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There are plenty of reasons to love American Express credit cards.

Like great sign-up bonuses, no income requirements, awesome rewards, and growing merchant acceptance.

But there’s also Front of the Line. This perk is found on nearly all Amex cards and allows you to get exclusive access to ticket sales through Ticketmaster.

If you’re a concert, musical, or play lover, this feature is something to get excited about.

Amex Front of the Line events

I love a good show.

For me, there’s no better way to spend a night than listening to great music, feeling the energy of the performance and the crowd, and enjoying an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This is why I love Front of the Line from American Express. It allows you to say, “I was there!”

And whether you love country, pop, indie, rock, or rap, Amex has you covered with exclusive access to some of the most in-demand shows. Not to mention arts and theatre productions, too.

Here are some of the events listed for February ticket presales with Front of the Line:

  • Petula Clark
  • Shawn Mendes: The Tour
  • Bryan Adams: Shine A Light World Tour
  • Lauren Daigle
  • KoRn & Alice In Chains
  • Come From Away
  • Chromeo
  • MGMT
  • Rob Thomas: Chip Tooth Tour
  • Broken Social Scene
  • The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and
  • much more.

Available Front of the Line presales

How Front of the Line works

Front of the Line is actually quite simple. If you have an eligible American Express credit card, you’ll have access to ticket presales and reserved seating, when applicable.

Reserved seating

Have you ever been late for a movie and forced to sit in the front? The worst, right? Often you’re left with a kink in your neck that lasts well over a week and serves as a reminder to never be late for a movie again.

It can be the same with concert tickets. Sometimes supply and demand leaves you with terrible seat options to see that band you’ve been dying to see for years.

But with reserved seating, Ticketmaster saves whole sections of seats exclusively for Front of the Line members, giving you access to more options.

For example, I recently purchased 2 tickets to a nearly sold-out show to see Metric and July Talk perform live in Eastern Canada. The seat selection wasn’t the best, but luckily, I have the . I was able to use it to purchase my tickets and got access to better seats.

How to get reserved seating through Front of the Line:

On the Ticketmaster website, choose the show you’re interested in seeing, and click on “See Tickets”.

On the seating chart, you can choose the type of ticket you’re looking to get.

Some examples are:

  • Standard ticket,
  • Front row package,
  • Ultimate VIP package, and
  • more, depending on the venue.

This is where you’ll find the “Front of the Line by American Express Invites Reserved Tickets” option, if available.

Options will be filtered and available Front of the Line seats will be dark blue.

Example of seating chart

Once you’ve chosen your tickets, you can proceed to checkout and pay with your American Express credit card.

Please note: You’ll be required to make the full purchase with your American Express card, or you won’t be able to proceed.

Ticket presales

Although presales don’t guarantee a ticket, they do give you the chance to access tickets before the general public.

Ticketmaster lists concerts that are available for presales under the American Express section. Simply click on the “Presale Tickets” section and you’ll see a list of the eligible events.

How to access presale tickets through Front of the Line:

Once you choose the event you’d like to attend, you can click on “Find Tickets”.

Before you choose your presale seats, you have to enter a password/code which is the customer service phone number on the back of your card.

Once the code is entered, you can filter the tickets by “Front of the Line by American Express Invites Presale Tickets” option. The tickets that are available for you to choose from will turn dark blue.

American Express Front of the Line presale tickets

You also have to pay with an American Express credit card, or else you won’t be able to proceed.

Use your points to redeem for tickets

If you have an American Express credit card that earns Membership Rewards, you can conveniently turn your points into tickets through Ticketmaster.

Here’s how it works:

Once you’re at the checkout, you can select “Membership Rewards Points from American Express” as the payment method.

Enter in your credit card information and your 4-digit security code to verify your point balance.

After your purchase is completed, you can use your points to pay for all (or part of) your purchase. There’s a minimum point redemption of 2,000.

Although your card will be charged for the full amount, a statement credit for the points redeemed will be applied to your account within 48 hours.

Entertainment e-updates and American Express Invites

Front of the Line Entertainment e-Updates is an email subscription service that will send you exclusive invites and offers for a variety of events directly to your inbox.

Simply sign-up for the newsletter and make sure to check your inbox often to be on top of all the hottest events.

American Express credit cards

Of course, the only way to get Front of the Line perks is to have an American Express credit card. But which ones are the best?

American Express Cobalt card

The is a must-have credit card if you’re into concerts. Not only will you get Front of the Line access, but it’s definitely the best card for a night out on the town.

You’ll get:

  • 5 points per dollar spent on all food and drinks,
  • 2 points per dollar spent on gas, travel, and transit purchases, and
  • 1 point per dollar spent on everything else.

You’ll be earning points on your meal before the show, your cab ride to the venue, and your drinks afterwards. Sounds like a great night out to me.

Plus, the points earned are Membership Rewards points, so you can use them to pay for tickets through Ticketmaster.

Not to mention the annual fee is divided up into manageable $10 monthly payments, and there’s no income requirement.

Not convinced? Check out why this card was listed the best of the best in 5 different categories:

American Express SimplyCash card

If you’re looking for a no-fee option, the will give you a cool 1.25% on all your spending.

Pro tip: Pair this card with the to maximize your return. Use the Tangerine card for its high-spending earn rates on 2 categories of your choosing, and use the Amex card on all other spending to boost your lower earn-rate spending by 0.75%.

Scotiabank Gold American Express

Another great credit card that has Front of the Line as a perk is the . With this card, you’ll get:

  • 20,000 welcome bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months,
  • 5 points per dollar spent on groceries, dining, and entertainment, 
  • 3 points per dollar spent on gas, transit and select streaming services, and
  • 1 point per dollar spent on everything else.

Related: How To Maximize The Scotia Rewards Points Program

More Amex perks

Front of the Line is just one of the great perks offered by American Express.

No income requirement credit cards

One that really stands out, especially on the Canadian credit card market, is the fact that Amex cards don’t have an income requirement.

This means that you don’t need to make a certain annual salary in order to qualify.

The exception to this rule is the Scotiabank American Express cards, which still have some of the lowest income requirements available ($12,000 personal).

Fixed Points Flight Chart with Membership Rewards

American Express Membership Rewards is one of the most valuable credit cards rewards programs out there because of the Fixed Points Flights chart.

The Fixed Points Flight chart displays set flight distances that you can redeem for a set number of Membership Rewards. For example, a long-haul flight inside Canada or the U.S. (a $700 max) requires 40,000 points. No more, no less, every single time.

Fixed Points Travel Program Chart

Related: How To Maximize The American Express Membership Rewards Program

The Refer A Friend referral bonus

If you have an American Express credit card and you refer a friend to one of their qualifying cards and they get approved, you can earn some major bonus points.

Card name Maximum referral bonus
75,000 Membership Rewards points
225,000 Membership Rewards points
150,000 Marriot Bonvoy Rewards points

Front of the Line FAQ

Here are a few answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Front of the Line:

Amex Front of the Line Canada phone number?

If you need to call Front of the Line directly, their phone number is:

(800) 528-4800

Where can I find the Front of the Line by American Express code?

If you have an eligible American Express card, the code is the 10 digit customer service phone number on the back of your card.

That being said, you have to use an eligible American Express card for your purchase, or else you won’t be able to check out, whether or not you have the code.

How to get Front of the Line American Express?

Get Front of the Line with an American Express branded credit card.

What’s your next event?

What about you? Are you an avid concert-goer?

Have you ever taken advantage of Front of the Line access?

Let us know your success stories in the comments.