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Starwood allows SPG members to redeem their Starpoints for concerts, sporting events, and once in a lifetime experiences through SPG Moments. SPG has launched some new SPG Moment packages at the US Open tennis championship from August 26 – September 9 in New York. The US Open has become a favorite annual program for SPG – last year’s men’s finals became the most popular SPG Moment as the highest bidding among any auction for 2012.
This year they have 65 US Open SPG Moments which are available here. SPG members have the chance to bid on experiences including a private tennis clinic with Andy Roddick, courtside seats, viewing from the SPG luxury suite at center court of Arthur Ashe, breakfast in the players area, stadium tours and more.
SPG is offering a number of ways for members to get firsthand access to truly memorable SPG Moments at the US Open:
- Courtside seats to matches throughout the US Open in the heart of the action at Arthur Ashe Stadium
- Access to watch a match from the SPG Luxury Suite, including food and beverages, right at center court
- Breakfast for two in the exclusive Player’s Dining Room at Arthur Ashe Stadium
- Opportunity to bring young tennis fans to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday, August 25th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for a day-long family event with interactive games for kids of all ages
- Behind-the-scenes stadium tours including access to the US Open Media Center
One of the packages is a Tennis Clinic with Andy Roddick which has a starting bid of 35,000 Starpoints. Details of this package include:
- Access for one to participate in a one-hour tennis clinic with other SPG members and taught by Andy Roddick at the US Open Grounds in Queens, NY, on Saturday, September 7, 2013
- Access for one to be a spectator during the clinic
- Opportunity for two to enjoy a photo and autograph session with Andy Roddick following the clinic
- Two tickets to the SPG Luxury Suite at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for Men’s Semifinals play at the 2013 US Open on the same day
- Food and beverages for two while enjoying the SPG Luxury Suite
Even if you aren’t interested in redeeming for a package, you are still invited to enter to win a trip to NYC, including two nights in the Presidential Suite at the Westin New York Grand Central and a pair of courtside tickets to the US Open Men’s Singles Final. Members in the tri-state will also have the opportunity to win courtside seats throughout the tournament by using #BringMeSPG on Twitter.
Additionally, SPG members with tickets to the US Open who visit the SPG booth at the South Plaza and show their SPG card will receive a surprise gift. Westin Hotels remains an official sponsor of the US Open in 2013 and will also be giving away free Heavenly Beds at several sessions throughout the tournament to lucky fans. Tennis fans arriving by subway can enjoy a pedicab ride down the boardwalk entrance to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center courtesy of SPG.
If you find yourself short on SPG points consider the Starwood Amex Personal or Business card both of which offer 25,000 bonus SPG points after spending $5,000 in the first six months. Starwood Preferred Guest is also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, but offers a poor 3:1 transfer ratio, so I don’t recommend only as a last option.
There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.
- Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
- Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
- Receive free in-room, premium internet access. Booking requirements apply.
- Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
- $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
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