If you’re a fan of Coldplay, then you already know how hard it is to get good seats at their shows… their concert tickets are always in demand AND more expensive!
However with the Citi Private Pass program, you would be able to snatch up some Coldplay tickets before they even went on sale to the general public. Citi credit card and debit cardmembers were able to participate in a special pre-sale that started two full days in advance.
So what is Citi Private Pass offering?
In a nutshell, this is a program that lets you get special access and prices to concerts, sporting events, dining and more. It’s completely free if you have a Citi credit card or debit card (but obviously you’ll have to pay for the tickets).Here are the four main perks the program offers:
Presale Tickets: This can be a lifesaver if you want to score tickets to a hot concert without paying nosebleed pricing from a ticket broker. In addition to the Coldplay example, as I’m writing this some of scheduled pre-sale tickets for 2014 include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Luke Bryan, Chevelle and several others.
Preferred Tickets: Nothing sucks more than going to be a concert and sitting so far away you need binoculars. When Citi Cardmember Preferred Tickets are available, you will be able to access concert tickets that have been set aside specifically for Citi cardmembers. As I’m writing this there were artists and acts like Demi Lovato, John Legend, The Black Keys, Enrique Iglesias, Rascal Flatts, Lewis Black and dozens of others.
VIP Packages: For some Citi Private Pass concerts, there are VIP packages available. What they offer all depends on the concert, but here an example to give you an idea…
Special Pricing: On occasion Citi Private Pass will offer special pricing for events. For example, one summer they teamed up with Live Nation to offer $5 lawn tickets for a number of popular tours and bands including Aerosmith, Nickelback and Kid Rock. The program has also been known to offer 2-for-1 specials.
How do you use Citi Private Pass?
Using the program is pretty straightforward and it doesn’t cost you anything extra.
Step One: First, you need to have a Citi credit card or debit card.
Step Two: Go to CitiPrivatePass.com and click on the concert or event that you want to attend – it will redirect you to a page on Live Nation for Citi cardmembers.
Step Three: Choose your tickets, enter your Citi card’s code (see below) and checkout to buy your tickets.
Scrounging up enough spare cash to treat yourself to a concert isn’t always easy. If you’re planning to see a show it wouldn’t hurt to check out the Citi Private Pass program to see if they are offering any discounted tickets for it. Even if a discount isn’t available, a presale for a hot concert could save you money, if it saves you from being price-gouged by a ticket broker for a sold-out show you really want to see.
Highest recommended Citi credit cards for 2014:
- AAdvantage (for American Airlines)
- Hilton HHonors (best signup offer)
- Simplicity (for a low APR deal)
Written or last updated June 12, 2014