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American Express has recently been opening up a bunch of their own airport lounges, known as the Amex Centurion Lounges. I had the opportunity to attend the Lounge Preview of the San Francisco location last month, and I’ve been impressed with other locations in New York LaGuardia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Las Vegas. Amex also recently announced plans for a Centurion Studio Lounge in Seattle, and a full Centurion Lounge is expected in Miami in 2015.

The new American Express lounge at Sydney International Airport.

The latest announcement is of the recent opening of an American Express Lounge (which isn’t considered a true Centurion Lounge) at Sydney International Airport in Australia. This lounge is located near Gate 24, and (similar to the US Centurion Lounges) provides complimentary access to both American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders.

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Guests can enjoy complimentary food and drinks.

The new lounge is operated by global airport service specialists Plaza Premium, and offers cardmembers the following benefits:

  • Complimentary food and beverage featuring Australian producers
  • Shower suites
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Computer and copy facilities
  • Flight information screens
  • A selection of local and international magazines and newspapers
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Both Amex Platinum and Centurion cardholders have complimentary access.

I don’t know the next time I’ll be in Australia, though I’d love to go back soon. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from readers about their experiences. If you’re flying through Sydney and have a chance to visit the new lounge, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Share you feedback if you're able to check out this new lounge.
Share your feedback if you’re able to check out this new lounge.

Overall I’m pleased with this announcement, and perhaps we’ll see more international locations in the future. Which cities are on your wish list?

The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
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  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
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