Frequent flier and hotel points programs can deliver things that you couldn’t access yourself at almost any price. Sold-out events, meet-and-greets backstage, cooking classes from celebrity chefs — these are the sorts of things you can’t do yourself but that big travel companies can put together for you. Auctions for experiences can get you especially good value since most people don’t know about them, which means the bidding stays thin and you don’t have to trade too many miles for a memorable event. The Starwood program, Delta, American and Hilton all let you bid on admission to concerts, sports events and movie premieres.

Source: USA Today