Exclusive, limited-time perks for cardholders

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Credit card rewards programs on premium cards often have exclusive, limited-time offers for cardholders. American Express, Visa Signature, MasterCard WorldPoints, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi Private Pass offer access to special events, preferred-seating tickets to concerts, or exotic vacations. Here are some of the current offers in the rewards programs.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Program: Citi Private Pass

Event: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Where: Connecticut, Tennesee, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina

Event dates: multiple dates throughout November and December

Cost: Price varies for preferred tickets

Details: First airing in 1964, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” has become a beloved Christmas. Now, 50 years later, something magical is happening as the beloved classic soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters as they come to life.

  • As a Citi cardmember, you have the special opportunity to purchase exclusive Preferred Tickets, special "best-in-house" tickets being held just for cardmembers.
  • See CitiPrivatePass.com for complete list of dates, prices and passcodes
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Walking With Dinosaurs

Program: Citi Private Pass

Event: Walking With Dinosaurs

Where: Valley View Casino Center, San Diego

Event dates: Nov. 26-30

Cost: starting at $18

Details: After a worldwide tour seen by over 8 million people in 217 cities, the stunning theatrical event Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular is back! Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 20 life-size dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus Rex.

  • Cardholders can enjoy special, reduced-price tickets for a number of showtimes, but must purchase by 10 p.m. PT on Nov. 24, 2014.
  • See CitiPrivatePass.com for complete list of dates, prices and passcodes
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Program: Citi Private Pass and Visa Signature

Event: Amaluna from Cirque du Soleil

Where: Under the Big Top at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

Event dates: Opens Dec. 11, 2014

Cost: $40-$140 per VIP ticket (your 16-digit Citi Visa card number is your passcode at time of purchase)

Details: Citi Visa cardmembers have the opportunity to purchase exclusive VIP tickets to see Amaluna from Cirque du Soleil presented by Visa Signature in association with Citi. Each VIP ticket includes access to the following:

  • Best-in-house reserved seating including access to a select number of front row seats
  • Concessions voucher for a complimentary bottled beverage and a popcorn

Dallas Stars tunnel visit experience

Program: Citi Private Pass

Event: Dallas Stars tunnel visit experience

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas

Cost: $99; use your Citi credit or debit card to buy tickets

Event dates: Dec. 6

Details: Citi cardmembers have the unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes look as the Stars exit the locker room and retake the ice for the next period. Get closer to the Stars than you ever have before! Each ticket includes:

  • One lower-level ticket
  • Access for one to Tunnel Visit Experience
  • One VIP gift bag

Flight simulator experience

Program: Chase Ultimate Rewards

Event: Flight simulator experience for one, presented by Chase credit cards

Where: Anaheim, CA

Cost: 8,800 points or $88 on your Chase card

Event dates: Year round, by appointment. 3-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Details: Imagine speeding through the air, piloting a military fighter jet-without ever having to leave the ground! Climb aboard a full-immersion military flight simulator for a 40-minute adrenaline rush like no other. Your experience for one includes:

  • 40 minutes of flight simulator time
  • Use of military aviation flight suit
  • Pre-flight briefing by a flight instructor
  • Instrument and control orientation
  • Flight time in a full-scale flight simulator
  • Radio communication with other pilots and control tower
Photo of barn surrounded by vineyards

Complimentary Sonoma County wine tasting

Program: Visa Signature

Event: Complimentary wine tastings at Sonoma County wineries

Where: Sonoma County, CA

Event dates: Now through Dec. 31, 2015

Details: Enjoy two unique complimentary tastings per cardholder at more than 60 wineries when you present your Visa Signature card. Each winery offers a different unique wine tasting experience.

  • Savings on wine purchased same day in tasting room and non-wine purchases
  • Savings on reserve tastings and special wine-and-food pairings
  • Complimentary tasting details and benefits vary by winery and you may wish to call ahead to confirm winery benefits

Weekend group surfing class

Program: Chase Ultimate Rewards

Event: Weekend group surfing class for one, presented by Chase credit cards

Where: Bolinas, CA

Cost: 7,900 points or $79 on your Chase card

Event dates: Saturdays and Sundays, year round, subject to availability and inclement weather.

Details: Paddle out for a fun weekend of surfing lessons and open the door to the exciting world of surfing. These first-time surfer classes focus on surfing rules, safety, paddling and wave-riding fundamentals. The class size is limited to three to six people to ensure you receive the personal attention you need to develop your surfing skills. Your experience for one includes:

  • Two 90-minute surfing sessions over the course of a weekend
  • A surfboard for class use

Scenic glider ride

Program: Chase Ultimate Rewards

Event: Scenic glider ride for one, presented by Chase credit cards

Where: Boulder, CO

Cost: 12,800 points or $128 on your Chase card

Event dates: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, year round, subject to availability and inclement weather.

Details: Soar high above Boulder, Colorado and the surrounding area in a glider. After climbing high above the Front Range, your high-performance sailplane will glide freely and silently while you enjoy spectacular views of the Continental Divide, Flatirons and the University of Colorado. You will sit in the front seat of a two-seat glider, with your pilot seated behind you. This experience for one includes:

  • A 15-minute flight for one in a two-seat glider high above the Front Range
  • All necessary safety equipment
Gourmandise School cooking class

In-home Cooking Class with the Gourmandise School

Program: Citi Private Pass

Event: In-home Cooking Class with the Gourmandise School

Where: Los Angeles

Cost: $500

Event dates: Ongoing

Details: The Gourmandise School will send a chef to your home to prepare a romantic dinner for two or a friends and family dinner for four:

  • Choose from 10 different menus
  • All food is brought by the chef from local farmers markets.
  • Bottle of California wine from Venokado, the West Hollywood wine and gift store
  • Two- to three-hour experience, including one-and-a-half-hour cooking class.
  • Chef cleans up!
Man hiking sand dune near Morro Bay

Morro Bay kayaking and hiking

Program: Chase Ultimate Rewards

Event: A Day of Kayaking, Hiking, and Feasting for Two

Where: Morro Bay, Calif.

Cost: 21,900 points or $219 on your Chase card

Event dates: Daily. Start time is 9 a.m.

Details: Take in the wonders of Morro Bay with a paddle in hand as you kayak your way through pristine waters. Your experience for two includes:

  • A 2-2 1/2 hour kayak experience for two in a small group (maximum of 12 people per tour)
  • Exhilarating hike through the dunes with views of the Pacific Ocean
  • Gourmet picnic provided during the hike, complete with fine wines and locally brewed beers
  • All necessary equipment
Dune buggy in the sand

Mini Baja Chase

Program: Chase Ultimate Rewards

Event: Mini Baja Chase for One

Where: Las Vegas Dunes Recreation Area, 17 miles northeast of Las Vegas, NV

Cost: 25,900 points or $259 on your Chase card

Event dates: Daily tours, with pick-ups happening hourly between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., daylight permitting

Details: Come take a fast-paced ride that you won't soon forget in a mini-Baja dune buggy racer. This experience includes

  • A 30-minute dune buggy experience for one person
  • Round-trip transportation to and from resorts on the Las Vegas Strip
  • All necessary equipment
  • Park entrance fee
chase bulldozer

Dig This!

Program: Chase Ultimate Rewards

Event: Dig This! An hour-and-a-half bulldozer drive

Where: Las Vegas

Cost: 28,800 points or $288 on your Chase card

Event date: Ongoing daily with openings at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Details: With the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced instructors, you will be successfully operating a bulldozer in less than 10 minutes on a course that will take you through a series of activities where you will move mountains, dig trenches and test your hand-eye coordination by stacking rocks in a pyramid and so much more.

  • Participant must be at least 18 years of age
  • It is recommended to request bookings at least two weeks in advance
  • Subject to availability and inclement weather

Kapalua, HI

Program: Visa Signature

Event: Kapalua On-Going Benefits

Where: Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii

Cost: Discounts

Event date: Now through Jan. 1, 2015

Details: Benefits for golf, lodging and spa, including

  • Book tee times up to 60 days in advance for the Bay and Plantation courses
  • 10 percent discount on green and cart fees and registered guest rates
  • 10 percent discount on golf instruction
  • 15 percent discount at Ritz-Carlton Kapalua or Kapalua Villas
  • 10 percent discount on spa services at Ritz-Carlton Spa
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