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American Express Opens New Lounge in Sydney, Australia

American Express Centurion Lounge Picture in San Francisco

American Express opened its a new lounge in Sydney, Australia yesterday.  This is the fifth lounge opened that uses the new modern design language (the others are all located in the US – Las Vegas, Nevada,  San Francisco, California, New York LaGuardia, New York and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas).

American Express

Located beside Gate 24 of the Sydney International Airport (IATA Airport Code – SYD) Terminal 1 , the lounge has room for 60 passengers and will be run by Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited. The operating hours are from 0600 to 2300 daily.

American Express lounge in Sydney Australia
Image taken from http://www.ausbt.com.au/first-look-american-express-opens-sydney-airport-lounge on December 16, 2014 (All Rights Reserved)
American Express lounge in Sydney Australia
Image taken from http://www.ausbt.com.au/first-look-american-express-opens-sydney-airport-lounge on December 16, 2014 (All Rights Reserved)

The lounge has a full bar and a buffet serving hot and cold foods.  Similar to other locations, the menu will feature more local fares.

Other pics can be found in this link (credit to Australia Business Traveller).

Entry Requirements

A Centurion CardPlatinum CardBusiness Centurion Card and Business Platinum Card provides unlimited access to the lounge provided it’s issued by the Australia arm, or is an internationally-issued Centurion or Platinum card.

A longer list of American Express cards gives the cardholder two free lounge entries per calendar year for account, after which there’s a per-entry fee of $55 for adults and $35 for children from 2-17.

  • Corporate Platinum Card
  • Qantas Corporate Platinum Card
  • Platinum Reserve Credit Card
  • Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
  • Velocity Platinum Card
  • 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

The two-per-year entry allocation includes the cardholder, a supplementary cardholder, children between 2-17 or a guest.

Analysis

The credit company starting to branch out and cater cardholders in other countries with a lounge concept that has been proven very popular. Expect similar lounges to be rolled out in other countries where there are a higher concentration of Centurion and Platinum members (e.g. UK – London, France – Paris, China – Hong Kong)

The next US based lounge will be located in Miami International Airport scheduled to be opened in early 2015.

Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited

Plaza Premium Lounge Management Limited has been running lounges for 16 years in 120+ lounges .

Plaza Premium Lounges Highlights
Image taken from http://www.plaza-network.com/ on December 16, 2014 (All Rights Reserved)

It is also partnered with 66 airlines around the world (as at December 2014).

This partnership between the two company will likely lead to more opportunities in the future. If the new lounge is successful, it is expected that both companies may roll out other similar lounges around the world.

 

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