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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 Rewards.com 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.
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.
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.
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.