American Express has teamed up with Wimbledon again to offer a variety of amenities during the 2022 tournament, which started yesterday.
This includes a members lounge. You can see the details on the Wimbledon website here.
I need to thank reader Alex for the photographs in this article which he took for us yesterday. Shame about the weather …..
Visit the American Express Wimbledon Cardmember Lounge
The biggest benefit is the members lounge, located in the Southern Village by Court 3.
Any American Express cardholder can enter the lounge, irrespective of the country where their card was issued.
Each cardholder can take up to two guests into the lounge.
Even though Amex has, perhaps deliberately, kept publicity about the lounge low key this year, there were still modest queues to enter yesterday:
Note that the lounge does not have any toilets. You have to leave the lounge and rejoin the queue to get back in, which is clearly not ideal.
You get a great view over the outside courts (rain permitting):
Here are a couple of interior shots:
Whilst the lounge has a bar and serves snacks, these are not free. You can pick up some free Amex goodies – a radio to listen to match commentary, water spray and branded fans.
An exclusive £20 cashback offer
There’s also a special cashback offer for purchases on site. If you spend £120 or more in the grounds during the tournament on your card you’ll get £20 back. You can only get the cashback once per card.
Annoyingly, you must register for this offer on site at either the Amex lounge or one of the Amex stands arounds the grounds. You CANNOT register online.
Historically this offer has also been available to holders of non-UK American Express cards.
Amex spends a lot of money on its Wimbledon lounge but it never fully delivers, in my view. I can only imagine that the lack of publicity this year is an attempt to reduce queueing.
It’s a shame that food and drink is not free, but then it would only encourage more people to visit and to stay longer so it may end up being self defeating. I would have been tempted to offer fast track entry to Platinum cardholders, or at least a free drink voucher.
That said, if it is crowded in the grounds – which it usually is – then this is a decent spot to get out of the sun / rain and watch the play on the outside courts from the balcony.
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