Your Amex card could score you 'Hamilton' tickets

How to Score Cheap Tickets

Are you itching to see the Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton"? If so, here's your chance.

American Express is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Membership Rewards program by offering its Anniversary Collection of entertainment, sporting and dining experiences to cardholders. That includes tickets to Broadway's "Hamilton" live in New York's Richard Rogers Theater, the issuer announced on Thursday.

Cardmembers can purchase a pair of tickets for 55,944 points, which roughly amounts to $560 in points, given each one typically translates to one cent towards gift cards, merchandise and travel reservations. Cardmembers can use partial points and pay the balance in cash.

As you may have heard, tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical are hard to come by, with premium seats currently priced at $849 at the box office, according to the New York Times. (Secondary market prices can actually run much higher.)

Other opportunities within American Express's promotion include a private dinner inside the Galleria dell'Accademia, in Florence, Italy, home of Michelangelo's "David," and a football autographed by NFL great Joe Montana. These and other rewards are currently available using cardholder's Membership Rewards points on a first-come, first-serve basis on American Express's website.

As part of the 25th Anniversary promotion, American Express will contribute to the Make-A-Wish foundation by donating 25 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, and cardholders can use their Membership Rewards points to do the same.

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7 ways to save money at Coachella, Lollapalooza and other music festivals
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7 ways to save money at Coachella, Lollapalooza and other music festivals

1. Start a Savings Plan

Starting a savings plan sounds simple enough, but motivating yourself to cut costs throughout the year to accommodate for a weekend at Coachella takes discipline.

The easiest way to save up money for music festivals is to set up automatic deposits to drop funds into a savings account. Schedule a deposit of $25 for 12 months and you’ll have $300 in the bank to cover admission costs.

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2. Pick Up a Side Gig

If you’ve already purchased tickets and your bank account is hurting, it’s time to pick up a side gig for a few weeks — or longer. Even if you’re working full time, you can pick up a part-time job for a few months to help recoup costs.

If you have a special skill or talent, it’s time to put it to work with freelance gigs and contract work.

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3. Buy Tickets Secondhand and Share

While many third-party vendors online might rack up prices for sold out passes, you might be able to pick up discounted or at-cost passes on Craigslist. Oftentimes, you might even hear of a friend or Facebook friend who’s changed their mind about attending a music festival and are looking to sell off their pass.

You can also take advantage of pre-sale tickets and early bird specials by signing up for email updates through the music festival’s website.

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4. Bring Your Own Food and Drinks

Food and drink costs are sky high at music festivals. Pool together funds with your friends for refreshments and meals and do a grocery run on your way to the music festival or the night before.

Peanut butter and jelly might not be glamorous, but it’ll save you time and money when you’re running to catch an act on the festival grounds. Because you can’t bring in outside food or drinks at the festival, eat a big meal beforehand and plan ahead for meals throughout the day.

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5. Rent Campgrounds and Couch Surf

Whether you’re headed to Coachella, Lollapalooza or SXSW, finding an affordable place to stay can be difficult. Look for opportunities to camp away from festival grounds and split costs with a lot of friends.

Renting a van or RV and parking near the venue can also help you cut costs, while couch surfing can be a good option if you’re traveling alone or with one other friend. Look to sites like to find cheap places to stay.

Proper lodging, like an apartment rental off Airbnb, can be expensive, as many rentals jump in price during festivals. If you’re really looking to party on a budget, come to terms with the fact that you’re not liable to have access to air conditioning — or a shower at that.

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6. Carpool, Bus and Bike

Coachella is 45 minutes from Palm Springs, Calif., so an Uber can be expensive. Look for local carpooling services and reach out to concertgoers. If you have a friend or a friend of a friend that lives locally, offer to pay them for a ride to and from the venue.

Festivals will often have shuttle services. Even if you’re some ways off from the venue, you can bike or take a bus to a shuttle stop, helping cut your costs.

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7. Become a Music Festival Volunteer

Every festival needs its share of volunteers. Whether you’re headed to Lollapalooza or SXSW, you can sign up to be a volunteer. While getting picked as a volunteer is a gamble at best, if you manage to land a gig you can get steeply-discounted prices or see acts for free during your off hours.

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Getting Access

American Express isn't the only issuer to offer exclusive access to events and experiences. Citi's Private Pass program features preferred tickets to concerts and exclusive access to sports and dining events. And the World MasterCard Priceless Cities program includes numerous dining, shopping and sports experiences and discounted tickets in cities around the world.

By looking beyond the typical rewards and benefits offered by your credit card, you can sometimes find once-in-a-lifetime opportunities you may not have considered.

If you don't carry a rewards credit card and are thinking of getting one, it's a good idea to know where your credit stands before you apply so you'll know whether you may qualify for a particular product. You can view a free summary of your credit report, along with two free credit scores, each month on Keep in mind, rewards credit cards generally best serve those who don't carry a balance — otherwise, all those points, miles and cash back will simply be lost to interest. (You can learn more about the best cash back rewards credit cards in America here.)

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