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Sydney Airport is getting a bigger, better American Express lounge

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Looks like an upgraded AmEx lounge is coming to Sydney. I haven't used it myself as I normally have lounge access to either the NZ or SQ lounges, both of which are excellent, but this might be a good alternative when it opens.

 

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From the article:

However, since first opening in December 2014 the lounge's increasing popularity has seen it become over-crowded, especially in the mornings.
This is not surprising. AmEx have been aggressively expanding as of late, and there would be a record number of holders of cards such as the Explorer (of which I am one) that grant lounge access. Take busy periods (such as school holidays, public holidays, December/January peaks) and you can pretty much guarantee that the number of (eligible) pax wanting to access the lounge will be greater than the capacity of the lounge.
It's good that they're expanding, now to see what'll happen, if anything, to MEL's "dungeon" AmEx lounge.
 

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From the article:



This is not surprising. AmEx have been aggressively expanding as of late, and there would be a record number of holders of cards such as the Explorer (of which I am one) that grant lounge access. Take busy periods (such as school holidays, public holidays, December/January peaks) and you can pretty much guarantee that the number of (eligible) pax wanting to access the lounge will be greater than the capacity of the lounge.
It's good that they're expanding, now to see what'll happen, if anything, to MEL's "dungeon" AmEx lounge.
Ditto on the Mel AMEX lounge. Thoroughly underwhelming.
 

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Apart from size I had no qualms with the old one. Will check out the new one and it's now closer to the SQ gates which are 52-55 usually
 

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i dont mind the amex melb lounge, obviously no windows and food selection is poor but everytime ive been there its been dead quiet

for free, it does the job, I get a few drinks, something to eat, and sit in the booth, and have a great time to pass the time
 

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Has the new lounge in Sydney opened yet? Flying out this Friday and would be keen to check it out. Ausbt article said mid October time frame.
 

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Hasn't opened yet, there's a media preview today but the public opening is expected to be this weekend, to be confirmed later today.
 

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Opening next Wednesday, Oct 23 - adjacent to the Emirates lounge, and with a bird’s eye view of gate 58.

 

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Not that I am a Centurion, but it's a shame they haven't thought of porting that concept to Australia... seems to be mainly the US, and Hong Kong. I would have thought building out the ultra-premium lounge (with special Centurion-only area) and elevating the rest of the lounge would be the path to go down when expanding/improving an existing space, especially at what is probably the flagship departure point for a country/city.

Having read the review of the HKG Centurion lounge, it would certainly make me consider spending more on my AMEX for an invite... but not this lounge.
 

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I'm impressed.. will try in the next time I'm traveling in Y or PE
 

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I prefer it to the Qantas Lounge when travelling J with CX. Looking forward to checking out the new lounge next time I'm flying with CX :)
 

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