Discount ticketing website ScoreBig.com has teamed up with United, Southwest, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines to offer frequent flyer miles to people who buy event tickets through its service. ScoreBig’s deals with the airlines are similar, giving ticket-buyers a bonus with their first purchase and miles or points for future ticket sales as well.
ScoreBig offers tickets to sporting events, concerts, plays and other events across the United States. Visit the site, enter your location or the place you plan to be and do a search for a team, artist or show to find tickets to events you’re interested in attending.
Alaska Airlines: 1,000 bonus miles with your first purchase
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is offering the biggest bonus for first-time ScoreBig ticket buyers: 1,000 miles for your first purchase. That’s double what other airlines are offering, so if Alaska Airlines is one of your carriers of choice, this the one to take advantage of.
After your initial purchase, you’ll earn 22 miles for every dollar you spend at ScoreBig. Always make your purchase via the ScoreBig/Alaska Airlines page and be sure to enter your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan membership number. Allow up to eight weeks to see the bonus miles reflected in your rewards balance.
United MileagePlus: 500 bonus points on first purchase
If you’re a United MileagePlus member, you’ll earn bonus miles when you purchase tickets through the dedicated United Airlines/ScoreBig page. All you have to do is enter your United MileagePlus membership number when you buy your tickets, and spend a minimum of $30.
In six to eight weeks, you’ll have 500 bonus miles in your United MileagePlus account for your first ScoreBig purchase. After that, you’ll earn a variable amount of miles, depending on how much you spend.
Southwest Rapid Rewards: Up to 22 points per dollar spent
Southwest Rapid Rewards is also offering 500 bonus points upon the first purchase with ScoreBig. After that, customers can earn up to 22 points per dollar spent. To buy tickets and get Rapid Rewards points, go to the airline’s page on the ticketing site and enter your Rapid Rewards membership number when you check out.
Again, allow up to eight weeks for the points to show up in your account. Southwest makes it easy to spend reward points, showing fares in points rather than dollars with the click of a button. Wanna Get Away fares start at a few thousand points for domestic flights.
Virgin America: Up to 10 points per dollar spent
Last month Virgin America came on board with ScoreBig as well, offering reward points for members of Elevate, its loyalty program. The Elevate program hasn’t previously had a partnership with any ticketing companies, so this is the first time that members have been able to earn points through buying tickets for games, concerts or theater. Virgin and ScoreBig are offering a 500-point bonus for first-time ticket buyers, and up to 10 points per dollar spent after that.
The first purchase bonuses are for a limited time only, but there is no end date provided. So consider taking advantage of these deals sooner rather than later, because there’s no telling when they will expire.