American Express to open Melbourne Airport lounge in early 2018

American Express to open Melbourne Airport lounge in early 2018

UPDATE | The opening of the new American Express lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international T2 terminal has been pushed back to early 2018.

American Express had hoped to roll out the red carpet next month, marking the second lounge in its Australian network following its popular Sydney Airport lounge.

However, a spokesperson for American Express confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that "the American Express Lounge at Melbourne Airport is now due to open early 2018."

The facility will be located next door to a new Plaza Premium lounge, also slated to open in early 2018, in the footprint of the former United Airlines lounge.

Plaza Premium will manage both lounges, which will also share some facilities such as toilets and kitchens.

PREVIOUS | American Express will open a lounge at Melbourne Airport’s international terminal by the end of this year, building on the popularity of the company’s existing Sydney Airport lounge.

As in Sydney, the Melbourne American Express Lounge will offer barista-crafted coffee, buffet dining, alcoholic refreshments, complimentary WiFi, business facilities and a selection of local and international newspapers and magazines.

Melbourne’s door list will also mirror Sydney, with American Express Platinum Charge, Business Platinum, Centurion and Business Centurion cardholders afforded unlimited access prior to international flights with any airline, plus up to two adult guests and children aged 2-17.

The following cards can also get you and your children aged 2-17 inside, but with two adult entries permitted per calendar year in total across both the Sydney and Melbourne American Express Lounges, as opposed to unlimited access:

“Melbourne Tullamarine is an important transport hub for many Australian and international travellers and the new airport lounge will be a welcome travel benefit for card members,” an American Express spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller.

The new lounge will be operated by Plaza Premium on behalf of AMEX.

American Express Platinum Charge and Centurion cardholders already receive complimentary access to the Virgin Australia lounge in Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 2 – and to all other domestic Virgin Australia lounges – when travelling domestically with the airline and presenting their AMEX card.

These top-level cardholders can also access the Plaza Premium Lounge in Brisbane Airport’s international terminal when jetting abroad with any airline on presentation of their card, with the lounge also welcoming Priority Pass cards, such as included with Westpac Altitude Black.

Chris Chamberlin

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Australian Business Traveller journalist Chris Chamberlin lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • Merc25


    7 Aug, 2017 12:09 pm

    great news for melbourne,i always enjoyed the sydney one
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  • princess fiona

    princess fiona

    7 Aug, 2017 12:14 pm

    Excellent news. One of the great perks of the Charge card is having access to these lounges.
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  • James Zhang


    7 Aug, 2017 12:47 pm

    Nice to say goodbye to the qantas business dungeon
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  • mviy


    7 Aug, 2017 01:17 pm

    Would be interesting to hear how it compares.

    Whilst I've got Platinum I'll stick to the QANTAS FLounge, but nice to know there's options for when my status drops back.
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  • elchriss0


    8 Aug, 2017 08:27 am

    I think it's still in the dungeon but in the old United space
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  • Blair Coull

    Notso Swift

    7 Aug, 2017 03:27 pm

    About time! Always been jealous that Sydney have the option
    Thanks Amex
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  • Melbzone


    7 Aug, 2017 04:15 pm

    So that means Melbourne is getting a Plaza Lounge later this year?

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  • Chris Chamberlin


    7 Aug, 2017 04:17 pm

    The American Express Lounge in Melbourne will be operated by Plaza Premium, as is already true of the AMEX Lounge in Sydney.

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  • Steve987


    7 Aug, 2017 06:56 pm

    Feeling jealous as a holder of the ANZ equivalent of the Westpac and CBA cards that get you in :(
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  • petercr


    7 Aug, 2017 09:42 pm

    I was seriously underwhelmed by the lounge in Sydney when I visited in April... At least I don't pay anything for my CBA Diamond Amex
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  • Keen Poon


    14 Nov, 2017 12:04 am

    How did you get a free Diamond card?
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  • lind26


    7 Aug, 2017 11:00 pm

    Will priority pass use it?
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  • 346


    6 Oct, 2017 03:44 pm

    Any update on when this is due to open?
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  • ashmidalia


    16 Oct, 2017 04:49 pm

    I'm wondering the same thing. I just contacted Amex and they said they didn't know yet... so it sounds like a little while still.
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  • wing chan

    wing chan

    5 Nov, 2017 07:44 am

    Hi I am Westpac Altitude Black card holder, later I will visit Melbourne, when I flight back to Sydney ( Domestic ), can I use the American Express lounge at Melbourne ?
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  • petercr


    5 Nov, 2017 08:05 am

    It's in the international terminal and if it's like the Sydney one it's air-side...
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  • kiwiwings


    9 Nov, 2017 10:53 am

    I LOVE the idea of flexibility and choices! The reality is, I tend to stick with airline lounges - but I will head in when it's open because I'm nosey.
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  • John Goss


    14 Nov, 2017 12:11 am

    Great concept especially for the not so frequent flyers or those that struggle to attain Status for Lounge entry. It may be enough to lure some passengers from devout loyalty to their f/f program.
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  • lionelhutz


    15 Nov, 2017 01:43 pm

    I understand how the two lounges could share kitchens, but how would they share toilets?
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