You know something is good, when everyone who knows about it is grumbling about it being covered. Enter SPG & Marriott Moments. To the disgust of those already on the train, we can’t help but mention that these programs are amongst the most cunning ways to use points. They’re neat because they unlock experiences many people would never be able pay for – and we’re not just talking hotels. From air shows to concerts, sporting events and private chef dinners – this is the best kept secret that’s not secret at all.

Latest Bargain

Let’s start with your latest miss. For 90,000 Marriott Points, or 30,000 SPG points, you could’ve just booked the following. Three nights in a Club Suite with Executive Lounge access at the Habtoor Grand, Autograph Collection Hotel in Dubai. COMPLETE WITH: round trip car transfers, 3 day VIP passes to the Dubai Jazz Festival with Duran Duran, John Legend, Ricky Martin, with complimentary private bar and gourmet food during the festival. Oh, and a one hour massage. And single day concert tickets to John Legend were available for just 5,000 SPG points.

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Even if you started with no Marriott Points or SPG Points to speak of, you can instantly purchase enough to win future offers. In this last example, points would’ve cost $682, a truly excellent value. Three nights of hotel suites, drinks, concert tickets for two and a massage certainly ain’t bad. And there are so many more opportunities. Bayern Munich VIP tickets, three star Michelin dinner at Brooklyn Fare on points, air show access. The offerings are endless, and many go completely unnoticed. Especially, internationally.

Future Offers

You can check out all current Marriott Moments opportunities here. SPG Moments can be viewed here as well. Some offers are in auction form, while others are straight up points “purchases”. Basically, some will be a set number of points, first come first serve. If you already have points, it’s all free. For these, you want to monitor the offer sites. An “upcoming sales” category will usually give heads up when something will launch. Things such as VIP Bayern Munich Experience are gone within hours, not days.

Have you redeemed an SPG or Marriott Moment?