Bid Now On Once-In-A-Lifetime World Series Experiences; My History Using Miles For Baseball Memories

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  • Earn Starpoints with the Starwood Consumer or Business AMEX or the Chase Marriott Consumer or Business Visa. You can view credit card offers by hovering over the “Credit Cards” tab. You can then click on “Credit Cards From All Banks“ to find card offers via the logo of the bank you’re looking for.
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  • Short on Starpoints? You can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per year here. Plus you can buy more than 30K with multiple members by transferring points for free between members living at the same address.

I’ve used 8 figures of miles earned from credit cards to fly myself and my family around the world in first class cabins and stay in five star hotels that would have otherwise cost millions of dollars. There’s no better hobby in the world. Just last year alone I redeemed nearly 2.5 million miles. But just as memorable as a refreshing shower or a couples suite on a plane, are the sports experiences that I’ve redeemed miles for.

 

Because who would want to spend a month in a stuffy Manhattan hotel anyway 😉

SPG Moments allows you to use points for all kinds of neat experiences, and there are some awesome ones up for bid and instant redemption right now.

In 2013 I used 25K United miles for 4 box seats to an Indians game. With one little bonus: In middle of the game I got to run onto the field and steal 2nd base! People around the stadium were shocked to see someone walking around with 2nd base. I got the base signed by several players, including the winning pitcher that night, and it hangs in my office today. It still has the Jacobs Field dirt on it. Truly a thrilling experience for a die-hard Tribe fan.

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That inspired a reader to give their kid an awesome Bar Mitzvah present for an LA sports fanatic, throwing at the first pitch at a Dodgers game:

 

In 2014 a DDF member won an SPG auction for the SPG Luxury Suite in Wrigley Field when the Cubs hosted the Yankees. He invited several members to a DO, so I flew to Chicago for the day on a 4.5K Avios award.

SPG even provided kosher food for us in their awesome suite!

 

In August a team of DDF members got together and bid to play in a softball tournament in Wrigley Field. We had an incredible time playing ball and once again SPG hooked our team up with kosher food.

#RBISingle #SPGMoments @ #WrigleyField #TeamDansDeals takes #Game1 14 to 5!

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In October 2016, SPG auctioned off the rights to throw out the first pitch before game 3 in Wrigley Field. I wrote about it then and asked SPG to auction it off again for a game that wasn’t being played on Shabbos.

SPG pulled through and I spent 1.06 million of my Starpoints for the experience of my lifetime. I still have to pinch myself to believe it.

I won’t rehash it again. You can read all about it here:
-8 Years Ago Was The Biggest Night Of My Life, Tonight Will Try To Come Close As I Toss A Ceremonial First Pitch At Game 7 Of The World Series
-On The “Value Proposition” Of Spending A Million Starpoints For The Experience Of A Lifetime
-Video And The Experience Of Throwing Out The First Pitch In Game 7 Of The World Series
-10 Final Thoughts On Throwing Out The First Pitch

 

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This past August the DDF team once again won an auction to play softball as a team in Wrigley. They even made it to the championship game, but lost the final game in a 7-6 nailbiter.

My grandfather bid and won 2 World Series tickets for game 2 last year for 124K Starpoints. They didn’t say where the seats would be, but they were pretty good seats. For some reason they decided to white out the $255 face value on the tickets, though tickets at that price in that location weren’t available to the general public.

SPG came up with awesome seats in the 2nd row Diamond box behind the dugout for my first pitch experience:

 

Officially I was only supposed to bring 1 guest with me onto the field, but SPG actually allowed me to bring 3 guests, so I brought my brother JJ, my grandfather, and my wife with me onto the field. All of us got to stay for the rest of the game without needing separate tickets. MLB did not allow me to bring Charlie Sheen, aka Indians closer Wild Thing in Major League, onto the field as a guest…

  • If the Dodgers play the Astros then games 1, 2, 6, and 7 will be in LA and games 3, 4, and 5 will be in Houston.
  • If the Dodgers play the Yankees then games 1, 2, 6, and 7 will be in LA and games 3, 4, and 5 will be in NYC.
  • If the Cubs play the Astros then games 1, 2, 6, and 7 will be in Houston and games 3, 4, and 5 will be in Chicago. In this scenario there would not be a “Cubs Home Game 4.”
  • If the Cubs play the Yankees then games 1, 2, 6, and 7 will be in Chicago and games 3, 4, and 5 will be in NYC.

Start times have not yet been announced as they will vary based on the teams. Last year’s games between the Cubs and Indians all started at about 8:08pm EDT.

I got to game 7 at about 7pm and through out the first pitch at about 7:30pm. After I got to toss the first pitch, Jim Thome got to throw a first pitch as well.

As the only first pitch opportunity in Yankee Stadium will be on a Saturday evening, it will be tough for Shabbos-observant Jews to make it there on time unless they stayed near the stadium for Shabbos, which ends at 6:38pm according to Chabad.org.

Note that SPG will refund the points used for any games that aren’t played.

“You may win one SPG Moments MLB World Series package across all MLB World Series events throughout the 2017 MLB Postseason. Should you bid on and be the current high bidder on one package, you will not be able to bid on any further packages until you are outbid.”

Here is the list of current sports moments.

Sample moments include (Click “Display all moments” to view the full list)

Short on points?

You can buy up to 30,000 Starpoints per year here. Plus you can buy more than 30K with multiple members by transferring points for free between members living at the same address.

You can earn Starpoints with the Starwood Consumer or Business AMEX or the Chase Marriott Consumer or Business Visa. You can view credit card offers by hovering over the “Credit Cards” tab. You can then click on “Credit Cards From All Banks“ to find card offers via the logo of the bank you’re looking for.

Will you try to throw out the first pitch at the World Series this year?

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Chaim

Sorry about your Indians, Dan

PM

Very nice. Trully lifetime redemptions. When I earn 3 million points I promise to bid and beat you 🙂

Crys

Do they have anything similar for music award shows, CMT, ACM etc?

Redbull3

Dan, bidding on anything?

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