Generally speaking, redeeming hotel points or airline miles for anything other than miles or flights is not putting them to good use as redemption values can be very poor.
However, SPG Moments offers really, really cool experiences that are very difficult to near impossible to get on your own, in exchange for Starpoints. You can do a meet-n-greet with a celebrity or a sports star, or attend a concert right from the SPG Suite or with special backstage access.
Today, the highest bid ever won an auction to throw out the first pitch at Game 7 of the World Series tonight in Cleveland between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.
The winning bid? A whopping 1,060,500 Starpoints.
That’s enough points to spend a month at the St Regis Bal Harbour Resort!
Who had the winning bid? Daniel Eleff of the popular blog DansDeals.com where he waxed poetic earlier today about how he feels about this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Reading how excited he is for his team and the game, and about how this is a dream come true for him while celebrating his anniversary no less! gave me chills and reminded me that this is what the hobby of miles and points is all about.
It’s the chance to break out of our everyday routines and experience the extraordinary, if only for a moment. The opportunity to smell the salty sea air of your ancestors and bring several generations along to share, explore far-flung destinations from the journal you kept as an 8-year-old, or take a shower in the sky. Us mere mortals only have limited funds and even more limited time, but when maximizing your earned miles and points the sky is the limit.
I wish Mr. Eleff an amazing time tonight, and wonder what kind of package all of you would spend a million points on?