I just received and email from Marriott introducing a new way to redeem points – via points bidding. Many hotel and airline loyalty programs have started offering auction-style redemptions for unique experiences and it looks like Marriott is joining the bandwagon.Upon taking a look at Marriott’s new “Experience Marketplace“, there are various events and experiences you can bid on with your points ranging from exclusive culinary experiences, sports and lifestyle events, and even a cruise.While I personally think the best value for Marriott points is the Marriott Flight and Hotel Packages, I do think that some readers would appreciate an opportunity to attend an exclusive screening of the movie “Sully” in select cities for a flat rate of just 2,500 points for you and a guest on September 6.
Since I value Marriott points at around .08 cents each, 2,500 points is like seeing an anticipated frequent-flyer movie for $20 days before it’s released to the public. Unfortunately, an advanced-screening is not available in my city for 2,500 points, but I am definitely looking forward to the release of the movie!What are your thoughts on using points to bid for experiences? Have you ever participated in auction-based redemptions?