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Plenty of credit cards offer cash back rewards and frequent flyer bonuses. That's one reason why some credit card issuers try to lure new cardholders with once-in-a-lifetime arts and entertainment events. The spring season already has its first set of exclusive credit card experiences, thanks to American Express and Citi.

Citi treats L.A. fans to prime Prince seats

For the past few years, Prince has delighted fans and foiled ticket scalpers by unveiling last minute concert events in large venues. After successful gigs in New York and Oakland, Prince has announced three new concert dates at the Los Angeles Forum: April 14, 21, and 22, 2011.

Prince and Live Nation have partnered with Citi to offer some of the best seats in the house to Citi Visa and MasterCard holders through the bank's exclusive Private Pass program. Though Prince has capped ticket prices for most of the Forum's seats at $25, Citi card customers can avoid scalpers and secure premium seating by participating in Live Nation's pre-sale program.

AmEx sponsors DeNiro, Baldwin, Scorsese at Tribeca Film Festival

On the other side of the country, American Express plans a warm welcome for its cardmembers at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. As a founding sponsor for the annual film festival, the credit card issuer has maintained a marquee presence for all nine of the annual cinema celebrations. In past years, cardmembers have used their exclusive ticket pre-sales to guarantee prime seats for exclusive screenings, panels, and presentations.

For the festival's tenth anniversary, AmEx officials announced plans to reward cardmembers with special "thank you" gifts, even if they cannot attend the Tribeca Film Festival in person. All cardmembers will enjoy access to an online screening room with limited virtual "seating" for webcasts of selected films. Festival attendees can use their American Express cards to unlock a special digital download of a film to be released during the April event.

In addition, cardmembers can purchase tickets to a series of Tribeca Talks, intimate conversations with film and media personalities, including:

  • Robert DeNiro with Brian Williams
  • Doug Liman with Alec Baldwin
  • Souleyman Cisse with Martin Scorsese

Cardmembers and prospective account holders can review more American Express exclusive film events and benefits at AmExFilm.com.