“I’m not ready to leave yet”. It’s not a phrase you’ll often hear at the airport, but it’s what my travel partner exclaimed when we were called to board our flight from Sydney to Hawaii. See this wasn’t any ordinary day in transit, we were using Priority Pass and it turned the airport into one giant playground.

Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent lounge membership program. It gives your access to more than 1200 lounges in over 500 cities and 130 countries.

Anyone can join, it doesn’t matter which airline you’re flying with or which ticket you hold.

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Priority Pass 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) while the Prestige plan at US$399 gives you every lounge visit free.

Priority Pass members can also save AU$36 per person off the bill at selected eateries at Sydney Airport’s Domestic and International terminals. Each AU$36 deduction is equivalent to a single lounge visit.

At Sydney International Airport you can save on dining experiences at Better Burger by Shannon Bennett, Mach2, and the Peroni Bar.

Each AU$36 deduction is equivalent to a single lounge visit.

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We started with Mach2. A stylish, modern restaurant offering beautiful Italian food where I enjoyed a generous bowl of thick, al dente ribbon pasta and ragu.

It felt as though we had gone out to an edgy Italian restaurant and took just seconds to forget we were in an airport.

After our tummies were full of wonderful Italian food we leisurely made our way through security before making a beeline for the Peroni Bar.

The Peroni Bar literally made our day. Our barman was cheeky, friendly and ready to make us any cocktail we pleased with what he had on hand.

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We went for a bloody mary and, of course, a Peroni.

We felt like true VIPs sipping free drinks as we waited for our final boarding call. When that final call came we were seriously reluctant to leave; deeming it the best airport experience we’d had.

Priority Pass is always adding new lounges to its repertoire so it’s best to keep an eye on their website here before making your way to the airport.

Many lounges offer more than just food and drinks with showers, spa service often available.

Once you’re a member, accessing lounges is as easy as showing your card or flashing your digital membership in the new Priority Pass App.

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Are you a Priority Pass member? Let us know what you think about the perks it offers.

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