Ritz Visa concierge disappointment

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Postby lobbythis » Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:29 pm

deathrider wrote:quick update, Citi Prestige concierge came through quick and even sent a follow up email.
Presentation was just as impressive as the Ritz card and came next day air Fed ex.
Citi privatepass beyond is a very impressive benefit that I was unaware of, it is only available for certain card holders, here is a link.

https://www.citiprivatepass.com/beyond


Good to hear. That's my #1 pick this year and really the only card I like from Citi. Still being patient for a few months before I apply.


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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:06 pm

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.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:03 pm

Some of the tickets for James Taylor's upcoming US concerts are available. Mostly they are $100-$250 from middlemen, but those are for less desirable seats. Going through Citi for Orchestra seats at Jones Beach (July 2014) would have, in fact, been a great deal. Citi did sell out, though, so actually getting your hands one of Citi's tickets could have been difficult.

I'd also point out that when Citi, Chase, Amex, or any other company offers tickets to an event like this, they usually need to get a lot of seats for one performance. That usually means buying big sections of the Orchestra. If you're only buying one ticket or a small number of tickets, though, you can sometimes get bargain seats.

I went, not long ago, to the Met Opera. When planning the visit and studying the seating chart, I found a seat at the extreme end of the side parterre, right by the center parterre. In plain English, I paid $140 for a somewhat 'irregular' part of the seating chart but sat next to people with more 'regular' seats who I think paid $465 each. I think my seat was as good or better* as far as the view and acoustics.

The thing is that only 16 people can get 'prime irregular' seats like that per performance - and Amex, Citi, or Chase can't really have an event in which they only offer something to 16 people.

*Edit: I should say my seat was better than a few - but not all - of the $465 seats. I certainly think my 'irregular' seating was almost as good as the best of the $465 ones and the bargain in the building.
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