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Sydney Lounges, Qantas or Amex?

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LachlanSturt

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Apr 2014

Total posts 8

I am travelling to Denpasar on Qantas in the next few weeks and have to transfer through Sydney for 2 hours.

With my American Express card I get access to the Amex lounge in Sydney however I also get access to the Qantas International Business Lounge with my Qantas Club Membership.

Which is better to spend my time in before a hideous 6 hour 737 service to Indonesia?

Thanks in advance.

Poll: Which Lounge?

Mjudd

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Dec 2016

Total posts 57

The Amex lounge is nice, however it is officially tiny. Last time I tried to go there i couldn't even get a seat. It also becomes quite loud because there was so many people in such a small space.

I personally would go to the Qantas International Business lounge any day over the AMEX lounge. 

Last editedby Mjudd at Sep 20, 2017, 09:39 AM.

Damien00

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Feb 2016

Total posts 26

I did the same earlier this year - went to the Amex Lounge on the way to Bali because like you I had access via a card and regretted not going to the QF lounge instead. 

Its small, I personally didn't love the food options and it has a very limited view. It's not terrible, but the QF lounge is better IMO.

Cheers,


jhor

Member since 18 Nov 2013

Total posts 61

The toilets in the AMEX lounge are strange, like you might expect in a park. Otherwise, the AMEX lounge is nice but as others have mentioned, it's tiny. If you can access the Qantas lounge, that's where I'd go, and save your passes for if you're traveling on an flight with no other lounge options.

sdtravel

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 18 Jun 2015

Total posts 81

Is the skyteam downstairs lounge part of the same amex lounge since they are both managed by plaza premium or is it just that small area on the one level? If its just the small area I would go to the QF lounge.

hakkinen5

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Aug 2014

Total posts 115

I am in a similar situation flying out of Sydney Int'l (not my home airport). Sounds like QF lounge over AMEX. What about the Emirates lounge? Flying QF business late morning I should have access to that too right? Is that better than the QF lounge?

keda

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 Jan 2017

Total posts 3

I went into the Amex lounge recently mainly just to have a look, it is small and was quite crowded. I got in the lift there and went down to the Star Alliance lounge? here it's much more spacious,I'm not sure if you are allowed to enter that way, but happy to stick with the Qantas Lounge

btaus

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Dec 2016

Total posts 171

Any AMEX Centurion Lounge in the world is overcrowded because US version of Platinum Card, all cardholders (including the authorized user) can bring 2 guests in for free, and first 3 authorized user only costs cardholder an extra US$175 from US$550 annual fee.

Happy Trails

Member since 11 Apr 2012

Total posts 83

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What about the Emirates lounge? Flying QF business late morning I should have access to that too right? Is that better than the QF lounge?
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The Emirates lounge is generally considered better, but access depends on where you're travelling to - flights to the Americas are excluded.
And I'm not sure it will even be open at that time of day.

Pit

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Jul 2017

Total posts 9

AMEX longe is good if you get there early but as others have said it is only small and get crowed. The advantage of the AMEX over the star alliance is that the AMEX has better coffee but the star alliance has more room. Qantas lounge can also get full - go between both - it fills in the time

Pit

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 31 Jul 2017

Total posts 9

I like the emirates lounge better than qantas business - less crowd and I thought better food

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 422

Pick the EK Emirates lounge at SYDint if you have access.
Its the better than the QFi SYD J lounge.
But if you don't get access to the EK SYDint lounge, the QFi SYD J lounge is ok.
Can't say anything about the AMEX lounge, as I have no access, but have used the EK SYDint several times. As a SG, I have QFi SYD J lounge is bearable. Not great, but bearable for a few hours.

Mr Mink

QFF

Member since 16 Nov 2014

Total posts 4

the EK lounge is way better (food AND wine/real champers) than QF lounge which gets pretty crowded in the mornings, even though large. I used it on AKL flights on EK/QF ticket until they canned the AKL flight grrr. BUT as EK only now have flight to Chch, the lounge now gets shuttered early - about 8am? - after Chch flight has gone as I found out a couple of months ago. Presume it opens later in the day/afternoon for evening flights to Dubai/BKK etc.

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