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For last week’s Thursday Giveaway, I managed to snag two tickets to a match at the US Open tomorrow courtesy of the folks over at American Express and Starwood.
All you had to do to enter was Tweet me telling me your favorite tennis moment and include the hashtag #TPGUSOPEN. I received a ton of responses with everything from learning how to play tennis themselves, to iconic moments in tennis history like Pete Sampras’s serve obliterating rival Patrick Rafter’s racket strings.
Our winner, chosen at random is @mbrosen, who Tweeted that his favorite tennis memory was actually a moment from a past US Open:
“Fav #USOpen moment: Few years back, Federer v. Roddick (aka The Chump), w/Rog serving a “change-up” to win 1st set #TPGUSOPEN”
Sounds he’s a real tennis fan and will really enjoy his tickets to the First Round Men’s and Women’s matches tomorrow at the USTA Center in Flushing.
Congratulations to our winner, and thanks to all who entered! If you didn’t win but still want to attend a US Open match tomorrow, you can still get in if you have a Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card. 35,000 Starpoints will get you a pair of tickets to an exclusive cardmember event in the SPG Luxury Suite at the 2013 US Open, with complimentary food and beverages. Cardmembers who redeem their points for this experience have their choice of attending either the Day Session at 11:00 am or the Evening Session at 7:00 pm.
To RSVP for your tickets, you must email SPGCardTennisSuite@starwoodhotels.com with your first and last name, the session you would like to attend, your SPG number, and your address if you would like your tickets shipped to an address other than the one associated with your SPG account. There is a limit 1 pair of tickets per cardmember.
Events like this are just another perk to great credit cards like the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express. If you don’t yet have the card, which is one of my favorite travel credit cards thanks to the value and versatility of the Starpoints it earns, American Express is currently offering limited-time sign-up bonuses on both the personal and business versions of the card of 30,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 6 months. That’s a 20% increase over the usual bonuses on these cards, and usually only comes around only once a year. 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.