You all know that the Urban Swank girls are all about creating moments through uber-cool experiences! So when Verizon hit me up about attending the Lady Gaga concert when it rolled into Houston, I was all about it! As part of their new Verizon Up Reward Program (more on this later) they offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and the Lady Gaga Backstage Experience Package is among them. It included Premium Level Reserved Seat for the concert, Priority Check-In and Entrance, Access to the Band Sound Check, Exclusive Backstage Tour, Dinner at Backstage Tour Catering, Pre-Show Group “Photo Op” with Lady Gaga, and Access to the VIP Hospitality Suite that had adult beverages and a DJ. 

Swanky Girl With Her Lady Gaga Gear

To say this was an experience I’ll never forget is an understatement! My concert adventure started when I arrived at 3:15 p.m. and did not end until 1:00 a.m. with a Q&A session with Lady Gaga. YES, you read that correctly, we spent about 45 minutes talking to her at the end of the show and taking pictures. I was a little sad because we could not take our own pictures or access our cell phones during any of the backstage portions or time with Lady Gaga. However, I quickly got over it once I realized those moments with her were just for the folks in the room at that time! We laughed, joked, and cried with her and those moments would have been ruined and less intimate with cameras and cell phones. What a great reminder for us all – live in the moment; somethings are just for you and not the entire world!

Lady Gaga Performing During The Joanne World Tour

All the pre-show and post-show adventures were the cherry on top, but the concert was the reason we were there! HUNNA, let me just say – Ms. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga for those that don’t know) did not come to play games with Houston! She gave us all of herself and then dug a little deeper and pulled out some more just because she can! The show was dedicated to her best friend Sonja Durham (who is from Houston) that died from Cancer earlier this year.

Now that I’ve got your attention and you want to know all about Verizon Up and how you can get in on this and other similar experiences keep reading…

Verizon Up is a new rewards program that is breaking the mold with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, front-row tickets, Apple Music, Uber rides, sports gear, coffee and more. There are no points or levels required! Customers get one credit for every $300 they spend on their Verizon Wireless monthly bill. One credit gets you one reward, and some of the rewards don’t even need a credit. Now, this is my kind of reward program; I get reward credits by just paying my bill each month.

Another cool thing about the program is as soon as you earn credit it can be used toward a reward. Every month there are six new customized rewards to choose from. Customers can select exciting rewards from partners such as:

  • Apple Music: 4 months free for new subscribers and existing subscribers receive an extra month free
  • JetBlue: 20% off R/T flight and 1,000 TrueBlue loyalty points
  • HBO NOW: first 3 months of a subscription

Additionally, new partners will be added all the time.  Enrollment in Verizon Up is convenient, paper-free and no cost through the My Verizon App.

Thanks again to Verizon for this amazing experience! Check out this video of my fabulous day as a Lady Gaga VIP:

Until soon…Toodles

~Felice “Swanky Girl” Sloan

Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.


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