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Summer days are here. With them come fun outdoor experiences, and thanks to Hilton, some might not even cost you any cash at all. If you’d like to enjoy live music on warm nights without tapping into your “fun money” budget, you can redeem your Hilton points for select lawn seat concert tickets as part of Hilton’s Lawn Days Summer Concert series partnership with ticket booking company LiveNation.
What artists can you see and where? Tap into your nostalgic side by catching blink-182, Brad Paisley, Breaking Benjamin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pentatonix, Rascal Flatts, Smashing Pumpkins, Third Eye Blind, Train, Wiz Khalifa and other performers at outdoor amphitheaters in Dallas, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Mountain View, San Diego, Charlotte and a number of other cities.
This is Hilton’s second year offering Lawn Days ticket packages at a flat rate of 10,000 Hilton Honors points per pair of tickets. That amount of Hilton Honors points is worth $60 per TPG’s latest valuations.
How to Book Concerts With Hilton Points
I’m thrilled I’ll get to catch Pentatonix in concert this year, and it’s even more exciting to do so without taking money out of my savings jar. The purchase process using Hilton points is pretty simple, although the website isn’t necessarily straightforward. The Hilton Honors Experiences landing page defaults to the auction-style opportunities, so you’ll want to click on “categories” toward the top right of the page and select the “Lawn Days” option.
Once there, you can filter by artist, state, venue or date. After you find your experience of choice, the site will prompt you to log in to your Hilton account if you haven’t already. You’ll then be directed to redeem your tickets points for tickets with a single one-button page. Here’s where wording can get a little bit tricky.
As you’ll see from the confirmation page below, the Hilton site says that you’re purchasing two (2, one pair) tickets with your 10,000 points. The landing page copy also specifies that you’re getting two tickets for 5,000 points each.
However, the site will ask you for the quantity you want, and if you select “2,” the number of points will not change from 10,000 points to 20,000 points. This can lead you to mistakenly purchase two sets of tickets, or four total, for 20,000 Hilton Honors points. (I can neither confirm nor deny whether I did this… although I may need to invite a couple more friends.)
Other than that, the booking process is extremely simple. You will receive an email confirmation immediately after clicking that “confirm purchase” button, which will include the redemption code you need to collect your LiveNation tickets. The confirmation will also include a direct link to the concert you’ve selected.
On the LiveNation site, you’ll enter the unique code toward the middle of the page, which will automatically zero out your cost to a juicy $0.00. Click on “Lawn – General Admission” to the right of the page, then follow the next few steps to claim your tickets. Note that if you select the electronic delivery option, you will not get an email confirmation and you will not receive PDF tickets; you’ll have to download the app and use that at the venue to gain admission.
That’s it! You’re all set. Don’t forget to pack a picnic blanket or lawn chairs, depending on the local venue guidelines, as you’ll literally be sitting on the grass for several hours. If you plan to travel to your concert destination, this could be a good time to double up on your Hilton Points redemptions by scoring an upgrade on your hotel room.
If you’d like to trade your points for activities but lawn seats aren’t exciting enough for you, you can try the auction-style experiences available for a starting bid rate of 10,000 points, including Paul McCartney or Ariana Grande concert tickets, or even travel escapes to Paris or the Great Barrier Reef.
Featured photo by Randy Holmes/Getty Images.
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