SPG quietly announced a March Madness contest via Twitter Saturday night. Starwood is giving away free tickets to the first four rounds of the NCAA tournament. All locations except Madison Square Garden are included in the offer. If you’re a college basketball fan, read below for specifics on the SPG March Madness Sweepstakes.
Entering SPG March Madness Sweepstakes
First, you’ll need to make sure you have a Twitter account. If you don’t, it only takes a few minutes to sign up. Here’s the specific language from Starwood on how to enter:
To enter the Sweepstakes via Twitter, you must retweet the Starwood Preferred Guest NCAA post (“Retweet”), using the following hashtags: #NCAA #Promo SPGx‹insertcity› of the game you’d like to win tickets to by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 13, 2017 to be included in the Sweepstakes random drawing for Entry Period One for that city’s tickets.
Keep in mind that the giveaway for first round tickets ends today March 13th. Starwood’s instructions aren’t the best, so here’s some help:
- Use the Twitter app on your mobile phone.
- Once you’re logged into twitter, navigate to this SPG tweet.
- Click the retweet button, then click “Quote Tweet”.
- You’ll then be able to enter text above SPG’s original tweet.
- Type #NCAA #Promo SPGx(city) and click retweet.
For first round tickets, the following cities are hosting games:
- Buffalo, NY
- Milwaukee, WI
- Orlando, FL
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Greenville, SC
- Indianapolis, IN
- Tulsa, OK
- Sacramento, CA
Second Round Giveaway
The official SPG Twitter account will tweet a message on March 20th to kick off what they call the “Second Round”. This will actually be for the 3rd and 4th rounds of the tournament, also known as the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. You’ll have until midnight March 21st to enter. Just follow the same instructions as the first giveaway to enter. These rounds will be played in the following cities:
- Kansas City, MO
- San Jose, CA
- Memphis, TN
As I mentioned above, the New York regional at Madison Square Garden isn’t included. The omission is odd given that SPG has a suite at MSG and hosts it’s popular SPG Moments packages there.
What Are My Chances?
The cool thing about hashtags is that you can see who else is using them. As a result, you’ll be able to tell how many users have entered the contest. For example, if you’re interested in the Sacramento games, you can search the hashtag #SPGxSacramento. Furthermore, as of this writing there are very few signups on Twitter for any city. If you and a couple friends are looking to attend a game, have your whole group enter. As of right now, your odds would be pretty good.
Final Four VIP Bidding
In addition to the SPG March Madness Sweepstakes, SPG has opened bidding for a Final Four package. This VIP package can be purchased with points and includes:
- Two (2) tickets to Final Four® and National Championship games
- VIP access to Final Four events and pre-game parties
- Transportation to and from events and games
- Four (4) nights at JW Marriott Camelback
Somehow, bidding has already exceeded 200,000 SPG points. I value these points around $.02/each. As a result, somebody is effectively bidding over $4,000 for the package. That seems way too high to me. You could easily build your own package for less.
Starwood is well known for offering unique promotions to it’s members. A few weeks ago we wrote about all the different Coachella packages they’ve made available. The strength of SPG is one of the main reasons Marriott acquired Starwood last year. This giveaway is another great example of Starwood continuing that legacy. Since so few people have signed up, this latest promo is especially attractive. As long as you don’t mind firing off a quick tweet, the SPG March Madness Sweepstakes is a slam dunk.