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Are you itching to see the Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton”? If so, here’s your chance.
American Express is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Membership Rewards program by offering its Anniversary Collection of entertainment, sporting and dining experiences to cardholders. That includes tickets to Broadway’s “Hamilton” live in New York’s Richard Rogers Theater, the issuer announced on Thursday.
Cardmembers can purchase a pair of tickets for 55,944 points, which roughly amounts to $560 in points, given each one typically translates to one cent towards gift cards, merchandise and travel reservations. Cardmembers can use partial points and pay the balance in cash.
As you may have heard, tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical are hard to come by, with premium seats currently priced at $849 at the box office, according to the New York Times. (Secondary market prices can actually run much higher.)
Other opportunities within American Express’s promotion include a private dinner inside the Galleria dell’Accademia, in Florence, Italy, home of Michelangelo’s “David,” and a football autographed by NFL great Joe Montana. These and other rewards are currently available using cardholder’s Membership Rewards points on a first-come, first-serve basis on American Express’s website.
As part of the 25th Anniversary promotion, American Express will contribute to the Make-A-Wish foundation by donating 25 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, and cardholders can use their Membership Rewards points to do the same.
American Express isn’t the only issuer to offer exclusive access to events and experiences. Citi’s Private Pass program features preferred tickets to concerts and exclusive access to sports and dining events. And the World MasterCard Priceless Cities program includes numerous dining, shopping and sports experiences and discounted tickets in cities around the world. (Full Disclosure: Citibank and American Express advertise on Credit.com, but that results in no preferential editorial treatment.)
By looking beyond the typical rewards and benefits offered by your credit card, you can sometimes find once-in-a-lifetime opportunities you may not have considered.
If you don’t carry a rewards credit card and are thinking of getting one, it’s a good idea to know where your credit stands before you apply so you’ll know whether you may qualify for a particular product. You can view a free summary of your credit report, along with two free credit scores, each month on Credit.com. Keep in mind, rewards credit cards generally best serve those who don’t carry a balance — otherwise, all those points, miles and cash back will simply be lost to interest. (You can learn more about the best cash back rewards credit cards in America here.)
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