If your wallet packs a shiny American Express credit card or charge card, you may be able to stop by the American Express lounge at Sydney Airport before your next international flight.
Best of all, you don’t need a business class ticket or a Gold or Platinum frequent flyer membership – all you need is your trusty American Express card and you’re through the door.
But not every American Express card grants access to the lounge, and of those that do, some provide unlimited entries while others cover you only twice a year.
American Express Sydney lounge: who gets in?
As you’d expect, holders of the $1,200/year Platinum Charge Card and the by-invitation Centurion Card are welcome with open arms whenever they travel and can be joined by two adult guests at no charge, along with their children aged 2-17.
The same is true for Business Centurion and Business Platinum cardholders, and like their ‘personal’ counterparts these members with cards issued in any country (including Australia) can bring two guests each and their children.
A longer list of cards allow two complimentary lounge visits each calendar year but with no adult guest privileges – so if your partner or a colleague is coming along for the journey and doesn’t have an eligible card of their own, your second yearly pass could be volunteered to bring them inside.
Children aged 2-17 years can again join you at no cost, although further visit beyond those included with your card will set you back $55 per adult and $35 per child.
On the list: American Express Corporate Platinum, Qantas Corporate Platinum, Platinum Reserve, David Jones American Express Platinum, Qantas American Express Ultimate, American Express Velocity Platinum and American Express Explorer cards issued directly by American Express Australia.
Top-tier cards from major banks also provide these two free yearly visits including the Commonwealth Bank Diamond Awards and Westpac Altitude Black cards, as do the now-retired ANZ Frequent Flyer Black, ANZ Rewards Black and Westpac Earth Black American Express cards held by existing customers.
All other American Express cardholders unfortunately receive no access to this lounge – even if they’d be willing to pay – although a two-hour visit to the adjacent SkyTeam lounge can be bought by any traveller for $77.