Headed to Austin City Limits? Amex Offers Expedited Entry, Phone Charging and More

Oct 3, 2018

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The 16th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival kicks off this week from Friday through Sunday, and returning the following Friday for another three-day weekend. For those not in the know, around half a million people flock to Austin’s 350-acre Zilker Park for this music festival, colloquially known as ACL. As with most music festivals, the quitnessential ACL experience is often characterized by milling about in a horde of happy music lovers amidst a hot, sweaty environment with a lot of dust and grass, but never enough clean port-a-potties.

If music is your jam but the hectic environment doesn’t sound appealing, American Express has an oasis to offer you. This is the second year that American Express has had an “Experience” station at ACL Fest, and there are sections for non-cardholders as well as a VIP section on the second floor for customers who hold any Amex credit card. The American Express Experience and Card Member Club is located right next to the general admission entrance, next to the Mainstage VIP area, and offers air conditioning, a clear view of the main stage and a slew of other Amex-exclusive experiences. The ground level of the American Express Experience includes mobile device charging stations an a complimentary patch station on the ground floor. Cardholders of any Amex credit card have access to the club, and members can guest in a friend as well.

At the ground level of the American Express Experience, all festival attendees have access to the following activities:

  • A flag station where they can pick up and customize their own festival flag
  • A photo/recharge station for capturing fun memories and charging their phones
  • Air conditioning and snow cones from Austin food trailer Sno-Beach

The second-floor American Express Card Member Club is exclusive for Amex Card Members only and offers:

  • Views of the American Express stage
  • Rooftop Cash & Amex® Only bar
  • Recycled leather organizers for tech accessories
  • Festival essentials including a refresh bar, phone charging stations and Wi-Fi

Furthermore, ACL attendees who register their wristbands with American Express before the festival get a few additional perks. First up, festival-goers will get to skip the lengthy general admission entrance lines to take advantage of the American Express Cashless Entrance, located at the Barton Springs West Entrance. It can take up to an hour to get through the general admission check-in and security lines during busy times, so the exclusive entrance alone will be worth a significant amount of saved time and frustration. Consider it TSA Pre-Check for music festivals.

Next, keep your credit card safe at home! The Amex-registered ACL wristband lets attendees utilize Cashless pay throughout the festival grounds for concessions, merchandise and any other services.

Finally, Amex-registered wristband owners will get a one-time $5 Cashless spend credit, which is eligible on a single transaction at any Cashless-accepting merchants on the festival grounds.

Now if only American Express could help with the clean-bathroom situation…

Featured photo by @brianfbenton via Twenty20.

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