How Chase is Helping Me Be The Best Uncle in the World With Their American Girl Package

by on May 29, 2013 · 15 comments

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I’ve written in the past about using credit cards and points  special experiences and just this week I snagged one that is going to make my 5 year old niece/goddaughter a very happy girl. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Ultimate page is offering “A Day at American Girl Place” for $255 or 25,500 Ultimate Rewards points. I chose to pay for it instead of redeeming points because its not too pricey and I’d rather use my points for travel where I get much more than 1 cent per point. Within 5 days of purchasing the experience, the packet had arrived in the mail by UPS with all of the information and vouchers that we’ll need for our special day.

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This Experience includes:

  • Two vouchers for a meal at the American Girl Cafe located within each store (Note: at least one adult must be present at all times). Lunch is usually $24/ person + tax, so this to me is worth ~$50.
  • A $130 American Girl gift card
  • A visit to the Doll Hair Salon ($25)
  • A sitting at the Photo Studio and a souvenir issue of American Girl® magazine with your child’s picture on the cover. ($35)
  • Girl and doll-sized souvenir American Girl t-shirts ($50)
  • A personal shopper for assistance (Free service)
  • Total value = $290.

So this actually isn’t the best deal in the world (and I just realized I’m going to fore-go the extra 1x point for dining that I would have gotten at the cafe using my Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card!) and I’m sure this master personally shopper will find a way for me to way exceed the $130 credit, but I’m still glad I bought it because it will take out guesswork and hassle on the big day. I’m already envisioning scenes of screeching children with their tricked out human-like dolls running around a bright pink store. This is also my first time taking my niece out in NYC by myself, so I’m glad we will have a personal shopper for adult supervision!

Since we have been planning this outing for quite a while I made sure to make our dining reservations about a month in advance since the more desirable time slots tend to sell out really early. Once I received the package I called to make sure the meal vouchers could be used for the date of our reservation. The representative was extremely helpful, answered all my questions and made a note in our existing reservation that we will have vouchers with us to cover the meal.

Have your doll sit with you during your meal in the cafe.

The things I will do to be a good uncle.

You can make reservations for the New York City cafe online here. Depending on your schedule for the day, you can go to the cafe for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. We chose to stop in for lunch after we do some damage in the American Girl shop and I was told to be sure to bring the doll to lunch so she can sit and enjoy the meal with us! I’m now imagining kindergarten sized chairs and princess tea cups- this will at least make for some good Instagramming, so follow me if you don’t already.

We’re also going to take advantage of having a personal shopper help up pick out the perfect doll. I submitted a request online with our desired date, time and location and was emailed back within a few hours by our personal shopper who confirmed our meeting time and where we should go upon arrival.

At the Doll Hair Salon your doll can get her ears pierced and relax with a Spa Deluxe Package, or a Pampering Plus Package.

At the Doll Hair Salon your doll can get her ears pierced and relax with a Spa Deluxe Package or a Pampering Plus Package.

Besides New York City, there are American Girl Places in Los Angeles and Chicago. Keep in mind, if you are coming from out of state things like airfare, ground transportation, and lodging are not included. Also not included is cafe gratuity,specialty drinks (i.e. Uncle Brian’s large glass of wine), meals other than expressly stated and any incidentals incurred and the experience can only be used for one adult and one child 6 and older.

Some other ultimate experiences being offered by Chase right now are Taylor Swift tickets for 10,200 points ($100), The James Beard Dinner Experience and some others for United cardholders, like  the Hank Haney golf series. 

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  • AvidReader

    One of the things that happen when you read a blog is you feel like you know the writer. You’ve change :) ya… these dolls are for spoiled kids… the price on these really makes them a rich girl doll. I have two ‘doll aged’ daughters and I would never get them these. I would much rather given them 25K UR points :)

  • thepointsguy

    Haha she has plenty of virtual UR points built up with me for future travel (can’t wait for her first trip to Paris) so I think the rich girl doll will score more points at this point. Whole it’s expensive, she’s amazing and to me- its more about the experience. If I can spend $900 on a business class fare to Santiago, I can spend $255 on my only niece!

  • A.J.

    Being an Uncle is awesome! Enjoy every minute of it. I do. And enjoy that big glass of wine!

  • Bocos

    Obviously this is what’s going to rock *her* world, and what a loving gesture and experience that she’ll remember for a long, long time. There’s nothing like having an uncle who loves you so much that he’s willing to put you first instead of ‘compromising’ for something you both like. She’s lucky to have you in her life.

  • Sara

    This is so sweet. What a lucky girl to have such a wonderful uncle! Have a fantastic time. I’m sure your niece will remember the day forever. Can’t wait to see the pics. :)

  • Jill

    Protip: Drink that big glass of wine AND pack a flask. Good luck – you’re a saint of an uncle!

  • Jeff Rose

    Ummmm . . . you do realize that the money transferred in the wrong direction, don’t you? Having two daughters and doing that store many times, I can tell you: You should be receiving the $255, not paying it. Sigh.

    But seriously . . . my girls love it and the food isn’t actually terrible.

    For anything thinking of buying this deal, keep in mind that the personal shopping is free to ANYONE who walks in the store (it is useful, as they can track down anything you want instead of having you hunt for it), and you don’t need to bring your doll to lunch — they have ‘loaners’ (and plenty of them) available right in the restaurant. The doll hair salon is a trip. As is the doll hospital. Oy.

    Keep in mind, too, that there is actually no men’s room on the floor where you eat — just family and womens. They hide the men’s room on the mezzanine level. Not that it gets much use.


  • thepointsguy

    Thanks for the tips- very useful!!

  • JM

    Enjoy your time with her! If she is anything like my great niece, she will be in heaven.

    And thank you for helping me be the “best aunt ever” to a very special girl. I am flying the two of us to Chicago so we can go to AG (and the Field, Shedd, etc) using Avios. Cost $10 plus 18,000 Avios. I applied for that BA offer from your site :-)

  • Silly

    Buy her some stocks instead. She will thank you when she is old enough to drive

  • ericmargel

    $50 for a tee-shirt??
    I call that getting tricked by a business
    That shirt’s hella dough

  • Brett

    ^ Comment of the year!

  • SW2

    Thanks for this link! We are headed to NYC this summer with my 8 Year Old twin girls who love A.G. (much to my wallet’s pain and anguish). We would have spent this much anyhow, so now they get to do some of the other stuff that we might have skipped otherwise! I’ve said for years that the AG Stores needs a separate “Dad’s Area” and I’m thinking Scotch and Cigars!

  • dee

    My girls are 22 and 25. They loved their AG dolls when they were little. The dolls, clothes, books and furniture are packed away in the attic for the next generation. You may be starting a family heirloom collection, Brian. My younger daughter and I cruised through the AG Place in NYC a couple of years ago watching the girls. It was fun.

  • Chris

    You do realize that this is NO deal! I called the store and told them about this “promo” and it’s the same price as them! They gave me a 20% military discount off of the $255 and I’m set. Use that military discount people!!!

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