April 26, 2023
Free Concert in N.Y.C!
I’ve loved music all of my life! From salsa to hip-hop to country, I like almost all genres. I’m known as a pretty good DJ in the OR and manage the tunes during most of my cases. I have this awesome little speaker that works great (UE wonderboom- no affiliate here lol).
When you have a huge number of kids like my family does, you run out of ideas for what to get them for birthdays/Christmas.
My 16 year old is an AWESOME kid! We both have very similar music interests. When I found out her favorite artist, Sza, was going on tour, I figured out the perfect Christmas gift!
Since I love to travel and Sza only had limited weekend dates, I decided to take her and her friend to the concert in NYC! I grew up in Jersey but had never seen a concert at Madison Square Garden (The Garden) so this was a treat for me too! I’m going to show you how I used points/miles to see a concert in NYC for (practically) free!
Flight: Three round-trip main cabin tickets Tampa- New York/LGA (Cash price=$651.60)
One round-trip ticket plus one companion pass ticket/fees= (Paid $217.20 plus $29.20= $246.40)
One round-trip ticket reimbursed by Capital One Venture X points= 21,720 points (Cash price= $217.20)
Hotel: 2 nights at the Hyatt Centric Times Square= 42,000 UR points (Cash price= $331/night+taxes/fees)
Concert: Two concert tickets- Purchase eraser via Capital One Venture VX= 68,000 points (Cash= $680)
42,000 UR points transferred to Hyatt
89,720 Capital One points used via purchase eraser
3 round trip tickets, 2 nights in Times Square and 2 concert tickets
Total Cash out of pocket= $246.40
Savings of ~$1750
I’ve had a Delta Amex Platinum card for about 5 years (Yes, shiny object syndrome got me). With the Delta Amex Platinum, you get lots of perks including an annual domestic companion certificate (minus taxes and fees), TSA Precheck/Global Entry credit, 20% off in-flight purchases and free checked bags.
I had a companion pass that was extended due to covid. I booked a non-stop flight to LGA for $217.20 plus $29.20 for our plane tickets.
I booked a separate R/T ticket through Delta for her friend using my Capital One VX card for $217.20 (same as my r/t ticket). I could have used my Delta card to accrue points but I wanted to use the purchase eraser through Capital One. It’s not the most glamorous redemption at 1:1, but it worked for me! One free plane ticket for her bestie.
The Hyatt Centric is a fantastic hotel in the heart of Times Square. I received an upgrade due to my Explorist status and we had a partial view of Times square. The room felt spacious, modern and clean. They had a rooftop bar (21 and up), market and gym. We walked to The Garden and other sites. It really is in a central location. The hotel cost $0 out of pocket, booked all with points transferred from Chase.
I purchased the concert tickets through Vivid Seats but here’s a hack…Capital One Shopping app! I took a peek and found that Vivid was offering 12% back if I purchased through the shopping app. This app doesn’t cost any money and you don’t need to have a Capital One card to use it, anyone can. I logged in and used my CVX to pay through the portal. Cash price= $680. I received $81.60 back in the Capital One shopping app to use towards a gift card in the future and redeemed 68,000 points for free concert tickets! Some travel/points enthusiasts would say this isn’t the best redemption at a 1:1 rate, but I was ecstatic to cover this trip for (practically) free!
I love food as much as I love travel and here are some of the highlights of our trip.
Kung Fu Kitchen- Best scallion pancakes ever! Excellent soup dumplings and noodle soup
Stick to my Pot Pot stickers- Great dumplings on the go
Harry Potter store!! Yes, I’m a fan!
Huge Urban Outfitters store near Times Square
Golf Wang- Tyler the Creators clothing store (Kids, sheesh!)
Dominique Ansel bakery- Famous for the “cronut”
The Lip Lab- Awesome Create-your-own lipstick spot
Leon’s Bagels- Great bagel sandwich in SoHo
Julia Testa- Beautiful floral shop and outdoor scene
Flamingos everywhere I go
I love traveling and you must do NYC once in your life! Take in the sights, food and culture of the city.
It may just change your life, Healthcare Fam!
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