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American Express offers many benefits in Montreal for the Formula 1 (F1) Canadian Grand Prix, including many open to all Amex cardholders — and anyone who is even slightly serious about traveling should have at least one. Amex is the credit card issuer that’s THE most travel-focused and THE most premium-focused and therefore offers benefits for specific events like this. 

I’ve already shared information about the most exclusive event, the Maison Amex exclusive VIP lounge, because that’s the best, for sure. It’s the only one that doesn’t require an F1 ticket, but does requires a premium card — and that was pressing in case some of you wanted to apply for one ASAP. 

But there are many other benefits if you have any American Express card and an F1 ticket.

Here are the details of the Amex benefits in Montreal for the F1 weekend.

 

Overview of the Amex benefits for the Montreal F1 Grand Prix

American Express is the official partner of Formula 1 in the Americas, which means they have plenty of benefits at the Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal this week.

Here are all the Amex benefits, which are all on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • Maison Amex Montreal lounge on Crescent Street
    • The only one that doesn’t require an F1 ticket
    • The only one that requires a premium card
  • Trackside Lounge 
    • VIP spot right at the finish line
  • Fan Zone experience
    • For “unforgettable experiences”
  • Free “race day essentials”
    • Pick up what you need to enjoy the race 
  • Free race radios
    • So you don’t miss a thing
  • 10% discount on Official F1 and CGV merchandise
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Map of Amex benefits (photo credit: American Express)

 

So all benefits on the F1 site itself are available to all Amex cardholders. For example, if you’re a savvy traveler who has the Marriott Bonvoy Amex Card (the only card in Canada that’s for every traveler, with no exceptions) or the Amex Cobalt Card (the best overall card in Canada, no debate possible), you’re eligible!

Scotiabank Amex Cards! Even the 3 Scotiabank cards that run on the Amex network are eligible for these benefits. We know this can be confusing because American Express is both a card network (like Visa and Mastercard) and a bank (like Scotiabank, TD, etc.)! So there are Amex cards issued by Amex Bank AND by Scotiabank.

Here are all the Amex cards issued in Canada, so you can see if you have a card that allows you to take advantage of the F1 benefits in Montreal. International cards work for these benefits too, as long as they have the Amex logo.

All American Express
credit cards
Best
American Express Cobalt® Card
American Express Cobalt Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $750/month for 12 months
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
Best for: Best overall
card
in Canada
American Express® Gold Rewards Card
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k/month for 12 months
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
Best for: Valuable rewards
and 4
airport lounge passes
Platinum Card® from American Express
Platinum Card from American Express
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $10k in 3 months
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1600
Card fee: $799
Best for: Unlimited access to
airport lounges
and flexible rewards
NEW
American Express® Aeroplan®* Card
American Express Aeroplan Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $675
Card fee: $120
Best for: Valuable Aeroplan pts
without min. income
and lower min. spend
NEW
American Express® Aeroplan®* Reserve Card
American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1041
Card fee: $599
Best for: For Air Canada
lounge access
& other AC benefits
Marriott Bonvoy American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1.5k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $477
Card fee: $120
Best for: Very lucrative
hotel points
for specific hotels
American Express Business Edge Card
American Express Business Edge Card
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
limited time
Rewards: ≈ $750
Card fee: $99
Best for: A good
earn rate
3X on dining & more
American Express® Business Gold Rewards Card
American Express Business Gold Rewards Card
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
limited time
Rewards: ≈ $1125
Card fee: $199
Best for: More valuable
Amex points
for Aeroplan or Avios
Business Platinum Card® from American Express
Business Platinum Card from American Express
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $15k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1801
Card fee: $799
Best for: Big spenders
& luxury
travelers
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express® Card
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $630
Card fee: $150
Best for: For those
who already have
the one above
NEW
American Express® Aeroplan®* Business Reserve Card
American Express Aeroplan Business Reserve Card
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $10.5k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1172
Card fee: $599
Best for: Frequent Air Canada
travel
& maximizing Aeroplan
American Express® Green Card
American Express Green Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $165
Card fee: $0
Best for: No annual fee
lucrative rewards
& Amex benefits
SimplyCash® Preferred Card from American Express
SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 4 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: $280
Card fee: $120
Best for: Cashback
fans
who spend more
SimplyCash® Card from American Express
SimplyCash Card from American Express
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 10 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: $160
Card fee: $0
Best for: One of best
no-annual-fee
cashback cards
American Express Essential Card
American Express Essential Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): no welcome bonus
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: $0
Card fee: $25
Best for: Low interest
rate
& Amex benefits
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All American Express
credit cards
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Best
for
Best
American Express Cobalt Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $750/month for 12 months
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
Best overall
card
in Canada
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k/month for 12 months
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
Valuable rewards
and 4
airport lounge passes
Platinum Card from American Express
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $10k in 3 months
Rewards: ≈ $1600
Card fee: $799
Unlimited access to
airport lounges
and flexible rewards
NEW
American Express Aeroplan Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $675
Card fee: $120
Valuable Aeroplan pts
without min. income
and lower min. spend
NEW
American Express Aeroplan Reserve Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1041
Card fee: $599
For Air Canada
lounge access
& other AC benefits
Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1.5k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $477
Card fee: $120
Very lucrative
hotel points
for specific hotels
American Express Business Edge Card
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $750
Card fee: $99
A good
earn rate
3X on dining & more
limited time
American Express Business Gold Rewards Card
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1125
Card fee: $199
More valuable
Amex points
for Aeroplan or Avios
limited time
Business Platinum Card from American Express
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $15k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1801
Card fee: $799
Big spenders
& luxury
travelers
Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $630
Card fee: $150
For those
who already have
the one above
NEW
American Express Aeroplan Business Reserve Card
Card: no business required
Min. spend (bonus): $10.5k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $1172
Card fee: $599
Frequent Air Canada
travel
& maximizing Aeroplan
American Express Green Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k in 3 mos.
Rewards: ≈ $165
Card fee: $0
No annual fee
lucrative rewards
& Amex benefits
SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 4 mos.
Rewards: $280
Card fee: $120
Cashback
fans
who spend more
SimplyCash Card from American Express
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 10 mos.
Rewards: $160
Card fee: $0
One of best
no-annual-fee
cashback cards
American Express Essential Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): no welcome bonus
Rewards: $0
Card fee: $25
Low interest
rate
& Amex benefits
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Scotia American Express
credit cards
6% rate
Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 1y (or $1k for lower bonus)
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends July 1st
Rewards: $775
Card fee: $120
Best for: Very good
travel insurance
and earn rate
Scotiabank Platinum American Express® Card
Scotiabank Platinum American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends October 31st
Rewards: $560
Card fee: $399
Best for: 10 airport
lounge passes
and no FX fees
Scotiabank American Express® Card
Scotiabank American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: $105
Card fee: $0
Best for: Access to
Amex Offers benefit
in multiples
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.
Scotia American Express
credit cards
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Best
for
6% rate
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 1y (or $1k for lower bonus)
Rewards: $775
Card fee: $120
Very good
travel insurance
and earn rate
ends July 1st
Scotiabank Platinum American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 3 mos.
Rewards: $560
Card fee: $399
10 airport
lounge passes
and no FX fees
ends October 31st
Scotiabank American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k in 3 mos.
Rewards: $105
Card fee: $0
Access to
Amex Offers benefit
in multiples
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.

 

I’m almost tempted to buy an F1 ticket just to take advantage of these benefits, as I love to test things out for you. But if you already have F1 tickets, it’s a no-brainer to go to all the Amex locations and make the most of it.

Seeing more of these benefits offered is great. It also makes sense as the Amex brand is meant to unlock unique experiences, and Amex cards already give access to exclusive benefits such as pre-sales for so many entertainment tickets. There are now a record 5 F1 races in North America, so there’s potential for a lot of Amex benefits if you like to travel to attend a Grand Prix!

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Amex F1 car (photo credit: American Express)

 

Here are the details for each benefit, but there isn’t much information available since this is the first time these pop-up benefits are taking place in Montreal.

 

Maison Amex exclusive VIP lounge — Montreal F1 Amex benefits

Amex pop-up lounges give you an experience like the VIP airport lounges but off-airport! This is the only benefit you can enjoy in downtown Montreal, so no F1 ticket is required.

But a premium Amex card is required. I’ll be there myself on Saturday.

 

Trackside lounge — Montreal F1 Amex benefits

This seems like the best benefit directly on the F1 site — an exclusive trackside viewing experience, completely free (for card members and 1 guest). Unfortunately, there are no further details on what’s included.

The location looks perfect, right on the finish line (near grandstand 1). 

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Location of the Amex Trackside Lounge (photo credit: American Express)

 

On one hand, since it’s open to all Amex cardholders (even those who only have no-annual-fee cards), you’d think it’s probably not as cool as the Maison Amex pop-up lounge or VIP airport lounges. But on the other hand, F1 tickets are pretty expensive and most people there will probably have the good Amex cards.

But it’s in a great spot for sure! Maybe the view is the only attraction. Or maybe there’s free food too. No matter what, it will almost surely be a unique experience for those who can get there. 

Important if you want to take advantage of this fantastic benefit: you need to swing by the lounge to make a reservation in person during the race weekend to book a time slot for a session. I would go as soon as possible to get the most options.

Then, you’ll have to come back no later than 15 minutes after your reserved time slot, or they will cancel your reservation. You must also leave once your session in the trackside lounge is over.

A valid government ID is required to ensure the name matches the Amex card. There’s a limit of 1 time slot per cardholder per day, but you might be able to get more if you have more than 1 Amex card (like most travel rewards enthusiasts do, and rightly so).

 

Fan Zone experience — Montreal F1 Amex benefits

This particular activation kiosk promises “unforgettable experiences,” but these are not defined at all. This is the only benefit open to those without Amex cards, so it’s probably not that unforgettable.

It’s located in the official F1 Fan Zone during the 3 days of the race.

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Location of the Amex Fan Zone experience (photo credit: American Express)

 

Capacity is limited to 125 people at a time, so there might be a wait to access this zone as it’s open to all.

The opening hours are:

  • Friday: 8 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

 

Free race day essentials — Montreal F1 Amex benefits

This is called the Pit Stop, and Amex is offering free “race day essentials”, which again, aren’t defined. However, this is probably pretty useful!

It’s located at the very end of the hairpin turn (turn 10), between grandstands 15 and 24.

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Location of the Amex Pit Stop (photo credit: American Express)

 

Access is available to all Amex cardholders and 1 free guest. All you have to do is present your card. It also works on a first-come, first-served basis.

From what I’ve heard of these types of Amex events, I’m guessing there will be snacks or water bottles. There will probably be some branded goodies, like Amex bags or maybe earplugs, since it’s a race. This is just pure speculation, though.

The opening hours are:

  • Friday: 8 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

 

Free race radios — Montreal F1 Amex benefits

Amex is offering free race radios so you can access F1 TV’s live commentary and keep up with the latest developments during race weekend.

These radios are available at 4 locations around the circuit.

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Location of the Amex free race radios (photo credit: American Express)

 

All Amex cardholders can obtain these race radios. Once again, all you need to do is to show your card. There’s a limit of 1 radio per card member but as we said before, you may be able to  get more if you have more than 1 Amex card.

Finally, they say it’s “available while supplies last” but they also explicitly mention they might give some of these radios to non-Amex cardholders too, so I guess they have plenty of those.

 

Merchandise discount — Montreal F1 Amex benefits

Amex is offering a 10% discount on all in-stock merchandise purchases at participating F1 and Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve merch stores. 

There is no map of the stores, but my guess is that all merch stores inside the Grand Prix site are participating stores. The discount is only valid during the Grand Prix weekend.

Everyone with an Amex card can take advantage of this discount (excluding Amex prepaid/gift cards of course, like for everything else above). The logistics aren’t detailed, but in case it’s not an automatic discount for all purchases made with Amex cards, I’d ask the salesperson about the Amex 10% discount before paying if you want to buy anything.

 

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Summary

American Express benefits for the F1 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal are a great way to enhance your experience during one of the city’s liveliest weekends! Make sure not to miss these benefits if you’re at the race! It’s just another example of the unique benefits of Amex cards for travelers.

 

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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