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The credit card perks you should know about for festival season

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It’s music-festival season and some credit card issuers are taking the opportunity to expand their offerings to cardholders, with exclusive perks that could be music to your ears — and wallet.

American Express, Chase, Citibank and Capital One are all offering unique music-related perks to some cardholders across the U.S. And many could benefit music festival-goers, including those headed to Coachella, Outside Lands or Outlaw.

Continuing the latest trend of offering more perks that are also bottom-line friendly, these perks are also meant to provide unique value for cardholders in an increasingly competitive credit card rewards space.

Want to know more?

What perks are being offered?

Here are a few examples.

  • American Express: At Coachella, American Express will be offering all eligible cardholders perks, including a one-time $20 statement credit after spending $100 at eligible merchants at the festival, and access to a special lounge on festival grounds for eligible cardholders (plus up to two guests).

Platinum Card® from American Express cardholders and Centurion members can also gain access to Amex’s Platinum House, at The Avalon Hotel Palm Springs, during the festival weekend for perks like exclusive performances, acupuncture and massage, a sculpture garden and more.

  • Chase: “The Sapphire Lounge presented by Chase” will be back at Outside Lands in San Francisco, offering a space for Chase Sapphire Preferred® and Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders (plus one guest). Last year, lounge visitors got to enjoy food, drinks and an elevated stage view during the festival.
  • Citibank: Citi Entertainment already allows Citibank credit cardholders access to presales for event tickets, including concerts, throughout the year. And this festival season, Citi cardholders can purchase Outlaw Music Fest tickets set aside exclusively for Citi cardholders.
  • Capital One: Through May 31, 2020, Capital One® Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card holders can get double the cash back on tickets to eligible events, including music festivals, purchased through Vivid Seats. So if you purchase a music fest ticket through Vivid Seats, you could get 8% cash back.

What should cardholders keep in mind?

If you’re an avid music festival-goer, the trend in exclusive music-related credit card perks could be a great way to enhance your festival experience. But before you head out to the festival grounds, it’s a good idea to think about whether you were already planning to make a purchase, so that you avoid spending just to take advantage of perks like these.