American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders will no longer be able to skip the queues at passport control and security screening when flying internationally from Sydney Airport, with access to the Express Path lanes ending on July 31 2017.
Although traditionally reserved for business class, first class and top-tier frequent flyers jetting abroad, these AMEX cardholders could simply wave their card at the Express Path entrance for expedited processing, even when flying in economy without any frequent flyer status on that airline.
In confirming the changes with Australian Business Traveller, an American Express spokesperson affirmed that "there are currently no plans to renew the arrangement", which originally expired on June 15 2017 but was extended slightly to cover the peak mid-year holiday period.
Australian Business Traveller understands that the decision to end the arrangement was made by Sydney Airport rather than American Express.
Sydney Airport’s Express Path will remain in operation and will continue to welcome passengers invited by the airlines – so if a Platinum or Centurion cardholder is flying at the pointy end or holds a Platinum-grade frequent flyer card, access to the Express Path can still be expected.
There’s no change to express processing for AMEX cardholders in other international airports where these arrangements exist, such as for AMEX Centurion cardmembers departing from London Heathrow, who can continue to use the branded ‘Fast Track’ lanes on presentation of their card.