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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 Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
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  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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