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TPG Reader Hall of Fame: Walking the red carpet in Hollywood

Nov. 08, 2019
4 min read
TPG Reader Hall of Fame: Walking the red carpet in Hollywood
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Today's TPG Hall of Fame story comes to you courtesy of Shana, whose creative use of points and miles meant that she and her boyfriend got a chance to walk the red (or in this case, blue) carpet at the premiere of Aquaman, where they spent the evening schmoozing with some of Hollywood's hottest stars.

Let's check out how they did it.

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(Photo courtesy of Shana Gainey.)

Tickets to premieres aren't just handed out willy-nilly, but fortunately for Shana and her boyfriend, Jesse, Marriott Bonvoy Moments was auctioning off several packages of tickets. For those unfamiliar with the program, Marriott Moments are unique experiences set up for auction, with customers bidding points instead of money to win these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. In fact, tickets to the TPG Awards are being auctioned off right now!

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Shana ended up winning two tickets to the premiere with a bid of 127,500 Marriott Bonvoy points, which included red-carpet access and after-party tickets. Wanting to arrive to Hollywood in style, she and Jesse flew first class all the way to Los Angeles before checking in to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. They swung this using points and miles earned from a variety of sources, including travel rewards credit card welcome bonuses, work travel and everyday spending. Here are the cards they used:

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express — Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Terms apply.
  • Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card — Earn 75,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $200 in statement credits for eligible purchases made on your new card at U.S. restaurants within the first six months of card membership.

Here are the points they spent:

ProgramPoints UsedCurrent TPG valuation (cents per point)
American Express Membership Rewards32,0002.00
Marriott Bonvoy127,5000.80
American Airlines AAdvantage100,0001.40

Here's how they used them:

PurposePlaceNameClass of servicePoints usedComments
FlightWashington, D.C. to Los Angeles R/TAmerican AirlinesFirst100,000Earned via business travel
HotelBeverly HillsWaldorf Astoria Beverly HillsN/A32,000American Express (transferred to Hilton)
Award packageHollywoodMarriott Bonvoy Moments Aquaman PremiereN/A127,500Won at auction

All told, Shana and Jesse spent nearly 260,000 points for their venture — a great deal, considering this trip can't actually be purchased. Great job!

Featured photo courtesy of LPETTET/iStock by Getty Images.

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