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Some of this stuff looks nice, but those actual experiences or very similar ones aren't too difficult to obtain on the open market whenever you want.
Like this upcoming ballet performance - the Citi program is sold out, but you can still buy Orchestra seats for that performance directly from the ballet company for as little as $29. They're not spectacular seats for $29, but they're decent enough. No open bar, though, so that's a plus for Citi. NYCB is certainly good, and for certain modern artistic tastes it may be preferable, but it generally doesn't have the full classical grandeur of ABT. Free, though, so that's nice.
$135 Ditka? He has five restaurants, and product lines in steak, wine, and cigars to promote, so I doubt he's playing golf 6 days a week. I don't think it would be too hard to find him somewhere else, but it does look a little harder to replicate.
PaleyFest? I can't find out about the pricing or ticket availability for the "The Wire" event Citi wanted $135 for, but the Homeland event tomorrow has about half the seats left and they are $42+. The "Glee" event next month has about 80% of the seats left. They aren't Superbowl tickets, although perhaps the event for "The Wire" would have sold out. I haven't seen it but I know it has a cult following. The Paley Center does mention Citi as a big sponsor. And something tells me that almost everyone who went got a 'special access' pass one way or another.
Billy Joel? He performs at MSG about once a month. Ticketmaster starts at $80, but Citi wants $125. You don't get to meet him, but maybe the seats are nice. Chase has some special arrangement, too.
$235 James Taylor - a bit tricky. His domestic concerts do sell out and there don't seem to be very many in the US. He's touring mostly in Italy and the rest of Europe, where every concert has available tickets. An odd choice for planning a tour. Maybe he just wants to travel. It looks like there was a photo op, though.
So after about 100 minutes of research on several months' worth of Citi special events, I don't see the most of these as unique or hard to get. James Taylor could be an exception, but then again not every Citi luxury card member might be able to get a ticket through Citi.
If you have the card and would be doing those things anyway, Citi can make the experience a bit more special (for an extra fee). But most of this is not stuff you need Citi for. Most of this is a $50-75 event ticket (maybe a nicer seat) plus hors d'oeuvres and an open bar for an additional $50 or $60.
Very useful: SchwabPlat, CSP, IHG, Costco (was AA Plat), Freedom, SPG
Somewhat useful: Discover, ED (was EDP), BCE, Hyatt, Arrival
May close or PC: Prestige, BrooksBros
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech