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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve
TPG reader Gail sent me a tweet to ask about VIP experiences through Chase:
“How do I find out when Chase Sapphire events become available so I don’t miss out?”
The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve Card routinely rank among my favorite travel rewards cards. Both offer lucrative benefits and transfer partners that get plenty of attention, but one of the less heralded perks is exclusive access to special events across the country and throughout the year. I’ve purchased packages to the Emmy Awards and Sundance, both of which offered great value and would have been tough to get otherwise. These events are in high demand, so it’s important to jump on tickets right away when they’re released.
Chase typically emails eligible cardholders about upcoming events, so your inbox is the first place you should look. You won’t get these messages if you’ve previously requested not to receive email solicitations, so ask Chase to put you back on the list if that’s the case. If you’re still not receiving those emails, check your spam folder to make sure they aren’t being diverted there. The announcements are decided internally by the marketing team and don’t follow any regular schedule, so just keep an eye out.
Chase also offers a fairly simple website where you can see upcoming events. The list is well-maintained, but I don’t blame you for not wanting to make it part of your browsing routine just in case a new event gets added. A better solution is to use a tool that tracks changes to search on your behalf and notify you when it detects new information. If you act quickly once you get an alert, you shouldn’t have trouble getting in on a deal.
You can use that same strategy to monitor the individual events (like Vegas Uncork’d); that may give you a head start if those sites are updated before the main Chase events page. Some of the packages allow for cancellations, so it’s worth continuing to check even if the event you’re interested in is sold out.
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With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.
- 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 Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 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