Melbourne-based high flyers can now begin their journey abroad in the all-new American Express Lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal, opening daily from Tuesday March 27 2018.
Located beyond security screening and passport control, you'll find AMEX's new space directly opposite Melbourne's Qantas business class lounge and next door to the Singapore Airlines SilverKris lounges:
It's larger than AMEX’s lounge in Sydney but with the same access list, catering to the growing number of American Express cardholders.
At first glance, the lounge is divided into a variety of zones, whether your aim is to work at one of the semi-private booth seats…
… relax ahead of your long flight…
… or dine, with a dedicated dining spaces...
... bites from the buffet…
... along with all day bar and barista coffee service:
Need to recharge your gadgets? Power points are accessible near most seats, including in that dining area, with both Australian AC and USB power available.
Bathrooms are shared between this lounge and the also-new Plaza Premium Lounge next door, however, for now, showers are not available (but we're told may be installed in the next six months).
UPDATE: Our review of this lounge has now been published; you can read it here.
American Express Platinum Charge Card, Business Platinum, Centurion and Business Centurion cardholders are all welcome here, providing unlimited access year-round when flying with any airline in any class of service, along with two adult guests and children aged 2-17.
The same is true for Corporate Platinum cardholders from overseas, although not those with cards issued in Australia.
A broader range of cards offer two complimentary visits per year, including the American Express Explorer, Qantas American Express Ultimate Card and American Express Velocity Platinum Card, but with no guests: if you’d like to bring in a second person with these cards, you’ll need to use your second yearly pass.
Australian Business Traveller will return to the lounge once opened to the public to bring you a full review, along with a review of Melbourne Airport’s new Plaza Premium Lounge, which also opens to travellers this month.
Chris Chamberlin is visiting Melbourne as a guest of American Express Australia and Plaza Premium Group.