Open for Business: New American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport

Amex’s impressive new Lounge boasts luxe amenities, premium dining and variety of relaxation spaces.

There’s no better way to kick off a holiday with a pre-departure visit to a premium airline lounge, and for many American Express cardholders, that experience is now even better!

American Express has transitioned to a new and improved card member lounge which boasts three times the floorspace of the original.

american express lounge sydney airport
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport.

Located near Gates 50 to 63 at Sydney Airport’s T1 International terminal, the new Lounge delivers over 600 square metres of luxe space to dine, work or relax in.

It’s operated by global premium airport hospitality specialists Plaza Premium Group, which also manages the highly regarded American Express Lounge at Melbourne International Airport

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American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Entrance. Source: American Express

TCM was invited to take a peek at Amex’s spacious new Lounge, and we’re excited to share our feedback (and a range of exclusive photos) with you.

Inside the new American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport

Make no mistake – American Express has raised the bar with this impressive space, and it’s arguably set to deliver one of the best Lounge experiences in Sydney International T1.

Some of our readers have commented that the new Lounge looks to be a cut above the yet to be refurbished Qantas Sydney International Business Lounge. And, based on our initial viewing, we’d tend to agree!

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The new American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport offers a premium experience.

There’s lots to love about this new Lounge which boasts three distinct areas within its expanded 600 square metre footprint.

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First up, there’s a relaxation zone which features a range of seating options and windows overlooking the tarmac action at Gate 58.

American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Relaxation area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Relaxation area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Relaxation area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Relaxation area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Relaxation area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Relaxation area

Moving into the middle of the Lounge, guests can perch at a pair of communal long-tables or take a seat at one of many banquettes positioned along the wall.

American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Long-table seating
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Long-table seating
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Long-table seating
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Long-table seating
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Long-table seating
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Banquette seating
  American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Long-table seating
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Banquette seating

Heading to the dining area, a long bar traverses the far wall. A wide selection of beverages is served up here, including cocktails, quality Australian wines, craft and international tap beers, and decent coffee.

American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Bar
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Bar

At the far end of the Lounge, there’s a spacious dining room, complete with a buffet area and live cooking station. Here, experienced chefs will whip up a range of cooked-to-order dishes, including a signature beef ragout fettucine and pizza.

American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Dining area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Dining area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Dining area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Dining area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Dining area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Dining area
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Buffet and live cooking station
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Buffet and live cooking station
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Buffet and live cooking station
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Buffet and live cooking station
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Buffet and live cooking station Source: American Express
American Express Lounge, Sydney Airport: Buffet and live cooking station Source: American Express

Other amenities include showers stocked with L’Occitane toiletries, high-speed Wi-Fi, a selection of local and international magazines and newspapers and plenty of well-positioned charging stations.

Who can enter the American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport?

Entry to the American Express Lounge is a valuable membership perk that is offered on a range of cards, including the Qantas American Express Ultimate, currently boasting 120,000 Qantas Points for new cardholders (min spend, T&Cs apply).

The following cards have unlimited complimentary access to The American Express Lounge at the Sydney International Airport and Melbourne Airport):

The following cards are entitled to two complimentary entries per calendar year to the American Express Lounge, located at Sydney International Airport (or Melbourne International Airport):

Things to note:

Additional Lounge entries are available for purchase at the reception desk for AU$55.

Card Members are entitled to bring their children between the ages of 0-17 and up to 2 guests into the lounge – this is a generous policy.

To enter the lounge, the Card must be current and issued by American Express Australia Limited with the exception of internationally issued American Express Centurion and American Express Platinum Cards, which are also eligible to enter the American Express Lounge.

For cards which offer two single entry passes each calendar year, the entry allocation may be used by the Basic Card Member, Supplementary Card Member or a guest travelling with a Card Member. Additional Lounge visits are allowed but charges will apply.

American Express Lounge Sydney opening hours

The Lounge is open 6am to 11pm, 7 days a week.

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The Champagne Mile visited the American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport as a guest of American Express.

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12 thoughts on “Open for Business: New American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport”

  1. Is there an Amex arrivals lounge or is it just for departures? We arrive in Sydney very early so breakfast would be good.

    1. Hi Ann, this lounge is located in the departures area. Unfortunately there isn’t an Amex lounge located in arrivals.

    1. Hi May, no, lounge access isn’t a benefit included with the Platinum Edge Card. You’d need to upgrade to one of the cards included in the entry list.

    1. Hi Mimi, if you hold a card that offers two single passes each calendar year, these are each valid for one single adult entry – so while you could gift the second pass to a travelling companion, neither of the passes allow free entry of additional adult guests (each single entry pass admits one person only). However, you may be able to bring in children free of charge (more info towards the end of the post), and it is possible to pay for additional adult entries for other travelling companions. Enjoy the lounge!

    1. Hi Anthony, not as yet – but we’ll certainly provide more information if we hear about the possibility down the track.

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