Details remain limited as of now, but it looks like American Express will soon have a couple of its popular Centurion Lounges in Australia.
Amex lounges in Australia getting upgraded
American Express operates two airport lounges in Australia, in Melbourne (MEL) and Sydney (SYD). While American Express is known for its Centurion Lounges, the Australia lounges haven’t historically been named that. Rather they’ve just been known as American Express Lounges, as is the case with several of Amex’s lounges abroad. This reflects that they don’t offer the same amenities you’d find at Centurion Lounges.
That will soon be changing. Executive Traveller reports that the Amex Lounges in Melbourne and Sydney will be rebranded as Centurion Lounges when they reopen in the coming months (they’ve been closed since the start of the pandemic, given the lack of travel demand). The lounges will be “enhanced,” though as of now there aren’t many details on what that will look like.
How will Amex’s Australia lounges change?
While we have no details as of yet, what has historically set Centurion Lounges apart from other airport lounges is the selection of hot food, and wider selection of alcoholic drinks, including cocktails.
Historically Amex Lounges in Australia haven’t had particularly impressive food and drink selection, perhaps aside from the barista made coffees (which I’d love to see at Centurion Lounges in the United States, by the way). They’ve been more in line with what you’d typically find in a Priority Pass Lounge, rather than what you’d expect from a premium lounge. I would guess that the major difference we’ll see is a significantly improved food & drink selection.
As far as the sizes go, the Amex Lounge Melbourne is around 2,800 square feet, so it’s on the small side. Meanwhile the Amex Lounge Sydney is 6,500 square feet. Fortunately there shouldn’t be any changes to entry requirements, as Amex Platinum cardmembers get access to Centurion Lounges.
The existing American Express Lounges in Melbourne and Sydney will be rebranded as Centurion Lounges once they reopen in the coming months. While details are limited as of now, I’d expect that we’ll see a significantly improved food & drink selection, which will be a treat for travelers.
What do you make of the new Amex Centurion Lounges coming to Australia?