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Use Points and Miles for Super Bowl LII Packages

Jan. 09, 2018
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Super Bowl LII is now less than a month away, with kickoff scheduled for February 4 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. With my Atlanta Falcons surviving through the first playoff weekend, I began to look for outside ways of using my credit card perks or points to score a ticket to either the game itself or perhaps even one of the complete travel and ticket packages card issuers and loyalty programs often put up for bid.

If you happen to have hoarded Marriott points for the last several years or put six figures of spend on your Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express in 2017, you just may have a chance at finding yourself at the game next month.

Barclaycard NFL Extra Points

If you're a diehard NFL fan, the NFL Extra Points Credit Card with your favorite team's logo on the card could be a logical choice. The card earns 2 points per dollar spent on NFL DirecTV and team purchases, including those made in-stadium, at NFLShop.com and at team pro shops, and earns 1 point per dollar spent elsewhere. If you happen to spend enough to earn 175,000 NFL Extra Points, you can redeem them for two upper-level tickets to this year's Super Bowl. That's an extraordinary amount of spend to put on a card that only earns 1x points on the majority of annual expenses, so I can't say I'd recommend going this route.

Marriott

Courtyard Hotels is the official hotel chain of the NFL, so it's not surprising that Marriott Rewards Moments has three different packages up for bid. One's already closed, and the other two start at 1.3 million and 1.5 million Marriott Rewards points as of publish time. The packages include two tickets to the VIP Party at Vikings House presented by Courtyard on February 2, two suite tickets to the game, three nights in a Marriott property and round-trip airfare for two. Act fast, bidding for the last package ends January 10 at noon EST.

Starwood Preferred Guest

SPG Moments is auctioning off two Super Bowl packages, each consisting of two tickets to a suite with food and drinks during the game, a three-night stay at a Marriott property (remember the merger), two tickets to the VIP Party at Viking House presented by Courtyard, round-trip airfare and transportation to and from the hotel for the duration of your stay. Both auctions end January 10 at 11am EST, and the bids stand at 560,000 and 580,000 Starpoints for the two packages.

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Based on the latest TPG valuations, 580,000 Starpoints are worth $15,660. The cheapest Super Bowl tickets on Stubhub are currently $4,400 each and you can still get hotels and flights for cheaper than the remaining $7,000 this package is worth. I don't recommend redeeming this many Starpoints for the package, unless you somehow find yourself in possession of a few million Starpoints.

United MileagePlus

If you're approaching 600,000 United miles in your account, two tickets to the game along with round-trip United economy airfare, hotel and a rental car allowance can be yours via the MileagePlus Exclusives auction site. The auction runs until January 23 at noon CST, and the bid sat at 551,000 miles at the time of publishing this post.

Bottom Line

My account balances fall woefully short of the amount of points or miles needed to secure a travel package auction this year. These rates are so high that I can't recommend anyone use their points or miles in this manner — especially considering the free premium-cabin flights and hotel rooms you're giving up around the world in order to go to a single football game. That said, the only hope for the average Joe looking for tickets this year is winning a sweepstakes, like the Bud Light Super Bowl Tickets for Life contest.

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TPG featured card

Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023