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The American Express Centurion Lounge at Melbourne Airport (MEL) – Location, Hours, Amenities, and More

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You may be familiar with the Centurion Lounges in the U.S. offered by American Express. Amex also operates these lounges aboard, including 2 in Australia: 1 in Sydney and 1 in Melbourne.

Centurion Lounges are open to eligible cardmembers and provide a higher-end airport lounge experience featuring complimentary food, an open bar, and plentiful seating.

This post will take a look inside the American Express Centurion Lounge at Melbourne Airport (MEL). We’ll review where the lounge is located, how to access it, what amenities are offered, and how to maximize your visit so you can make the most of it.

How To Access the Centurion Lounge at Melbourne Airport

You must have either The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or Centurion® Card from American Express, Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (when you book your Delta flight with your Delta Reserve card), or Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card (when you book your Delta flight with your Delta Reserve Business card)  to access the lounge. These can be issued from any country.

Hot Tip: Check to see if you’re eligible for a welcome bonus offer of up to 125k (or 150k) points with the Amex Platinum. The current public offer is 80,000 points. (This targeted offer was independently researched and may not be available to all applicants.)

American Express provides a chart posted outside the lounge with the different variants of the Australian versions of cards you can use to access the lounge.

In most Centurion Lounges, you can normally only use the lounge within 3 hours of departure. You can’t use it upon arrival, though those terms appear to run a bit differently here since this is not a full Centurion Lounge location. The “3 hours before departure” rule doesn’t appear to be enforced as many users have had luck entering at times beyond this.

If you’re connecting onto another international flight, you should be able to use the lounge, though you may need to clear and re-clear customs and immigration while transiting, depending on your circumstances.

Lounge Guest Policy

  • Amex Platinum card and Amex Business Platinum cardmembers may enter with up to 2 complimentary guests if they have spent $75,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year. Otherwise, a guest day pass can be purchased for $50 per adult or $30 per child between the ages of 2 and 17.
  • Centurion card members may enter with up to 2 guests or immediate family (spouse or domestic partner, and children under 18) at no additional charge.
  • Delta Reserve cardholders may bring up to 2 guests at a per-visit rate of $50 per person, per location.
  • Amex Platinum card, Amex Business Platinum card, and Centurion cardmembers may purchase a day pass for any additional guests for $50.

Where the Lounge Is Located

The lounge is located airside in Terminal 2, near gate 9. Since it is located airside, you must clear security before accessing the terminal and lounge. It is located near the lounges for Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Plaza Premium, Qantas Business, and Singapore Airlines.

Amex Lounge Melbourne Seating
The Centurion Lounge at Melbourne Airport is on the smaller side and is one of American Express’ smaller lounges worldwide. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Lounge Hours

The lounge is open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day. Since it is open nearly the entire day, you should be able to utilize it no matter the time of your flight, save for a few extra early departures.

Entering the Lounge

Once you come up the escalator, you’re greeted with a large wall with the American Express logo on it and a check-in desk with the familiar wall of greenery behind it.

At check-in, the agent will ask to see your boarding pass, your identification, and your eligible card to enter. Once you provide these, and after a few formalities, you’ll be greeted into the lounge.

Since this lounge is technically run by a third-party company, the check-in desk, which can usually answer card-related questions or account inquiries, can’t answer anything beyond admitting you into the lounge.

If you do have card-related questions, we recommend you call the number on the back of your card for assistance. 

Seating

Beyond the check-in area is the dining area, and then some traditional seating options. It’s worth noting that this lounge is much smaller than other U.S. or other international Centurion Lounges, so this lounge can become incredibly crowded. If you want to use this lounge, arrive early and have a backup plan if it’s filled.

Amex Lounge Melbourne Couches
Even though the lounge is smaller, there are plenty of seating options with power outlets for getting work done or recharging. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Food and Beverage

All of the food and beverage in this lounge is complimentary, so you can eat as much as you’d like to fill up before your flight.

On your left will be the bar, featuring made-to-order drinks, and a barista to make coffee. Complimentary to all guests are all spirits, beers, liquors, and mixed drinks.

For the non-alcohol drinkers, there’s a refrigerator with bottled water, Pellegrino, Fanta, Coke, Sprite, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, and an assortment of juices, including orange and carrot juice.

In general, the food spread here isn’t as good as other lounges, and there are no made-to-order options. 

For the breakfast selection, there are:

  • Pastries, breads, muffins, and danishes, complete with traditional toppings and condiments
  • A pancake machine, where you press a button to have a freshly made pancake
  • Cereals and milk
  • Fruit salad
  • Plain yogurt and flavored yogurt with granola 
  • A selection of cheese and dried fruits
  • Eggs, potatoes, sausage, and bacon
  • Porridge

For lunch and dinner, there are:

  • An assortment of breads, cheeses, and fruits 
  • Cold sandwiches, meats, and condiments 
  • Tomato and mozzarella salad and other assorted salads
  • Pastas, chicken, beef, and other hot dishes, depending on the day
  • A selection of pastries and desserts

Amex Lounge Melbourne Food
This lounge does have a smaller food selection compared to other lounges, but it’s enough for a quite lite bite to eat. Image Credit: LoungeBuddy

Restrooms

The lounge, oddly, shares restrooms with the next-door Plaza Premium Lounge, a lounge you can access with the Priority Pass program. The restrooms are clean and modern, so you don’t have to worry about them being anything less than what you’d expect in a Centurion Lounge, with the exception that you’ll see customers from both sides using it. 

Unfortunately, and this is a downside, and unlike many other Centurion Lounges, the Melbourne Centurion Lounge does not have any showers or spa facilities.

This means that if you’re flying out and want to shower before your flight, you’ll need to use one of the airline-specific lounges, such as the Qantas First or Business Lounge.

Bottom Line: The Melbourne Centurion Lounge does not have any shower or spa facilities. 

Maximizing Your Visit

Because this lounge doesn’t offer as many amenities as other lounges within the airport, it’s difficult to recommend this lounge as the go-to lounge when you’re transiting Melbourne. That said, the lounge is good for several things:

  • There are plenty of charging facilities, so if you need a quick charge, you can surely find it.
  • The Wi-Fi is reported to be consistently fast, so if you’re looking to download or upload something, this lounge is perfect for that.

Outside of these 2 major benefits, you may want to look at what other lounges you have access to while visiting the airport. Accessible with your Amex Platinum card are several other lounges, including the Plaza Premium Lounge, The House, and the REX Lounge. You can enter these with your Priority Pass membership, which is a benefit of the card.

As a reminder, the Centurion Lounge in Melbourne does not offer conferencing facilities, a spa facility, a phone room, or any of the other major benefits you’ll find in other Centurion Lounges.

Final Thoughts

It’s a benefit to have a Centurion Lounge at one of Australia’s largest airports. That said, the lounge is small, and food options are much more limited compared to other Centurion Lounges worldwide.

If you’ve got access to another airline lounge, or a specific business class or better lounge, you’ll probably want to stop there first, but otherwise, this is a great alternative for those who have one of the best American Express cards.

The information regarding the Centurion® Card from American Express was independently collected by Upgraded Points and was not provided nor reviewed by the issuer. 

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, click here.
For rates and fees of Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, click here.
For rates and fees for the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Amex get you into airport lounges?

Certain American Express cards, specifically the Amex Platinum card and Centurion card, get you access to Centurion Lounges worldwide, including the Centurion Lounge program.

The Centurion Lounge at Melbourne Airport is able to be accessed with either of these cards.

Which Amex cards give you lounge access?

The Amex Platinum card and Centurion card are the 2 primary cards that provide lounge access privileges across the American Express network.

Which airports have Amex lounges?

These airports currently have American Express Centurion Lounges:

  • Buenos Aires (EZE)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Dallas (DFW)
  • Delhi (DEL)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Hong Kong (HKG)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Melbourne (MEL)
  • Mexico City (MEX)
  • Miami (MIA)
  • Monterrey (MTY)
  • Mumbai (BOM)
  • New York (JFK)
  • New York (LGA)
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • São Paulo (GRU)
  • Stockholm (ARN)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Sydney (SYD)
  • Toluca (TLC)

How do I access the Centurion Lounge in Melbourne?

You must have either The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, or Centurion® Card from American Express to access the lounge. These can be issued from any country.

American Express provides a chart posted outside the lounge with the different variants of the Australian versions of cards you can use to access the lounge.

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