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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.

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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.

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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  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
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Cons

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
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  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
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Rewards Rate

6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

    Earn 100,000 points
    75,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $125
  • 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.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees