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Aside from flying or staying at Starwood properties, arguably one of the best ways to use your Starpoints is with SPG Moments, a program that allows SPG members to redeem Starpoints for a variety of special culinary, cultural, musical and sports-related experiences. One of the most popular SPG Moments is a US Open package, which, as of today, SPG members can get in on, as auctions are now open.
As of this writing, you can redeem Starpoints for a spot in the SPG Suite for day or night sessions between August 30 and September 5. There are four additional options users can bid on — SPG Suite tickets for a day session on September 6, the men’s semifinal and final and the women’s final. However, the site’s homepage states that there will soon be other experiences to bid on, such as a VIP tour or a tennis lesson from Andy Roddick, but it’s not clear yet when those will become available.
The SPG Suite package includes two tickets to the chosen session or match, as well as complimentary food and beverages. The ones that are available to buy are going for 50,000 Starpoints apiece, while the bidding prices for the other sessions varies, with redemptions starting at 25,000 for the men’s semifinal and women’s final, 35,000 for the men’s final and 5,000 for the September 6 day session.
Ultimately, if you’re a big tennis fan and have some Starpoints that you’re looking to use, this could be a great redemption. However, the experiences aren’t cheap. Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, Starpoints are worth 2.5 cents apiece, so if you’re planning to buy one of the 50,000 packages outright, it’s equal to about $1,250. That being said, the SPG Suite experience could definitely be worth the high price tag — especially if you’re a big tennis fan.
If you want to increase your stash of Starpoints for future SPG Moments (although there’s no guarantee that these US Open Moments will be available by the time you meet your minimum spend), consider signing up for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express. The card comes with a sign-up bonus of 25,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months. You’ll earn 2x points per dollar on Starwood stays and 1x points on all other purchases.
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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