American Express (Amex) operates its own lounge in the international terminal of Sydney Airport. A new lounge in Melbourne will also open later this month. Access is complimentary for certain Amex cardholders.
Even if you already have frequent flyer status or an airline lounge membership, this can be a valuable benefit. Lounge access is available in Sydney and Melbourne regardless of the airline you’re flying or class of travel. So it’s a good fall-back option if you happen to fly a different airline occasionally.
Australian Amex Lounges
The Sydney Amex Lounge is located next to the SkyTeam lounge, near gate 24 in Terminal 1. Both the Amex and SkyTeam lounges are run by Plaza Premium. The Amex lounge is comfortable with good views, as well as food and drinks. It’s a little small and can get busy in the morning, but is otherwise well-appointed.
In addition to the Sydney Lounge, Amex is opening a brand new lounge at Melbourne Airport later this month. The Melbourne Amex Lounge, located on the lower level of Terminal 2, will accept its first guests on 27 March 2018.
Who can use the Amex Lounge?
Many Australian Amex credit cards come with two annual complimentary lounge passes. Up to two children under 18 are also allowed when accompanied by an adult using a complimentary pass. These passes come with the following credit cards:
- Amex Explorer
- David Jones Amex Platinum
- Qantas Amex Ultimate
- Amex Velocity Platinum
- Amex Westpac Altitude Black
- Amex Platinum Reserve
- Amex Corporate Platinum
- Amex Qantas Corporate Platinum
Westpac Altitude Black and Earth Black Amex cardholders can also continue to use the American Express lounges until Westpac discontinues Amex cards.
Additional visits and extra guests are possible for a fee of approximately $55 per person.
Amex Platinum Charge and Centurion cardholders are entitled to unlimited year-round use of Amex lounges worldwide, including up to two complimentary guests and up to two children. These cards also come with unlimited access to Priority Pass, Virgin Australia and Delta lounges.
Read more: Priority Pass Lounge Access Guide