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Will I fall in love with New York City? American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Stars program has tempted me with some New York City travel this year and I wonder if New York is going to suck me in?

Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck and John Lennon all ended up living in New York.

New York is a foreign land to me. I have spent more time in the vicinity of the Queen’s Buckingham Palace than I have Queens New York. I have walked the Brooklyn Bridge across Las Vegas Boulevard many times, but never stepped foot on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. 

Enter my Amex Stars 25,000 Starpoints sweepstakes on Twitter

This American Express SPG Amex Stars program provides me with some trips to New York later this year. The project also provides my Loyalty Traveler readers the opportunity to win some Starpoints in giveaways throughout 2012. The first Loyalty Traveler Amex Star sweepstakes is for 25,000 points in conjunction with the New York Tribeca Film Festival, the first Amex Stars event I missed due to a commitment in Los Angeles.

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express is sponsoring a prize for one Loyalty traveler reader to receive 25,000 Starpoints.

The Twitter sweepstakes is based around the concept of readers sharing the Starwood Hotel you would most like to visit in New York.

Rules to enter the 25,000 Starpoints Sweepstakes:

1. Follow Loyalty Traveler on

2. Post a tweet sharing which Starwood Hotel in New York you most want to visit. See the list of 19 New York Starwood Hotels at end of this post.

3. Use the hashtag #SPGAMEXin the tweet.

4. Use @LoyaltyTravelerin the tweet. Supposedly this makes it easier for me to see all the entries for when I pick a random winner.

5. Eligible entries accepted from 10:00 am Pacific time Monday, April 30 through 10:00 am Pacific time Friday, May 11, 2012.

The Loyalty Traveler SPG Amex Star 25,000 points sweepstakes entry period will run 12 days, the same length as the Tribeca Film Festival April 18-29, 2012.

6. Prize winner will be chosen at random. You can tweet one entry per calendar day of the contest for 12 entries total.

7. Make sure to include a New York Starwood Hotel, #SPGAmex and @LoyaltyTraveler.

Sample Eligible Tweet:

@LoyaltyTraveler W New York Times Square #SPGAMEX

Cheat sheet for Starwood Hotels In New York (with NY city address).

There are 37 Starwood Hotelslisted when you search New York, New York on The 19 hotels listed below are within the New York city limits. Your tweet should include one of these 19 hotels.

1. W New York Times Square

2. The Chatwal, New York City

3. The Westin New York at Times Square

4. The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel

5. Four Points by Sheraton Midtown – Times Square

6. Element New York Times Square West

7. Sheraton New York Hotel

8. Le Parker Meridien New York

9. The St. Regis New York

10. W New York

11. The New York Helmsley Hotel

12. Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea

13. W New York – Union Square

14. Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village

15. Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel

16. W New York – Downtown

17. Aloft Harlem

18. Aloft New York Brooklyn

19. Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel


Please tell me about your New York.

Please leave a tip or advice on this blog post if you know New York and have some good travel information to share with me. Commenting here won’t help you in the Twitter sweepstakes, but seriously, I have only been to New York City one time in my life in the year 2000 and I didn’t do much while there except hang out in a Starwood Hotel, Sheraton Russell, and that property has been demolished.

I’d love to read your New York insights as a newbie experiencing New York this year.

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Blogger Disclosure: The 25,000 Starpoints Twitter Sweepstakes and this post are sponsored posts by American Express Starwood Preferred Guest as part of my participation in the 2012 Amex Stars program.


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  • DavidAL May 8, 2012

    I recently stayed at the The Manhattan at Times Square Hotel. Nothing super fancy, but great location and great for a C&P stay.

  • Susan May 8, 2012

    Whatever you do while in New York, take so e comfy shoes, get a good map, and walk! There is so much to be seen in each of the neighborhoods, that it is just best to walk. SoHo, Chelsea, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy……. You could plan your day around eating by choosing a restaurant in one of these areas and then having a walk. The best way to experience New York is on the streets.

  • Coleman May 8, 2012

    We visit New York several times a year from South Carolina. There is so much to do, but one of the things we have really enjoyed is taking cooking classes at ICE – Besides “learning” to cook, we have met some of the nicest “locals” that gave us lots of “local” tidbits… Eataly –,
    Rodeo bar –,
    lottery for Broadway shows-
    and Cupcakes by Melissa –

    Have fun from Southern Tourist!

  • Ric Garrido May 8, 2012

    @Susan – I am a child of the streets (but mostly countryside). I imagine I will be putting on at least 15 miles of tread wear on my sneakers each day I am free to walk and talk.

    Just hope the NY restaurants will let a sneaker-wearing Californian in the door.

  • LIH Prem May 8, 2012

    Learn how to use the subways and bus system. Don’t ignore the bus system for quick trips in Manhattan or LGA to Manhattan. Use public transit to/from the airports. For JFK: Airtrain + LIRR, For EWR: Airtrain + NJ Transit

  • LIH Prem May 8, 2012

    Most major subway stations are handicapped accessible (look for the wheelchair symbol to find the proper entrance.) It’s an old system, so not all stations are easily navigable with carry-on luggage, but the major stations are. On the subway maps in the trains etc, you will see stations marked with the wheel chair logo, which means there’s an easy way to change levels, get to/from the street etc without using stairs.

    Don’t go through the turnstile with luggaboard bags. The station agent will buzz you through the handicapped entrance after you swipe your metro card and manually turn the turnstile to “pay” for your entrance. You can exit through those same doors, just ignore the warnings about “alarm will sound”, it’s fine, since your bags won’t easily make it through the narrow turnstiles.

  • Jim May 8, 2012

    Fly into and out of LGA. It’s the closest airport.

  • Scott G May 8, 2012

    Take the subway across to Brooklyn but walk the Bridge back into the city…gorgeous views the whole way. Also, take the Staten Island Ferry…it’s free and no better way to see the harbor, Statue of Liberty and the buildings of NYC.

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  • Marilyn May 8, 2012

    Make sure to hit the TKTS booth in Times Square for discounted same day Broadway show tickets! There’s also one at South Street Seaport.

  • Craig May 9, 2012

    I always suggest tourists take the Staten Island Ferry from lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back. It’s FREE and offers some of the very best views of the lower Manhattan skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty. And they even sell beer/wine on-board if you care to have a drink as you take in the view. The Ferry departs every 30 minutes or every hour (I can’t remember) and has a subway stop right there for easy access.

  • Clare May 9, 2012

    New York really is the crossroads of the world! By all means try all the little ethnic restaurants. Also the people watching in Manhattan is fantastic. Find a comfortable place to sit or stand and watch a colorful parade of New Yorkers going about everyday life

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  • Caleb B May 9, 2012

    Try an amazing cookie from Levain Bakery. It’s on the Upper Westside.

  • DanR May 10, 2012

    Hilton Garden Inn in Chelsea area of Manhattan (near Madison Square Garden) was an awesome find. Very clean hotel, great staff, welcome cookies, location, and “hidden” rear hotel restaurant. I was upgraded with HH Gold status and was given a 4 pm check out, and comp. breakfast, delicious omelets made to order.

    Also, take the free ferry to Governor’s Island, near SI Ferry Terminal and South Street Seaport. Very nice place to take a walk, look at the fort, and picnic !

  • Ric Garrido May 10, 2012

    Sounds like there are plenty of free ferry rides to try.

    An interesting article idea for me might be to take the free ferry rides and then take the tourist boat rides.

    I made a contact in Los Angeles last month and I can try out one of the dinner boat rides pulling the social media promotion complimentary gig for a free ride, food and beer.

    @DanR – the walking around a fort suggestion sounds like something I’d like to do.

    @Caleb B. – I look forward to building my New York knowledge base so that Upper Westside actually means something to me.

    @Clare – I do want to try different foods.
    Wikipedia says 36% of the population in New York was born in a foreign country. Los Angeles is 41%.

  • Martin May 10, 2012

    I hope you’ve been at the WTC, when you were in NYC in 2000? I myself was there in 2001, 8 weeks before 9/11 and I’m very happy of having been on both Towers during the one week in NYC.
    What I can recommend to visit is the “Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum” … they’ve build a museum inside the old Aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid. Inside that ship you can see the original Iwo Jima WW2 memorial. They told me that this is the original, in Washington there is just the copy of it… don’t know if it is really true 🙂

    Have fun,

  • Ric Garrido May 11, 2012

    @Martin – I saw the WTC Towers from the Lufthansa lounge at EWR in 2000 or 2001?

    The memorial is a place I will try to visit.

  • Martin May 13, 2012

    Hi Ric,
    I guess “seeing from the Lufthansa Lounge” and have been on top of it is a huge difference 😉

    When I was in NYC 2001 I really did regret of not having visited the Statue of Liberty. And it took me almost ten years until I came back (in 2010 – we even have been at Ground Zero on 9/11), and finally I could make it to Liberty Island. What a great experience!

    What you also should definitely not miss, is one night at the Rooftop bar:

    Have fun,

    PS: Will you post here, who the lucky winner of the Amex/SPG competition is?

  • Ric Garrido May 14, 2012

    Hi tweeps or whatever the current name is for Twitter folks.

    I just sent a direct message to the #spgamex 25,000 points Sweepstakes winner to contact me by email.

    I know from the person’s latest tweet that they are in Denver at a Starwood Hotel right now. So if you haven’t been in Denver lately, sorry, you did not win the 25,000 points.

    If the SPG winner wants more information released then I will share more details once we have been in contact.

    And if you are the winner, please note that I am hanging out in Santa Cruz for the Tour of California race today and I might not get back in touch until this evening Monday, May 14.

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