SPG “Open The World” Sweepstakes August 29 – September 30, 2015

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SPG has launched new Open the World-sweepstakes for free night awards, bonus Starpoints and Amazon/Amex gift cards.

SPG Open the World Sweepstakes

The game is valid between August 29 – September 30, 2015, and you can participate twice every day.

You can access this offer on Starwood’s website here.

Here are the prizes:

• One Free Night Award: 33 Awards available for any SPG participating category 1-5 hotel or resort. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $171.00. Award will be available in the SPG member’s account within three weeks from the Game Period end date. Award must be consumed by March 31, 2016.
• Starpoints: 561 Awards Available: 25,000 Starpoints: ARV $625.00; 10,000 Starpoints: ARV $250.00; 5000 Starpoints: ARV $125.00; 1000 Starpoints: ARV $35.00.
• Starpoints will be added to member’s account within three weeks from the Game Period end date. Use and expiration of Starpoints is pursuant to the terms and conditions of the SPG Program.
• American Express $10.00 Gift Card*: 165 total Awards. One (1) per winner.
• Amazon $25.00 Gift Card*: 330 total Awards. One (1) per winner.
• Amazon $50.00 Gift Card*: 825 total Awards. One (1) per winner.

– The gift cards are only available for US residents.

Note that this offer is open for SPG members with account address in any of the following countries:

United States (including the District of Columbia), Canada (excluding Quebec), Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom

Conclusion

Just tried the game and didn’t won any of the prizes (the most likely outcome for most). You never know, however, when you might win the grand prize as friend of mine did from the recent Mr. Miles Flying Blue offer.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

The Starwood Preferred Guest®
Open the World of SPG®

OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN
1. ELIGIBILITY: Open the World of SPG (the “Game”) is open only to legal residents of the United States (including the District of Columbia), Canada (excluding Quebec), Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom who are at a minimum 18 years of age or older and have reached the age of majority in their respective jurisdictions at the time of entry. Employees of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (the “Sponsor”), United States Tennis Association Incorporated (“USTA”), their respective parents, subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, suppliers, distributors and advertising, promotional and judging agencies and all their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) and household members of each (whether related or not), are not eligible to participate or win. Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state, local, provincial and municipal laws and regulations apply.

2. SPONSOR: The Game is sponsored by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (“Starwood”), One Star Point, Stamford, CT 06902. Interactive Games is its administrator.

3. AGREEMENT TO THE OFFICIAL RULES: Participation in the Game constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

4. GAME PERIOD: The Open the World of SPG Game is scheduled for play starting August 29, 2015 and ending September 30, 2015 (the “Game Period”). Sponsor is the official timekeeper for this Game. Entries submitted prior to or after the Game Period will be disqualified. Sponsor is the official timekeeper for this Game. Entries submitted prior to or after the Game Period will be disqualified.
a. Online Game: Starts August 29, 2015, 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and ends September 30, 2015,11:59:59 pm (EST).
b. On-Site Game: Starts August 29, 2015 and ends September 13, 2015. Daily start and end times are determined by the Tournament schedule and/or the Sponsor’s On-Location representative, and may be interrupted or discontinued at any time.

5. HOW TO PLAY THE GAME:
I. On-Line / Mobile Game.
a. To Participate: You must be a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program at the time of entry and at all subsequent times throughout the Game Period. For non-members who would like to participate, you must enroll into the SPG program online at www.spg.com/usopenjoin or via the Game it self and complete the SPG program enrollment form. Membership is free.
b. To Play: Visit www.spg.com/opentheworld and follow the instructions:
i. Enter your SPG member number and email
ii. Player will be presented multiple door options. Follow the prompts and select the door you wish to open
iii. Complete the registration request presented and hit submit
iv. If Game door indicates entrant is a winner, entrant is the potential winner of the designated prize, subject to these Official Rules
v. LIMIT: Two (2) Game plays, per person, per day during the Online/Mobile Game Period.
c. Game Prizes and Fulfillment: See Section #8 On-Line/Mobile Game Prize(s) below.
d. Grand Prize Entry: Each unique Open the World of SPG Game play automatically earns one (1) entry into the Grand Prize random drawing.

II. On Location Game:
a. Event Location: US Open Tennis Championships grounds outside the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, NY (the “Event”). US Open ticket required for admission.
b. Participation: Entrant must play while inside the SPG Booth during the On-Site Game Period to participate. Participation is not guaranteed and is subject to the Official Rules. The number of available participant slots is at the discretion of the Sponsor’s on-site representatives.
c. To Play: Entrant interacts with the electronic kiosk to play the Open the World of SPG Game.
i. Player will be presented multiple door options. Follow the prompts and select the door you wish to open
ii. Complete the registration request presented and hit submit
iii. If Game door indicates entrant is a winner, entrant is the potential winner of the designated prize, subject to these Official Rules
LIMIT: One (1) Game play attempt, per person, per day during the On-Location Game Period.
d. Game Prizes and Fulfillment: See section #8 On-Location Game Prize(s) below.
e. Instant Prize Claim: To claim an instant win prize participant must be an SPG member*.
f. Each unique Open the World of SPG Game play earns one (1) entry opportunity into the Grand Prize random drawing. To qualify for the Grand Prize random drawing, entrant must submit all requested information on Sponsor’s on-location Electronic Entry Form. You must be a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program* at the time of Grand Prize entry and at all subsequent times throughout the Game Period.
*Membership in the Starwood Preferred Guest program is free. Visit www.spg.com/usopenjoin or call 888-625-4988 to join.
Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, incomplete or misdirected entries; interrupted or unavailable network servers; or other connection miscommunications, failed phone or computer or telephone transmissions, or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic that may affect the Game entry process. All entries become the exclusive property of the Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned. Use of any automated system or agency relationship to submit entries is prohibited and will result in disqualification. The Game will be conducted on Sponsor’s’ behalf by an independent judging organization (Administrator) whose decisions as to the administration of the Game and the selection of the potential winners are final.

6. DETERMINATION OF WINNER(S):
a. The Game Period is randomly seeded with winning time tags. Each entry that occurs throughout the Game Period will be stamped based upon the exact date/time of day the entry took place (“Time Stamped”), and then recorded, in Sponsor’s “Game Database”. The Time Stamp of the entry will determine the first entry recorded after a scheduled winning tag. A registered entry, closest to, after a scheduled winning tag time will be identified as a potential winner of prize indicated in accordance with these Official Rules. LIMIT: One (1) Open the World of SPG Game Prize, per person, per day, during Game Period.
ALL POTENTIAL WINNER(S) ARE, AT SPONSOR’S DISCRETION, SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR’S ADMINISTRATOR, WHOSE DECISIONS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OFFICIAL RULES, ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE GAME. AN ENTRANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE, EVEN IF THE GAME DEVICE SHOULD SO INDICATE, UNLESS AND UNTIL AFFIRMED BY SPONSOR’S ADMINISTRATOR. SPONSOR WILL NOT ACCEPT EVIDENCE, INCLUCING SCREEN SHOT, OF WINNING IN LIEU OF ITS VALIDATION PROCESS. ANY PLAY THAT OCCURS AFTER THE SYSTEM HAS FAILED FOR ANY REASON IS DEEMED A DEFECTIVE PLAY, IS VOID AND WILL NOT BE HONORED.
b. Grand Prize Drawing: Potential winner will be selected in a random drawing conducted on or about October 8, 2015 from entries received during the Game Period. The drawing will be conducted on Sponsor’s’ behalf in St. Paul, MN, by Interactive Games, an independent judging organization whose decisions as to the administration of the Game and the selection of the potential winner is final. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via email or phone within two (2) days of the drawing. If the potential winner does not respond within twenty-four hours after the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor will select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from all eligible entries received.

7. GRAND PRIZE CLAIM AND VERIFICATION:
Grand Prize potential winner will be required to complete, sign, have notarized, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and where lawful a Publicity Release within three (3) days of notification. If the documents are not returned in a timely manner, or if winner is found not to have complied with these Official Rules, or failed to provide accurate entry submission information, or is ineligible for any reason, the prize may be forfeited. Winner may be required to provide proof of identification, submit to a background check, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion in order to receive prize. If a potential Grand Prize winner is a Canadian Resident, winner must successfully answer a mathematical skill-testing question. Failure to successfully answer the question as stated will cause the prize to be forfeited. In the event the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determines that any entry does not otherwise comply with the Official Rules or any other applicable regulatory guidelines, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify such potential winner.

8. PRIZES:
Online Prize(s)
• One Free Night Award: 33 Awards available for any SPG participating category 1-5 hotel or resort. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $171.00. Award will be available in the SPG member’s account within three weeks from the Game Period end date. Award must be consumed by March 31, 2016.
• Starpoints: 561 Awards Available: 25,000 Starpoints: ARV $625.00; 10,000 Starpoints: ARV $250.00; 5000 Starpoints: ARV $125.00; 1000 Starpoints: ARV $35.00.
• Starpoints will be added to member’s account within three weeks from the Game Period end date. Use and expiration of Starpoints is pursuant to the terms and conditions of the SPG Program.
• American Express $10.00 Gift Card*: 165 total Awards. One (1) per winner.
• Amazon $25.00 Gift Card*: 330 total Awards. One (1) per winner.
• Amazon $50.00 Gift Card*: 825 total Awards. One (1) per winner.
*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.

On-Location Prize(s)
• One Free Night Award: 75 Awards available for any SPG participating category 1-5 hotel or resort. ARV $171.00. Award will be available in the SPG member’s account within three weeks from the On Location Game Period end date. Award must be consumed by March 31, 2016.
• American Express $10.00 Gift Card: 150 Awards available. Gift Card to be distributed on-location.
Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize winner will be awarded 250,000 Starpoints. ARV $6250.00. Starpoints will be added to the SPG member’s account within three weeks from the Game Period end date and upon all eligibility verifications/validations. Use and expiration of Starpoints is pursuant to the terms and conditions of the SPG Program.
Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. No exchanges or substitutions allowed. The Prize is not transferable or refundable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor, who reserve the right to substitute the Prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the Prize(s) are not available for any reason as determined by the Sponsor at their sole discretion. All expenses not specified are the sole responsibility of Prize winner. The winner is responsible for any taxes and fees associated with receipt or use of the Prize(s).

9. PUBLICITY: Except where prohibited, by participating in the Game and regardless of whether you are a winner, you grant the Sponsor and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and licensees an exclusive, irrevocable license to use, alter, adapt, publish, distribute, copy, exhibit, display, market, promote, advertise, publicize and otherwise exploit your name, signature, likeness, photograph(s), as well as additional photographs, video footage or other images that the Sponsor may take of you or your designated guest, if you are a winner (in their sole discretion), in whole or in part, in any manner and for whatever purpose Sponsor shall elect, in any and all languages, and in any and all media now known or hereinafter developed, including but not limited to, website, television, radio and/or printed materials, worldwide in perpetuity, without further compensation, notification or permission. You or your designated guest shall not claim or be entitled to receive any compensation or credit for such use.

10. PRIVACY AND PERSONAL INFORMATION: By participating in this Game, and by providing this information, you authorize Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (“Starwood”): to collect, process and use such information for lawful, Starwood business related purposes; to store your information at and transmit it to various locations throughout the world, either directly or through third party vendors, whether within your country of residence, the United States, or elsewhere. To learn more about our data collection and usage practices, please see our Privacy Statement at starwoodhotels.com.

11. GENERAL CONDITIONS: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Game is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to typographical errors, fraud, virus, or other technical problem, or any condition caused by events beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor that may cause the Game to be disrupted or corrupted, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Game to address the impairment and then resume the Game in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prize at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the operation of the Game, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Game may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

12. RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Game, entrants and their designated guests agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, USTA, USTA National Tennis Center Incorporated, City of New York, their respective its officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”), from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Game, or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Game; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Game or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Game or acceptance, receipt use or misuse of any prize. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Game, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, incidental, consequential, direct, or indirect damages. Sponsor is not responsible if any prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.

13. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Game or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of New York. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Released Parties in connection with the Game, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

14. GAME RESULTS: To find out the name of the Grand Prize winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (U.S. residents only) by October 15, 2015 to: Open the World of SPG Winner, 420 Summit Avenue, St. Paul MN 55102

15. AMEX LTO TERMS:
Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.

30,000 StarpointsWelcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product. To be eligible to earn 30,000 bonus Starpoints, you must use The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card to complete $3,000 of eligible spending by the end of your first 3 months of Card Membership, based on the date of your Card approval. Bonus points will appear on your Starwood Preferred Guest statement 8–12 weeks after you reach the spend threshold. Eligible purchases can be made by the Basic Card Member and any Additional Card Members on a single Card account. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents. Additional Card Members on your account are not eligible for this offer. In rare instances, your period to spend $3,000 may be shorter than 3 months if there is a delay in receiving your Card. Also, purchases may fall outside of the 3 month period in some cases, such as a delay in merchants submitting transactions to us or if the purchase date differs from the date you made the transaction. (For example, if you buy goods online, the purchase date may be the date the goods are shipped). For questions regarding your Card account, please call the number on the back of your Card. If your application is not approved by 9/14/2015 because it is incomplete or in pending status, you will not be eligible for the 30,000 bonus Starpoints offer even if your application is subsequently approved. American Express reserves the right to modify or revoke offer at any time.

Basic Card Annual FeeThe annual fee for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card will be waived for the first year of Card Membership. After that, the annual fee will be $95.

AMEX TERMS:
No Foreign Transaction Fees American Express will not charge any foreign transaction fee on the purchases you make outside of the United States with your Card. However, there may be circumstances where ATMs or merchants charge a fee on foreign transactions.

The Boingo American Express Preferred Plan
Complimentary access to Boingo Wi-Fi is being provided as a benefit to Card Members with eligible Cards. In order to access the benefit, Card Members with eligible Cards must first be authenticated and create a Boingo American Express Preferred Plan (“AXP Plan”) account. Internet access may be required in order to be authenticated and create an account. For questions on eligibility, call the number on the back of your Card. If you submit your American Express Card number to Boingo to verify that your Card is eligible for this benefit, Boingo will send your Card number to American Express. Upon receipt of your Card number from Boingo, American Express will provide confirmation of your Card’s eligibility for the American Express Preferred Plan to Boingo. Boingo will not store or use your Card number for any other purpose. Boingo’s use of this information is subject to its privacy policy. If you have an existing paid Boingo subscription plan, your existing plan will not be automatically cancelled when you enroll in the AXP Plan. If you would like to cancel any existing paid subscription plan, call Boingo’s dedicated AXP Plan line. The AXP Plan only provides access to land-based Wi-Fi services and does not include in-flight Wi-Fi. Available hotspots in Boingo’s network, including those managed and operated by Boingo and its partners (“Boingo’s network”) are subject to change at any time. Visit wifi.boingo.com to locate hotspots. Your use of Boingo’s Wi-Fi services is subject to Boingo’s End User License Agreement and Customer Agreement and other applicable terms and conditions, including Boingo’s privacy and security policies, available at boingo.com. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in Boingo’s terms and conditions, American Express Card Members with eligible Cards (i) will not be charged for enrollment in the AXP Plan, and (ii) will be permitted to connect no more than four devices to Boingo’s network per month. Simultaneous use of devices with a single account is limited to a hotspot. By subscribing for this benefit, you acknowledge that American Express is not responsible for and does not guarantee the quality, security, coverage or availability of Boingo’s network or the free Wi-Fi hotspots accessed through the Wi-Finder App. You agree that use of Wi-Fi accessed through Boingo is at your own risk. Use of the AXP Plan is limited to authorized Card Members only. This benefit is non-transferable; it is your responsibility to ensure that no one else has access to your account details. Your account may be terminated for breach of any terms or conditions or for abuse of your AXP Plan account. From time to time, Boingo may request that you reauthenticate your Boingo American Express Preferred Plan account in order to confirm that you are still a Card Member with an eligible Card. You can receive alerts and connect seamlessly to Boingo by downloading the Wi-Finder App to your laptop, tablet and mobile devices. This benefit is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Premium In-Room Internet
For Basic Card Members only on Starpoints-Eligible Rate reservations at SPG. Exclusions of Starpoints-Eligible Rate reservations might include rooms booked through a group rate as part of an event when the SPG Member does not directly pay the SPG participating hotel for such room; through a tour operator; or through an online travel channel or third-party channel (such as expedia.com, hotwire.com, priceline.com, orbitz.com, booking.com, Travelocity.com, ctrip.com, or elong.com). A full description of Starpoints-Eligible Rates and SPG participating hotels can be found at spg.com/terms. The SPG Member account number must be provided at the time of reservation and/or check-in. Premium Internet access is limited to one room per eligible Card Member per stay regardless of how many rooms have been reserved. No incremental benefit will be provided at SPG participating hotels that offer complimentary in-room Internet access to all guests. SPG participating hotels that have mandatory resort charges that include Internet access will provide a replacement benefit, to be determined at each SPG participating hotel’s discretion.

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