American Express is opening its new lounge at Sydney Airport’s international terminal (T1) on Wednesday, 23 October 2019. It will replace the existing lounge which can get a quite tight when busy.
The new lounge is downstairs in Pier C, close to gates 50 – 63 and just across from the Emirates Lounge. The new lounge is 600m2, more than twice as big as the old lounge.
The lounge will feature all the usual accoutrements – relaxation areas, work zones, dining areas, some tarmac views, shower suites, and lots of charging and USB ports. It all looks pretty nice from the promotional photographs, although some spots do look a little biege.
Food wise, you’ll find the typical lounge buffet options. But there will also be a live cooking station where pizzas, pastas, stir fries, soups and special dietary options will be cooked to order.
Good coffee will also be made to order – there’ll be none of that filtered or push button machine muck. The bar looks like it will be offering a full range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, although the word is they’ll be substituting real champagne for Australian sparkling. 😡
The existing lounge is open seven days a week between 06:00 and 10:00pm. There’s no suggestion the hours will be changing. Whilst this American Express lounge, like its sibling Amex lounge at Melbourne Airport, is being run by Plaza Premium for American Express, it’s strictly certain Amex cardholders only. No Priority Pass or green card riff raff like me here, thankyou very much. Holders of American Express Centurion, Platinum and Platinum Business cards will get the nod. They can bring in up to two adult guests and any amount of accompanied children under 17 years of age). Holders of other types of American Express cards often get issued complimentary lounge passes with their annual renewals. These too will work but the guesting abilities are more limited. Just flashing your green Amex and a winning smile will not get you past the lounge dragons.
If you can’t make the grade here, there are a number of alternate lounges in the international terminal at Sydney Airport, including pay per use and Priority Pass lounges.
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