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:
- American Express Explorer & Business Explorer
- Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
- American Express Velocity Platinum Card
- Westpac Altitude Black American Express
- CBA Diamond Awards American Express
- David Jones American Express Platinum Card
- AMEX Qantas Corporate Platinum Card
- AMEX Corporate Platinum Card
- Westpac Earth Black American Express (existing cardholders only)
- American Express Platinum Reserve Card (not open for general application)
- New Zealand-issued AMEX Airpoints Platinum cards
“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.