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Visit the American Express lounge at Wimbledon – all you need to know

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If you have tickets for Wimbledon this year – and if you don’t, read on, because Amex has extra tickets for sale each day – you can visit the free American Express lounge.

Amex launched their Wimbledon lounge back in 2019. I visited it as Amex’s guest, so I didn’t queue, and it was a smart place to hang out.

The only caveat I would give this year is that, with capacity halved, you may find fewer queues at the bars around the ground. If there is a queue for the Amex lounge it may not be worth it, although it is possible to book a timeslot in advance.

Wimbledon tennis American Express lounge

What do you get in the American Express lounge?

To quote:

“The specially designed Cardmember Lounge will offer American Express Cardmembers a unique place to relax during the day at The Championships.

With a panoramic view of the Grounds and private terrace access, it will be a comfortable and exclusive space for tennis loving Cardmembers and guests to unwind between matches. A variety of drinks, including the Cardmember Lounge-exclusive – the Sipsmith Gin Wimbledon Southside cocktail and Lanson Gold Label Vintage, along with a range of delicious sweet and savoury snacks will be available to purchase with an American Express Card.

To gain entry, Cardmembers should head to the Lounge located between Courts 3 and 12 to take advantage of the space. Access is provided on a first come, first served basis, subject to capacity.

Cardmembers can also book themselves a time slot on the day via restaurant booking system, Resy. Cardmembers can find out further information on how to book either at the Cardmember Lounge entrance or by visiting one of the American Express onsite kiosks. Cardmembers may obtain access by showing any valid American Express Card with up to one guest.”

Wimbledon tennis American Express lounge

Do I get any freebies?

Seems so, although you don’t need to enter the lounge to get one.

“Once again, this year, American Express is offering complimentary in-ear radios exclusively for Cardmembers, to bring them closer to all the on-court action. Fans will be able to tune-in to live commentary across the three official Wimbledon channels, with commentary provided by renowned broadcasters Marcus Buckland and Mary Rhodes. The radios will be available from the American Express Cardmember Lounge, mobile kiosks across the Grounds and at Wimbledon and Southfields stations, while stocks last.”

Other benefits include a 20% discount on purchases from the online Wimbledon Shop.

Wimbledon tennis American Express lounge

Exclusive access to returned tickets each day

This is potentially the most interesting bit.

Few people know that, for the last five years or so, Wimbledon has been selling excess and returned tickets for Centre Court and No 1 Court via Ticketmaster each day. You don’t need to queue overnight outside the grounds. You can buy here.

I think these seats come from the allocation which is held back for the media, players and other members of the great and good. I bought one once and ended up in an unused part of the press box on Centre Court, which meant I got extra legroom and a little desk!

Tickets go on sale at 10am, 48-hours before the ticketed day of play. This means that, if you are reading this on Sunday morning, tickets for Tuesday will go on sale at 10am.

You MUST pay with an American Express card.

Be very clear about the covid requirements before you try to buy tickets:

  • you must be fully vaccinated more than 14 days ago, or have taken a recent lateral flow test, and be able to show vaccination or your test result via the NHS app (a test result on its own is not valid)
  • you must bring photo ID
  • whilst not all seats are being sold – except for the final two days – there is no formal social distancing and you are likely to be sat next to someone else

The Ticketmaster page you need at 10am today, and every day for the next 11 days, is here.

Discounted packages for 2022 will be available soon

American Express will also be offering cardmembers special access to Wimbledon 2022.

With corporate hospitality demand expected to remain weak in 2022, Amex and Keith Prowse have put together a ‘mid priced’ package called The Treehouse.

The cost isn’t clear, but as a standard hospitality package costs £2,000 to £4,000 per person, depending on the day, I would expect this to be in the £1,000 to £1,500 range depending on which court you choose.

The Treehouse is described as a ‘flexible and informal’ hospitality experience which comes with tickets to Centre Court or No 1 Court.

Tickets will be available from 12th July so expect to hear more from Amex around that time.


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Comments (82)

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  • NS says:

    Does the 2 ticket limit apply to the whole account or individual cardholder? ie would a supplementary card also be eligible.

    • Rob says:

      If a supp has a different number on it, you’d be fine. They will cancel 2nd bookings if the same number is used though, as you may have seen in the press last week after a lot of people had tickets withdrawn.

  • MilesOnPoint says:

    I’m headed to Wimbledon but not yet had 2nd jab. Does anyone have experience of providing negative lateral flow test for a sporting event?

    Can you use one of the free NHS self administered lateral flow tests and if so, how do you register the result?

    Alternatively, what are the cheapest options for in person lateral flow tests in London?

    • FFoxSake says:

      You can report the free NHS lateral flow results via this gov page…
      https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

      They appear in the NHS app alongside any vaccinations you’ve had.

      • MilesOnPoint says:

        Great, thank you.

        So that type of free self-administered NHS test is definitely accepted for sporting events then?

        • Graham says:

          Yes, the Wimbledon emails have stated that those are acceptable. You just scan the QR code of the test and the results come via email and text relatively quickly.

          I’m Scottish so don’t have access to the NHS app, it’s different here. The email or text will have to do for me.

      • Andrew says:

        So they are just relying on people’s honesty? Doesn’t seem much point in doing it then.

        • Alex Sm says:

          Wimbledon is part of a bigger Events testing programme with much more lenient attitude to all the requirements to emulate “normal life”. This explains it

        • Chrisasaurus says:

          I would think the cohort of people that would take a covid test, test positive and then intentionally lie and travel to a packed sporting event knowing they had the virus is vanishingly small.

          You can harm people on purpose in all sorts of ways we can’t prevent; civilised society functions because people generally don’t want to.

          • Manya says:

            And that small number still translate into an exponentially larger number of cases because of someone breaking the rules as a result of a not fit for purpose system. You may even have those that don’t take the test but still register a negative result.

          • The Savage Squirrel says:

            Chrisasaurus, I think you are partly right; but, particularly when we are talking about protecting strangers rather than relatives or friends, I think a much much larger percentage would not bother to take the test and just input the number to get the “result”.
            Does it make a difference or worry me? Not really – data from surge testing in Liverpool showed that lateral flow tests are pretty woeful at picking up asymptomatic infection anyway (and symptomatic infection by definition should keep most people away, test or not). The government has ordered a billion of the things so has to use them up somehow to avoid embarrassment. 😀

    • Jack says:

      I’ve just got back from a Euros game at Wembley at silly hours last night. I’m fully vaccinated but my friend isn’t, the test has to be an NHS lateral flow test and you can do it yourself. It makes little sense as it is relying on your pure honesty to do the test :))

  • Alison says:

    It’s a good year to cross a Wimbledon experience off your bucket list. With very few international visitors in town to drive demand, ticket prices are well down on previous years. The pricing can’t compare to what one would pay in the Q but debenture tickets are fully transferable and offer access to Debenture Holders’ Lounges.

  • Katerina Soteriou says:

    Can you access the Amex Lounge is you are a BA Amex holder?

  • mr_jetlag says:

    I have two pairs of grounds passes for my sons to enjoy the ladies’ and doubles finals. Does Amex lounge allow under 12s?

  • IanM says:

    “Few people know that, …”

    Not really, anyone with any sort of Wimbledon account will have had an email telling them this – so that’s pretty much everyone interested in going!

    • Paul says:

      I have a wimbledon account and really want to go and don’t have tickets and didn’t know about this. Will be trying every day at 10. Thanks HFP.

  • KP says:

    I did this two years ago. Managed to get centre court tickets for the first saturday of the tournament. Managed to see Serena, Rojer, Murray and Rafa play. It was a great experience !!

  • Alan says:

    NHS app is England only, what are they doing for vaccinated from the DNs? (although I’ve got a full schedule at work the next few weeks so no chance in going but just wondered when I saw the app mentioned).

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