Photos: American Express opens new Melbourne Airport lounge

By Chris Chamberlin, March 26 2018
Photos: American Express opens new Melbourne Airport lounge

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 CardBusiness 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 ExplorerQantas 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.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and 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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Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

What, no charred Corn on the cob!!!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

08 Jun 2014

Total posts 240

Sweet!

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 692

Down in the dungeon, though it looks well lit. Is this on the footprint of the old MH Lounge or UA Lounge?

It's near the old Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge (in fact, the Malaysia Airlines doors are still there, with the Plaza Premium entrance just beside and the AMEX entrance further around).

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

14 Feb 2014

Total posts 32

anything will be better than qf "lounge"

12 Apr 2011

Total posts 74

So the food offering is just a dessert buffet?

As above: "Australian Business Traveller will return to the lounge once opened to the public to bring you a full review".

This is because lounge opening events often have different catering than when the lounge is in normal 'passenger mode', so we'll be returning to the lounge to complete our review when everything is the same as readers will experience for themselves.

sgb
sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

30 Nov 2015

Total posts 745

Well, I do see crudite!!!

autvlr:

Our review has now been published, so you can find the full dining details there.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 752

Always good to have options, well done AMEX.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Feb 2014

Total posts 146

I agree, the food in the SYD lounge is always fantastic!

24 Apr 2014

Total posts 273

Need further details about Platinum AMEX access, e.g is Platinum Reserve accepted?

Please refer to the article, and if needed, the linked review of the Sydney lounge: "It's larger than AMEX’s lounge in Sydney but with the same access list".

As above, full details will be covered in our proper review: this is simply a photo tour to show what's inside, before the lounge opens to the public.

lind26:

Our review has now been published, so you can now find the full access list there.

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2017

Total posts 87

The Plaza Premium lounge is accessible with a Priority Pass membership I'm assuming?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Dec 2017

Total posts 2

Yes it is, however your level of membership within priority pass will determine your guest policy and any additional entry fee payable.


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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2017

Total posts 87

Thanks stutzy. I've got which ever level comes with the Amex Platinum Charge Card, to be honest Im not entirely sure what level it is, however, I've been able to bring guests in the past.

346:

Melbourne's Plaza Premium Lounge does not currently accept Priority Pass. This may be added at a later date but is not currently the case.

However, if you have the AMEX Platinum Charge Card (the kind that includes the Priority Pass membership), you can simply present your AMEX Platinum card at reception and you'll be allowed to bring in two guests, as this lounge is part of AMEX's Global Lounge Collection.

This will all be covered in our review of the Plaza lounge once published, of course.

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2017

Total posts 87

Thanks for clearing that up Chris.


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