Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hot Tickets for Cool Shows

The summer is filled to the brim with cool concerts. But, with that daily skinny vanilla latte, beach passes, and rising gas prices, it’s often hard find a way to finance that Britney concert that you’ve been waiting all year to attend.

Well, breathe easy. As it turns out, your best ally in helping to score awesome seats to this season’s hottest shows may be right in your wallet.

Most credit card companies have valuable rewards programs that offer cardholders incredible deals on airfare, dining out, shopping and just about everything else in between—including “event perks” that can allow you VIP access to hit summer concerts!

Three Cards That Offer Great Concert Perks

Below are three different credit cards whose reward programs have big bonuses for concertgoers:

Citi Private Pass is a free program for Citi credit and debit cards users that can provide special access and reduced prices for concerts. It offers presale tickets for Citi card members, allowing them the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. For some concerts, VIP packages are available that include extras like hotel stays, bottle service during the show and special video monitors in your section so you can peek behind the scenes and catch the action from different angles.
American Express has its very own ticket saving center directly on Ticketmaster’s website. AmEx’s Membership Rewards Program offers cardholders the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the general public and to select their tickets from a pool of premium seats reserved exclusively for American Express cardholders.

Chase Freedom and Sapphire cardholders are able to partake of the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, which allows members to use their points to score front-and-center seats at popular concerts, among other things. Points are earned for every dollar charged to the card and may be redeemed for special access to shows and events. Cardholders participating in the Ultimate Rewards program are given the opportunity use their reward points for special VIP tickets to select shows.

Research what your card can do by calling the issuer and asking for a list of benefits. Or visit the credit card’s website to get a list filled with easy-to-understand bullet points about the card’s perks. If you dont have a credit card yet, visit for ideas on where to start looking.

So if you’ve set your mind this summer on seeing if Willow Smith really can whip her hair back and forth, or want to see if Rihanna really does like S & M, your credit card may be just the ticket to getting you there.

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