Posted by Ric Garrido

SPG Access Like No Other has a promotion to fly one SPG member to Barcelona with five friends, stay two nights at W Barcelona with breakfast December 2-4, 2011, meet/greet with Ellie Goulding and hear her play an acoustic show. Sounds like a cool prize for this British pop star sensation. Her Nike sponsored website gives you a two-minute Nike commercial of slow-mo Ellie who is big on running. Make it through the initial video and then a screen opens with a selection of Ellie Goulding song videos.

Enter the Access Ellie promotion between October 19 and November 14, 2011. One entry is free to SPG members registering for the promotion. Earn an additional entry for each eligible paid Starwood Hotel night during the sweepstakes.

Winner will be notified during the week following the promotion and only has 24 hours to confirm prize before an alternate winner is chosen.

 

SPG Moments

SPG Moments never attracted me since they came out with event auctions and I don’t think I ever blogged before about this SPG feature. Many of the SPG Moment offers are auction items and the price can quickly go higher than your current account balance, or at least my balance.

SPG Moments offer experiences like concert tickets, fine dining meal experiences, backstage passes and insider access, and sports clinics and events. Many of the items are auctions, and some are fixed price.

Last year there was an auction event for box seats at the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo Show with dinner and one night at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh for 65,000 points. This was certainly a special event opportunity, but those same 65,000 points could buy 7 or more nights at numerous Starwood hotels in Europe.

Another SPG Moments auction event in my locale was this summer’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine event auctioned last March for 65,000 and 86,000 points with VIP Access to the tasting tent.

Fixed price SPG Moments events caught my attention when reading Brian Kelly’s The Points Guy post about getting tickets for Britney Spears in Budapest for 5,000 points.

Sade or Tom Jones in Budapest or Lenny Kravitz in Warsaw or Roxette in London – all concerts with a fixed price of 5,000 points for two tickets.

Ellie Goulding is also 5,000 points to attend the Meet and Greet and acoustic performance at the W Barcelona December 3.

No free airfare for you and your friends or complimentary hotel stay though at the 5,000 points level. You just get to hang around a rock star in Barcelona in an intimate setting. Nice consolation.

 

5 Responses

  1. For what it’s worth, the W in Barcelona is quite amazing…definitely worth a trip anytime, but more so in the warmer summer months.

  2. I have no idea who this chick is, but I entered because the hotel looks fantastic. These kinds of contests do work in the SPG/hotel’s favor – because next time (first time) I’m in Barcelona, after seeing this place, this is where I want to stay…unless the rate is crazy crazy.

  3. A couple years back, I scored a couple of great “Moments” tickets (first row center, 2nd tier)for 10,000 Starpoints for a Coldplay show in Irvine. These were scalping for about $250 per, which I never would pay for a concert, but at least I can brag about the $.05 redemption value. Scored major points with the wife as well!

  4. That sounds like a great use of Starpoints. I enjoyed Coldplay on The Colbert Report last week.

    There was also a funny skit on Spirit Airlines selling ad space all over their fleet.

    Surprised nobody on BoardingArea blogged about it.

    Here is the link to the Spirit Airlines piece that comes about two minutes into the video.

    http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/400294/october-20-2011/tip-wag—tea-party-nation-pledge—spirit-airlines–ad-revenue?xrs=share_copy

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