I’ve been a Billy Joel fan since I was a kid. I grew up on Piano Man and Scenes From an Italian Restaurant. While I was in high school (college?) Storm Front came out and I listened to We Didn’t Start the Fire and I Go To Extremes a million times as young folks do.
Fast forward 20 years and it’s been over a decade since I went to my last concert (Aerosmith and Kiss, in case you were wondering). And, even though I saw plenty of concerts when I was younger, I never got to see Billy Joel play.
So, when an auction popped up on SPG Moments for two tickets to Billy Joel at Wrigley Field, I was in! It doesn’t hurt that my wife is a huge Billy Joel fan. The auction was for two tickets in a luxury box. I’ve never actually seen a concert from a luxury box, so I don’t know what to expect. I’m old enough that there won’t be any crowd surfing for me, and I doubt Billy Joel concerts have mosh pits.
If you’re not familiar with SPG Moments, it’s probably the biggest thing I’ll miss if Marriott kills the program once they complete the merger between the two companies. The last SPG Moment I won was the best use of points I’ve ever had. I bid on (and won) a tennis lesson with Andre Agassi at the US Open. I can still remember the look on my wife’s face when she found out that she (not me) was the one doing the lesson.
It was unbelievable. Andre was very welcoming and friendly. He was a great teacher. And, we even got some priceless video when he scorched one past Michelle near the end of her time on the court. After that, we relaxed in the SPG suite and watched some great tennis.
Fast forward to this year and a winning bid of just over 50,000 Starpoints. My wife and I are super stoked to be heading to a Billy Joel concert. If you valued the points according to “appropriate” reasonable metrics, they’re probably worth about $1,000. I wouldn’t pay $1,000 for two tickets to a Billy Joel concert. But I still consider the SPG Moments to be a pretty darn good use of points.
Some might argue it’s a bad deal, since tickets can be purchased from around $70 up to $400 a piece. I have no idea where the SPG box is, nor do I imagine we can eat a whole lot of food and drink during the concert. We’re lucky enough to have Starpoints for an experience like this, something we’re unlikely to spend our own money on.
The Final Two Pennies
There are a host of cool SPG Moments available right now. I missed out on the redemption awards for US Open tickets (they have both straight redemption and auction options). Given Roger Federer’s resurgence, I might be thinking about those auctions. You can also use Starpoints for a Yankees-Red Sox Game, Jimmy Kimmel tickets (and hanging out in the green room) or score VIP tickets for Lollapalooza.
We’re fortunate enough to earn plenty of points that we can redeem some for an experience like this. The concert is only a couple of weeks away. I’ll be sure to report back on how the experience was! For now, I’m pretty happy spending 50,000 Starpoints to take my wife to a Billy Joel concert.
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