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SPG Moments offer one-of-a-kind musical, sporting, or cultural experiences to Starwood Preferred Guest members. SPG Moments are unique in that they provide an experience that would be very difficult, or next to impossible, to put together yourself. After last night, I can attest to this statement.

Yesterday I attended the US Open evening session and was lucky enough to watch world class tennis from Starwood Preferred Guest’s Luxury Suite. You can too, by bidding on an SPG Moments US Open package.

From pictures I’ve seen of last year’s SPG Suite, it looks like this year’s was an upgrade.

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It is located in Arthur Ashe Stadium and has a killer view. Last night was the closest I’ve ever been to the court of a major sporting event.

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Serena Williams vs Ekaterina Makarova

We watched Serena Williams and Ekaterina Makarova duke it out first. Normally, those two wouldn’t be much of a match, but with Serena somewhat injured and tired from Wimbledon and the Olympics, Makarova had a fighting chance.

Taking a Serena selfie was mandatory because, well, it’s Serena Williams.

Serena selfie
Serena selfie

Meanwhile, I enjoyed the indoor portion of the suite, which was spacious and well stocked with tasty food and drink– plenty of top shelf booze to go around. Air conditioning was a huge plus with the muggy late summer heat.

The Honey Duece, the most popular drink at the US Open.
The Honey Duece, the most popular drink at the US Open.

There were crudités and finger foods like those pictured below, as well as a hot bar of entrée options and a salad bar. All the food I tried was good especially considering that it’s hard to keep buffet style food tasting fresh.  Staff rotated out dishes continuously as we finished them off and replaced them with new choices.

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After Serena won the ladies match and before the mens match began, our host introduced surprise guest tennis star James Blake. The room abuzz with excitement, Blake spoke to us about his experience over the years achieving his career-high singles ranking of #4 in the world.

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He was a humble gentleman, patiently answering everyones questions and posing for pictures afterwards. Blake, among other tennis greats like Andre Agassi, has taught Starwood’s pro-tennis clinic which is offered as an SPG Moments package each year.

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Scott Mayerowitz asked Blake, “Coming from someone who travels often, what’s the first thing you do when you get to a hotel room?”

Blake replied that he enjoys hotel rooms with lots of space and right off the bat throws his clothes all over the place. I can 100% relate to that one.

Other fun celebrity sightings: Bille Jean King, Andre Agassi, Anna Wintour (editor of Vogue), and a handful of Olympians like swimmer Simone Manuel who just snagged two gold and two silver medals in Rio.

A friend that came along as my +1 happened to catch a shot of the two seconds we were displayed on Arthur Ashe’s jumbotron.

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Does that make us celebrities?

Next up came the mens’ match, Andy Murray versus Lukáš Rosol. Murray cruised, defeating Rosol 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

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Throughout the event hosts and staff made sure you were never left wanting. They went out of their way to make you feel like a VIP. As a final touch before departing, everyone was given a goodie bag full of SPG branded products.

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Bottom Line

While you should normally save your Starpoints for transferring to one of their myriad airline partners, SPG occasionally offers incredible value through Moments by SPG. In December of 2014, Scott won two tickets to a Capital Cities concert in Buenos Aires that came with a chance to meet the band and a cocktail reception for only 6,000 SPG Starpoints through an SPG Moments auction.

If you’re a tennis fan, I highly recommend looking into SPG Moments for next year’s US Open. Bidding prices for the packages can be high, but an experience like a tennis clinic instructed by James Blake or court side seats to a final match could be worth it tenfold if you’re a tennis junkie.

I would like to extend a big thank you to those who helped coordinate last night’s event. You made the whole experience seamless and unforgettable.

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