Major hotel and airline loyalty programs generally allow travelers to use their spots to book a hotel room or flight for yourself or someone else.
What many don’t know is the amount of unique properties and travel experiences that can also be booked with points.
Here we’ve rounded up 8 of the most impressive:
Gold-decorated suites and onboard showers and bars
Despite the fact that Emirates is no longer freeing up First Class Award space for most partner programmes, travelers can still purchase these awards directly through Emirates Skywards or the Qantas Frequent Flyer.
Transfer points from all six major transferable points programs to Emirates to enjoy gold-decorated suites, in-flight showers and bars: Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Capital One, Marriott Bonvoy and Bilt Rewards.
Stay at the North Island resort in Seychelles
Marriott Bonvoy points can be used to book a stay at the stunning North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort in Seychelles.
Guests will stay in a two-bedroom villa with nearly 5,000 square feet of space. Breakfast is included, as is use of an island buggy, morning yoga, and children’s activities.
The hotel has a four-night minimum stay and award nights cost more than 340,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points per night.
This price does not include the 814 euros for the helicopter transfer (round trip).
All-inclusive private resort on Calala Island
World of Hyatt members can redeem 35,000 to 45,000 points per night for a stay at the opulent Calala Island Resort.
Calala Island is an all-inclusive resort on a private island off the coast of Nicaragua. It is so exclusive that it only has four oceanfront suites and can only accommodate eight guests at a time.
Air France First Class La Premiere
Travelers with Air France-KLM Flying Blue Gold or Platinum elite status can book La Premiere awards with miles. Additionally, eligible elite members can only redeem at the “flex” (non-saver) level, which implies that a one-way flight between the US and Europe will cost at least 220,000 miles.
Transfer points from Amex Membership Rewards, Capital One, Citi ThankYou, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy and Bilt Rewards to Flying Blue to reserve these rewards.
Single and double beds in Singapore’s first-class suites
Singapore Airlines’ newest A380 Suites are ideal for couples traveling together. Each suite is 50 square meters and has not only an adjustable armchair, but also a separate bed that can be connected to another.
Singapore does not make the first-class rewards space accessible to partner programs, but makes them available to its KrisFlyer frequent flyer club.
Luxury properties at the Ritz-Carlton Reserve
With just five locations worldwide, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve is one of Marriott’s most premium brands. The properties are luxurious and located in remote locations.
Award stays typically range from 80,000 to 240,000 points per night. The regular price for these properties is $800 per night.
Virgin Galactic flight into space
The cost is high, but it’s worth it. 2,000,000 miles from Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Fortunately, points are only deducted from your account if you win.
Commercial flights are expected to begin in 2023. The trip will take three days and will include flight preparation and a two-hour spaceflight with at least five minutes of zero gravity.
Virgin Galactic spaceflight tickets start at $450,000, a remarkable 22.5 cents a point. TPG values Flying Club points at 1.5 cents per point.
A week on Virgin Galactic Owner’s Private Island
A seven-night stay for two on Richard Branson’s Necker Island can be purchased for 1.5 million Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points.
Those interested in taking advantage of this deal will have to wait at least until next year. Rescue is on hold as the resort works through a list of past reservations that have been canceled due to the pandemic.
Reservations are available exclusively to Virgin Atlantic Silver and Gold members. However, you can match Virgin Atlantic status from another airline or hotel program.