My Exclusive Marriott Bonvoy Moments with Breaking Bad’s Finest

by Allan Yong
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Marriott Bonvoy Moments and a 1-Point drop

Marriott Bonvoy Moments provides Marriott Bonvoy members with an exclusive gateway to various curated experiences, from travel and leisure to culinary workshops and sporting events. In a rare opportunity in the program’s history, the 1-Point Drop promotion offers members the chance to engage in select Moments for the nominal cost of a single Marriott Bonvoy point. The 1-Point Drop Moments are carefully chosen and released sporadically throughout the year, available to the swift and fortunate few on a first-come, first-served basis. The anticipation builds as the drop dates for these Moments are pre-announced on Marriott Bonvoy’s social media channels and the dedicated Moments website, urging members to stay alert and act swiftly.

Marriott Bonvoy Moments

Eligibility is straightforward yet exclusive; – active Marriott Bonvoy members with at least one point can vie for these experiences. However, the exclusivity is heightened by the rule that each member can claim only one such package per calendar year, whether through a 1-Point Drop or auction. Thus, if a member is quick enough to snag a 1-Point Drop, they must savour it as their singular redemption of this kind for the year. For those who miss the initial drop, a glimmer of hope remains as some packages may later surface as part of a live auction, where members can bid their points to win their desired experience. This unique blend of opportunity and limitation adds a thrilling edge to the Marriott Bonvoy Moments, making the 1-Point Drops a coveted prize in travel loyalty programs.

Bidding for Marriott Bonvoy Moments

I saw the commercial on the Marriott Instagram account, promoting an intimate tasting of the unreleased Dos Hombres Mezcal alongside none other than the founders and “Breaking Bad” icons, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston. The 1-Point Drop promotion promised VIP glamour without the usual hefty price tag. Aaron Paul said, “It is only one point, and who doesn’t have one point?”

Marriott Bonvoy Moments

Credit: Dos Hombres

I created a calendar reminder 5 minutes before the opening of the “auction.” As soon as the clock turned 12:59:59, I started to refresh the page frantically. I had to give it to Bell Canada; our internet was not lagging, and I could see the “Bid” button and went through the “Buying” process. When I clicked on the last submit button, the browser returned a server-side error code, as the website probably crashed with the sudden traffic from all the Bonvoy members. However, I got a congratulations email from Marriott Bonvoy Moments, stating that I was one of the twelve lucky bidders who had secured the event for just 1 Bonvoy point. I was super excited!

Attending Marriott Bonvoy Moments

The preparation was as seamless as the bidding was furious. A third-party organizer reached out with forms and procedures, ensuring I was well-versed in the do’s and don’ts of celebrity encounters. The anticipation built as I planned to reunite with my cousin after over a decade apart, a reunion set against the backdrop of this once-in-a-lifetime Bonvoy Moment.

The event unfolded in downtown Los Angeles at the Proper Hotel, a venue oozing with exclusivity. My cousin and I, representing our loyalty to Marriott and Hyatt, respectively, convened at the venue, our catch-up easing the brunt of LA’s notorious traffic. A valet service, another event perk, whisked our car away as we entered the bustling ambience.

Proper Hotel Los Angeles Downtown

Proper Hotel in LA Downtown


Dos Hombres

Dos Hombres – Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston

The air was laced with the rich, earthy aroma of mezcal as Aaron and Bryan narrated their venture into the spirit’s artisanal creation. This wasn’t just a tasting; it was an education in the craft of mezcal, a spirit distinguished from tequila by its traditional distillation process and the unique type of agave used. As a connoisseur of spirits, I was intrigued by the distinctive herbal notes that Dos Hombres brought to the palate, offering an experience unlike any tequila I had savoured.

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston

Dos Hombres Mexcal

Marriott Bonvoy Moments

Mezcal Tastings

As we delved into the tasting, Aaron and Bryan mingled with guests, candidly discussing their journey and sharing their passion for their product. It was during this exchange that I posed a candid question about the mezcal’s premium pricing and its market implications. Aaron’s response was reassuring, hinting at their aspirations to balance exclusivity with accessibility.

Dos Hombres Mezcal

Aaron Paul chatting with people

a man pouring a drink into a glass

Bryan Cranston mixing a Mezcal

The event wasn’t just about spirits; it was an avenue to connect. My brief but personal interaction with Aaron Paul revealed a man as generous and witty off-screen as he was on. Bryan Cranston’s charm was undeniable, his charisma as alluring in person as it was through his on-screen personas.

Marriott Bonvoy Moments – Takeaway

This Marriott Bonvoy Moment transcended a simple member event—the power of shared experiences, the draw of celebrity, and the joy of reconnecting with family. It underscored the value of a single loyalty point when artfully leveraged, transforming it into the extraordinary. For those who relish these unique encounters, keep a keen eye on Marriott’s communications. You, too, might find yourself in the company of greatness, toasting with a glass of Dos Hombres mezcal, all for the humble cost of one Marriott point. As Aaron Paul aptly said, “Who does not have one point?”

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