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How Does LendingTree Get Paid?

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Get Special Entertainment Access with American Express Experiences

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If, as an American Express® cardmember, you’ve managed to rack up an impressive amount of Membership Rewards points, but don’t want to redeem them for airfare, hotel rooms or merchandise, consider using them for access to VIP and exclusive events in music, theater, sports and more under the Experiences program.

This program allows cardmembers to take advantage of presale tickets and special events, experiences and offers when you use your card to book them on the Membership Experiences website.

By Invitation Only® offers The Platinum Card® from American Express and Centurion® cardmembers customized experiences from sports, fashion, and fine dining to entertainment and performing arts that aren’t available to the general public. We’ll take a look at what each program offers. Terms apply to American Express credit card offers. See for more information.

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5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with
  • Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®. And if you fly, you can receive up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year after you select a qualifying airline and incidental fees are charged by the airline to your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. Plus Ups are excluded.
  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • $300 Equinox Credit: Get up to $25 back each month on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at select airports and stadiums.
  • $695 annual fee.
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How Does LendingTree Get Paid?

LendingTree is compensated by companies on this site and this compensation may impact how and where offers appears on this site (such as the order). LendingTree does not include all lenders, savings products, or loan options available in the marketplace.

American Express Experiences

According to the American Express card search page, all cards — except for The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express and The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express — come with Experiences. Instead, these two cards only come with Ticketmaster under its partnership with American Express.

American Express provides exclusive access to ticket presales and card member-only events, including Broadway shows, concerts, concert tours and sporting events, along with discounts. Sign up for Entertainment Access E-mails to be one of the first to know about upcoming events.

Examples of currently available experiences include:
  • Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, March through June 8, 2019.
  • La Tablée™ – A Celebration of the wines of the Northern & Southern Rhône, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2019.
  • General Admission and VIP Festival Passes to Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2, April 19-21, 2019.
  • Chicago Blackhawks 2018-19 Home Game Premium Tickets, through April 5, 2019.
  • Mean Girls, August Wilson Theatre, New York, through Sept. 8, 2019.
The Experiences terms and conditions state the following:
  • During the specified sales period, tickets are available exclusively to all American Express Card Members
  • Tickets must be purchased with an American Express Card
  • Offer subject to availability, not all seats are available and blackout dates apply.

By Invitation Only®

It’s understandable that American Express would reserve its best experiences for its top customers — and the Centurion®. One of those benefits is this program that offers exclusive access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences related to performing arts, fine dining, sports and more that are generally not available to the public. For example, events currently available include:

  • VIP Access to Grand Prix de Monaco, Monte Carlo, May 24-26, 2019.
  • La Paulée en Fête: Skiing, Burgundy & Champagne in the French Alps, March 18-22, 2019.
  • Exclusive VIP Access to Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, April 19-21, 2019.
  • Wimbledon VIP Centre Court Opening Experience, July 1-2, 2019.

Under the rules of By Invitation Only, transportation and accommodation costs are additional unless otherwise stated, with the price indicated covering event costs only. All sales are final and non-refundable, and resale is prohibited. Payment must be made using an eligible American Express card. Details and prices are subject to change, packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis and availability is limited.

Aside from tickets and events via Experiences, cardmembers can also participate in other entertainment-based programs. Platinum Card Concierge helps you find last-minute restaurant reservations or shop for exclusive and rare gifts. There is no charge for this service, but the cardmember is responsible for any shipping or purchased items or fees associated with meetings or even planning. Call 1-800-525-3355 and say “concierge.”

The Global Dining Collection can help with reservations at more than 1,000 of the most acclaimed restaurants in the United States and abroad. Participating eateries include Chef Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin in New York City and Chef José Andrés’ Jaleo in Las Vegas. There’s the chance to meet celebrity chefs at once-in-a-lifetime events and enjoy exclusive experiences such as kitchen tours, special menus and free beverages.

The bottom line

With all the benefits and perks that come with an American Express card, many cardmembers don’t always know they are only a website click away from taking advantage of presale concert and sports tickets and unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

American Express uses its partnerships and brand recognition to help cardmembers receive entrée into the hottest concerts, the best restaurants, top sporting events and the most unique entertainment opportunities. Log into your American Express account, check out the latest Experiences and consider booking an event in 2019.

To see rates & fees for The Platinum Card® from American Express please click here.