American Express loses some Sydney Airport perks

Sally McMullen 21 July 2017 NEWS

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Cardholders can no longer take advantage of Express Path immigration and security access.

We’ve got some bad news for American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders. From 31 July 2017, these Amex customers can no longer enjoy Express Path lanes, meaning you can say goodbye to jumping the queues at passport control and security when flying internationally from Sydney Airport.

These benefits were usually only open to business class, first class and top-tier frequent flyers, but American Express cardholders could take advantage of the perks when they showed their card at the Express Path entrance. You didn’t even need to be flying above economy or hold a specific frequent flyer status with the airline you were flying with to enjoy the VIP perk.

However, this feature will soon be stripped from the American Express Platinum Charge, Business Platinum, Centurion and Platinum Corporate products. At this stage, American Express has no immediate plans to renew the arrangement and it’s been reported that the removal was instigated by Sydney Airport rather than Amex.

While this is an obvious blow for Platinum and Centurion cardholders, they can take comfort in the fact that they still have access to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport.

If you’d prefer to relax in luxury before your next flight, you can compare the cards that offer airport lounge access here.

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