4th of July in NYC & Other New Chase Experiences

A few months back we reviewed the Chase Experiences program. Chase gives Sapphire Preferred, Reserve, and J.P. Morgan Reserve cardmembers the opportunity to get up close at sporting events, concerts, and culinary experiences. We found that some of these deals can be an amazing value, while others are overpriced and not worth a look. This week I got an email touting new Chase Experiences in the lineup, so I decided to take a look.

Seaport Summer: VIP Music Experience at the Festival of Independence

Are you still trying to solidify your plans for the 4th of July? Chase comes through for the win here. For only $40 or 4,000 Ultimate Rewards points, you’ll have VIP access to the first concert of the Seaport Music Series in Lower Manhattan. Your ticket includes complimentary food and beverage along with access to the VIP viewing lounge. If you plan to go, I’d recommend paying the $40 since you can typically get a much better value out of your Ultimate Rewards points. $40 for a night out in Manhattan is unheard of, so I’d say this is a great deal.

Sundance NEXT FEST: Downtown Los Angeles

Sorry West Coast readers, Chase dropped the ball on this one. The Chase Experiences portal is selling all access passes to Sundance NEXT for $150 or 15,000 points. The ticket includes access to all the events, a free drink voucher, and a free popcorn. Unfortunately, you can jump over to Sundance’s website and buy the same exact ticket for $150, minus the drink and popcorn. As a result, Chase isn’t really offering anything exclusive here.

2017 PGA Championship

Golf fans, Chase has a great deal for you. The 2017 PGA Championship is officially sold out, but Chase has you covered. Tickets are available for Friday play for $102 or 10,200 Ultimate Rewards points. Your ticket includes access to the grounds, plus the Chase Sapphire Cardmember Club. By comparison, the cheapest tickets available on the secondary market are selling for $185 right now, and don’t include Club access. The tournament is held in Charlotte, NC which is an American Airlines hub, so getting there should be a breeze. This can make a great Father’s Day gift!

Bottom Line

Like our previous review, there are some winners and losers here. I like that Chase is stepping up their game with experiences. This is a space that Starwood has dominated for a long time, and some healthy competition benefits us all. One thing these experiences all had in common is that using your Chase points was never a better option than cash. Have you been to a Chase Experience? We’d love to hear how it went!

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