Guide to American Express Experiences Lounges

Relax before your next concert in style with complimentary access to an American Express Experiences Lounge.

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If you have an American Express card, you can avoid the queues and unwind before your next concert in style at an Amex Experiences Lounge. This guide will show you the perks you can expect to enjoy and what you need to do gain access to the lounge before your next gig.

Where are the lounges located?

American Express currently offers three Experiences Lounges in Australia, two of which are in Sydney and the other in Brisbane:

  • ICC Sydney Theatre. Level 4 (This is Amex’s newest entertainment lounge, which opened in December 2017).
  • Qudos Bank Arena Sydney. Level 3, opposite door 39.
  • Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Level 2, entry near door 6.

There was a lounge at Western Australia’s Perth Arena but Amex closed this lounge in August 2017.

What are the perks of the lounge?

The exact features and benefits vary from lounge to lounge, but here's what you can usually expect when you visit an Amex Experiences lounge.

Food and drinks

Not only can you avoid the crowded waiting areas before the doors open to take your seats but you can also avoid the long drink and food queues. All lounges are equipped with a fully-stocked bar with a range of food and beverages available for purchase.

And you don’t even have to wait for your food and drinks, with waiters on hand to bring your freshly made order to your table. Plus if you use your Amex card to spend $15 or more at one of these venues, you’ll get a free bottle of water with your purchase.

Comfy seating

You can make use of the ample seating to relax in comfort before the show in each lounge. There is also plenty of table and bar space, making it easy to enjoy a snack and a drink or two before the show.

Stunning views

It will vary from lounge to lounge, but the newest addition at the ICC Sydney Theatre also boasts sweeping views of Sydney’s city skyline, Darling Harbour and the Chinese Gardens of Friendship.

How can I visit an American Express Experiences Lounge?

All American Express cardholders can visit the Entertainment Lounges. You just need to show your Amex card at the door.

You’re also welcome to bring up to three guests to the lounge with you. However, entry is subject to capacity and guests are let in on a first come, first served basis. So you might want to head to the venue a little early if you want to enjoy the lounge perks.

All lounges are open from the time the main venue doors open and can be accessed until the start of the headline act on the night.

As well as access to Amex Experiences Lounges, Amex cardholders can also take advantage of pre-sale ticket opportunities, concert ticket discounts and other entertainment perks. Check out our guide to American Express Experiences to find out more.

American Express credit cards that offer access to Amex Experiences lounges

Rates last updated October 17th, 2019
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Balance transfer rate Annual fee Product Description
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
120,000 bonus points
1.25
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$450 p.a.
Get 120,000 bonus Qantas Points. Plus, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
0.75
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
0.75
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Velocity Points on purchases and save with a $0 annual fee for life and a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
50,000 bonus points
1.25
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$375 p.a.
Get 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $3,000 for the first 3 months. Plus, 100 Status Credits and luxury travel perks.
American Express Platinum Card
80,000 bonus points
2.25
$1,450 p.a.
Get 80,000 bonus points, a $450 annual Platinum Travel Credit, dedicated personal service and luxury travel perks.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
100,000 bonus points
1.25
$450 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 p.a. revenue. Get 100,000 bonus Points, 3x points on eligible Qantas flights and 2 yearly lounge passes.
American Express Explorer Credit Card
50,000 bonus points
2
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$395 p.a.
Get 50,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months, a yearly $400 Travel Credit and 2 entries per year to the Amex Lounge.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas
75,000 bonus points
1
$200 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($249 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued by Amex).
American Express Business Explorer Credit Card
100,000 bonus points
2
$395 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 p.a. revenue. Get 100,000 bonus points. Plus, 2 yearly lounge passes on this business card.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle
110,000 bonus points
2
$150 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($199 p.a. thereafter)
Collect up to 110,000 bonus Altitude Points when you meet T&Cs with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued by Amex).
American Express Velocity Business Card
1
$249 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 p.a. revenue. A business charge card offering Velocity Points per $1 spent and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
30,000 bonus points
1
$295 p.a.
DJ's shoppers and Qantas travellers earn 30,000 bonus Membership Rewards points or 15,000 Qantas Points on eligible spend.
David Jones American Express Card
15,000 bonus points
1
$99 p.a.
Not just for David Jones shoppers, receive 15,000 bonus Membership Rewards points or 7,500 Qantas Points on eligible spend.
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
1
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$195 p.a.
Receive a yearly $200 Travel Credit and complimentary domestic and international travel insurance, plus 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
30,000 bonus points
1
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$249 p.a.
Enjoy 30,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year and the protection of complimentary insurance covers.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Qantas
100,000 bonus points
1.25
$499 p.a.
Up to 100,000 bonus Qantas Points with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex). T&Cs apply.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle
140,000 bonus points
3
$349 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($449 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 140,000 bonus Altitude Points with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex). T&Cs apply.
American Express Business Card
1.5
$109 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 p.a. revenue. Up to 1.5 points/ $1 spent and extended cashflow with up to 51 interest-free days on business purchases.
American Express Gold Business Card
1.5
$169 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 p.a. revenue. A business card with no pre-set spending limit, data feeds to MYOB and up to 51 days to pay for purchases.
American Express Platinum Business Card
120,000 bonus points
2.25
$1,750 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 p.a. revenue. Get 120,000 bonus points and up to 2.25 points/ $1 spent on eligible business purchases.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Velocity
100,000 bonus points
1.25
$399 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($499 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 100,000 bonus Velocity Points with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex). T&Cs apply.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Velocity
75,000 bonus points
1
$200 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($249 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 75,000 bonus Velocity Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued by Amex).
American Express Essential Credit Card
1.25
0% p.a. for 12 months with 3% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Get Smartphone Screen Insurance of up to $500 when you pay for your phone or contract with this card. Plus, a $0 annual fee for life.
American Express Qantas Corporate Green Card
1.5
$70 p.a.
Receive a discounted Qantas Club membership, entertainment invites, Sydney airport services and insurance coverage for personal trips.
American Express Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer, a $0 annual fee for life and global card support.

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