After checking in with Delta and obtaining my boarding pass, I decided to lounge hop since I had access to at least three different lounges in the international terminal:
- The American Express lounge, with my American Express Platinum card
- The Skyteam Lounge, with my same-day Skyteam business class ticket
- The (Temporary) Air New Zealand Lounge, which Delta provides access to for business class passengers
My first stop would be the American Express lounge Sydney.
- Introduction: Virgin Australia and Delta Business Class, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney
- Concourse Hotel LAX, a Hyatt affiliate
- Virgin Australia Check-in and Star Alliance Business Class Lounge
- Virgin Australia Business Class, Los Angeles – Brisbane
- Virgin Australia Brisbane Lounge and Business Class, Brisbane – Cairns
- Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
- Virgin Australia Lounge, Cairns and Business Class, Cairns – Sydney
- Park Hyatt Sydney
- Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
I’ve been to all five of the Centurion lounges in the U.S. that have opened thus far:
There’s an additional known lounge with a more modest concept coming to Seattle in just a few weeks. And more airport leases are being negotiated.
Internationally American Express lounges are run by another group, although I’m told there’s conversations and coordination with an aim towards bringing the same look and feel to the international lounges although of course they’re different. There’s no ‘celebrity chef’ concept at the Sydney lounge, for instance. And it’s a small space, it doesn’t have the ‘plus’ features that you find in some of the US lounges like a spa or even showers.
Nonetheless, this was the nicest of the three lounges that I’d visit. It’s by gate 24 in the international terminal.
While small, there were ample seats for the number of people there when I visited.
The lounge is small but has outstanding tarmac views.
There was a hot and cold food buffet, not quite up to the standard of US Centurion lounges, but still at least as well-provisioned I thought than the other lounges I stopped into on this visit.
Probably the coolest thing was the bathrooms, individual toilet rooms with automatic doors.
The American Express lounge Sydney is a great option in Sydney’s international terminal, and it’s fantastic that US-based American Express Platinum cards provide access not just to the US Centurion lounges but to the lounges being built by other divisions of the company around the world.