If you have one of the many Capital One rewards credit cards, you have access to a lesser-known perk that can help you save time and money while accessing exclusive entertainment experiences.
Capital One Entertainment is a platform accessible to Capital One rewards cardholders that offers exclusive tickets and perks within entertainment categories including music, sports and dining events. Benefits range from presale access for in-demand concert tickets to the ability to book experiences with your rewards points and more.
Which Capital One Cards Are Eligible?
If you have an eligible rewards credit card from Capital One, you can access the Capital One Entertainment portal, where you can browse music, sports, comedy, theater and other unique experiences happening near you. Offerings include presale ticket access, exclusive cardholder experiences and standard ticket purchases that can be made with rewards.
Eligible cards include all Venture, Quicksilver, Savor and Journey credit cards, including:
Small business products, including Spark cards, also qualify. Co-branded card and debit card holders are not eligible for all perks, although some presales may be open to these cardholders, as well.
[Read: Best Rewards Credit Cards.]
How Capital One Entertainment Works
Capital One Entertainment operates its portal through a partnership with Vivid Seats, which allows it to broadcast thousands of tickets to music, sports and theater events.
When you access the portal, you can browse events by artist, type, location or filter to just cardholder-exclusive offerings. From there, simply add the tickets you want to your cart and check out using either your rewards balance or your eligible Capital One rewards card.
For some presale ticket events, you might access tickets via the Capital One presale page and a dedicated purchasing portal. Since these events are for cardholders only, you’ll still need to pay with your qualifying card to finish your purchase.
How to Redeem Your Rewards
One great perk of the Capital One Entertainment portal is the ability to use your rewards to cover the cost of your ticket purchases. After choosing the event and tickets you’d like, you’ll have the option to apply your rewards balance to all or part of the purchase at checkout. Any remaining balance must be charged to your eligible Capital One card.
Note that the value you get for your miles when redeeming this way might not be the best use of your rewards, especially for Venture cardholders. Be sure to do the math beforehand.
[Read: Best Cash Back Credit Cards.]
Best Cards to Use
All Capital One credit cards offer users the opportunity to access Capital One Entertainment, but some offer more benefits for using the platform.
For instance, both the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card and the Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card earn 8% cash back on purchases made in Capital One Entertainment, excluding presales tickets made through the presales portal and Capital One Dining purchases.
Both cards also reward other entertainment spending, with the Savor offering 4% back on entertainment purchases and the SavorOne offering 3% back.
While it’s true that the Savor cards offer the opportunity to earn more cash back when using Capital One Entertainment, you should also consider the additional value you’ll get out of the cards. If you know you’ll take advantage of the multitude of travel benefits on the Venture X Rewards Credit Card, for example, it still might be a better pick for you.
Capital One isn’t the only major credit card issuer to offer an entertainment portal. American Express, Citi and Chase each have similar offerings where cardholders can book experiences, including cardholder-exclusive events.
|American Express Experiences||
— Cardmember early access to ticket sales
— Cardmember-only access to events
— Invitation-only events for certain cardmembers
|All American Express credit cards, although perks may vary by card|
— Presale ticket access
— Exclusive cardholder experiences
|All Citi credit card holders with a Visa or Mastercard and Citibank debit cards with a Mastercard logo|
— Exclusive benefits like lounge access or presale access at sponsored events and venues
|Chase credit cards that earn rewards or cash back; co-branded cards are not eligible|
Your best choice will depend on the credit card that aligns most with your spending habits as well as the events you frequent. Take a close look at previous exclusive offerings from each platform to see which best fits your preferences.
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