How can I get an Express Path card for Sydney Airport?

By David Flynn, August 22 2016
How can I get an Express Path card for Sydney Airport?

How can I get an Express Path pass to use the fast-track departure security and immigration lanes at Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal?

Express Path cards for Sydney Airport’s international terminal are issued to all travellers checking in at the business class and first class counters.

That includes top-tier frequent flyers using those counters – typically with Platinum and sometimes Gold status – even if they’re flying in economy.

If you’ve done online checkin it’s still worth swinging by the airline’s premium counters to request an Express Path card, because it can save you a lot of time standing in line with hundreds of other outbound travellers.

You can also make a beeline for Express Path if you've got an American Express Platinum or Centurion Card, without the need to be holding any special pass: just flash your credit card and boarding pass at the dedicated Express Path entrance.

This perk is available with any of the following American Express card types issued in Australia, and also lets you share the fast-track experience with up to four companions:

  • AMEX Centurion card
  • AMEX Business Centurion card
  • AMEX Platinum Charge card
  • AMEX Platinum Corporate card
  • AMEX Business Platinum card

Read more: American Express cardholders get fast track lane at Sydney Airport

Using the Express Path

The entrance to the Express Pass lane is located just beyond the Qantas first class check-in area, at the end of check-in zone D.

You’ll usually show the pass when you enter the Express Path lane to have your passport checked and again as you approach the security checkpoint, which is where you’ll hand the pass over to an airport staffer.

If you’re travelling during a quiet period and there are no queues for the ‘non-express’ security checkpoints, you might want to head to those lanes and hang onto your Express Path card rather than surrender it at the Express Path security checkpoint.  

That way you can use that same pass down the track if you’re flying in economy class on an airline with whom you don’t have any status, because the airport staffers don’t check that the airline which issued your Express Path card is the same as the one on your boarding pass.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Sep 2011

Total posts 83

Strictly speaking there's no need to hand your Express Path pass over to anyone. Just stick it in your pocket the moment it's been checked on entry and just keep re-using it. There's so little difference between Express Parh screening (which you share with airline crew anyway) it's not worth worrying about

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum

07 Feb 2013

Total posts 558

Pity that's not how it works

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 14

QF told me last time I swung past the check-in desks that it's only for Platinums.. Is that correct? 

24 Apr 2012

Total posts 2585

With Qantas it's Platinum and above unless booked in a premium cabin, although other airlines like Emirates give them to Golds also.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

Total posts 689

NOT Recommended

- but another way I've heard of .. is to be one of the last passengers to check-in for Y loading when check-in is ready to close the flight. I've had two separate acquaintances (unintentionally) try this and were offered 'Express Pass' just to get them onboard quickly. As said, 'wouldn't want to be you ...'

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

31 Oct 2016

Total posts 73

Does Sydney have an Arrivals Express lane?

I've got a tight connection in Sydney on Sunday. I'm travelling QF, I'm used to travelling NZ through Melbourne, I've never actually arrived internationally into Sydney.

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