American Express Experiences

Access exclusive discounts, pre-sale concert tickets and competitions with American Express Experiences (formerly American Express Invites).

If you have an American Express credit card, you could enjoy exclusive entertainment offers, discounts and benefits courtesy of American Express Experiences. Whether you need pre-sale tickets to an upcoming concert, want to wait in the comfort of an exclusive lounge before an event or want discounts for your next date night, American Express Experiences has got you covered.

What is American Express Experiences?

Initially branded “American Express Invites”, American Express Experiences is an entertainment service available exclusively to American Express cardholders. It offers access to a hand-picked selection of the hottest upcoming events and experiences. The perks can include reserved and pre-sale tickets for upcoming shows or sporting events, discounts for events and passes for the American Express Lounge. Cardholders can amp up their rewards even further by entering Experiences competitions available only to AMEX customers.

You can browse the different entertainment deals on the American Express Experiences website and Facebook page. If you want to stay up to date, you can also opt in for email and Facebook updates for all of the latest offers.

What benefits will you get with American Express Experiences?

  • You’ll get access to reserved tickets.
    You can use your American Express credit card to purchase reserved tickets to some of the hottest events or concerts.
  • Pre-sale ticket opportunity.
    Secure concert, theatre or sports tickets before the general public with American Express Experiences pre-sales. Usually, you’ll be required to pay with your American Express credit card and enter a promotional code to access the tickets.
  • Enjoy the American Express Lounge.
    Relax before your next concert in the private American Express Lounge at The O2 in London. Show your American Express card at the door and you (and up to 3 guests) can enjoy a free welcome drink and the opportunity to eat and drink in comfort away from the crowds before and after the show. You can also play your favourite songs on the American Express Jukebox to get you in the party spirit.
  • Potential discounts on tickets.
    You can also enjoy discounts on ticket prices to select events.
  • National Theatre Backstage Tour.
    Your membership entitles you to an exclusive, complimentary behind-the-scenes tour of one of Britain’s most iconic theatres for you and 3 friends. Learn about how the props, scenery and special effects come together for over 20 world-class productions a year.
  • Chance to pay with points.
    You can use your Membership Rewards to pay for tickets booked through Ticketmaster and AXS. All you need to do is purchase the tickets using your American Express credit card and you can select your Membership Rewards points to cover all or some of the cost.
  • Competitions.
    American Express Experiences sometimes hosts competitions that are only available to AMEX cardholders. For example, in 2018, the programme (then American Express Invites) offered cardholders the chance to win tickets to see Justin Timberlake in London.

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Compare a range of American Express Cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
If you don’t have an American Express credit card yet, compare the offers below.
With an American Express reward card you earn points on almost everything you purchase. With pure reward cards, instead of just cashback, you build up points for all the spending you do and these can be exchanged for exclusive rewards including flights, hotels, gift cards and more.
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Name Product Finder Score Finder score Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Representative APR Incentive Link
American Express® Rewards Credit Card
3.9
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit not specified.
31% APR (variable)
Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter. Earn up to 90,000 bonus points per year through refer a friend, 4,000 points awarded for every friend approved. 1 point = 0.45p (min 1,000 points) to shop, other rewards have differing conversions.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 31% APR (variable).
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American Express® Nectar Credit Card
3.8
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £30 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
37.8% APR (variable)
New welcome offer: Earn 20,000 bonus Nectar points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months. Earn a minimum of 3 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent at Nectar partners, and 2 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £30 per annum, your representative rate is 37.8% APR (variable).
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American Express® Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £195 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
88.8% APR (variable)
Limited time offer: New Cardmembers earn 25,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Plus, spend anything in month 15 and get 5,000 Membership Rewards® points. Offer ends 16 July. Terms Apply. 18+, subject to status.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £195 per annum, your representative rate is 88.8% APR (variable).
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With an American Express cashback card you’ll be able to enjoy cashback on almost everything you purchase.
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Name Product Finder Score Finder score Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Representative APR Incentive Link
Amex® Cashback Everyday Credit Card
3.8
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
31% APR (variable)
Welcome offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership. Terms and minimum spend apply. 18+, subject to status.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 31% APR (variable).
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Amex® Cashback Credit Card
3.7
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
36.7% APR (variable)
Limited time offer: Get 5%* cashback (up to £125) for the first 3 months of Cardmembership and the first year free* for new Cardmembers. Offer ends 2 July 2024. Terms apply.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 36.7% APR (variable).
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American Express has teamed up with BA to enable you to earn Avios on your day-to-day spending. You can use your Avios to buy flights, hotel stays, car hire and more.
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Name Product Finder Score Finder score Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Representative APR Incentive Link
British Airways American Express® Credit Card
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
£0
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
31% APR (variable)
Earn 5,000 points when you spend £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. Terms apply. UK 18+, subject to status. Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 31% APR (variable).
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American Express® Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £195 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
88.8% APR (variable)
Limited time offer: New Cardmembers earn 25,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Plus, spend anything in month 15 and get 5,000 Membership Rewards® points. Offer ends 16 July. Terms Apply. 18+, subject to status.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £195 per annum, your representative rate is 88.8% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
£300 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
139.9% APR (variable)
Welcome offer: Earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. 18+, subject to status. New Cardmembers only.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31.0% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £300 per annum, your representative rate is 139.9% APR (variable).
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Much more of a luxury option than your average credit card, premium American Express cards come with perks aplenty. Expect to pay an annual fee, but in some cases this will be waived for the first year.
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Name Product Finder Score Finder score Purchases Annual/monthly fees Initial credit limits Representative APR Incentive Link
American Express® Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £195 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
88.8% APR (variable)
Limited time offer: New Cardmembers earn 25,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Plus, spend anything in month 15 and get 5,000 Membership Rewards® points. Offer ends 16 July. Terms Apply. 18+, subject to status.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £195 per annum, your representative rate is 88.8% APR (variable).
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British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31%
£300 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
139.9% APR (variable)
Welcome offer: Earn 25,000 bonus Avios when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. 18+, subject to status. New Cardmembers only.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31.0% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £300 per annum, your representative rate is 139.9% APR (variable).
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The Platinum Card® by American Express
4.0
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
31.0%
£650 per annum
Min. limit £700, max. limit not specified.
704.6% APR (variable)
New Cardmembers earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® Points when you spend £6,000 in the first 3 months of Cardmembership. T&Cs Apply. UK 18+, subject to status.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 31.0% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £650 per annum, your representative rate is 704.6% APR (variable).
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Here’s more information on the American Express Experiences programme

Pros

  • Exclusive discounts.
    You can save on your next gig or Cirque du Soleil expedition with discounts only available when you pay with your American Express credit card.
  • VIP perks.
    Enjoy reserved tickets to the hottest events, such as the Wimbledon tournament or the BFI London Film Festival, and access to the VIP entertainment lounge at The O2.
  • Extra value.
    If you already have an American Express credit card, taking advantage of the perks on offer through American Express Experiences is a clever way to get extra value from your card.

Cons

  • Card costs.
    Many American Express credit cards have an annual fee and interest costs. So, you should make sure that these costs don’t outweigh the value of American Express Experiences and the other card features.
  • Select events.
    Reserved seating and discounts from American Express Experiences are only available for a select list of events (you can find them on the website). You won’t be able to take advantage of the American Express perk at every concert or event that you attend.
  • Terms and conditions.
    You might be required to sign up for an offer by a certain date or pay for tickets using your American Express credit card to enjoy the perks. So, make sure you know exactly what’s involved to get the most out of the American Express Experiences offer.

If you own an American Express credit card, American Express Experiences can be a great way to get extra value from the card and enjoy a variety of entertainment perks. Browse the American Express Experiences websites for details on the latest offers and the terms and conditions you need to know to get the most out of the programme.

Example: Emily buys hard-to-find concert tickets

Emily, a writer at Finder, had been trying to see hip-hop group De La Soul in concert for years, but kept missing out on tickets because their London dates sold out so fast.

As an American Express cardholder, she received an email invitation to American Express Experiences pre-sale for the band's Summer Series gig at Somerset House. She was able to buy tickets to see one of her favourite bands using her American Express card before they went on general sale.

* This is a fictional, but realistic, example.

We show offers we can track - that's not every product on the market...yet. Unless we've said otherwise, products are in no particular order. The terms "best", "top", "cheap" (and variations of these) aren't ratings, though we always explain what's great about a product when we highlight it. This is subject to our terms of use. When you make major financial decisions, consider getting independent financial advice. Always consider your own circumstances when you compare products so you get what's right for you. Most of the data in Finder's comparison tables has the source: Moneyfacts Group PLC. In other cases, Finder has sourced data directly from providers.

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