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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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  • Paul says:

    None available today

    • Rob says:

      I’ve had one reader email in the last 30 minutes from someone who got some, so a few did pop up.

  • Barry cutters says:

    Anyone interested in 2 tickets to ladies final on 10/07.
    Can transfer via app .

    • Barry cutters says:

      Paid £512 each .
      Face value is £240 I think.

      I didn’t realise I also have tickets to England Canada game is on at twickenham on the same day . And would much rather go there than tennis .

      • Zeb says:

        Hi Barry
        It will be great to have the Wimbledon tickets
        Hopefully you still have them?

  • James says:

    We have two pairs of debentures – in most years sell them through but there hasn’t been a sniff for any tickets and they are selling for way below usual prices ViaGoGo and StubHub at present.

    Going to go ourselves on many more days than normal this year, but if anybody is interested in buying at the cheapest end of the Viagogo/Stubhub prices and without fees then drop me a message on here (or privately if Rob would prefer?).

    Currently in W1 still have available Wednesday (x4), Thursday (x4) and in W2 Tuesday (x2), Wednesday (x4), Friday (x4), Saturday (x2), Sunday (x4).

    All 4 seats together for the first time which is handy for bigger groups too!

    • Rob says:

      AELTC bought my unused ones back, which was a result. I expected them to say no. Not sure if it was done to keep us onside. Can’t believe that there is enough demand to resell them for what they paid me.

      If you ring AELTC they can link your debentures and in theory all 4 will always be together.

      I get a feeling that the addition of Middle Sunday from next year is a sop to debenture holders – basically another £3k per year of revenue – to offset this year.

      • James says:

        That’s interesting – for what price?

      • James says:

        That does make sense re the Middle Sunday – although from my chat with the debentures office I think they were taken aback by how low demand is this year

    • Barry cutters says:

      I’ve got the pair of ladies final tickets and can’t go – is it safe/allowed to sell via stubhub etc .

      I’m just wanting to cover what I’ve paid = £1k for the pair

      • James says:

        Debentures can be traded freely however you like, so my understanding is StubHub etc are fine for moving them on

        • Rob says:

          However, if you paid £500 then they almost certainly do NOT say ‘Debenture’ on the ticket and so resale would not be allowed. In the app, under ‘Ticket Type’ it will say ‘Debenture’.

          Ladies Final tickets can be hard to shift because the game can be very short (the verified record is 25 minutes!) and it isn’t clear what, if any, games would be scheduled after it given that a lot of the other titles (boys, girls etc) are not happening this year.

          • Barry cutters says:

            Yes not debenture .
            General sale – face value are £240 I think

    • Yuff says:

      His much for the 4 mens final tickets?

      • Yuff says:

        Actually James just checked stubhub and the prices for the ladies final are quadruple the price I paid for tickets.
        Don’t worry about letting me know the prices

    • Joseph Abou-Jaoude says:

      Hi James, Would be interested to hear more for week one Thursday or Wednesday. Would only need 2 tickets though

    • JM says:

      Would be interested to know price for 2x tickets for Weds Week 2… or let me know how to drop you a message privately thanks

    • Ken says:

      No Nadal, Murray would do well to get past second round and the daddy of them all for scalpers, Federer likely not to get past quarters imo.

      Djokovic not remotely the same draw as those 3 at Wimbledon despite the fact the he will eclipse them in GS wins

      I’d be very surprised if tickets hit the highs seen over the last 5 years anytime in the next decade.

      • Fred says:

        This. However, they will be banking on the phrase “There’s a fool born every day”.

        • Rob says:

          I think you’re missing the point here:

          Wimbledon, for those with debenture tickets, has very little to do with tennis. It is about having a slap up meal and afternoon tea in the debenture restaurants, seeing your wealthy friends plus whichever high profile figures also happen to be there, and generally enjoying the atmosphere. You can see from the number of empty debenture seats on TV how keen people are to rush to the game. It’s like saying that fewer people will go to Royal Ascot if the quality of horses entered drops.

          There is also NOTHING, literally nothing, in the UK with same hospitality cache. The reason is simple – it is only event of the year (with the possible exception of the Chelsea Flower Show gala evening, which is even more exclusive – I’ve never got into that) where partners actually want to come along. This makes corporate invites very valuable and the lure of Wimbledon hospitality sways many business deals.

          Even for those people on standard tickets, Wimbledon is unlike any other event in the UK. It is run at a military level of precision and professionalism along the lines of a Four Seasons hotel or Singapore Airlines flight, the likes of which you will neve see elsewhere. If the tennis turns out to be decent then it is a bit of a bonus.

          • Njb says:

            Well said Rob.
            I managed to get standard Mens semi final centre court tickets which would be totally out of my reach for debenture.
            First Class air travel was a dream until I found HfP 🙂

    • Khatija hans says:

      Hi James I am very much interested. Message me privately please

    • Paul says:

      Yes James, I would interested.

      • James says:

        Sorry just picking up these messages. Not sure how to message people privately on here but for anybody interested drop me an email at jamesfinch112 AT gmail DOT com

  • Zoe says:

    Has anyone with Monday (tomorrow) tickets got them showing fully on their my Wimbledon app yet? Mine is there but without the QR code block and seat number. Thanks in advance.

    • Bob says:

      On the Wimbledon website it says the QR code will be activated on the day of your visit. Just checked as was worried about mine as well!

    • PJJ says:

      @Zoe. Mine for Tuesday are not showing the QR code and they do say it should appear 48 hours beforehand. Please let us know when yours appears

  • Laura says:

    Have Grounds Passes for manic Monday, can’t wait.
    Not sure whether I miss the Q or not though

  • NP says:

    There are centre court tickets available right now (4pm) direct from Wimbledon for tomorrow if anyone has the day off and fully vaccinated.

  • Olivia says:

    Be interested to hear people’s reviews on how the Resy booking system tomorrow/how busy the actual lounge itself will get. I have tix for Thursday. I’m assuming any Amex cardholder is applicable (BA Amex over here), and not just plat/gold members?

    • Pk says:

      I couldn’t find the bloody link on resy and there is no mention of this anywhere else online. The staff on site are clueless – this is really shambolic, I am disappointed at Amex and Wimbledon, usually two of the beat brands for making it easy for customers

  • Roger says:

    I’m fully vaccinated but my partner isn’t. I lateral test regularly and report – you get a text and email for this but it doesn’t show in the NHS app if negative. I also ran in the 5k test event and had to show the email for the lateral flow test to get into the gate.

    Has anyone had a negative LF test show in the NHS app?

    • Fred says:

      The NHS app doesn’t even exist in Scotland and NI. Rob does this suggest those from Sco/NI cannot get into Wimbledon? I can’t help but surmise the app requirement is a form of coercive control, when in reality a negative test should suffice. Double vax guarantees nothing, as double jabbed Marr (BBC) detailed today (he had Covid only last week, and was double vax’ed months ago)

      • Rob says:

        You would need to look at the Wimbledon wording, but it seems quite clear that only the NHS app will be accepted.

        • James says:

          Not sure that’s right when you look at the small print – I don’t have it in the app so will find out tomorrow!

        • Paul says:

          Says you may show it in the app. Email or sms will be fine.

    • JohnT says:

      Yes if reported through with NHs login

    • Tracey says:

      Yes, I can see mine on the NHS app. You need to go to the section for showing your record and choose the “event trials” rather than “ travel” part. It tells me I have 19 records. It then shows a QR code with “view covid-19 records” as a tab underneath, that then leads to details of all the LFT results.

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