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Redeem Capital One miles for great deals on Major League Baseball tickets

April 04, 2022
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Redeem Capital One miles for great deals on Major League Baseball tickets
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When Capital One launched its Capital One Entertainment portal last month, there was some initial excitement. The launch came with some incredible deals for NCAA Men's Final Four tickets and concert tickets. There was also the promise of good things to come.

While I was skeptical, I've now been proven wrong with their deals on Major League Baseball (MLB) tickets for all 30 teams. This was first noticed by Frequent Miler.

It may take a bit of elbow grease to find a great deal, but we'll walk you through how to do it.

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Capital One Entertainment portal launches MLB tickets

You can use your Capital One miles to book MLB tickets. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Capital One Entertainment is a separate part of the main Capital One website. So, you can log in to your Capital One account to show your mileage balance as you shop.

I recommend logging in before starting your search, especially if you have a premium card such as the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card. Some of the opportunities are exclusive to certain cards, though the current MLB offerings appear to be available to most Capital One credit cardholders.

The current offer for MLB tickets is a pair of tickets for 5,000 miles each. Sections and dates available vary greatly, though.

Searching for Cardholder Exclusive MLB tickets on Capital One Entertainment

Once logged in, you'll be able to view all of the current cardholder exclusive offerings. Clicking on the "MLB Single Game Tickets" option will allow you to choose from any of the 30 teams and let you know which teams it thinks are closest to you.

(Screenshot from capitalone.com)

Once you select a particular team, you'll be presented with a view of available games. As of the date of publication, games for April and May are available (June 1 was the latest date we saw available).

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However, searching for the cardholder exclusive seats can be a challenge. Capital One has partnered with ticket exchange platform Vivid Seats to manage this arrangement.

Listings show cardholder exclusive opportunities and what looks to be the complete inventory of seats available on Vivid Seats for a particular game. In many cases, the 5,000-mile seats may have already been claimed by other cardholders or were never made available.

When selecting a specific game, if there are cardholder exclusive seats, they will be the only selection that pops up in your search, as shown below:

(Screenshot from capitalone.com)

Another hint that you've got the right seats is that the seat selection screen will show a message indicating "Cardholder Exclusive Tickets by Capital One."

(Screenshot from capitalone.com)

Tickets must be purchased in pairs, and it seems that four seats are the maximum number available for any one game. Once you select seats, the checkout process is easy and there are no additional fees.

(Screenshot from capitalone.com)

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Redeeming Capital One miles for Vivid Seats MLB tickets

If there are no cardholder exclusive seats available for a specific game, you'll be shown the standard Vivid Seats inventory for the game. It's important to understand that redeeming Capital One miles for MLB tickets through Capital One Entertainment is not a particularly valuable redemption opportunity.

Let's take a look. Because I'm a die-hard Yankees fan, we chose opening day against the archenemy Boston Red Sox. And, just for good measure, we chose Legend Seats to be close to the Yankees dugout.

(Screenshot from capitalone.com)

You should notice the text "Tickets Powered by vividseats." That's an indication that these are the standard cash prices charged by Vivid Seats, just converted to Capital One miles.

You'll get the same value for your miles across any ticket type in these examples, 0.8 cents each. Since TPG values Capital One miles at 1.85 cents each, this is a pretty poor redemption option comparatively speaking.

We tested the pricing on the Capital One Entertainment portal and Vivid Seats across numerous examples and found the same conversion rate on all tests. And on top of the ticket price, you'll still pay the service fees associated with ticket exchange platforms. In fact, we found the fees were a few bucks more on Capital One in many searches.

(Screenshot from capitalone.com)

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Bottom Line

As much as I love my Yankees and would love to be upfront to watch them crush the Red Sox on opening day, I'm planning on saving my 200,000 Capital One miles to redeem for another aspirational event: a cruise on the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser.

However, if you can find cardholder exclusive seats to see your favorite team, this can be an exceptional deal. I randomly searched roughly a dozen MLB teams' schedules for April and May and found cardholder exclusive seats for eight different teams. While some of the comparable ticket prices on Vivid Seats for the Capital One cardholder exclusive seats aren't expensive, the absence of all the fees charged by ticket exchange platforms saves a pretty good chunk of money for a family of four.

Redeeming Capital One miles for MLB tickets makes the most sense for folks with very large or very small balances of miles. If you have tons of miles you won't burn through soon, there's no harm in burning a few here. And, if you're very far away from a dream trip, you can still get value by cashing in your miles for seats to watch your favorite MLB team.

We expect Capital One to keep adding dates for later in the MLB season over the coming weeks. All in all, the first couple of weeks since the launch of Capital One Entertainment have definitely been positive.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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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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    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

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    $250
  • 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

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees