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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express
As if the current limited-time 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers (available until September 3, 2013) on both the personal and business versions of the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express weren’t reason enough to sign up for the card, the personal credit card is also one of the sponsors for the US Open and to celebrate they are offering SPG American Express cardholders an exclusive offer to buy discounted tickets to a match at the US Open on September 3 including a meet-and-greet with a tennis pro, cocktails and dinner.
Tickets go on sale starting Tuesday, August 20, at 3 p.m. EST, and you have to call 1-800-445-7374 to reserve.
The event will take place Tuesday evening, September 3, starting at 5:30pm at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Tickets are $165 each for lower promenade seating at Arthur Ashe Stadium, cocktail reception with dinner in the SPG Cardmember hospitality area, and a meet and greet with a well-known tennis guest.
This offer is available only to Starwood Preferred Guest credit cardmembers and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis – so if you’re interested, I suggest calling in as soon as possible once the sale starts to make sure you get a seat since space is limited and I think these will go quickly. Cardmembers are limited to four tickets each.
According to TicketMaster, most of the lower promenade is sold out for this match already, although the few lower level seats that remain are going for $117 per ticket, so you are paying the premium for the cocktail reception, dinner and meet and greet, and possibly the prospect of seats with better views than are still on sale right now.
Starwood was also offering SPG members the opportunity to redeem starpoints to attend the US Open through SPG Moments, but these have since sold out, so if you are thinking of taking them up on this offer, be sure to do it sooner than later. 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.
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.