the final bill is lower than AUD$36 per person. 4. Cardholder is responsible for the balance if total final bill exceeds AUD$36 per person. Any remaining balance cannot be used towards gratuity.