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Did you recently bid on the SPG moments for the grand opening of Westin Nanea Ocean Resort in Maui? Well, the wining bid was 253,500 SPG points, expensive but only a fraction of the 1,000,000 points for throwing the first pitch at World Series last year. While some SPG moments are very pricy, there are plenty that are actually affordable. If you are a fan of fast cars or racing, you should check out SPG moments Formula 1 packages, as they start at less than 10,000 points.
Formula One races
I am not into cars at all, but I did marry one who is. Our television DVR recorded countless car shows, auctions, and races over the years. I watched many of the races, but the one I always look forward to is Formula One. It is quite a thrill to watch the fastest road course racing cars in the world racing the clock and against each other!
Held around the world each year, Formula One world championship races are typically done over three-day weekends – practice day on Friday, qualifying day on Saturday, and Grand Prix on Sunday. As you can see from the 2017 Formula One calendar, each season starts with Australia in March and ends with Abu Dhabi in November. Here in North America, Formula One races are held in Montreal in June, Austin Texas and Mexico City in October.
SPG Moments Formula 1 experience
Starwood formed a partnership with Mecedez AMG Petronas Formula One racing team in 2012. It become the official accommodations provider for race attendees. Since then, Starwood has been offering member-only travel packages through SPG Moments. Three different types of packages are offered for each day of the race.
This year’s Formula One race just started last weekend (March 24-26) in Melbourne Australia. It was an exciting race! After a scoreless 2016 season, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel beat Mecedez’s Lewis Hamilton to win Melbourne Grand Prix.
SPG Moments Formula 1 packages are currently on sale for races through end of May. You can find the complete list here. Packages for new races are added as time gets closer, and prices vary depending on location. Some of the packages can be had for below 10,000 SPG points. A pair of Grand Stand tickets can be purchased at a flat cost of 20,000 points. The ultimate VIP experiences are usually sold in auction format, such as the one shown below for the Monaco race in May. If interested, you can place your bid directly here (bidding ends May 8). Last year, this package sold for over 950,000 SPG points!
If I were to bid on any SPG Moments, the Formula One packages would be it. I would love to surprise my husband someday with tickets to a Formula One race, perhaps in Montreal or Austin, and maybe even as far as Barcelona or Singapore. Next year I have a big anniversary coming up, and I am seriously considering a surprise trip around a Formula One weekend!
Have you been to a Formula One race?