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If watching a history-making World Series felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then you’ll be happy to know certain credit cards can give you opportunities to rack up even more unforgettable memories with your favorite sports teams.
As I reported in a video story on credit card reward experiences, the Bank of America MLB Extra Bases MasterCard is a big hit with baseball fans.
The sports enthusiast can customize the card with his or her favorite team’s colors and logos. World Series champion Chicago Cubs’ blue and red for you, maybe?
Rack up 100,000 points on the MLB Extra Bases card, and that may put you in the running to own a used base from this historic World Series (based on 100,000 points for a base used in the 2015 World Series).
As with other rewards cards, you accrue points with each purchase, but MLB cardholders also can cash in those points for exclusive sports experiences, such as throwing out the first pitch at a game, meeting favorite players on the field, or bringing friends along for VIP seating at your favorite team’s stadium.
If you prefer football over baseball, the NFL has its own affiliated credit card.
Barclaycard NFL Extra Points credit card holders earn 1 point for every dollar spent, 2x points on NFL and team purchases and special financing on ticket purchases.
While you can choose to trade your points for cash back, the real perk of these NFL cards are the experiences you can purchase – 25,000 points will get you seats to a regular season game, or you can choose other experiences that you couldn’t buy with cash.
NFL cardholders also can get a chance to go on the field, meet the players of their favorite team in the locker room, and get prime seats to a big game.
For the fan who doesn’t want to count on the Super Bowl lottery for entry to the biggest game of the year, the NFL card might be your ticket in, if you have enough points. The cheapest pair of Super Bowl tickets costs 160,000 points, which means you might have to get very creative with spending for a couple of years before you can consider it.
For many fans, just getting a chance to meet their favorite players is enough of an incentive to sign up. After all, that meeting could land you a signature from a future Super Bowl star or World Series winner on your favorite team jersey.
After watching the aftermath of the World Series and seeing the Cubs fans who unabashedly shed tears of joy for their team’s victory, it’s safe to say that for some, an opportunity like that beats cashing in points for a free flight any day.