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Book the best concert or show tickets with credit cards

To the point Here's how to take advantage of the exclusive benefits offered by selected credit cards to get the best seats at shows.

Here’s how to take advantage of the exclusive benefits offered by selected credit cards to get the best seats at shows.

Best seats in town

As a concert and Cirque du Soleil fan, I often go to the United States or Europe for a weekend to see a show. But this can be very expensive. With credit card rewards points and benefits, I can take advantage of the best seats and reduce the total bill.

Here is a guide to attending concerts in Canada and around the world from the front row.

American Express Front Of The Line®

You may have already tried to reserve seats for a concert and within a few minutes, there were no more seats available.

With American Express Front Of The Line®, you get access to pre-sales for many shows, concerts and events. This way, you will be able to buy your tickets a few days before the general sale.

This benefit is available for all American Express credit cards. The only rule is to pay for your tickets with an American Express card.

To be sure you receive access to American Express Front Of The Line® news, I recommend signing up for the newsletter in your American Express account or signing up here. You can also find the list of events available for pre-sale on the dedicated page of Ticketmaster website.

Ticketmaster American Express

Good to know: If you want to go see a show in the United States, you should know that you can also benefit from this advantage on the American version of the Ticketmaster site. Even if you have a Canadian American Express credit card.

In this case, we recommend using one of the Scotiabank American Express credit cards. There is no conversion fee and you will save 2.5% in conversion fees.

Reserved seats

If you missed a pre-sale, you can also get seats reserved for American Express cardholders only.

To see the available seats on Ticketmaster, you must click on the filters in the upper right corner and select only Front Of The Line by American Express® Experiences reserved ticket.

Ticketmaster accès aux billets Avant première Amex

American Express cards offer other exclusive benefits at select venues such as the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, where Cardmembers can use the American Express private entrance in addition to lounge access.

RBCxMusic

The RBCxMusic program provides tickets that are only available to RBC clients. In addition to getting exclusive seats, you will receive a $10 Concert Cash discount code for your next purchase. Each code allows you to obtain up to 4 tickets.

How RBCxMusic works

There are a few steps to get the discount code, but the process is simple. Go to the RBCxMusic website.

RBC x Musique filtres

Select the event you are interested in and click on Filters and then RBCxMusic Tickets.

Filtres RBC X Musique

Then click on this blue hyperlink. The message below will appear.

Billets RBC x Musique

Click on “Get your unique offer code to unlock RBCxMusic tickets”.

Then, on the next page, select ” I am an RBC client ” and ” Continue “.

Je suis un client RBC

Enter your RBC Online Banking credentials and click”Sign In“.

Identifiants RBC

Verify the information and click on”Continue“.

RBC Concert Cash

Your unique six-digit code will appear on the screen. Click on”Copy code“.

Code unique RBC

Return to the Ticketmaster event page window and paste the six-character alphanumeric code into the blank area.

Click on the unlocked padlock icon. There you go ! Reserved seats are all yours !

Marriott Moments

Marriott Moments offers tickets to a variety of events such as concerts, festivals and sporting events as well as culinary experiences. Some experiences are available for a fixed number of Marriott Bonvoy points and others through a bidding system.

Marriott Moments

Marriott has partnerships with several concert halls around the world. For example, there is the O2 Arena in London, the Madison Square Garden in New York or the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai. It is a great opportunity to live an exceptional moment during a trip.

For example, you can book tickets to see DJ Hardwell in Dubai for 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for 2 tickets with premium seats.

Marriott Moments dubai

Priceless Mastercard

Mastercard’s Priceless site also offers unique experiences, preferred seating or discounts on exclusives activities. For example, you can get 15% off Cirque du Soleil shows in Canada and 20% off in Las Vegas.

Corteo Mastercard Priceless
Place privilégiées Disney

Recommended credit cards

Here are the credit cards that we recommend to book tickets for shows as well as for your trip, to pay your :

  • Hotel
  • Flights
  • Reservation of concert tickets
  • and also avoid foreign currency conversion fees!

The HSBC World Elite Mastercard ticks several of these boxes. Thanks to it, you have :

  • Priceless Mastercard benefits and experiences for multiple concerts and events
  • No foreign currency conversion fees (2.5% savings on each transaction)
  • 6 points per dollar for travel purchases (i.e. 3% return)
  • $100 in annual travel credit
  • Points can be used against any travel expense (airfare, hotel, Airbnb … )
  • Insurance coverage
  • Mastercard = accepted worldwide

Another popular card saves money on concerts and your getaway. With the Scotiabank Gold American Express Card, you get:

  • Access to American Express Experiences
  • No foreign currency conversion fees (2.5% savings on each transaction)
  • Points redeemable for cash back on any travel purchase (airfare, hotel, etc.)
  • Holds good travel insurance
  • Low income required to subscribe
  • Concierge service

Bottom line

In addition to opening up benefits to get the best tickets or new experiences, credit cards can help you reduce the cost of your trip with points!

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