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Have you ever seen (or heard) something that made you say “Wow! I want to go there!” or “That’s amazing. I want to do that!”
Perhaps, you felt inspired to see other parts of the world after reading an awesome blog about a man that travels around the world with his family in business class and stays in luxury hotels? 😉
There is nothing wrong with being inspired. It happens to me daily, not because I’m trying to keep up with the Jones’ but because I value experiences.
There’s just something special about having a once-in-a-lifetime experience (particularly if the “value” of the experience is beyond your financial means) and you can redeem points and do it for free. And I’m a sucker for unique experiences!
Marriott has an auction-style platform called “Marriott Bonvoy Moments” where members have the ability to bid and redeem Bonvoy points for unique experiences. For example…
Are you interested in exploring the Award-Winning Van Gogh Exhibition and Tel Aviv’s Graffiti Scene all while staying at the Ritz Carlton in Herzliya? Check this package out…
Perhaps, you’re a foodie and would be more interested in experiencing a private dinner prepared by Chef Thomas Kellar…
THE MUSIC SCENE
Is music more your thing? How about a package that allows you to experience VIP access to the New Orleans Jazz Fest for two people…
4 words…GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA! This package includes the experience and hotel for 2 people. There are 5 available packages and take a look, on Package 1, not one single person has bid on it…
Perhaps, you are more interested in experiencing wildlife at the world-famous Kruger National Park. Well, with the Kruger National Park Safari package, you and three guests can roam the expansive landscape with a private game drive, dinners and tours around the area, and enjoy a three-night stay in the new Presidential Suite at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate. The experience includes:
- Private full-day safari in Kruger National Park
- Complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner made by the private chef
- A complimentary in-room spa treatment
- Elephant interaction, including an hour of taking photographs and gentle interaction
- Three-night stay in a Presidential Suite for four guests, including private dining at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Kruger Gate
Typically, a Safari can cost thousand of dollars per person. As you can see, you need a substantial amount of Bonvoy points as 35 other people are extremely interested in this package also.
Perhaps, you’re more interested in something a bit closer to home. Let’s say that sports (specifically basketball) is more your speed and you would enjoy redeeming points for March Madness. At the moment, it’s possible to attend a 1st Round Game for 35,000 points.
Note: Apparently, someone is very excited about that game taking place in Tampa, Florida.
And if you really want to go all out, for a cool 1+ million points you could also attend the NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship which includes hotel in Atlanta.
As I’ve said in other blog posts…yes, there are a lot of opportunities to obtain amazing value for your points. But what good is redeeming your points if the experience doesn’t give you joy?
The bottom line is YOUR points should be used for YOUR aspirations and YOUR bucket list. If that includes the seeing a Van Gogh exhibition…GO FOR IT! Life is about experiences!
If you’re interested in boosting your Marriott Bonvoy account balance, there are many ways to earn Marriott points. However, now is a terrific time to open one of the program’s cobranded credit cards, as they’re offering the following welcome bonuses:
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card [Read More]: Earn 75,000 points after you use your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first three months.
- Marriott Bonvoy Business American Express Card [Read More]: Earn 75,000 points after you use your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first three months.
- Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card: Earn 100,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first three months from account opening.
Have you ever bid on a Marriott Moment? Will you be bidding on any of the current moments?