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5 extraordinary ways to redeem rewards points this summer

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Instead of redeeming your hard-earned miles and points for a flight upgrade or hotel stay, why not try an exciting new experience this summer?

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Discovering the best ways to maximize credit card rewards can be difficult. After working hard to determine which credit card offers the highest sign-up bonus, with the best rewards value and the lowest annual fee, you want your rewards to be – well – as rewarding as possible. But instead of redeeming your hard-earned miles and points for a flight upgrade or hotel stay, why not try an exciting new experience – something that you would never try if you had to pay out of pocket with cash?

In addition to the typical line up of travel rewards and merchandise, many rewards programs allow cardholders to use points to purchase or bid on experiences, such as private dinners with celebrity chefs and personal tours through foreign cities. Read on to learn some of the ways your rewards points can take you far off the beaten path this summer.

1. Play in a football match

What’s more exciting than watching a soccer match this summer? How about playing in one? For the right amount of Marriott Bonvoy points, you can do just that.

Marriott Bonvoy Moments, a program that allows Marriott Bonvoy members to purchase or bid on exclusive experiences and VIP access using points, is offering the opportunity for members to take part in the following matches:

  • Play in a charity match on the Chelsea F.C. Pitch in Stamford Bridge on May 10, 2019. Bids start at 50,000 points.
  • Play in a charity match on the Arsenal F.C. Pitch in London, United Kingdom on May 11, 2019. Bids start at 50,000 points.
  • Play in a charity match on the Everton F.C. Pitch in Liverpool, United Kingdom on May 16, 2019. Bids start at 50,000 points.
  • Play in a charity match at the Manchester United F.C. Home Pitch in Manchester, United Kingdom on May 20, 2019. Bids start at 50,000 points.
  • Play in a charity match at the Leicester City F.C. Home Pitch in Leicester, United Kingdom on May 23, 2019. Bids start at 30,000 points.
  • Play in a charity match at the Real Madrid C.F. Home Pitch in Madrid, Spain on May 27, 2019. Bids start at 50,000 points.
  • Play right back in a football match at Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal on May 31, 2019. Bids start at 40,000 points.

For a full list of Marriott Bonvoy Moments, click here.

2. Attend Lollapalooza as a VIP

Music enthusiasts can rock out to Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, The Chainsmokers, Lil Wayne, H.E.R., Flume and many more at the 2019 Lollapalooza music festival. The experience includes two, four-day VIP tickets to Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois from Aug. 1 through Aug. 4, 2019. VIP perks include unlimited access to the North and South VIP Lolla Lounges, golf cart shuttle transportation, elevated viewing platforms, onsite concierge services, express spa treatments and more.

Delta SkyMiles members can bid on this package through SkyMiles Experiences. The bid for the four-day VIP package is currently listed at 41,000 points.

To view other SkyMiles Experiences, click here and log into your SkyMiles account.

3. Explore the Dubai by land, sea and air

Adventurous Mastercard cardholders can journey to Dubai for a private car, yacht and seaplane tour. The day-long excursion begins with a guided tour of old Dubai in a Mercedes G63, followed by a 40-minute seaplane tour of new Dubai. After lunch at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s Scape restaurant, cardholders will take a water taxi through the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah. Next, a monorail will transport you to Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on the manmade Palm Jumeirah island, where you will embark on a two-hour private yacht cruise.

The price of this excursion is approximately $2,464 for two attendees.

For a full list of Mastercard’s Priceless Cities experiences, click here.

4. Say “Yes” to the dress at Kleinfeld

Pick out your dream wedding dress during a three-hour VIP bridal experience at Kleinfeld in New York City. The appointment includes a professional bridal and accessory consultant to assist in selecting your gown, a $500 credit toward a Kleinfeld dress and a $50 credit toward Kleinfeld accessories. Additionally, you and up to five guests will enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Kleinfeld and Say Yes to the Dress production areas.

Members of the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program can bid on this experience through Marriott Bonvoy Moments, which offers a variety of exclusive experiences for points redemption, including entertainment, culinary, lifestyle and sporting events. The current bid for the Kleinfeld package is listed at 27,000 points.

For a full list of Marriott Bonvoy Moments, click here.

5. Take a trip on a private jet

Have a couple million Delta SkyMiles sitting around? If so, you can fly private this summer with Delta Private Jets. For 2.5 million SkyMiles – the minimum required for redemption – you can purchase a Jet Card valued at $25,000. According to Delta, that’s enough for four passengers to fly roundtrip from Atlanta to South Florida.

Delta Private Jets perks include guaranteed jet availability with 10-hour notice, the ability to choose your jet size without interchange fees, 24/7 client services and SkyMiles Diamond Medallion status. Additionally, you can use your Jet Card to purchase commercial Delta flights.

To qualify for this offer, you must be a Delta SkyMiles member in good standing, as well as a U.S. resident and over the age of 18.

The bottom line

While we generally recommend airfare and hotel stays as the best use of rewards points, we also realize that it’s hard to put a price tag on everything. Depending on your tastes, you may find a unique, personalized experience to be equal to the value of a plane ticket.

Watch one Arizona Cardinals fan get up close and personal to his favorite players using points from his Bank of America MLB Extra Bases Mastercard:

 

 

 

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The editorial content below is based solely on the objective assessment of our writers and is not driven by advertising dollars. However, we do receive compensation when you click on links to products from our partners. Learn more about our advertising policy

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