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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 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

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

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

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

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two 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.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

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

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 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.

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

Comments (66)

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  • Rob H says:

    OT: I was wondering if there are any “overview articles” on Virgin Flying Club (Seen some on Avios – that I found very helpful! – Thanks)

    I think it would be great if there was an article, the main questions I have:
    – Is there a way to link 2 accounts, like you can with BA
    – Can I use my points to buy a ticket for my wife (travelling on her own)

    With the AMEX sign up bonuses disappearing I have moved on to Virgin while I wait for more Avios options.

    Thanks, Rob

    • The Streets says:

      There’s no household account feature with virgin but you can use your account to book your wife a ticket

    • TripRep says:

      Rob H – I’ve used mine and my wife’s VS sccounts in a similar way to BA household a/c. Find a nice CS agent and they may allow you to pool miles when making a booking for both members at the same time.

      eg my account 160k, wife’s 33k

      Agent sweeped wife’s entire balance into mine to then immediately use for a joint redemption

      • Rob H says:

        Thank you – sounds like a really good suggestion. As it happens it’s my account with all of the points, but certainly good to know!

  • Js says:

    I believe under the EU payment services directive that if you are charged more than stated (or reasonably expected), you can get a simple and quick statutory refund from your card company. If you want to keep your £100…

  • Berneslai says:

    OT: BA Exec Club annual ‘rollover’ date.

    My Exec Club membership year ends on 7th Sep 2020. I’ve got a LAX->LHR flight on the 7th Sep 2020 that lands in London on the 8th, Do I get tier points for the 19/20 year or the 20/21 year?

    • john says:

      Not sure.

      If it will make the difference to qualifying for a new tier then they used to offer a grace period of two weeks. Not sure if that is still the case. You had to ask for it though.

      • Rob says:

        Still available.

      • Nick says:

        Based on scheduled departure date, not arrival date (or actual dep date, if it ended up being delayed).

      • AJA says:

        I thought the 2 week extension was to retain status not gain it e.g if you are currently silver but have 580 TP so 20 TP short to retain Silver you can extend by 2 weeks.

        I don’t think you can extend by 2 weeks to go from Bronze to Silver.

        Also remember if you do elect to extend all flights in the 2 week period will go to the old year.

        • Mr. AC says:

          I managed to do it (extend by two weeks) to go from Silver to Gold. Took a bit of convincing, but worked out in the end.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      All BA tier point collection periods end on the 8th of the month.

      If your flight lands on the 8th in the country of destination they count for the previous year.

      • Mike P says:

        Sorry but this is factually incorrect. As long as the flight is scheduled to depart by 23.59 local time in the country of departure on the 8th of the month in which tier point collection ends, points will credit to the old year.

        • Doug M says:

          Yes agree. Departure at anytime on 8th of final month credits to the year ending.

    • Stu N says:

      The points will go to your 19/20 year. The date is based on scheduled take off time in local time.

      In practice the points are posted then reversed so they don’t bit your new year’s total.

      • Mike P says:

        But importantly if one is chasing lifetime status, they will credit towards lifetime status tier points.

    • Rantallion says:

      Your tier point collection year end on the 8th, not the 7th, so the points will definitely accrue so your points will accrue in year 19/20.

  • Lee says:

    OT For a short period yesterday, you could book osl-bkk for £400 return in business class operate by Air China/SAS. Although air china had some really cheap fare before, £400 must still be a bug fare. Booked 3 tickets for next summer holiday, now I can see the tickets issued with e-ticket numbers and everything seems fine. How long should I wait before start planning the trip, never had wrong fare before so seeking some advice. Thanks

    • Rob says:

      A month should be ok. If Air China issued the ticket however you need to remain vigilant until the last day. If SAS issued it you will be fine after a few weeks.

      • Lee says:

        Thanks Rob. Unfortunately it was issued by Air China. I guess I will have to keep eye on it for next 8 months.

        • Rob says:

          Air China is known for cancelling reward flights if cash sales are going well ….

    • Lady London says:

      Based on what I’ve been seeing on Chinese airlines including your one for quite some time now, this is not an error fare.

  • Harry T says:

    OT:
    Just flown to Dubai in World Traveller on the new BA A350. Wasn’t too bad (part of a BA Holidays package). Has anyone ever upgraded from World Traveller to Club Suite on this route? I’m wondering about upgrading to Club on my way back, as it’s a red eye and it would be nice to be able to sleep. I understand that I won’t be able to upgrade from WT to Club with Avios, as it’s two cabins higher, but wondered if people could ballpark the likely upgrade cost before I try ringing BA from my hotel room?

    Thanks, apologies if this is a stupid question.

    • Stu N says:

      If you phone ahead then you’ll pay the fare difference between what you paid for WT and the cost of CW, plus a change fee – unlikely to be a good deal unless you’re on an expensive flexible economy ticket.

      Best bet is to ask at the airport about a paid upgrade, there is a thread on FlyerTalk BAEC forum called “Airport Upgrade (AUP) Tracker” is similar that has data on peoples experiences.

      • Harry T says:

        The flight was part of a BA Holidays package deal, so the price difference will be huge. Thanks for the advice – I will check out the FlyerTalk thread.

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Ref amex lounge, is the immediate family rule consistent across the Amex lounges? I know the 2 guests is but I hadnt seen the family rule before

  • Sharon McCallion says:

    OT – re renewal bonus of 10,000 for spending £15k on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold…. on membership screen it was spend by 01 October 2019, I met the spend target, how long does it normally take for the bonus points to post to the account? (The renewal fee hasn’t been charged either ). Thanks

    • Harry T says:

      Usually takes about a month.

      • Sharon says:

        Thanks Harry, does the fee get applied at the same time the points post?

        • Harry T says:

          I think it should but you will get a pro rata refund and only pay for a month. I’ve not personally done this but I’ve read about it in the comments quite a few times here. Essentially pay a month of fees for 100£ worth of points – usually worth it.

  • Zara says:

    Hi -OT- how soon after booking an outward journey on a 241 voucher do you need to book the return leg? There are no Business seats at the moment and plenty of economy on various dates so thoight I could wait Incase any came up. TIA

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