Every so often Starwood Preferred Guest runs a sweepstakes to highlight the various hotels in the portfolio, or to promote a new benefit. The latest offering “Open the World of SPG” is now open, and can be a fun way to rack up some extra Starpoints.
I can’t actually enter the sweepstakes, as apparently my SPG account is locked (more on that fun drama in a future post), but as I don’t think I’ve ever won anything in my entire life it’s probably not that big a loss.
For those of you who have a bit more luck, you can enter the Open the World sweepstakes twice a day through the online interface:
After you enter your details, you’ll be prompted to select either an Apple Watch, iPhone, or Android phone. You don’t have to choose a device that you actually own in real-life, this just selects your cursor for the next step.
In an animation that’s too cute by half, you use your mobile device to unlock a hotel room door of your choice. SPG has been rolling out keyless entry to many of their hotels, so this is a fun callback to the new keyless option:
Behind the doors are various Starwood properties, with a blurb sharing a bit of information about the featured hotel:
And then if you’re like me, you’ll receive a notice that you didn’t win today/ever:
But again, you can enter twice a day online, and other people have reported winning gift cards and SPG points.
For those playing online, the potential prizes are as follows:
- One Free Night Award for any SPG participating category 1-5 hotel or resort (award must be consumed by March 31, 2016)
- 25,000 Starpoints
- 10,000 Starpoints
- 5,000 Starpoints
- 1,000 Starpoints
- American Express $10 Gift Card*
- Amazon $25 Gift Card*
- Amazon $50 Gift Card*
*Gift Cards are only available to US residents. Gift Card will be sent via mail to the address member has provided on their SPG profile at www.spg.com. Allow three to four weeks for Gift Card delivery from Promotion Period end date.
Beyond the online game, Starwood also has a “live” booth at the US Open, as part of their sponsorship of that event. If you’re going to be attending the US Open over the next few weeks, you can play to win further prizes, as follows:
- One Free Night Award (award must be consumed by March 31, 2016)
- American Express $10 Gift Card
- Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize winner will be awarded 250,000 Starpoints
You can find the full terms of the sweepstakes here.
Have you entered the Open the World sweepstakes yet? Any winners?