Use Amex Points for Hamilton Tickets in Los Angeles and More!

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Amex Membership Rewards has launched a number of limited time special experiences that you can access using Membership Reward points from cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

These special offers are available on this site from August 10 – September 28, 2017, and include things like a private helicopter tour of the Hudson Valley, private wine tour and tasting, private golf lessons, time with a pro quarterback, sailing on the Chicago River, and even tickets to see the oh-so-popular Hamilton in Los Angeles.

I’ll jump to the chase and say that many of these experiences sound like a lot of fun, but unfortunately the return per point on the retail selling price is not great at about 7/10 of a cent in value per point. You can do much better with your Membership Reward points in many cases. However, if you happen to not have enough points in your account to cover the item, you can pay the difference in cash charged to your Amex card. That may still not be enough to get you excited about most of the items, but there is an exception for those wanting to see Hamilton in Los Angeles, as I believe scoring tickets at face value is really tough, even for the touring show.

Getting two orchestra tickets to Hamilton for $390.00 + tax (or about 59,000 points) via this offering is not terrible at all if seeing that show is on your wish list. I would rather pay the cash than use points at that rate, so I would try to buy from an account that didn’t have many Membership Reward points, if possible.

Many of the experiences are already available, but Hamilton tickets specifically are only available via a flash sale on August 15th and August 29th at 12PM EST for shows in Los Angeles on September 16th and October 21st, respectively.

Do you plan to try for Hamilton tickets or any other offerings using Amex Membership Reward points?

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Comments

    • Thanks Summer.

      Snagged a pair of tickets.

      I couldn’t find an option to pay without using my AMEX points. Fortunately I didn’t have too many.

      • Congrats! My understanding is you can only start to pay without points when you run out of Amex points, which is why buying from an account with limited points is a good strategy. You will have to use what you have got, but then you can pay cash for the rest.

  1. just to follow-up since I was a bit peeved I couldn’t simply pay the entire balance with cash.

    here are the terms when I tried to buy a different experience without any MR points in my account (and yes, I was logged into my AMEX MR account).

    “To redeem Membership Rewards points, you must have a rewards-eligible Card with at least 2 points available and your account must be registered online. Our records indicate that you are not currently enrolled in the Membership Rewards program or that your Card is not eligible or not registered online.”

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