From time to time I write about SPG Moments, a program created by SPG and being continued at Marriott that allows you to redeem your points for special and, sometimes, one-of-a-kind experiences.

Every year, they offer a huge range of packages for the US Open in Flushing, Queens (NYC).

I’ve redeemed for this experience previously, and I had a fantastic time. These packages are best suited for those with reasonably large SPG point balances, where you can afford to use some points for something special, even if it’s not a crazy value on a pure “cents per point” basis. To me, the Moments are more about having a great experience that you wouldn’t otherwise have. A “Treat Yourself” kind of Moment.

Courtside seats for Arthur Ashe will run you 55,000 Starpoints (or convert from 165,000 Marriott) or spend 40,000 for two seats in the SPG Luxury Suite.  There are many other packages that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  If this interests you, go check out the fixed redemption packages now, because they go quick and, even though these were just released, many are already sold.

Keep in mind that the main event is in Arthur Ashe Stadium (the other packages are for the side matches outside of the main event).

If redeeming leaves you needing more Starpoints, keep in mind that the new Marriott credit card is currently offering a 100,000 point signup bonus. (Link –> Hotel Rewards Credit Cards)

What do you think about these Moments? Let me know here, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

New to all of this? My new “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available now.


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