Super Fan? Get a Super Credit Card

November 6, 2012

If you call yourself a football superfan, Sunday is your day. You probably watch all the games wearing your team jerseys and are managing at least one fantasy league. Even though you may show your dedication in the stadium and on the couch, you can also put your money where your mouth is with the National Football League Extra Points credit card.

In an exclusive deal with the National Football League, Barclaycard has created a Visa card for each team in the NFL. Fans can get the card for their favorite team, and by making purchases they can rack up points for one-of-a-kind football experiences.

Like many rewards credit cards, cardholders of the NFL Extra Points card earn one point per dollar spent on all purchases. However, they can earn double the points per dollar spent on online NFL purchases, at the team's pro shop and at both the team's stadium and other participating stadiums.

Fans can use their points for a variety of football-related merchandise or experiences that most superfans could only dream of having. On the lower end of the rewards scale, fans can redeem points for team clothing, gift cards and stadium tours. Other items in the rewards catalog include pre-season tickets, regular season tickets, pre-game sideline passes, access to a post-game press conference, a tour of NFL Films, Super Bowl tickets and even a round of golf with an NFL player. Cardholders may even have access to events put together just for them to celebrate the game of football.

Additionally, cardholders can put their points toward other types of rewards, including statement credits, air travel, hotel rooms, cruises, car rentals and other types of travel.

The card doesn't come with an annual fee, and for the first 12 months after the account is open, there's a 0% APR on balance transfers and purchases. After the first year, an APR will kick in. Currently, that rate varies from 13.74% to 22.74% based on the cardholder's creditworthiness.

The card comes with other benefits too, including a 10,000 bonus point offer after using it once to make a purchase. This bonus is enough to earn a $100 statement credit or get pre-game sideline passes. Cardholders also get a standard 20% discount on purchases made at NFLShop.com.

This year, Barclaycard has created another special offer by partnering with DIRECTV to offer even more savings and benefits, which is a benefit to fans that currently subscribe to DIRECTV service and have one of the provider's special subscription football packages that show the out-of-market games, display real-time stats and track players for fantasy football leagues. Those that currently subscribe to DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Sunday Ticket Max can get the service for free. By having an NFL Extra Points credit card and making $750 in purchases by December 31, 2012 and having the DirectTV special NFL subscription throughout the 2012 season, cardholders will get a $200 credit toward the NFL Sunday Ticket service or a $300 credit toward NFL Sunday Ticket Max. Subscribers will also receive two points toward every dollar spent on DIRECTV purchases.

Because the card is a Visa Signature card, it comes with all those standard benefits as well, including concierge service, warranty manager service, travel accident insurance, lost luggage reimbursement, roadside dispatch and auto rental collision damage waiver. Cardholders are also protected by Visa's Zero Liability policy in the case of unauthorized use of the card.

The entire package adds up to some great offers and rewards for football fans of all stripes and is a way for them to show their true colors, support their team and earn amazing rewards and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in return.

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