Complimentary Trolley for AmEx Card Members @ Sydney Airport - Normal Price $4

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Make use of a complimentary trolley when you swipe your eligible American Express® Card at any of the trolley dispensers located in the T1 Sydney International Airport Departures terminal, until 30 June 2017*.

Receive a complimentary trolley when you swipe your American Express Card at any of the trolley dispensers at the T1 Departures Roadway at the Sydney International Airport. Available to Australian issued cards only. Excludes American Express Business Travel Accounts, Government Cards, Global Travel Cards, Business Cards that are affiliated with a wholesale partner, Corporate Purchasing Cards and Corporate Meeting Cards. Not available for online trolley bookings. American Express Australia Limited 12 Shelley Street, NSW Sydney 2000 (ABN 92 108 952 085).


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Comments

  • +9 votes

    hasnt this been around for years?

  • +3 votes

    Is there a limit on how many trollies you can take?

  • +2 votes

    I noticed at the international car park last Sunday that the trolleys were just there not on a dispenser or anything just there.

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    I am interested to know if bank issued Amex cards could be used :)

    • +5 votes

      I've used a bank issued amex for a trolley and not been charged.
      So I think the answer is yes :)

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        So when it asks for payment, you just paypass?

        • +1 vote

          Yeh just pay like you normally would
          but the charge doesnt actually come up in your statement.

          I took a gamble last time knowing that this deal kept getting renewed, but it wasnt updated on the website at the time. Worked out fine for me though …

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    Darn, I was just there on Sunday. I know for next time now.

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    Thanks OP. Nice to know.

  • +8 votes

    There are usually at least a few trolleys lying around the departures zone if you can be bothered walking those two minutes to grab them.

  • +12 votes

    Paying for trolleys? What's next? Coin operated toilets?

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      There's such thing in Asian countries like Vietnam or India where you pay 1 or 2 bucks for a "usable" toilet, relatively clean but don't expect to find it everywhere and use it a few times a day, will clean your wallet quick!

      • +11 votes

        The whole of Europe is like this. You pay the cleaner as you enter.

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        You mean 2rs/5rs toilets? That's about 10c, I suppose much more relative to a pay packet

        The bangkok train station payed shower saved my skin once. I can see the benefit for payments going in to the maintenance costs. But if you're standing there needing to shit badly, im sure they'd let you in or direct you to another toilet. If you've got a bad back and thought the trolleys were free, what do you do? Suffer? Similarly with a coin operated toilet, there is no human compassion element. JUst an automated system. Like Centrelink debt recovery. Don't have the coins on you? Suffer.

      • +3 votes

        There's such thing in Asian countries like Vietnam or India where you pay 1 or 2 bucks for a "usable" toilet,

        If you apply for a 'Diarrhea Card', you get every 5th visit free !!!

    • +3 votes

      Paying for drinking water…

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      Yes, in Europe, 2 euro for visit and you can get a beer for 3 euro, so you do your maths :)

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      No one protested when they put up tolls on the road. Why pay additionally to use a road I already paid for, am paying for and will keep paying for is out of my understanding !

  • +4 votes

    Never paid for them in the first place. Just find them laying around the place or never had that many suitcases to need a trolley.

    Pack light, travel easy.

  • +20 votes

    Not available for online trolley bookings.

    "Welcome to Sydney Airport, sir. Would you like a complimentary trolley?"
    "No thank you, I've already booked one online."

    What world do we live in.

    • +14 votes

      If you use UberTrolleys, you can track your trolley before you get there..

      Careful of 'surge' pricing though when 3 or more international flights arrive at the same time…

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        That's ok, would still be better than TaxiTrolleys which make funny noises, smell incredible bad and tries to take you the long way around the airport when you're trying to make it go the quickest and most direct way.

        Oh, and don't forget about that huge credit card surcharge and when it fumbles around and refuses to give you your coin back when you're finished with it ;-)

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          would still be better than TaxiTrolleys

          I've never had a problem using TaxiTrolleys, they are regulated and much safer… Always found them to be clean.

          Beware when using UberTrolleys, as they are still illegal and not covered by insurance in case of accident.

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          @jv:

          I've never had a problem using TaxiTrolleys, they are regulated and much safer… Always found them to be clean.

          Now I just know you're pulling the piss 😂😂😂😂

          Might want to brush up on the laws there jv, they're now legal in many states

        • +1 vote

          @Porthos: The link you provided says nothing about trolleys, sir.

          I think you may have the wrong thread.

        • +1 vote

          @QW3RTY: shakes head

  • +8 votes

    I always walk about 30m out the doors and grab one that has been left, usually by the taxi rank. Stuff paying money for one, they should be free.

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      I reckon the cost is to cover the wage of the collector. I hardly see this being a huge revenue spinner. More like covering the cost of providing the service.

      • +3 votes

        I reckon that they pull easily a thousand dollars or more per hour; doubt that's going straight to the poor soul collecting the carts.

        Also, I saved them the work of collecting one cart!

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          For the times I have been at the Airport (around 11 times last year) I hardly see anyone pay for a trolley at the area where they dispense it.

          Again I ain't there all the time so I could be wrong. Just an observation.

      • +4 votes

        So you'd be happy if Coles/Woolies etc would start charging you $4 every time you shop there? I think it's outrageous that Sydney Airport charges for this and $4 isn't quite a token payment either. I can't think of any other airport outside Australia that charges for trolleys. But then again, I never pay for them in SYD since I use my AmEx.

        • -2 votes

          Pert Airport charges for them. My Mum arrived from South Africa with no $ and had to carry her bags all the way from international to domestic. She was booked as an assisted passenger (Wtf!) - Is that how we welcome people to our lucky country?

        • +3 votes

          @KevinFine: Its free for arrivals at Perth Airport International. My MIL didn't get charged and she arrived on Christmas Day.

        • -1 vote

          @jlogic:
          Cheers for that. Might have changed - granted this was in 2013

        • +1 vote

          @KevinFine: For Perthians.

          Baggage trolleys

          Baggage trolleys are available at all terminals to lighten your load. If you’re arriving at T1 International, or using our Short Term Car Parks, you can find a trolley to use free-of-charge. For all other locations, there is a $4.00 non-refundable fee per trolley.

          Locations
          T1 International, Baggage Reclaim (Free)
          T1 Forecourt ($4.00)
          T1 Short Term Car Park (Free)
          T1 Domestic, Baggage Reclaim ($4.00)
          T3 Domestic and T4 Domestic Forecourt ($4.00)
          T3 Domestic and T4 Domestic, Baggage Reclaim ($4.00)

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          I don't think you can compare a supermarket and airport due to the differences involved. Happy to pay a refundable fee to use the supermarket trolleys if that means they aren't left around in the carpark.

          Anyways straight from the SmartCarte website:

          A Smarte Carte luggage trolley concession provides superior service through a no-cost, revenue-generating solution. We offer the highest quality luggage trolleys and sophisticated cart management equipment that allows us to customize an all-inclusive luggage trolley concession for your airport or travel center. Our concession programs are designed to make luggage trolley management virtually hands-free for you and your staff.

          Operated by a third party on a revenue share arrangement. I would say the $4 goes to subsidise the free trolleys in the arrivals hall and cover the other bits and pieces.

          Wonder if the Airport Annual reports have a line on these items.

        • +1 vote

          @jlogic: Rev share agreements like this are quite common but there's nothing special about these trolleys, it's probably the 'management equipment' that's expensive (for which would be no need if the trolleys were free to use). Also, it doesn't explain why Sydney/Perth Airport feels the need to pass on the costs to their passengers where other big airports don't.

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          @jlogic:
          You're a good man jlogic

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          @bozbargain:

          does it help to know that the corporate owner of Sydney Airport is a spinoff from Macquarie Bank?

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          @jlogic: I left from Perth T1 3 days ago and they definitely had no free trolleys. Strange they charge for departures but not arrivals.
          Spent 3 minutes creepily lurking around the check-in counters trying to nab one before the collector got to them :/

          Edit: Should probably refresh my browser after going out for a couple of hours :P

    • +1 vote

      I don't understand why they cost money at Australian airports, they're free at many other airports around the world.

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    Has been around for a while but noobs like me never knew until recently. I used the WBC Black card a few weeks ago with no charge.
    Good reminder, thanks OP.

  • +1 vote

    I was there yesterday they were all free.

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      Free trolleys are generally for Arrivals only. You'd pay for using a trolley on departures. There are generally also trolleys lying around in the P7 international car park. The other ozb way would be to go down to arrivals and bring a trolley up to departures if you don't have an amex (use the lifts). There are also trolleys lying near the train station entrance. Good luck!

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    And this is why I finally got an Amex card.

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    I just went, luckily I got it from a lady who was just about to return it, she gave me a snort of derision

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      Why was she about to return it? If I paid $4 for a trolley I'd just ditch it where it was most convenient to me.

  • +2 votes

    lounge access is also there for those who need reminder but more restricted with many cards as to how many entry is free but something to keep in mind if you have amex. i have used it couple of times.

  • +2 votes

    This is a good deal, think about the amount you'd get if you take the trolley home, melt the steel take apart the electronics and sell them all on eBay? you'd be a Gina Reinhart in no time!!!11111111 Esp ones with +10 AMEXS!

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    So many deals for Amex cards. Time to get one now.
    Any good card deal atm?

  • +1 vote

    I believe at Sydney Airport, trolley is free for arriving passengers. However, departing passengers need to pay (but I never used it so had no idea about the cost until now). I have AMEX for a complimentary one but still did not bother (probably would find it useful when travelling with the family).

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    I've never had a problem getting trolley from inside terminal so far.
    Most people just left the trolley everywhere after checked in their baggage.

    Seriously… why bother returning the trolley if you're not getting your money back.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP. Hopefully it fits in my car.

  • +3 votes

    These were more useful in decades past when suitcases didn't have wheels.

    • +1 vote

      Quite useful still for families and the elderly or for anyone traveling with more than 1 suitcase.

  • +2 votes

    Once gave my trolley away to a tourist returning home at perth airport, he tried to give me $4 instead; thinking that i was selling them to unsuspecting people.

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    If you have a ute or large SUV, take it home

  • +3 votes

    People have to pay for trolleys at Sydney Airport? I have been to maybe 20 international airports and have yet to see charges for a simple trolley. Welcome to Sydney! Now bend over and pay up as we figure out every way to gouge you. Do they have fees for escalators and elevators too?

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      As mentioned in here, it seems that quite a few Australian airports do charge for trollies for departure.

      Not sure what kind of message that sends to our overseas visitors, but I can't imagine it being very pleasant.

      • +3 votes

        They already know we are racist cynts, but hey we got good nature, beaches and food

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    No deal for Melbourne airport?

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    The trolleys at Sydney airport are now free at the Departure terminal as well.

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    People pay for these…? I can't believe airports even bother trying.

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    So they charge for a trolley ostensibly because it costs money to round them up, yet people dump them anywhere because they've paid money for them…. what a load of ….

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