For a music lover, nothing beats the feeling of being at a concert in person. The music, the vibe and the (small) chance of meeting your favorite band in person is priceless. But the difficulty and cost of getting into the good seats can put a damper on the concert experience. Many top billing concerts reserve the prime seats or locations for exclusive customers, making these tickets hard to come by. But although back row tickets tend to be the rule of thumb, there are ways to get around these concert hazards (as with all rules) and get a whole lot more out of your live experience.
The key to that impassable door comes in the form of a sliver of plastic. A handful of exceptionally helpful credit card issuers and rewards program creators have included perks on credit cards that entitle you to exclusive or early access to purchase tickets for live events, including concerts. Just using the right credit card can help you get to those coveted front row seats! On top of that, you may get additional perks like priority entry and even backstage access.
For example American Express® Card Members enjoy exclusive access to tickets for concerts and other live events before the tickets become available to the public. American Express also provides discounted concert tickets from time to time.
Citi cardholders can score good tickets (and concert perks) through Citi® Private Pass®.
If you hold a Chase credit card, you can get access to unique events through Inside Access, though these events tend to be limited and somewhat exclusive (classical, country). New York residents that hold a Chase card can also access a broad range of great concerts organized by the Madison Square Garden Company.
Here are our top picks of credit cards for concerts:
|Credit Card||Features||Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Why we like it||We least like||Credit Required||Related links|
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
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Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 12 months
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0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers
|Related Links Read our review of Chase Freedom® or view more details of Chase Freedom®. See more Chase credit cards.|