I don’t plan to spend too much time on this, as it is obviously a long way from home for most HFP readers.
However, if you are heading to Australia soon, American Express has just launched a new lounge at Sydney Airport’s T1 International Terminal.
Managed by Plaza Premium, it is four times the size of the old Amex lounge at the airport at over 600 square metres. A picture is below.
You can get access with The Platinum Card or a Centurion card. You can take in two guests or your entire immediate family (defined as your partner plus all children under 17).
This Australian site has a full review if you want to know more.
PS. If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons why you should get an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card.
Getting airport lounge access via a UK credit card
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
Two free Priority Pass cards (one for you, one for your supplementary Platinum cardholder, each admitting two – so a family of four gets in free) giving access to every lounge in the Priority Pass network – search it here. You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. Our American Express Platinum review is here.
You get a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club network lounge – see the list here. The list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list, but not by much. Additional visits are charged at £20 per person. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card. No annual fee in Year 1. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
You get a free LoungeKey card allowing you access to any property in the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although regular travellers will find it cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card (adults only, of course). The card has an annual fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.