Win 25,000 Points for Stays at Any U.S. Starwood Hotel!

Do you like hotels? Specifically free hotel stays? No way – us too!

Which is why you should definitely enter our latest giveaway! As a member of the brand new Starwood Preferred Guests American Express blogging partners program (phew!), we’re thrilled to announce the giveaway of 25,000 points from Starwood/Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express!

W Hotel Times Square, New York City
W New York – Times Square, New York City

There are more than 30 Starwood hotels in the New York City area. All you have to do is check out the complete list and tell us via Twitter which one you’d most love to stay at!

No, seriously. That’s it!

How to Enter

As always, we’ve made it super simple for you to enter to win:

  • If you haven’t already, sign up for a free Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty account (note: you do not need to be an Amex cardholder to win!)
  • Tweet us (@vagabondish) with the name of your favorite Starwood hotel in New York
  • Be sure to include the hashtag #SPGAMEX
  • Include a link to this post (

So, for example, your Tweet might look something like this:

Hey @vagabondish! I want to visit the W New York — Times Square for just one night! #SPGAMEX

That’s it! Enter as often as you like!

All Tweets posted within the Sweepstakes Period will be entered in to that Sweepstakes drawing. Individuals may win a maximum of one (1) prize.

The entry period ends May 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EST). One winner per participating blogger (including: @OneMileAtATime, @LoyaltyTraveler, @TheVacationGals, @JohnnyJet and @PassivePanda) will be selected on or about Monday, June 4, 2012. Good luck!

The Chatwal, New York City
The Chatwal, New York City


I know, I know … it’s no fun to read. But it’s a big prize, so this is important!

Sweepstakes/Drawing Date

A random drawing will be conducted by each participating Blogger on or about Monday, June 4, 2012 from all eligible entries received by each Blogger during the Sweepstakes Period. The Sweepstakes is conducted under the supervision of the Administrator.

Sweepstakes Description

The SPG AMEX Stars 25,000 Starpoint Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) begins on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and ends on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). There will be (1) drawing to award one (1) prize by each participating Blogger (six in all). Entry in the Sweepstakes does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Sweepstakes Official Rules (the “Official Rules”) and the decisions of the sponsor of the Sweepstakes, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, In., One Starpoint, Stanford, CT 06902 (the “Sponsor” or “Starwood”) and COHEN-FRIEDBERG ASSOCIATES, LLC Framingham, MA 01702 (the “Administrator”), and each participating Blogger, whose decisions shall be final and legally binding in all respects.


To enter the SPG AMEX Stars 25,000 Starpoint Giveaway, you must 18 years of age or older at the time of entry, or legal age to enter sweepstakes as required by each state. Employees, officers, directors, shareholders of Sponsor, Administrator, Ogilvy Public Relations, participating Bloggers, American Express and their respective parent, subsidiaries, limited liability and affiliated companies, and individuals providing services to any of the above or any of its affiliated companies through an outsourcer or temporary employment agency (collectively the “Sweepstakes Entities”) as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of such employees, officers, directors and individuals are not eligible. Void where prohibited or restricted by law or regulatory agency. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and legally binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.

Notification of Winners

Potential winners will be contacted via Twitter and required to provide an e-mail address and phone number. The potential winner will be notified by e-mail or by phone within two (2) business days of the drawing. If, despite reasonable efforts, any potential prizewinner does not respond within (24) hours of the first notification attempt, or if the prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable such prizewinner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected. If any potential prizewinner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, such potential prizewinner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. Each prizewinner inner will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility/publicity and liability release, W-9 Tax payer request for identification form and return it properly executed, within (7) days of attempted notification as a condition of awarding the prize. If a potential prizewinner cannot be contacted, fails to fulfill all the requirements of the Sweepstakes, or if notices or prizes are returned as undeliverable, an alternate winner will be selected from the valid drawing pool. Winners are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a Prize. Acceptance of any prize constitutes prizewinner’s permission for the Sponsor to use prizewinner’s name, photograph, image, likeness, voice, biographical information, statements and complete address (collectively, the “Attributes”), for advertising and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, without further compensation or authorization, (except where prohibited by law), and releases the Sweepstakes Entities from all claims arising out of the use of such Attributes

Once eligibility has been verified and the Administrator receives the winner’s mailing address, Sponsor will award the Prize (as defined below). Sponsor nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliates nor any of their respective officers, directors, employees or agents be liable for any unsuccessful efforts to notify or communicate with a potential winner. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.


Prizes / Odds of Winning

Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.


Only the prize listed for each drawing will be awarded in this Sweepstakes.

One (1) Grand Prize awarded by each Blogger (6 in total): 25,000 Starpoints, equal to one (1) night stay at a Category 6 property. Approximate retail value $400.

All estimated retail values are subject to change based on, among other things, normal price fluctuations associated with the consumer marketplace. No substitution or transfer of prizes or cash equivalent is permitted. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. Each winner is responsible for any applicable federal state or local taxes on any prize received. If the Prize or the Prize notification letter is returned as undeliverable or any non-compliance with the Official Rules or failure to respond and execute and return the appropriate forms within the applicable time period, it will result in forfeiture of the Prize and an alternate winner will be randomly selected from all remaining eligible entries received.

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