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The better known American Express airport lounges are the Centurion Lounges that are primarily found in the US as well in a limited number of international airport locations, but these aren’t the only AMEX airport lounges around.
Sydney airport has had an American Express lounge in Terminal 1 (near gate 24) since December 2014 and although this lounge isn’t branded as a Centurion Lounge it’s still an American Express lounge that’s only open to select cardholders and their guests (link).
As you’ll see from the brief American Express video above, the Sydney American Express lounge has a number of the usual hallmarks that you get with American Express lounges (the chairs look familiar as does the decor) but the lounge also shares another less impressive trait with a lot of other AMEX lounges around the world – it can get incredibly busy.
Well, apparently American Express plans to do something about this because, as Executive Traveler has reported, the AMEX lounge in Sydney will be moving to a new location from later this month.
American Express has said that the new lounge space will be “more than triple the size of the current lounge” and will offer “a refreshing expansive space for its eligible Card Members to retreat“.
The new lounge space will be moving to the other side of Terminal 1 and will be located near Gate 50.
No further details appear to be available at the moment (the Amex lounge page makes no mention of the impending move) but it’s probably safe to assume that guests can continue to expect the same services that are currently on offer in the existing facility – complimentary food and beverages (including a bar and barista coffee service), free wi-fi, and good access to power outlets throughout the lounge.
Which US AMEX Cards Get Access?
If you’re visiting Sydney from the US and don’t have access to the great Qantas First Class lounge (also in T1) you may well be carrying a card that will grant you and up to two guests access to the lounge.
The following US-issued American Express cards offer access to the AMEX Lounge in Sydney:
- The Platinum Card from American Express
- The Business Platinum Card from American Express
- The Corporate Platinum Card from American Express
- The Centurion Card from American Express
It’s also possible that the refreshed Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card will offer access to the AMEX lounge in Sydney when it takes on its new benefits from 30 January 2020.
From what I can tell, the AMEX lounge in Sydney is overdue a refresh so it’s very good to hear that we’ll soon be getting a new, larger facility in the next few weeks.
Let’s also hope that the change in location is accompanied by a change in food options and a change in attitude by some staff members as recent reviews of the lounge online have been less than complimentary.