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.

Woman dancing at luau

Authentic Hawaiian Luau

Program: MasterCard Priceless Cities

Event: Premium seats for an authentic Hawaiian luau

Where: Kohala Coast, HI

Event dates: Tuesdays and Fridays through Sept. 30, 2015

Cost: $96

Details: There’s no dining tradition more uniquely Hawaiian than the luau. Dating back nearly 200 years, these open-air parties remain a vital part of local culture today, and MasterCard cardholders can enjoy one from the best seats in the house with reserved premium seating for the Oceanfront Luau at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Chef's hand pouring sauce on food

Private Dinners

Program: Chase Ultimate Rewards and Visa Signature

Event: 2015 Chase Sapphire Preferred Private Dinners

Where: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.

Event dates: Various dates February through June 2015

Cost: $210 or 21,000 points per person

Details: All experiences include opening reception with hors d’oeuvres, multi-course dinner and beverage pairings by a James Beard Award-recognized chef, chef and sommelier appearance and menu discussion.

Silhouettes of dancers

New York City Ballet

Program: MasterCard Priceless Cities

Event: Enjoy New York City Ballet from the best seats in the house

Where: New York, NY

Event dates: Through May 24, 2015

Cost: 144-$174 (includes fees)

Details: New York City Ballet has the country’s largest repertoire, and the 2014-15 season will be true to form, with an amazing 56 ballets on offer. Tickets can be hard to come by, but MasterCard cardholders will have great vantages for every leap and pirouette, as they’re eligible for Best Seats at NYCB performances all season long. Ten tickets are set aside for each performance for cardholders.

Doorway of Joel Robuchon restaurant

Joël Robuchon dining experience

Program: MasterCard Priceless Cities

Event: Savor a special meal at world-renowned Joël Robuchon

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Event dates: Through Sept. 8, 2015

Cost: $345

Details: Indulge in a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience at Joël Robuchon with a seasonally-inspired 10-course tasting menu customized to your palate and prepared right before your eyes. You’ll also experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen, as well as a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the chefs.

Big Apple Circus performer

Big Apple Circus presents Metamorphosis

Program: Citi Private Pass

Event: Big Apple Circus preferred price tickets

Where: Multiple locations including Boston and Queens, NY

Event dates: Feb. 26 through June 14, 2015

Cost: Varies

Details: For its 37th season, the Big Apple Circus soars on wings of artifice and illusion, to a dreamscape domain where nobody sits more than 50 feet from ringside, and nothing is impossible. Citi cardmembers can purchase Preferred Price tickets at 20 percent off.

Children touring the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Aquarium Tour

Program: Citi Private Pass

Event: Behind-the-scenes tour at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Where: Santa Monica, CA

Event dates: Through March 14, 2015

Cost: $150 for groups of up to 8

Details: Experience the inner workings of the aquarium, help to feed the animals and adopt a sea star. As a Citi cardmember, you have access to purchase a package to a special, private, behind-the-scenes tour, typically only offered to Heal the Bay's major donors.

  • One-hour behind-the-scenes tour
  • Entrance into the aquarium for the day
  • Animal feeding experience
  • Membership to Heal The Bay
  • Aquadoption of a sea star including a certificate, photo and fact sheet, animal ID card, and activity sheets
Overview of Grand Tasting in Las Vegas

The Grand Tasting at Vegas Uncork’d

Program: Chase Ultimate Rewards

Event: The Grand Tasting at Vegas Uncork’d

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Event date: April 24, 2015

Cost: $325 or 32,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Details: The Grand Tasting is the signature event of Vegas Uncork’d, where over 2,500 foodies enjoy a staggering variety of signature dishes prepared by the world’s most celebrated chefs. Chase Sapphire and Chase Sapphire Preferred cardmembers can purchase special ticket packages that include:

  • Early access to Grand Tasting
  • Access to the Chase Sapphire Lounge featuring specialty cocktails and freshly made bites by a featured chef
  • Meet-and-greet with a top Bon Appétit editor
Pebble Beach golf course

Golf at Pebble Beach

Program: Visa Signature

Event: Golf at Pebble Beach

Where: Pebble Beach, CA

Event dates: Now through May 31, 2015

Cost: Free with two-night minimum stay

Details: Visa Signature cardholders have exclusive access to a free round of golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links with a two-night minimum stay at The Lodge, The Inn or Casa Palmero. Room offer Starting prices (per unit per night for up to two occupants not including taxes and fees and subject to change):

  • The Inn at Spanish Bay (Garden View Room): $650
  • The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Garden View Room): $765
  • Casa Palmero (Estate Room): $910
Photo of three members of Blue Man Group

Behind the Scenes with Blue Man Group

Program: MasterCard Priceless Cities

Event: Behind the scenes with Blue Man Group

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Event dates: Now through Sept. 1, 2015

Cost: $299

Details: Blue Man Group’s show at Monte Carlo is an energetic and innovative combination of music, comedy and multimedia theatrics. Take advantage of this exclusive offer and experience the fun of Blue Man Group from every angle—and don’t forget your camera. This package includes:

  • Onstage behind-the-scenes tour (approximately 90 minutes).
  • Category A Premium ticket to any available performance.
  • Private post show meet and greet
  • Blue Man Group souvenir
  • Blue Man Group T-shirt
  • Complimentary drink
Woman ziplining

Haleakala Zipline Adventure

Program: MasterCard Priceless Cities

Event: Haleakala Zipline Adventure

Where: Maui, Hawaii

Event dates: Now through Sept. 30, 2015

Cost: $108 per person

Details: For some serious outdoor fun in Hawaii, explore Maui's the slopes of the famous Haleakala volcano by zipline.

  • Enjoy a thrilling zipline adventure minutes away from Maui’s Haleakala volcano.
  • Learn about Hawaii’s diverse culture and environment from a knowledgeable guide.
  • MasterCard cardholders receive a delicious, seasonally-inspired cocktail after the tour, as well as leis delivered to your hotel room the day of your activity.
Taste of the Nation logo

Taste of the Nation events for No Kid Hungry

Program: Citi Private Pass

Event: Taste of the Nation events for No Kid Hungry

Where: Multiple locations including San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Event dates: Starting March 26, 2015

Cost: $50-$275


Details: Every year, some of the country's best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists join together with one goal in mind: end childhood hunger in America. At the Taste of the Nation events, guests can sip and sample gourmet creations from each city's most influential and premier culinary talent. Enjoy the tasting stations, mingle amongst top culinary talent, and participate in unique food, travel and lifestyle auctions -- all while raising funds to end childhood hunger in America.

  • Citi cardmembers have exclusive access to purchase preferred general admission and VIP tickets.
  • At select events, Citi cardmembers get access to a Citi check-in for faster entry with Fast Pass Lanes, as well as special Citi Lounge experiences.

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
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 July 3, 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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