If you’re not using your travel rewards to fly to the beach, consider redeeming your points for a concert on a cool summer night instead. Many loyalty programs are offering tickets to concerts by some huge artists this year, like country superstar Jason Aldean.
Here are some ways to spend your points on a concert this summer.
Hilton Honors Lawn Days
You can choose from concerts in over 30 destinations with artists like Train, Third Eye Blind, Rascal Flatts and Wiz Khalifa. If you’ve got some Hilton Honors points to spare from a Hilton-branded credit card or just from riding Lyft, you could use them to jam to the rock band Blink 182 or enjoy a serenade from the YouTube a cappella singing sensation Pentatonix.
Delta SkyMiles Music Festival Experiences
Delta SkyMiles members have the opportunity to bid on special experiences, including backstage access to concerts and VIP tickets to music festivals, all year long. This summer’s lineup features several impressive music festivals, including Bumpershoot Music Festival in Seattle, Music Midtown in Atlanta and Faster Horses Music Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan. Not to mention, you’ll get special access to lounges and exclusive viewing areas with many of the VIP packages.
You’ll need at least 10,000 miles to begin bidding on the cheapest concert (a Beatles tribute band) and more than 89,000 miles to even think about scoring a 4-day VIP pass to Lollapalooza, which features headliners Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots and the Strokes.
Marriott Bonvoy Moments
Marriott Bonvoy has a similar program that lets their loyalty members bid on exclusive experiences. This summer, you and a friend could see Khalid or Shawn Mendes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles from a luxury suite, which includes complimentary food and drink. If you happen to be in London this summer, catch a show at the iconic O2, where the Backstreet Boys are playing. You can start bidding on select concerts for as little as 15,000 points.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2020, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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