Going To The US Open? The AMEX Centurion Suite Is Back

by Chris Dong

American Express has been a partner of the US Open for years with sponsorship and dedicated spaces for cardholders (and non-cardholders). Last year, AMEX upped the ante for its most premium customers with the launch of the Centurion Suite at the US Open.

Now, it’s back for a second year. The lounge is only accessible for those with the Platinum Card, Business Platinum Card, and Centurion Card.

The Centurion Suite will be open inside Louis Armstrong Stadium from 12pm until 8pm on August 26 through September 4, 2019. While the US Open runs through September 8, no matches take place in Louis Armstrong Stadium then so the lounge will be closed after September 4.

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Here are the access rules:

  • Platinum cardmembers will be able to bring two guests, and will be allowed to visit for a two hour time period with no re-entry
  • Centurion cardmembers will be able to bring two guests or immediate family, and will have no time limit on visits, and will be allowed re-entry

The Centurion Suite at the US Open offers these amenities:

  • Complimentary premium snacks, small bites, and water
  • One complimentary drink (beer, wine, cocktail or mocktail), with additional drinks available for purchase
  • A preview of 1850, the speakeasy-inspired bar that will be featured inside the upcoming Centurion Lounge at JFK Terminal 4; cardmembers will be treated to an exclusive cocktail, “The Centurionside,” created by Jim Meehan, Head Mixologist of the Centurion Lounge Network
  • Phone charging stations and dedicated WiFi
  • Air conditioning, restrooms, and spacious seating
  • Special card member gifts including a travel cocktail kit and travel pouch

Last year, I reviewed the The Centurion Suite at the US Open — and wasn’t that impressed. The wait to get in was long, it was crowded inside, and they had run out of food. I’m hoping that AMEX has made improvements or it won’t be much worth of a stop.

One Thing Improved…And I Didn’t Even Go Inside The Centurion Suite

While I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t get into the Centurion Suite during the night session that I attended yesterday, it seems AMEX has at least improved the queueing situation.

An attendant with an iPad was checking people in on the ground level and you could be added to a waitlist instead of waiting in a long line.

Last year’s overcrowded situation

What Other Things Is AMEX Doing At The US Open?

American Express still has some stuff for you too. There is a Fan Experience center (open to anyone, even without an AMEX card) with a 20,000-square-foot space with a full-size tennis court and different activities each day like skills challenges, games, tennis clinics, and more. There are charging stations and air conditioning to escape any late summer heat.

For any AMEX cardholder — like for those with an AMEX Gold Card or Blue Cash Preferred — you can get $20 off $100+ purchase* during the duration of the US Open at vendors onsite. Note that you must register at an AMEX kiosk at the US Open in order to activate the offer.

Finally, if you need to check your bag, you can do it for free at the entrance of the US Open (instead of for $5) if you whip out your American Express card.

*Tap or swipe to spend $100+ in one or more transactions at participating merchants onsite at the US Open using your enrolled, eligible Card between August 26 – September 8th, 2019 and get a one-time $20 statement credit.

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