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15 VIP Experiences You Can Only Get Using Travel Rewards

You can meet celebrities, dine with top chefs, and even learn a sport with top athletes without spending a dime. Read on for some of our favorite VIP experiences you can get with your travel points.

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An evening with Colbie Caillat and Chef Cat Cora in Santa Barbara

This Marriott Rewards Moments Live experience at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara is so dazzling, you might need sunglasses just to look at it. First, you’ll be entertained by Grammy Award-winning artist Colbie Caillat as she headlines an acoustic set following a performance by singer/songwriter/actress Clare Bowen from the hit TV series Nashville. Then Iron Chef Cat Cora will serve up an indulgent multi-course meal that includes wine pairings curated by an expert sommelier. Here are 10 credit card perks you should always use on vacation.

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Hit the slopes with Bode Miller

Calling all skiers—here’s your chance to carve fresh powder on the slopes of Vail Mountain: Marriott Rewards Members can land an exclusive ski session with Olympic ski legend Bode Miller. Kick off the day with breakfast and an intimate meet-and-greet photo opportunity with the most decorated Olympic skier in U.S. history. Afterward, take to the famed slopes of Vail alongside the six-time medal winner followed by lunch at The 10th—a scenic restaurant where you can refuel and rehash your epic runs.

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Say yes to this dress

Brides to be, this Marriott Member Exclusive will help you land your dream dress during a VIP appointment at legendary bridal shop Kleinfeld, featured in TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. Start with a behind the scenes tour of the gown mecca and Say Yes to the Dress production areas. Your personal professional bridal-and-accessory consultant will navigate the stunning rows of tulle, lace, and designer gowns to help find you the perfect wedding day look, and you even get a $500 credit towards your dream dress.

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Sweet Treats in Washington, DC, with Christina Tosi

If you have a sweet tooth, you probably know all about Milk Bar’s famed pastry chef Christina Tosi, the mastermind behind gooey “Crack Pie,” birthday cake truffles, and cornflake-marshmallow cookies. Using your Marriott Rewards points, you can join Tosi for a private members-only cooking class at the Milk Bar flagship at Logan Circle in Washington, DC. Afterward, you’ll indulge in a gourmet dinner with drinks at Momofuku CCDC (and you even get a signed copy of Tosi’s new cookbook).

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Decadent dinner at DANIEL in NYC

What’s better than a Michelin-starred dinner in one of the hottest spots in the Big Apple? Savor the scrumptious offerings of star chef Daniel Boulud in his exclusive Skybox at DANIEL. The glass-enclosed inner sanctum is an extension of the great chef’s office; with seating for just four lucky guests, you’ll have unparalleled views of the stellar kitchen. This Marriott Rewards experience also includes a personal tour of the kitchen and a signed cookbook. Find out some of the most outrageous hotel amenities around the world.

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Kick Back in the green room at Jimmy Kimmel Live

Score exclusive access to the Emmy-winning late night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Hollywood with Marriott Rewards. You and a guest will have the chance to sit up close and personal for a live taping of the show, plus you’ll have exclusive access to the green room filled with drinks and snacks before the show where celebrity guests often hang out. These unique travel experiences are unparalleled.

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Kick off with the Atlanta Falcons and Jerry Rice

With this Marriott Rewards experience, you’ll get access to lower bowl tickets for an Atlanta Falcons game. The next day, you and a friend will have access to the field at the stadium with a chance to take your punting, passing, and kicking skills to the next level thanks to hands-on instruction by legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice. Touchdown!

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Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

This one’s good for a family of four, including airline credits to get you to Pigeon Forge—home to Dollywood—and a two-night stay at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Smoky Mountains Resort. The VIP package also includes a down-home dinner at a classic BBQ restaurant and two days of tickets to Dollywood’s Christmas in the Smokies, which features a spectacular light display and top-notch entertainment. These are the secret travel deals you won’t be able to pass up.

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Belly Laughs in NYC

Chase and the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) are teaming up with The Tenderloins from the hit TV show Impractical Jokers for a behind-the-scenes event full of laughs, cocktails and, of course, practical jokes. The event will offer IHG Rewards Club card members an exclusive experience with the New York-based comedy troupe at Carolines on Broadway.

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Get Revved Up at NASCAR

Start your engines and watch the biggest names in NASCAR take the track at the legendary Texas Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500, home to the fastest 1.5-mile oval in the country. This Marriott Moment lets you take in every thrilling lap with a three-day pass. You’ll have access to the Victory Lane Club which features gourmet cuisine and plush seating. With weekend pit passes, you’ll get up close to all the action; feel the horsepower as you cruise around the track during a Sunday morning pace-car ride.

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Wellness Weekend in Amelia Island

Join the world’s most renowned wellness leaders in yoga, mindfulness, and healthy living at the 2018 Amelia Island Wellness Festival at The Ritz Carlton. The experience includes full weekend access to the Festival, reserved seating to join musician MC Yogi and wellness presenter Amanda Giacomini at the Wellness Festival’s dinner; you’ll also get a two-night stay at the swanky Ritz Carlton along with welcome champagne. Don’t miss these other wellness retreats you won’t want to pass up.

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New Year’s Eve in Times Square

There’s no more exciting place to be New Year’s eve than Times Square—but there are much better ways to experience it than standing outside in the freezing cold. With this special Marriott Rewards, you’ll attend the swanky New Year’s Eve Gala at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (you’ll also have a room for two nights) and enjoy a multi-course tasting dinner, open bar, and live entertainment. Then you’ll get the true VIP experience with an escorted walk into the exclusive red-carpet area of Times Square where you can catch a glimpse of the celebrities and performers who are getting ready to go live on TV. Then ring in the new year by watching the iconic ball drop from the center of all the action.

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Tee up with a women’s golf champ in England

Golf fans will want a tee-time for this IHG Rewards Club unique opportunity to play a round of golf at one of the stops on the Ladies European Tour: The Buckinghamshire Golf Club, in Denham, United Kingdom. Even better, you’ll play around with LET Professional Annabel Dimmock. After breakfast together in the clubhouse, you and a golf buddy can play 18.

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Floor Seats for Phil Collins

Enjoy “One More Night” with the legendary Phil Collins on his Not Dead Yet Live! tour when it stops in New York City. This IHG Rewards Club package includes floor seats at Barclays Center, passes to the Billboard Lounge, and special entry through the Calvin Klein VIP entrance.

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Say “Aloha” to Waikiki

Escape to the world-famous beaches of Waikiki with three nights at the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki. You’ll get views of the Pacific Ocean, Koolau mountains, and the Waikiki skyline. This exclusive package also includes airline credit, dinner at award-winning Roy’s restaurant, a scuba-diving experience in the tropical fish-filled Pacific, and a trolley tour of Waikiki. Next, find out about travel point perks you didn’t know existed.

Melissa Klurman
Melissa is an intrepid explorer and award-winning travel journalist with more than 25 years of experience. She covers topics ranging from family travel and Disney to honeymoons and romantic beaches, and everything in between.