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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 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.
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
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.
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? 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.
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.