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Although I personally prefer to use my points and miles for travel, fall is officially here and so is football season, and Chase Ultimate Rewards is currently offering exclusive experiences for both New York Giants and New York Jets fans to use their points for, or to pay preferential rates thanks to Chase’s sponsorship deals.
Tickets for football games are notoriously expensive and often hard to purchase as one-offs since a lot of people buy season passes and companies buy out boxes and sections for entertaining purposes, so I was interested to see that one of the latest offers via the Ultimate Rewards portal for Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders is for VIP tickets to see the New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium.
The packages cost 90,000 points or $900 for 2 people and include:
- Two Toyota Coaches Club tickets to a New York Jets game
- Access to 20,000 square-foot bar and lounge designed by premier restaurant and hotel architect David Rockwell (famous for spaces like Nobu and the W Hotels)
- A private, on-field deck five yards behind the Jets’ bench
- The opportunity to see the Jets players leaving the locker room to take the field
- All food and nonalcoholic beverages
- One parking pass for the day of the game
Note that if you are coming in from out-of-town, airfare, ground transportation and hotel accommodations are not included.
Even if the Jets aren’t your team, this is a good opportunity to catch them playing Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (on October 20), fellow division rivals, the Miami Dolphins led by Ryan Tannehill, or former Super Bowl Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers. While it appears that not all the upcoming home games are currently available as some have sold out, you can still choose from:
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Kickoff is at 1:00 pm.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
vs. New England
Kickoff is at 1:00 pm.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Kickoff is at 1:00 pm
The Toyota Coaches Club is located at field level and the seats are in the 50-yard line section in Section 111C on the east side of the stadium, so these are great tickets, especially when you consider how much parking and even a soda and a hot dog are at a football game!
Literally the hottest game of those on offer has to be the Patriots, who currently have an unbeaten record and are notoriously archrivals with the Jets. With Rob Gronkowski soon returning to the field and Brady leading the Pats against New York’s rookie Geno Smith, that should be an exciting match up.
With a new $1.6 billion stadium located in New Jersey that opened in 2010, the Jets and venue-partners the New York Giants are known for providing premier experiences for the up to 82,500 fans who attend. The average premium ticket is listed at $464.75, which is the second-highest in the league.
Surprisingly, the game against the Patriots is not yet 100% sold out, but there certainly aren’t any tickets left at the caliber of those being offered by Chase. I went on to Ticketmaster’s NFL Ticket Exchange (which is usually season ticket holders selling their tickets, and is safer than Craigslist or a ticket scalper, as the barcodes on those tickets are electronically validated to guarantee authenticity).
I found two sets of tickets in section 111C with Chase Club Access, one for $545 each on row 26, and the other for $778 each on row 19.
Another popular site for tickets is StubHub.com, and they also had tickets in the same section, but for a cost. I found some in 111C on row 11 for $717 per ticket, but if you want ones with parking, it is $774 each. Parking adjacent to the Club level typically costs $35, according to the New York Jets website.
Football games are not normally known for their fine dining, but with the buffets in the Toyota Club offering everything from sushi and salad to pizza, you don’t have to make do with burgers while tailgating in the parking lot anymore.
Depending on how much you eat, even if you went for basic grub inside the stadium it is inflated exorbitantly. Water at MetLife costs $4.25 a bottle, a small soda is $5, hot dogs are $5, Nonna Fusco’s Meatballs are $9, and nachos are around $10.
If you were to buy a pair of tickets for the StubHub price of $717 each, plus $35 parking, and two meals of a hot dog, nachos, soda and water each, that already comes to $1,517.50, and that is not taking into account the unlimited food and beverage options in the Toyota Coaches Club.
So the 90,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points gets you at least $1,600 value, or about 1.8 cents per point. That’s actually more than what you’d get redeeming them for travel with the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal’s pay with points option, which is just 1.25 cents per point, so using your points to pay for it is actually something to consider…if your wife or husband doesn’t mind you spending the equivalent 40,000-point sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred plus the 50,000-point sign-up bonus on either the Ink Plus or Ink Bold on a day of football. You could also just pay the $900 Chase is offering this experience at and save about $600. If you’ve got mountains of airline miles, then leveraging Chase points for these sweet NFL experiences might make the most sense.
Even before the game sells out, the tickets for that section on the New Jets website are listed as $700 per game, and many fans will opt for season tickets rather than the single game price. If you were to get a PSL (personal seat license) for the Toyota Coaches Club it would mean committing to a 5- or 15-year payment plans, with annual payments starting at $1,947 per seat (depending on location).
There is also a package to see the Giants play Green Bay on November 17, 2013 for 80,000 points or $800 at the Chase Club:
- Two Chase Club tickets to a New York Giants game
- Extra-wide, cushioned stadium seats with additional leg room
- Upscale food and beverage choices and services available (Food and beverages are available for purchase)
- An 1,800 square-foot, wine bar with lounge furniture and table service*
- Private east-side stadium entrance and private elevators and escalators to avoid the crowds
- One parking pass
If you are new to Chase Experiences, this is how it works:
- Log into the Ultimate Rewards portal
- Choose an experience or item
- Click Add to Cart to redeem now
- Pay with points or your Chase card
- For experiences, print corresponding voucher and turn it in at the destination
While I value Chase points at more than 1 cent per point so would opt to just pay, if you’re cash strapped and points rich these could be worthwhile redemptions. When looking, just make sure it makes sense to redeem for an experience or if it is better to hold your miles to redeem an award ticket that is a better value for you. Chase regularly updates with new auctions, so keep checking back if you don’t see something you like now
For more information on using credit card points for experiences, read my prior post: Leveraging Credit Cards And Points For Concerts And Experiences