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AMEX lounge opening at SYD airport - 16th December 2014, T1 next to gate 24

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M@rcoPolo

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Apologies if this was already reported...

Browsing the AMEX Australia site I run into this today...

COMPLIMENTARY LOUNGE ACCESS
Eligible American Express Card Members can now experience the new American Express Lounge before boarding. Jump online with free high speed Wi-Fi and enjoy complimentary dining, wine and cocktails from a locally inspired menu. Whether you’re passing through for business or leisure, relax and unwind with the exceptional service you’d expect from American Express. Simply swipe your eligible American Express® Card at reception for entry*.
Lounge opens 16th December 2014
Located next to Gate 24, Terminal 1 Departures


[FONT=BentonSans-Md, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Almost too good to be true! Only available for selected AMEX cards, details at [/FONT]https://amexnetwork.com.au/goodgoing/ (click on "Complimentary Lounge Access). T&Cs are below:


[h=4]Terms & Conditions[/h]*The following Terms and Conditions govern the entry to The American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport (“American Express Lounge”) in Terminal 1.
[h=3]1. Eligible Cards[/h](a) The Cards listed below that are current and issued by American Express Australia Limited are eligible to enter The American Express Lounge with the exception of internationally issued American Express® Centurion and American Express® Platinum Cards, which are also eligible to enter the American Express Lounge:

  • American Express® Centurion Card,
  • American Express® Platinum Card,
  • American Express® Business Centurion Card,
  • American Express® Business Platinum Card,
  • American Express® Corporate Platinum Card,
  • American Express® Qantas Corporate Platinum Card,
  • American Express® Platinum Reserve Credit Card,
  • Qantas American Express Ultimate Card,
  • American Express Velocity Platinum Card.
(b) The cards listed below that are current and issued by licensed network partners are eligible to enter The American Express Lounge:

  • ANZ Frequent Flyer Black American Express Card,
  • ANZ Rewards Black American Express Card,
  • Westpac Altitude Black American Express Card,
  • Westpac Earth Black American Express Card,
  • Commonwealth Bank Diamond Awards American Express Card.
(c) At the discretion of American Express, other American Express Card Members may also enter the American Express Lounge or be issued with a One-Day Pass for entry into the American Express Lounge from time to time.
[h=3]2. Access to The American Express Lounge[/h](a) American Express Centurion, American Express Platinum, American Express Business Centurion and American Express Business Platinum Card Members, have unlimited complimentary access to The American Express Lounge for each American Express Card account and are entitled to bring their children between the ages of 2-17 and up to 2 guests into the lounge. Card Members wishing to bring additional guests will be subject to a charge that is to be processed on the Card Member’s American Express Card. Please refer to the reception desk at the American Express Lounge for the applicable charges.
(b) All other eligible cards are entitled to two (2) entries into The American Express Lounge per calendar year (1st January to 31st December) for each American Express Card account. The entries may be used by the basic Card Member, Supplementary Card Member or a guest travelling with a Card Member. Complimentary access is available for the Card Member’s children between the ages of 2-17. Card Members wishing to bring additional guests will be subject to a charge that is to be processed on the Card Member’s American Express Card. Please refer to the reception desk at the American Express Lounge for the applicable charges.
(c) American Express Card Members may be issued with a One-Day Pass for entry into The American Express Lounge at the discretion of American Express from time to time. The guest policy for a One-Day Pass includes complimentary access for the Card Member’s children between the ages of 2 -17. Card Members wishing to bring additional guests will be subject to a charge that is to be processed on the Card Member’s American Express Card. Please refer to the reception desk at the American Express Lounge for the applicable charges.
(d) One-Day Passes are non-transferable, non-refundable, non-changeable and valid for one time entry only. One-Day Passes cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Duplicated or altered One-Day Passes are void and will not be accepted. One-Day Passes do not provide access to any American Express lounges outside of Australia and valid for use only at The American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport in Terminal 1 and not at any other lounge facility.
[h=3]3. General Conditions of Entry[/h](a) The American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport in Terminal 1 is operated by Plaza Premium Lounge Management. To access The American Express Lounge, Card Members must present the following upon each visit:

  • his or her Eligible American Express Credit or Charge Card or One-Day Pass; and
  • upon request, same-day airline ticket on any carrier
Failure to present requested documentation may result in access being denied. Card Members will not be compensated for changes in locations, rates or policies.
(b) A Card Member must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian.
(c) The Lounge Operator reserves the right to remove any person from a lounge for inappropriate behaviour or failure to adhere to lounge rules, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent.
(d) Access to The American Express Lounge is subject to space availability. The American Express Lounge hours may vary and are subject to change without prior notice. Amenities may vary among The American Express Lounge locations and are subject to change. In-lounge services and amenities are complimentary.
(e) American Express will not be liable for any articles lost or stolen or damages suffered by the purchaser or visitor inside The American Express Lounge.
(f) Use of The American Express Lounge is subject to all rules and conditions set by American Express and the Lounge Operator. American Express reserves the right to revise the rules at any time without notice.






Lounge opens 16th December 2014 Located next to Gate 24, Terminal 1 Departures





Relax in the American Express Lounge before your flight.
 

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Sounds good, so T1 is the international terminal is it and airside???

Be nice if it had some really good dining options for those of us who can't get into the FLounge...
 

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Sounds good, so T1 is the international terminal is it and airside???

Be nice if it had some really good dining options for those of us who can't get into the FLounge...

Yes - T1 = Sydney International terminal, airside next to Gate 24.

I wouldn't hold my hopes too high re: dining options, the lounge is operated by Premium Plaza so if you have been to a Premium Plaza lounge before you'll know it's OK but it's not up to the Qantas Business lounge standard at T1, let alone the F lounge...
 

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Excellent news.
Gives me an option in late December before my D7 flight
 

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Gate 24 huh?

I wonder if that's the old qf business/first lounge area ...
 

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So 2 free entries for ANZ Black Cards per year.... annoying but better than nothing.
 

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Sounds good if flying on a carrier without lounge access. I may sneak a peak mid January.

Fab news, will be a great alternative to the Koru Club :)
Which one is Koru Club? The lounge VS used to use? If that is the case that is not a bad lounge.
 

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Clause 2 (b) states
All other eligible cards are entitled to two (2) entries into The American Express Lounge per calendar year (1st January to 31st December) for each American Express Card account. The entries may be used by the basic Card Member, Supplementary Card Member or a guest travelling with a Card Member. Complimentary access is available for the Card Member’s children between the ages of 2-17. Card Members wishing to bring additional guests will be subject to a charge that is to be processed on the Card Member’s American Express Card. Please refer to the reception desk at the American Express Lounge for the applicable charge

Do others think this clause means if I take a guest in then I have used up my 2 yearly visits, or am I allowed 2 visits a year bringing in a guest?
 

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Do others think this clause means if I take a guest in then I have used up my 2 yearly visits, or am I allowed 2 visits a year bringing in a guest?

Hard to tell - I think the wording is confusing. Also I don't think it's clear what they mean for "American Express Card account"... e.g. if my wife is a supplementary card member and she visits the lounge twice, does it mean I won't be able to use the free entries if I show up using my (basic) card? Or in other words, would 2 cards (basic + supplementary) give you 2 x 2 = 4 entries or else?

Should be able to clarify with AMEX once the lounge opening is officially announced...
 
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Wow. This is great news but there's surprisingly little press coverage for this lounge, given its imminent opening.
 

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Wow. This is great news but there's surprisingly little press coverage for this lounge, given its imminent opening.

I suspect they will have an official opening, invite media, give out press photos, and then you will get some press.
 

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Koru Club = Air New Zealand lounge
Apologies I do realise it's the Air New Zealand lounge. Not sure exactly where it's located.

If it's the lounge that VS used to use and also used by Velocity Gold and Platinum members then I don't understand the criticism. The lounge is spacious and has a decent variety of food and beverages.
 
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