AMEX upgrades Sydney, Melbourne lounges to Centurion Lounges

As Australia's borders get closer to reopening, AMEX is taking the pre-flight lounge experience to the next level.

By Chris Chamberlin, October 8 2021
AMEX upgrades Sydney, Melbourne lounges to Centurion Lounges

American Express’ airport lounges in Sydney and Melbourne will return as Centurion Lounges once international travel soars once more.

Positioned a rung above ‘AMEX Lounges’ as they were previously known, adopting the Centurion branding normally coincides with the introduction of a more premium food and beverage offering.

An American Express spokesperson confirmed the rebranding to Executive Traveller and advised the lounges would indeed be “enhanced”, but could not yet provide further detail.

At Centurion Lounges overseas, however, travellers often find an extensive list of wine, spirits, and signature cocktails on the bar menu.

Many Centurion Lounges also pour Champagne for all guests – Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut in the Hong Kong Centurion Lounge, for example – with an even nicer bottle tucked away for those holding the invitation-only Centurion Card.

There's also often a more comprehensive range of hot food.

While it remains to be seen whether AMEX will provide a differentiated dining experience for Centurion Card members, there's unlikely to be a separate Centurion dining room, as in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's Centurion Lounge is really two lounges: one for Platinum members, and one for Centurion.
Hong Kong's Centurion Lounge is really two lounges: one for Platinum members, and one for Centurion.

That's because the changes here come as a rebrand of existing lounges – rather than a completely new-built facility – and private dining for Centurion members was an exception in Hong Kong, not the norm.

Getting into the Sydney, Melbourne AMEX Centurion Lounges

AMEX is still finalising the details of its Australian Centurion Lounge experiences, although the guest list currently remains unaltered.

That provides unlimited access for Platinum Charge Card and Centurion Card holders and their guests, as well as two lounge entries per year for a broad selection of other cardholders.

Included on that roster: the Qantas AMEX Ultimate Card, the AMEX Velocity Platinum Card and the AMEX Explorer Credit Card, among others from Australia, plus AMEX Airpoints Platinum Cards issued in New Zealand.

The company’s current lounge at Sydney Airport opened its doors in 2019, after outgrowing AMEX's previously-cosy Sydney space.

Its Melbourne lounge debuted one year prior, co-located with a Plaza Premium Lounge.

Both currently remain closed due to Australia’s international travel restrictions, with their reopening expected to coincide with the broader return of overseas flying.

Also read: Dining at Hong Kong's invitation-only Centurion restaurant

Chris Chamberlin

A Brisbane-based contributor to Executive Traveller, Chris Chamberlin lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.


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