Selected American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders can now cut the queues at outbound passport control and security screening when travelling internationally from Sydney Airport.
Simply flash your credit card and boarding pass at the dedicated Express Path entrance – located at row D in the check-in hall and opposite from the Qantas First Class desks – and you’ll be whisked through the airport ahead of the general queue.
It’s available to holders of the following American Express card types issued in Australia, along with up to four companions:
- AMEX Centurion Card
- AMEX Business Centurion Card
- AMEX Platinum Charge card
- AMEX Platinum Corporate card
- AMEX Business Platinum card
After clearing immigration and security, it’s straight to the American Express Sydney Airport lounge for a drop of bubbly, a nice meal before the flight or even a quick barista-made latte.
Well-heeled travellers equipped with top-tier AMEX cards from other banks such as ANZ Rewards Black, CBA Diamond Awards and Westpac Altitude Black aren’t eligible for the Express Path, but can still visit the American Express lounge twice per year at no charge.
Despite the VIP treatment on your outbound journey, chances are your experience upon returning to Sydney will actually be much more chaotic as the dedicated Express Path exits have been removed in the arrivals hall in favour of generic ‘red’ and ‘green’ channels used by all travellers.
That means you’ll be forced to join the very back of the main queue – even with a shiny AMEX or an airline-issued Express Path card – which isn’t a great way to arrive home after a long international flight.
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