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A new American Express airport lounge launches in Sydney

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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.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2024)

Here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a UK credit card.

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.

You also get access to Eurostar, Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £24.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free Priority Pass card, allowing you access to the Priority Pass network.  Guests are charged at £24 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a 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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

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  • Taylor says:

    OT: Were the winners of the Monese million avios ever announced?

    • marcw says:

      They were contacted directly by Monese.

      • Rob says:

        Although we’re not totally convinced as our winner has not come forward …

        • ankomonkey says:

          I can take the points if they’re a bit shy… Happy to help out 😉

        • GeoffGeoff says:

          Do you mean you’re not convinced that Monese actually awarded the 1M Avios promised to someone who used the HFP code? This always did seem a very generous prize – £60k total value or thereabouts for the 6 prizes.

          • Rob says:

            They were contractually obliged to buy 10m Avios by the end of the year – that’s why they did the competition 🙂

            They will have notified the winner, I’m not too concerned. There is a post on Flyertalk from one of the six winners, but not ours I think. There is a WhatsApp group my mate Caroline is on where one of the participants also won – she asked this person and he says he didn’t get it via HFP though. None of the other sites who promoted this appear to know the name of their winner either.

        • Lady London says:

          Aren’t there regulations governing competitions, particularly any lottery-type competitions, that say the winner’s name must be published by the organizers and/or provided by the competition organiser to anyone that requests it? I am sure something like this is required in law.

          If the finance app owner is not providing each winner’s name as above, i.e. in accordance with the law, then I wouldn’t trust them with my money.

          FWIW I didn’t enter.

  • Roger says:

    How likely is it for Virgin to run Credit Card promotion with increased 30K sign up offer next month?
    Thinking whether to apply now or wait?

    Already have an account in better half’s name.

  • Munch says:

    OT Do Points+cash bookings count towards an accelerate target for the IHG Promo. The target is staying at 3 brands and one booking will be a points + cash.

  • Young L says:

    Sorry, OT, can someone confirm if Creation treats Revolut top-up (by IHG Mastercard) as purchase or as cash advance? Thanks.

    • Rob H says:

      Purchases – but you are limitted to £700 a week (e.g. £200,£200,£200,£100)

    • James says:

      Interesting – does anyone know if Hilton Card (Barclaycard) treats as purchases or cash advances, and if cash – what the weekly limit is?



  • Anna says:

    OT – we’re in the midlands for the Dive Show at the NEC, Birmingham hotel prices were silly so I booked the Leicester Hilton for £68 in the HH sale and it’s much nicer than some of the Tripadvisor reviews would suggest. As gold we’ve been upgraded to a deluxe room with wine, nibbles, robes & slippers, the leisure club is perfectly pleasant (with a properly hot hot tub), the TV is colossal and the staff extremely attentive. If breakfast doesn’t disappoint then this will be one of the best bargains we’ve ever had, especially given that it’s also half term!

    • Lady London says:

      *jealous. Sounds like you are having a nice time Anna.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep seems very hot a miss there’s a chap over on flyertalk who seems to have been to every Hilton in the uk and he seems to like it.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      It’s a cookie cutter Hilton – identical to what was the Hilton in Bromsgrove (albeit a mirror image, very confusing), and I think Maidstone anongst others

      Breakfast is decent, from memory, good choice

  • Donny says:

    OT Advice need from fellow HfPers about EC261 for unlucky delay tonight. We are flying DSA-BUD with Wizz tonight, just got delay notification for more than 3 hours. However, it will fall into 2-3 hours due to Daylight saving time end. Arriving time will be 4:30 GMT instead 1:55 BST. Anyone have same experience for claiming compensation or no chance.

    • Lady London says:

      I would definitely make a claim and would insert text about over 3 hours delay from originally scheduled landing time taking into account thé daylight saving clocks change.

      Note that regardless of any cabin announcements about ‘we have now landes and welcome to….’ for purposes of eu261 your flight is not officially landes until it’s parked AND the exit door from thé aircraft is OPEN AND thé stairs or airbridge from thé aircraft are connecter AND available to use. Check that moment on your watch/phone.

      Also take care to note every reason given for thé delay, who gave it and when. If it’s weather check if other planes flying simular routes are still taking off near enough to on time. In particular, if thé incoming aircraft for your flight is delayed, even by weather, this is not a valud reason to deny your claim. The weather has to affect your flight directly to exempt you from compensation.

      Dont forget also after 2 hours delay for any reason even one that you would not get compensation for, you are entitled to duty of care under eu261 including meals and drinks according to time of day, hôtel if overnight, transport to and from hotel, comms expenses eg internet/wifi, to advise people you are late. Give the airline a chance to provide but if thé airline doesnt or if queues are unreasonable etc, book and pay for thèse things and claim back.

    • GeoffGeoff says:

      The time change should make no difference. The plane is still over 3 hours late.

    • marcw says:

      Arrival times are local times. Delay for EC261 purposes are calculated based on local arrival time.

  • Harry T says:

    I’ve maxed out the 90,000 Referral Points on my Platinum for this calendar year. I’ve just applied for a Gold Card.

    Does the Gold Card have a separate 90,000 Referral Points cap for this year, or would this cap be shared with the Platinum as it would be one MR account? Wondering whether I’d get any points if refer a couple of friends from my Gold Card.

  • Becs says:

    Does anyone know how is the Qatar lounge in Sydney if you are flying business compared with the new Amex lounge?

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