Use Your Points or Credit Card Perks to Join These Top Super Bowl LI Events
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The 51st Super Bowl is now less than a month away, with kick-off scheduled for 5:30pm on February 5. If you hold select travel rewards cards, you could be eligible for a variety of NFL-related perks on and leading up to that much-anticipated Sunday. And if you're drowning in Marriott points, you might even be able to nab a deluxe VIP package to the event itself. Best of all, some of these benefits and events don't even require traveling to this year's host city, Houston, TX.
If you hold the United MileagePlus Explorer Card, the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card, the United MileagePlus Club Card, the United MileagePlus Club Business Card or another United co-branded card from Chase, you have access to a variety of events in both Houston and New York City.
Most of the action will go down in Houston, with four events scheduled over three days. On February 3, Chase will host a talk with former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson, complete with photos and dinner at Reef Restaurant. On February 3 and 4, eligible cardholders can purchase tickets to a private dinner with chefs Bryan Caswell, John Besh and Rebecca Masson — there's no over football tie-in, but if you'll already be in town for the big game, it could be worth checking out. On February 4, Chase will also host another "chalk talk," this time with former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw. And on Super Bowl Sunday, cardholders can pay to join a private tailgate-style party at Reef Restaurant. All events cost $100 per person, and tickets go on sale as early as January 10 (check the event you're interested in for the exact date). Note that each event has a capacity of just 100 cardholders, so act quick if you're interested.
Cardholders in NYC don't have as many events to choose from, but Chase will be hosting a party and meet-and-greet with Wayne Chrebet and Nick Mangold on January 28. Tickets are on sale now for $100 a pop, and the capacity is just 100 guests, so don't wait too long if you're interested.
Have more than a million Marriott Rewards points to spare? You could bid them for a VIP Super Bowl LI package on the Marriott Rewards Experiences Marketplace, including four suite tickets to the game, lunch for four people with a current NFL player, four tickets to the Marriott Rewards Lounge, two hotel rooms for a three-night stay and round-trip airfare for four. As of publish time, the bid is up to a cool 1,402,500 — equal to $12,622.50 based on TPG's latest valuations. That's no small sum, but considering that tickets are starting at $4,270 on StubHub, it's not necessarily a bad deal when you factor in the cost of travel and accommodations. Bidding ends on January 10, so make sure to keep tabs on the auction page if you're interested.