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Frequent travelers know carrying certain American Express cards can get you lounge access at airports — but now all cardmembers can visit lounges at one of the biggest tennis tournaments of the year as well.
At the 2019 U.S. Open Championships in New York, all AmEx cardholders will have access to at least one of two exclusive lounges that will offer refreshments, charging stations and a reprieve from the summer heat.
Card Member Lounge
This lounge is open to all AmEx cardholders and is located just inside the East Gate, above the American Express Fan Experience. Cardmembers can bring up to three guests inside the lounge, which offers a place to sit, charge electronics and purchase food and beverages, including the U.S. Open’s signature drink, the Grey Goose Frozen Honey Deuce cocktail. It’s one of only three locations on the grounds where you can buy the special mixed drink.
American Express is also offering hair and makeup touchups from Glamsquad and complimentary sneaker cleaning, so you can look your best even after you’ve been sweating a bit. The Card Member Lounge will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. Hours and availability may shift during the final days of the tournament, from Sept. 5 through Sept. 8.
The Centurion Suite at Louis Armstrong Stadium is an extension of AmEx's Centurion network of swanky airport lounges. Only holders of the The Platinum Card® from American Express or the invite-only Centurion card can access the suite. Platinum cardholders are allowed to bring two guests and have a two-hour time limit with no re-entry allowed. Meanwhile, Centurion members have the option to bring either two guests or their immediate family, and they can relax in the lounge as long as they want.
The lounge offers seating areas, air conditioning, restrooms, a dedicated Wi-Fi network, phone charging stations and complimentary snacks and water.
Visitors also get their choice of one complimentary beer, wine, cocktail or mocktail. The Centurion Lounge Network’s head mixologist has crafted a special cocktail called “The Centurionside,” which AmEx is touting as a preview of their new speakeasy-style bar in the upcoming Centurion lounge at JFK airport's Terminal 4.
Before leaving, you'll be able to pick up a cocktail kit and travel pouch as a gift. The Centurion Suite will be open Aug. 26 through Sept. 4 from noon to 8 p.m.
While at the tournament, AmEx cardholders can also advantage of:
A one-time “spend $100 or more, get $20 back” offer on purchases made at participating on-site merchants when you use your card. You must enroll at an American Express location on the grounds to redeem the offer. Prepaid cards, corporate cards and international cards are not eligible.
An earpiece radio with ESPN’s live commentary of the matches (one per cardmember while supplies last).
Complimentary bag check at east and south gates.
Exclusive, customizable Polo Ralph Lauren totes, shirts, sweatshirts and water bottles available for purchase.
For more information on how to access your card’s on-site benefits, visit the American Express exhibit at South Plaza or stop by guest information.
Photo courtesy of American Express.