US Open

Cheap Flights To Tokyo, Delta Telling You Why You Shouldn’t Collect Their Miles And A Surprising Number Of Airline Crews Having Sex In-Flight

The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about  in length.  Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others.   This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

What Makes a Moment? Video of My Wife Playing Tennis With Andre Agassi. Thanks, Starwood Preferred Guest!

I had one of my best point redemptions of all time last year when I redeemed a trunk load of Starwood Preferred Guest points for a tennis lesson with Andre Agassi at the US Open.  My wife was the lucky participant and we had an awesome experience. I got some video at the event but it was pretty bad.  While I was investigating a new SPG Moments auction earlier today I found a link to a video that shows Andre giving my wife (in green, looking awesome) a quick lesson […]

SPG Moments Giveaway Winners

Congrats to those who threw their hat in the ring for some the SPG Moments swag I offered up last week: dmel: China iPhone cover Ketan Shah: US Open hat Carol Ramcharan: Scottsdale iPhone cover And…I was able to get my hands on one more Scottsdale cover for Adrian. Shoot me an e-mail at ed -at- milepoint dot com with your address and I’ll get them mailed. Also, I ended up with one more iPhone cover, for the Le Meridien Bora Bora. Definitely on my list of places to visit. […]

Giveaway: United Beverage Vouchers

I guess this is giveaway week for me. Yesterday, I posted a bunch of pictures of different SPG items I was giving away that we got at our SPG Moments event at the US Open. Today, I decided to clean off my desk prior to heading out on another trip.  While my performance was pretty poor (no pictures, but you can ask Mickie) I did uncover my United beverage vouchers.  There are 10 of them.  I’ll give them away to anyone who leaves a comment by Monday, September 24th 5:00 […]

SPG Moments At The US Open: A Quick Spin Through The Goody Bag

A final wrap-up on our awesome trip to the US Open. First, there was our awesome experience with Andre Agassi. Then, there was a great day hanging in the SPG luxury box to watch some tennis. And, finally, on our way out the door was a goodie bag.  Pictures and brief descriptions below.  If you see something you like, leave a comment on the blog and I’ll send it your way! First, there was a hardcover book featuring pictures of some of the best SPG resorts in the world.  Having […]

An SPG Moment: Men’s Semifinal Tennis At The US Open

I’ve always enjoyed watching tennis on TV.  I was more attached to the stars of the previous generation, especially Andre Agassi.  Growing up in NY it always seemed a shame I never made it to the US Open in Flushing.  But, collecting miles and points lead me to be able to cross this item off my bucket list. This was my  first time bidding on an auction via Starwood Preferred Guest’s SPG Moments. A quick scan of the available auctions on the SPG Moments site right now shows tickets for […]

An SPG Moment At The US Open With Andre Agassi

It used to be you could just redeem your miles for airline tickets.  And hotel points for, well, hotel rooms.  And then you could redeem airline miles for hotel rooms and vice versa.  Then, merchandise crept into the picture.  Who wouldn’t want to use their miles for an LCD toaster? Fast forward to my post a couple of weeks ago where I won a tennis lesson for my wife with Andre Agassi.  I’ve never used Starpoints for an auction before, I always thought it was a bad value.  But, this […]

A Good Chuckle From My Wife’s First Comment On My Blog

I’ve been writing this blog for a number of years now, though more regularly lately.  During that time my wife has made lots of comments to me about blog posts, but all were verbally.  Some were critical, others chuckle-worthy.  Then, there was my post about her tennis clinic with Andre Agassi. If you read through the comments, you’ll find the following from Mickie: No worries if my husband is crazy or not. He’ll be well rewarded for his thoughtfulness. Wait until he sees my eyes light up when I get […]