American Express opens new lounge at ICC Sydney

Sally McMullen 9 November 2017 NEWS

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Cardholders can avoid crowds, take advantage of the fully-stocked bar and relax before their next concert in style from December.

Amex is gearing up to open its new American Express Lounge at the International Convention Centre Sydney in the next month. Exclusive to Amex cardholders and their guests, the entertainment lounges are an oasis where customers can relax before a show away from the crowds.

The new lounge will be available for cardholders from 1 December 2017, but American Express opened its doors for the launch last night. Amex invited an exclusive group to enjoy the lounge amenities before Stevie Nicks rocked the convention centre for the second night in a row for her 24 Karat Gold tour. The Gold Dust Woman was supported by iconic rockers The Pretenders, making it the perfect night to christen the lounge. With sweeping views of the Sydney city skyline, Darling Harbour and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, it's not a bad spot to unwind with a drink before a gig.

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Located on level four of the ICC Sydney, you just need to show your American Express card at the entry to visit the lounge. Unlike the lounges at Sydney (and soon to be Melbourne) airport, the entertainment lounges are available to all Amex cardholders, regardless of whether or not you hold a platinum card. Each cardholder can also bring up to three guests, so you won’t have to leave your concert posse in the public waiting area while you wait in style.

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With a fully-stocked bar and kitchen, you can purchase food and beverages if you want to fill up before the show. But unlike the public waiting areas, you can ditch the queues and take advantage of the table service.

Cardholders can visit the lounge as soon as the venue doors open, but you can’t book tables and it’s subject to availability. So you might want to get in early if you don’t want to miss out.

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The ICC Sydney lounge will join the American Express Lounges at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney and Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

“If there is one thing that we have learned over the years, it’s that our Card Members love Lounges. Complementing our ticketing program, we have seen great success with our Lounge program globally and are extremely excited to be partnering with one of Sydney’s newest assets at the ICC Sydney Theatre," said American Express' director of brand, sponsorships and customer experience Naysla Edwards at the launch of the new lounge.

Unfortunately for WA cardholders, Amex made the decision to close its lounge at the Perth Arena from August this year.

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