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This is one of our last articles all about credit card features and services, and perhaps the most informative for those who enjoy entertainment perks. We’ve brought you articles on credit cards that offer travel perks, 24/7 assistance, and even those that offer shopping protection.
With spring comes countless concerts, music festivals, performing arts, entertainment parks, and vacations. Here we give you our list of personal-use credit cards from our partners that offer entertainment perks and features – and we bet you didn’t know about most of them – you’re welcome!
Right off the bat, I noticed one negative with their Unwind program; this only applies to events and shows in the UK. If you fly overseas a lot this stipulation won’t really matter to you. Barclaycard teamed up with The Ticket Factory to offer a convenient location for Barclaycard card members to buy tickets, receive advance ticketing, VIP experiences, and fast-track entry at specified venues, and more.
Barclaycard Unwind has a Fee Free Friday where cardmembers pay no admin fees for event tickets booked on a Friday. You can also subscribe to their weekly newsletter so you’re one of the first to know about upcoming events.
Chase Exclusive Experiences
Chase Members have access to experiences like VIP access, sporting events, movie premiers, wine tastings, and more. Some unique experiences aren’t open to the public and can include red carpet appearances and even the possibility to land a walk-on role on a TV show. Cardholders simply redeem their rewards through Chase Ultimate Rewards for the experience of their choice.
Citi Private Pass
Citi offers a program exclusive to their cardholders called the Citi Private Pass, where cardmembers have access to exclusive events and experiences. Cardmembers will also receive offers through the mail or through their statements. Some of the events include concerts, theatrical performances, sporting events, festivals, and family events. Some events are even offered to Citi cardholders at no charge, but cardmembers are only allowed 1 complimentary event every 6 months. There’s no requirement to enroll and there are no fees to access Citi Private Pass.
American Express Entertainment Access®
Select American Express cards come with Entertainment Access® which provides you with exclusive access to ticket presales and cardholder-only events in a city near you. For example, you can get access to Broadway shows, concert tours, and family or sporting events. Subscribe to Entertainment Access® emails to stay in the loop with new offers. Also, there are often special offers during the U.S. Open. Read more about Entertainment Access® in our post.
Bonus Reward on Entertainment Purchases
Some cards offer bonus cash back on entertainment purchases charged to your credit card or discounts on entertainment purchases. The following are credit cards that are currently offering entertainment perks or benefits.
Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card -This rewards card is currently offering Earn 2X Points on Dining Out & Entertainment and Earn 1X Points on All Other Purchases. Live performances, movie theatres, attractions, amusement parks, record and video stores, and cultural events are all considered a part of the entertainment category. Additionally, this card comes with a great bonus offer and an intro APR of 0% for 15 Months on purchases* on purchases and balance transfers. The on-going APR is 15.49% - 25.49%* (Variable).
NFL Extra Points Card – This card is perfect for the consumer that really knows how to rack up reward points and has a passion for football. Offered by Barclaycard, this card will earn you rewards that can be redeemed for VIP NFL experiences, game tickets, and more. What I like about this card is if you don’t have enough rewards to cover the cost of an NFL game ticket, you can finance that purchase with a nice intro 0% APR.
Any credit card that says Visa Signature on the front has entertainment benefits similar to the benefits offered from the above programs. Additionally, anyone who has a credit card that’s a MasterCard and says “World” on the front will have access to World Travel Experiences and Offers.