Determining which card to use to buy event tickets such as concerts or sporting events can sometimes be easy or sometimes be hard. For example, American Express often has pre-sale events where you must use an Amex card to make those purchases. Other times MasterCard is running a promotion and you must use one of their cards. But when there are no obvious choices, what card do you typically use? Here are some options that come to mind:
- Citi Double Cash, Premier or Prestige, earning 2 Thank You Points per dollar
- Barclays ArrivalPlus, earning two miles per dollar which can be used to erase travel purchases
- Chase Freedom Unlimited, earning 1.5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar
- any card where you’re trying to meet the minimum spend
Now American Airlines wants to help you earn AAdvantage miles on top of whatever currency you’re earning with your credit card. They’ve teamed up with Vivid Seats, a ticket re-seller, to give you a minimum of 3 AA miles per dollar spent on the base ticket price.
As an example, for an upcoming NBA game here in Memphis, the cheapest tickets ranged from $10-14. For 2 x $10 tickets, you could earn 60 AA miles, or 3 miles per dollar. For 2 x $12 tickets, your $48 would earn up to 70 miles or at bit over 3 miles per dollar. It appears all mileage amounts are rounded up.
While this may not be an opportunity for everyone, it’s certainly worth a look the next time you’re looking for seats at an event in your area!