The Winner Of The US Open Swag Bag Is…

Sep 3, 2013

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

For last week’s Thursday Giveaway contest, I decided to give one lucky reader the cool swag bag I got while attending the US Open and visiting the Starwood Preferred Guest suite at the USTA including a cute Kate Spade tote.

Screen shot 2013-08-28 at 5.29.10 PM

The items in the prize include:

Kate Spade “Love is in the Air” Starwood tote
Starwood Preferred Guest Umbrella
Starwood Preferred Guest Resort Member Favorites Hardcover
SPG iPhone Cover
Lacoste Tennis Hat
Lacoste Sweatbands
Eucerin SPF 30 Moisturizer
Aquaphor Lip Repair
Commemorative Oversize US Open Tennis Ball

Plus 1,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points deposited directly into your SPG account.

To enter the contest, all you had to do is follow me on Twitter and tweet me @thepointsguy with the hashtag #TPGSPGSwag telling me what your favorite Starwood property is and why.

Now, Starwood is one of my favorite hotel chains – I go for Platinum elite status every year, and I’m currently a 100-nighter – but apparently I’m not alone and the prospect of SPG-labeled swag got a lot of people talking, because the Tweets kept coming in this weekend.

There were a lot of votes for fabulous, far-flung properties like the St. Regis Bali and Bora Bora, the W Maldives and other personal favorites of mine like the St. Regis Princeville on Kauai.

But the random winner was @devonpack who chose a much less… popular destination.

@thepointsguy I love the Westin Cincy. All the pro teams stay there and it’s close to everything. Great award price too! #TPGSPGSwag

The winning tweet.
The winning tweet.

It just goes to show that there are plenty of great ways to find value and excitement from your hotel points – whether you’re using them to book an over-water bungalow on the other side of the planet, or a weekend stay at a great property in your own backyard.

Thanks to all those who entered and stay tuned this week for a huge giveaway that’s coming on Thursday!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.