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One of the less-heralded perks of many credit cards is exclusive, early or discounted access to special events. For instance, Amex has offered cardholders cheap Hamilton tickets; AA Citi cardholders have access to exclusive concerts; and Ritz-Carlton offered cardholders access to The Cayman Cookout. And after being such a hit last yearChase brought its Seaport Summer series back to NYC this summer.

Through mid-October, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders have special access to a Chase Sapphire Lounge in Lower Manhattan’s Seaport District.

Located on the NE side of Pier 17 (89 South Street New York, NY 10038), at the River Lounge, is the Chase Sapphire Lounge. It’s open daily from 12pm to 8pm and accessible to Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders (plus one guest) with the flash of your card.

Cardholders have a reserved seating area with excellent views of the Brooklyn Bridge. There’s also an exclusive menu with for-purchase food and drink options, including a custom cocktail called “The Sapphire” consisting of Bacardi, Blue Curacao, honey, lemon and grapefruit bitters.

In addition to the lounge, on Sundays, cardholders get special discounts and offers at merchants in the area:

  • Lobster GoGo: Seafest Combo Roll, beverage, vegetable and fruit for $15
  • R17: Express line on Sunday Rooftop Concerts
  • by CHLOE: Burger, fries, small beverage and cookie for $18
  • Big Gay Ice Cream: 20% of all handcrafted items
  • FDR (Food & Drinks by the River):  Complimentary hot or iced coffee
  • Chase Sapphire Lounge: Chickpea and Garlic Mash with Focaccia, Pickled Vegetables, Assorted Nuts and “The Sapphire” cocktail for $20

Like last year, Chase is also offering access to paid concerts. Cardholders can head to Chase Experiences and either redeem Ultimate Rewards points or pay outright to purchase tickets for the Rooftop at Pier 17 Summer Concert Series. General admission tickets start at $35, with VIP options ranging between $135 to $300.

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The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

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