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Red Carpet Access with Chase Sapphire Preferred Experiences

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The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months as well.

If you’re a Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholder, you may already know that you have access to exclusive perks, special events and private experiences. These Chase Sapphire Preferred Experiences are generally pretty baller, but the latest one is especially amazing: a chance to walk the red carpet and attend the 67th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 20, then party like a TV star at the Governor’s Ball — all by using Ultimate Rewards points.

Now until September 7, 2015, Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders can use points to book special-access experiences at the Emmy Awards.

The featured Emmy Experience includes a welcome walk pre-reception on the red carpet in Downtown LA, orchestra level seats at the Staples Center, and a three-course, sit-down dinner at the Governors Ball, where you’ll rub elbows with celebrities ($1,500 or 150,000 points). Additional Emmy Experiences range from access to bleacher seats along the red carpet ($150 or 15,000 points) to an entire weekend of Emmy events including a sneak peek at rehearsal, a backstage tour, and hobnobbing with the glitterati at the Performers Nominee Reception ($2,200 or 220,000 points). The offers for these experiences end on September 7, 2o15.

The Points Guy attended the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 by redeeming points earned from his Sapphire Preferred.
The Points Guy attended the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 by redeeming points earned with his Sapphire Preferred.

If these Emmy Experiences are anything like TPG’s experience at the Sundance Film Festival, you’ll likely be feeling like a VIP from start to finish. There are several other kinds of Chase Sapphire Preferred Experiences offered each year:

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Exclusive dinners prepared by award-winning chefs in various cities can be booked with Ultimate Rewards points.

Private Dinner Series — These exclusive evenings include a reception and hors d’oeuvres, a multi-course meal with beverage pairings designed by a different James Beard Award-recognized chef, followed with an appearance by the chef and sommelier for a discussion of the evening’s menu. These dinners are offered in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and New York.

M life elite members of MGM Resorts, including the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, can get free cruises and other benefits.
The Belagio is among the hotels affiliated with Vegas Uncork’d, a Chase Sapphire Preferred event held in Las Vegas each April.

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit — Held each April in Las Vegas, this four-day event brings together celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and creative mixologists. Some of the Chase Sapphire Preferred perks include early access to the Grand Tasting, lounge access during the annual Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge, a cardholder brunch with a chef, and various culinary celebrity meet-and-greets.

Redeem your Chase Sapphire Preferred points for golf matches along the PGA Tour. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

PGA Events — As was announced back in May, Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders can redeem points for exclusive 2015 PGA Championship packages through Ultimate Rewards. The packages include daily grounds tickets, access to the Chase Sapphire Cardmember Club at the 15th hole and/or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Hospitality Chalet on the 18th hole, and multi-day hotel packages that include all of the above. The multi-year partnership between Chase and the PGA includes the 2015 PGA Championship held August 10-16 at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin, and the 2016 Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.

Want to spend Christmas at Radio City Music Hall? Redeem Chase Sapphire Preferred points, and you can! Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

VIP Holiday Experience — This one I can see being a family favorite. The holiday they’re talking about is Christmas, and the Experience is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York. There’s a special reception in the Roxy Suite that includes meet-and-greets and a meal, and then a skip-the-line escort to your seats.

Still not convinced that this card offers some great perks? Read TPG’s 5 Reasons to Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Now.

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named a 'Best Credit Card' for Travel Rewards by MONEY Magazine
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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