Plaza Premium is opening a stand alone pay to use lounge in the international terminal (T1) at Sydney Airport. Plaza Premium have confirmed to me that the lounge will be opening in the first half of 2020 on the former American Express Lounge site.
Pay to use lounges have traditionally been thin on the ground in Australia, but there has been a shift in the last couple of years and now Australian airports are starting to see a few of them.
It will be the third pay to use lounge in Sydney’s international terminal. Access is available to both The House Lounge and the SkyTeam Lounge on a pay to use basis. Both are very good lounges, particularly The House Lounge.
The SkyTeam Lounge does not accept Priority Pass. The House Lounge does – albeit for a AUD$20 fee on top of your membership fee. The Plaza Premium Lounge at Sydney will be the first lounge at Sydney’s international terminal open to Priority Pass holders at no additional charge.
There are Plaza Premium branded lounges at Melbourne and Brisbane airports. They are both very solid lounges, boding well for their Sydney sibling.
The former American Express Lounge site at Sydney Airport is located right next to Gate 24. It was never the strongest lounge in the Centurion Lounges network – it was a bit small and tended to get crowded. American Express recently moved to larger, greener pastures elsewhere in the terminal, leaving this space vacant.
As it was already operated by Plaza Premium for American Express, there should not be too many changes. American Express’ signature wall of greenery might go, but the comfortable seating, generous bar, decent buffet, barista coffee, WiFi and plenty of charging points should stay
I don’t know for sure, but I reckon there are more Priority Pass cardholders passing through Sydney Airport than Amex platinum and above cardholders, meaning this lounge space will continue to attract criticism for overcrowding.
Nonetheless, it is great to see both Premium Plaza and Priority Pass expanding their footprint in Australia.
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