This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

At TPG, we’re big fans of SPG Moments, the Starwood membership feature that lets you buy or bid on unique experiences and events. Well, the SPG team’s come up with a doozy this time — and if you’ve been thinking about visiting UAE, this could be your chance to do it in style.

Here’s the deal: On September 1, Emirates is launching its first nonstop flight from Orlando (MCO) to Dubai (DXB). To celebrate this (kind of weird?) new route, it’s auctioning off two seats on the inaugural flight. The winner receives:

  • Two (2) Emirates business-class tickets on the inaugural from Orlando (USA) to Dubai (UAE) departing on 1 September Dubai, returning on 5 September to Orlando
  • Three-night (3-night) stay for two (2) at Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, including breakfast
  • Two (2) passes for the Emirates A380 Experience at the Village, Dubai Mall
Emirates A380 biz
Emirates A380 business class. Photo courtesy of Emirates.

While Business Class + Sheraton + heat so aggressive it’s nearly sentient doesn’t exactly scream “trip of a lifetime” to everyone, it could be a good deal if you’re into the auction game.


But be warned: The bidding as of this writing is up to 155,500 Starpoints; as One Mile at a Time points out, you could take this trip yourself using 283,000 Starpoints, so you might want to hold off on bidding until you see just how high it gets before the August 13 deadline.

Do you think it’s a good deal? Will you be placing a bid? Let us know in the comments.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.