How the NFL Extra Points Credit Card Helps Sports Fans Save Money

It’s the NFL preseason and fans are undoubtedly gearing up to support their favorite teams; 35 percent of adult American sports fans who regularly follow at least one sport named professional football their favorite, according to an early 2014 Harris Poll.

Last year was a record season for the NFL network in terms of television viewership. According to The Nielsen Company, the NFL was the most watched show on television for all 17 weeks of the season, averaging 17.6 million viewers per game telecast and reaching 205 million unique viewers in the U.S.

And football enthusiasts know the support doesn’t stop there. From team gear to beer to splurging on NFL preseason 2014 and regular season game day tickets, there is a way for NFL fans to save money on purchases related to all things football while demonstrating their team spirit.

When you check out the NFL preseason schedule and get ready for the season to kick off, check out the credit card that rewards you for being the No. 1 fan that you are: an NFL Extra Points card from Visa Signature.

“Barclaycard US has been issuing the NFL Extra Points reward credit card since September 2010,” said Kirsten Osland, Senior Director, Financial Institution & Affinity Partnerships of Barclaycard US. “The NFL Extra Points credit card offers a card for every team and lets fans earn points for every dollar spent that can be redeemed for unique once-in-a-lifetime NFL experiences like a trip to the Super Bowl, sideline passes, game tickets, NFL licensed merchandise or cash back. Additionally, cardmembers save 20 percent every time they shop at Card designs are available for all 32 NFL teams, allowing fans to show support for their team every day.”

32 Teams, 33 Cards With Barclaycard’s NFL Extra Points

From the Dallas Cowboys to the Denver Broncos, you can choose the card logo that you’d be proud to show off at the register. Indecisive cardholders can opt for an Extra Points credit card with the NFL logo instead. Backed by Barclaycard, all NFL Extra Points credit cardholders enjoy Visa Signature benefits, regardless of what team they support.

Visa Signature Benefits of an NFL Extra Points Card

Benefits of the Visa Signature card include:

  • No annual fee
  • 0% introductory APR for purchases and balance transfers for the first twelve billing cycles
  • No over-the-credit-line fee
  • Visa Zero Liability protection from unauthorized use of your account
  • Emergency card replacement and emergency cash disbursement

The NFL Extra Points credit card also covers cardholders on the go. If you’re traveling to a game or on vacation and the unexpected occurs, you can take advantage of travel accident insurance, luggage reimbursement for lost or stolen baggage, roadside dispatch towing, and locksmith referral services, as well as auto rental coverage in the event that a collision or theft damages the vehicle.

Earn Rewards While You Shop

Supporting the NFL can be costly. According to Team Marketing Report, league average prices for tickets ($81.54), parking ($30.57) and adult-sized adjustable caps ($21.60) all went up in 2013. On average, jerseys run from $69.95 to $299.95 on the official online store of the NFL.

A perk of the NFL Extra Points card is the ability to save 20 percent on any purchase — that’s $20 off every $100 you spend, which can help you take $59.99 off of the most expensive jersey available. Cardholders also earn two times the points on NFL and team purchases made at, participating NFL team retail and online stores, as well as merchandise bought on game day at participating stadiums.

Attending games might not be affordable for everyone. If DirecTV happens to be your preferred source for watching the games on TV, you’re also eligible for double points on net purchases made directly with the satellite provider.

If you’ve got enough football gear to keep you satisfied for now, this card works for everyday purchases too, as cardholders earn one point per dollar on everything else.

Redeem Points For These 10 Exclusive Football Rewards

Not only can NFL Extra Points cardholders get cash back via a statement credit or redeem points for travel, as with traditional rewards credit cards, they can trade in points for exclusive experiences. Ten of the most notable include:

  • VIP stadium tour: 2,000 points
  • $25 gift card: 3,550 points
  • Post-game press conference access: 10,000 points
  • Team jersey: 12,000 points
  • Preseason tickets: 15,000 points
  • Player-autographed mini helmet: 20,000 points
  • Pre-game sideline passes: 25,000 points
  • Two regular season game tickets: 25,000 points
  • Two Superbowl tickets: 200,000 points
  • Golf with an NFL player: 500,000 points

In addition, an NFL Extra Points credit card can get you cardmember-only access to locker rooms and special events. Because points never expire and there are no caps, the more you accrue, the more experiences you can earn just by using your card when you shop.

New NFL Extra Points cardmembers can even get ahead on saving up for their rewards goal. Currently the card will award 10,000 bonus points (the equivalent of $100 cash back) to new accounts who total $500 in net purchases within the first 90 days of opening an account.

So “Keep it Real. NFL Real.”

The NFL Extra Points credit card is a good choice for fans who know they’ll purchase tickets and merchandise or who would rather redeem points for NFL-related experiences. Designed four years ago, the credit card rewards cardmembers for their team loyalty.

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