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I recently watched the Denver Broncos host the Tennessee Titans on a cold night. Before the game, I was on the sidelines watching Broncos kicker Matt Prater warm up for his record-setting 64-yard field goal later that evening. I also had the opportunity to stand in the tunnel between locker room and the field as quarterback Peyton Manning and the rest of the team took to the field.
It was an experience that not many people get the opportunity to enjoy. But, if you have the NFL Extra Points card from Barclaycard, you can earn the field-level experience with 50,000 points. Cardholders earn one point per dollar spent on all purchases, or double points on purchases of NFL tickets or merchandise.
Cardholders receive exclusive access to experiences that vary from team to team. For example, Denver Broncos fans can carry the flag out onto the field for game day (35,000 points), receive a pre-game sideline pass (50,000 points), or play a round of golf with one of the players (100,000 points). Fans of the Indianapolis Colts can view cheerleader practices (15,000), attend the taping of the Colts television show (15,000 points), or have the mascot attend one of their events (75,000 points).
These rewards require a decent amount of spending. For example, you would need to spend $15,000 on your NFL card in regular purchases to earn the points needed to attend a cheerleader practice. It’s important to make sure you’re not spending yourself into debt to attain rewards.
However, these are experiences that are not available for purchase to the general public; they can be earned only as rewards using the NFL Extra Points credit card.
Unique Rewards Off the Field
The NFL Extra Points card is not the only credit card offered by a sports league. In fact, there are many other credit cards that sports fans will love. And using your credit card rewards for unique experiences isn’t limited to the realm of sports.
Other reward programs that feature unique experiences include the Starwood Preferred Guest program offers Moments by SPG where members can use their points to bid on exclusive experiences. Recent experiences include the chance to meet the cast from A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, a Broadway play in New York City, and taking a guitar lesson with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Likewise, the Chase Ultimate Rewards program offers its cardholders experiences such as chance to do laps in a stock car at the NASCAR racing track in Dover, Del. There, cardholders can enjoy the thrill of racing as both a passenger and a driver.
In the competitive field of credit card rewards, card issuers now have to offer customers more than just cash back, points, and frequent-flier miles. As the opportunities for cardholders to earn unique experiences from credit card rewards only increases, you never know when you will be offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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