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Cubs/Mets/Rangers Fans: Use Your Starpoints For Some Incredible Experiences

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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You can earn Starpoints on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.


A few years ago I burned 25K United miles for 4 box seats to an Indians game. In middle of the game I got to run onto the field and literally steal 2nd base. As an die-hard Indians fan it was probably the coolest use of my miles ever. People around the stadium were shocked to see someone walking around with 2nd base. I got the base signed by several players, including the winning pitcher that night, and it hangs in my office today. It still has the Jacobs Field dirt on it.

That story inspired other DansDeals readers to use their miles for some amazing experiences as well.

Earlier this year I wrote about the ability to bid Starpoints to sing the National Anthem in Wrigley Field on 7/18 for the Mets Vs Cubs game. The crazy thing about that deal was that if you weren’t accepted to sing you got your points back and still got to go to the game in the SPG suite with kosher food available upon request.

SPG Moments allows you to use points for all kinds of neat experiences, and there are some awesome ones up for bid and instant redemption right now.

If you do go to Wrigley you can park near Milt’s for a delicious lunch (The Milt’s Burger, Rib Sandwich, and Brisket Chili are my favorite items) and then walk from there to the game. A DDF reader invited me along when he redeemed Starpoints for the entire SPG suite when the Yankees took on the Cubbies and we did that and even brought along the owner of Milt’s to our suite. The suite was catered with kosher food, but nobody ate any of it after feasting at Milt’s just beforehand!

Be sure to post a comment and a “trip report” if you win!

Deliver the Line-Up Card at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers game on Friday, 7/15 at 1:20pm: High bid: 16K Starpoints.
Deliver the Line-Up Card at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets game on Monday, 7/18 at 6:05pm: High bid: 5K Starpoints.
-1 opportunity for a 6 to 12-year-old child to deliver the line-up card.
-Field access for two (2) for a pregame photo
-2 Field Box Infield tickets


-Announce “Play Ball” at Wrigley Field before the Chicago Cubs take on the New York Mets on Monday, 7/18 at 6:05pm High bid: 8K Starpoints.
-Access for a 6 to 12-year-old child to announce the official “play ball” at Wrigley Field on Monday, 18 July 2016 in front of up to 40,000 cheering fans.
-Two 2 Field Box Infield seats to watch the Chicago Cubs play


Take the Field Alongside the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Before They Take on the Texas Rangers on Sunday, 7/17 at 1:20pm: Instant redemption for 27.5K Starpoints, 4 packages available.
-2 seats for the Chicago Cubs game against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, 17 July 2016 at 1:20 pm
-1 opportunity for a 7 to 13-year-old to run onto the field with the Chicago Cubs before the first pitch
-1 group photo of your child with the other participating SPG members


Throw out a ceremonial pitch before at Wrigley Field before the New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs game on Monday, 7/18 at 6:05pm High bid: 60K Starpoints.
-Access for 1 to throw a ceremonial pitch at Wrigley Field on Monday, 18 July 2016
-Field access for 2 for a pregame photo
-2 Field Box Infield seats to watch the Chicago Cubs play the New York Mets


Members Only Softball Tournament on Wrigley Field – Build Your Own Team to play on Sunday, August 7 from 12pm-4pm High bid: 11K Starpoints, 2 packages available.
-12 tickets to play softball at Wrigley Field on Sunday, August 7th
-12 Customized MLB Chicago Cubs jerseys with the names of all 12 participants.
-Meet with a retired Cubs alumnus for 12
-Behind-the-scenes tour of Wrigley Field for 12
-Complimentary food and beverages for 12 (You can request kosher food).
-No participants under the age of 13

Will you be bidding on any of these once in a lifetime experiences?

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Yankees Tax Day Sale: Tickets From $4.18

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Yankees Tax Day Sale: Tickets From $4.18

Use offer code (Exp: 4/18): TAXDAY

Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers seats for 4/19 or 4/21 are just $4.18 and tickets for today, 4/22, or 4/24 are $10.99.
Service fees add $1/ticket and $3.30/order.

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It’s Time For Baseball: Here Are Some Ways To Stream Games For Free

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Update, 4/10: Today is the last day to signup for a free 2016 MLB.tv subscription if you are a T-Mobile customer or have access to a T-Mobile phone.

Originally posted on 4/3:

It may still be cold outside in the Midwest and East Coast, but baseball is finally back in the air.

There are 2 new options to stream games if you can’t make it to the ballpark or take your kid to an away game with your miles.

1. T-Mobile customers can signup here for a free premium MLB.tv subscription, a $109.99 value. You must signup for a free plan by 4/10. Your subscription will be valid for the entire 2016 season. Unfortunately MLB blocks local broadcasts, though workarounds do exist. You must be on the T-Mobile data network, not on W-Fi, in order to enroll.

2. If you have (or can borrow) cable TV credentials you can now login online to FoxSportsGo or to the FoxSportsGo app on your phone for free streaming local broadcasts of the following 15 teams:
-Arizona Diamondbacks
-Atlanta Braves
-Cincinnati Reds
-Cleveland Indians
-Detroit Tigers
-Kansas City Royals
-Los Angeles Angels
-Miami Marlins
-Milwaukee Brewers
-Minnesota Twins
-New York Yankees
-San Diego Padres
-S. Louis Cardinals
-Tampa Bay Rays
-Texas Rangers

Play ball!

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Roundup Of 35 NBA, NFL, NHL, And MLB Teams That Have A Kosher Food Stand

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

It’s hard to find a comprehensive list of kosher stands in sports stadiums, so here is a list of sports teams that have a kosher food stand.

It’s also tough to keep the list updated, so if you know of stands that no longer exist or new ones that have opened please post a comment!

Be sure to do your own research on Rabbinical supervision before heading to the game.

Bear in mind that some stadiums may have multiple kosher food options.  For example at Yankee Stadium there is the regular kosher stand and then there is a full no-expenses spared catered event with all-you-can-eat gourmet kosher food that is free for Legends Suites ticketholders.  The Legends Suites kosher food are even under a different rabbinical supervising agency then the regular kosher stand.  The Legends Suites menu also changes on a daily basis.  I was invited to sit in Legends Suites at an Indians game several years ago and wrote about it in this post.  Apparently it has gotten even better since then. If you are sitting in the Delta Suites or the Field MVP club you can also purchase food from Legends Suites.

Baseball (11):
-Baltimore Orioles
-Boston Red Sox
-Cleveland Indians
-Los Angeles Dodgers
-Miami Marlins
-NY Mets
-NY Yankees
-S. Louis Cardinals
-Texas Rangers (Select games only)
-Toronto Blue Jays
-Washington Nationals

Basketball (8):
-Boston Celtics
-Brooklyn Nets
-Chicago Bulls
-Houston Rockets
-Miami Heat
-NY Knicks
-Philadelphia 76ers
-Toronto Raptors

Football (8):
-Baltimore Ravens
-Chicago Bears
-Detroit Lions
-Miami Dolphins
-NY Giants
-NY Jets
-Philadelphia Eagles
-Washington Redskins

Hockey (8):
-Boston Bruins
-Chicago Blackhawks
-Florida Panthers
-NJ Devils
-NY Rangers
-NY Islanders
-Philadelphia Flyers
-Toronto Maple Leafs

Do you have any plans to travel to an away game where you can grab kosher eats while taking in a game?

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An Hour Left To Bid On The Coolest Use Of Starpoints Ever?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

A few years ago I burned 25K United miles for 4 box seats to an Indians game. In middle of the game I got to run onto the field and literally steal 2nd base. As an die-hard Indians fan it was probably the coolest use of my miles ever. People around the stadium were shocked to see someone walking around with 2nd base. I got the base signed by several players, including the winning pitcher that night, and it hangs in my office today. It still has the Jacobs Field dirt on it.

That story inspired other DansDeals readers to use their miles for some amazing experiences as well.

Starwood has their Moments program where they auction off very neat experiences as well.

Until 11am ET today you can use your Starpoints to bid on 2 seats in the SPG luxury suite when the Mets play the Cubs in Wrigley Field on Monday, July 18 in Chicago. Food and drinks and included and they’ll even cater the suite with kosher food upon request. The current high bid is 75K Starpoints.

OK, that’s not the cool part. I’ve done that before.

The 3 highest bidders will audition for the right to sing the National Anthem before the game! I wish I had a good enough voice to pull that off, but what an awesome once-in-a-lifetime experience that would be for someone who does.

Only the person who’s audition is accepted will be charged the Starpoints. The other 2 highest bidders who are not accepted will actually receive a full refund of their Starpoints and they’ll be able to still receive 2 seats in the SPG luxury suite to the Cubbies game of their choice in the 2nd half of the season.

Will you be a bidder? Hit the comments!

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Yankees Mastercard Sale: Tickets From Just $5!

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Yankees Tickets Linky

Promotional pricing is valid only with Mastercard.

$5 games for tickets in Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers (Ticket fees add $1/ticket and $3.30/order):
Wed, 04/06, vs Houston, 7:05pm
Wed, 04/20, vs Oakland, 7:05pm
Tue, 05/10, vs Kansas City, 7:05pm
Mon, 09/05, vs Toronto, 1:05pm

Half-price $11 games for tickets in Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers (Ticket fees add $4.20/ticket and $3.30/order):
Thu, 05/26, vs Toronto, 4:05pm
Wed, 06/22, vs Colorado, 1:05pm
Thu, 06/30 vs Texas, 1:05pm
Thu, 07/21, vs Baltimore, 1:05pm
Wed, 08/17, vs Toronto 1:05pm

HT: coralsnake, via DDF

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New York Knicks Tickets From $56 Via Groupon

Monday, October 26th, 2015

New York Knicks Tickets From $56 Via Groupon

Save 20% off up to 3 local deals, 10% off Groupon Getaways, and 5% off Groupon Goods with code (Exp: 10/27): SCREAM3

Note that Groupon will only discount 1 ticket per order and up to 3 orders per account.

-Available games: Friday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. (Milwaukee Bucks); Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. (Charlotte Hornets); Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. (Philadelphia 76ers); Sunday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. (Bucks); Monday, January 18, at 1 p.m. (76ers)
-$70 ($56 after 20% off) for one G-Pass with seating in sections 301–303, 307–309, 317–323 (up to $96.95 value) (Seating for this price point may include bar stools.)
-$75 ($60 after 20% off) for one G-Pass with seating in sections 201–203, 205–209, 213–222, 226–227, 301–303, 307–309, or 317–323 (up to $105 value)
-$94 ($75.20 after 20% off) for one G-Pass with seating in sections 310–316 or 326–328 (up to $123 value) (Seating for this price point may include bar stools.)
-$99 ($79.20 after 20% off) for one G-Pass with seating in sections 101–104, 110–114, 120, 201–206, or 216–219 (up to $153 value)

-Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call.
-Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
-Limit 8/person.
-Refundable only on day of purchase.
-Must purchase together to sit together.
-Merchant reserves right to substitute closer seat.
-Ticket value includes all fees.

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Roundup Of 31 Pro Sports Teams That Have A Kosher Food Stand

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Update: The LA Dodgers finally have a kosher stand. It is managed by Jeff’s Gourmet and under Kehilla Kosher supervision.
If you have other updates for this list please post a comment!

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Originally posted on 01/27/13:

It’s hard to find a comprehensive list of kosher stands inf sports stadiums, so here is a list of sports teams that have a kosher food stand.

Be sure to do your own research on Rabbinical supervision before heading to the game.

Bear in mind that some stadiums may have multiple kosher food options.  For example at Yankee Stadium there is the regular kosher stand and then there is a full no-expenses spared catered event with all-you-can-eat gourmet kosher food that is free for Legends Suites ticketholders.  The Legends Suites kosher food are even under a different rabbinical supervising agency then the regular kosher stand.  The Legends Suites menu also changes on a daily basis.  I was invited to sit in Legends Suites at an Indians game last year and wrote about it in this post.  Apparently it has gotten even better since then.  If you are sitting in the Delta Suites or the Field MVP club you can also purchase food from Legends Suites.

Baseball (10):
-Baltimore Orioles
-Boston Red Sox
-Cleveland Indians
-Los Angeles Dodgers
-Miami Marlins
-NY Mets
-NY Yankees
-S. Louis Cardinals
-Toronto Blue Jays
-Washington Nationals

Basketball (7):
-Boston Celtics
-Brooklyn Nets
-Chicago Bulls
-Houston Rockets
-Miami Heat
-NY Knicks
-Toronto Raptors

Football (7):
-Chicago Bears
-Detroit Lions
-Miami Dolphins
-NY Giants
-NY Jets
-Philadelphia Eagles
-Washington Redskins

Hockey (7):
-Boston Bruins
-Chicago Blackhawks
-Florida Panthers
-NJ Devils
-NY Rangers
-NY Islanders
-Toronto Maple Leafs

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HOT! $25 Off $25 At Stubhub!

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Update: DEAD!
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Stubhub Linky

Use the following code for $25 off: 25OFF

Just click add a code at checkout and then click on the April Concert Promo to save $25 on your order.

Although it’s called a concert promo it appears to work on everything, I just bought and printed up 2 free baseball tickets and still have leftover credit from the $25 code!

Limit one use per Stubhub account.

 

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HT: Chapshnell, via DDF

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Amazon Lightning Deal: MLB ’47 Brand Clean Up Home Style Adjustable Caps For $13.99

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Amazon Lightning Deal: MLB ’47 Brand Clean Up Home Style Adjustable Caps For $13.99

Select from any MLB team.
Lightning deal valid until 3:59pm or while supplies last for each individual team.

-Made in USA
-Made from 100% cotton twill
-Front raised embroidery
-Back woven loop label
-Garment washed for a broken-in look and feel
-Self fabric strap closure with sewn-stitch holder and embroidery

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Free Tickets For NY Mets Opening Day Watch Party

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Free Tickets For NY Mets Opening Day Watch Party

The Mets 2015 season opener is on Monday, April 6th in Washington DC.

They are holding a free watch party at Citi Field, free tickets can be obtained via the link above.  And free is always good for a chol hamoed activity.

Gates open: 3pm
Game start time: 4:05pm.
Event Space: Fan Fest, Field Level Concourse, and Great Seats in the Field Level Seating Sections
Parking: $10 parking via Gate 8 on Shea Road
Entry: Jackie Robinson Rotunda
Ticket Price: Free Admission – ticket is required for entry.

Activities included with free tickets:
-Mets Opening Day game in Washington displayed on brand new Citi Vision Board
-In-game entertainment
-Contests and games
-Game-like atmosphere
-Mr. Met’s Birthday Party
-Photo opportunities with Mr. And Mrs. Met
-Chance to meet Mr. Met’s mascot friends
-Family-friendly inflatables and games
-Spring-themed decor

HT: Yehuda N.

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Receive A Free Pittsburgh Pirates Ticket When Opening A Bucaroos Kids Club Account

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Related posts:
-Free Mets Kids Club Blue Membership With Free Tickets
-Get 2 Free Chicago White Sox Tickets And A Pack Of Baseball Cards With Signup For Slugger Kids Club
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Bucaroos Kids Club Promo Linky

When you sign up for the free Silver Membership via the link above you will receive one free game ticket voucher and 4 buy one get one free vouchers.

Voucher details:
-Voucher is good for a Monday-Thursday 2015 regular season home game.
-Vouchers are redeemable at the Pirates Ticket Office.
-Tickets exclude Opening Day and the following: Fireworks and Promo Thursdays, May 7, June 25, July 9 and July 23, 2015.

Be sure to open an account for each of your kids!

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$6 Yankees Tickets With A Mastercard

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

$6 Yankees Tickets With a Mastercard

You can now buy Yankees tickets via presale with a Mastercard.

Games with $6 tickets (advertised as $5 but there’s also a $1 ticketing fee): 04/09 (Pesach yom tov), 04/27, 04/28, 05/07, and 06/17. That price is valid for seats in the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers.

Games with half-priced tickets: 04/29, 05/27, 06/10, 06/24, 07/09, 07/23, 08/19, and 08/26.

There is no charge for US mail delivery but there is a $3.30 per order processing fee.

HT: YY, via DDF

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Free Mets Kids Club Blue Membership With Free Tickets

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Free Mets Kids Club Blue Membership With Free Tickets

Includes:
-4 complimentary ticket e-vouchers that can be used by Kids Club member and family. Valid for all games except Opening Day, Red Sox, and Yankees games. All 4 tickets can be redeemed for separate games, but all must be redeemed at one time. Complimentary tickets may not be re-sold.

-Membership card and lanyard for Mr. Met’s Kids Club Sundays

-Check in at the Mr. Mets Kids Club Kiosk each Sunday to get your card stamped.
Come to four (4) Sunday games = receive autographed player photo card
Come to seven (7) Sunday games = receive Mets cap
Come to ten (10) Sunday games = receive duffle bag
Come to all thirteen (13) Sunday games = on-field recognition prior to the final Sunday game

Limit one blue membership per child. The Orange membership is on sale for $25 through 12/31.

HT: ohiojeans, via DDF

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Redeem Starpoints For Courtside Suite Tickets At Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Update: Games through February 2015 can now be purchased for Starpoints.

Originally posted on 09/15:

Related:
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
-Using Miles For Sports Experiences
-Starwood auctions
-United auctions
-Delta auctions

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
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Redeem Starpoints For Courtside Suite Tickets At Madison Square Garden

FAQ Page

Starwood has an event level courtside suite at Madison Square Gardens and you can experience it as a VIP with your Starpoints!

Tickets just became available for events from now through 11/30.  I’ll update this post when tickets become available past that date, just follow @DansDeals on Twitter and you’ll be the first to know.

You will get 2 seats in the Event Level Suite seating section tickets with access to the SPG Luxury Suite at Madison Square Garden.
In the suite you will get complimentary food and beverages.
You can request kosher food as well! Just include that in the “Other notes” section when redeeming for tickets.  Kosher food is available catered from Abigael’s or from the Carlos and Gabby’s stands.

2 tickets to Knicks or Rangers preseason games can be had for 20,000 Starpoints 2 tickets for regular season games can be had for 45,000 Starpoints.  That includes 2 excellent event level seats and kosher meals in the SPG suite!

There are also college games and other events available from 5,000 Starpoints for 2 tickets.

These are “buy-it-now” rates, not auction rates and they’re first come, first served.

Did you attend a game last season? Share your experience in the comments!

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Save Up To 50% On Select Yankees Tickets

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Save Up To 50% On Select Yankees Tickets

Specials valid for select games in May and June.

HT: BBPAPA, via DDF

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Better Than Any First Class Suite…Taking My Son To His First Ballgame

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Parking in downtown CLE: Free
Glatt Kosher Dog: $5.75
Front row seats: $25 (Well, being 2, Rafi’s seat was free).
Taking Rafi to his first ballgame (Tribe win!) earlier this afternoon: Priceless

I went to my first baseball game in the old Municipal Stadium on 06/28/92, got a free kids batting helmet giveaway, and saw the Indians beat the Blue Jays 7-6.  22 years later I got to pass that onto my own son on a sun-kissed day at the Jake.

It’s funny how baseball brings out such powerful memories.  I’ll never forget the trip I got to take last year with my grandfather (one of the few Clevelanders who was there during the last Indians parade) to all 3 sports hall of fames, capped off with seats on top of the Green Monster to see the Indians beat up the Red Sox.

As a 10 year old I was such a fan that I sent in hundreds of handwritten postcards to win tickets to the ’95 World Series and got to attend 2 of the home games.  Earlier that year we had stayed at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto where the Indians stay when playing the Blue Jays and got nearly (Albert Belle was of course the mean holdout, though I’ll never forget his ’95 walk-off grand slam game I attended) the entire team’s autographs.  Plus when the guy who called out to hold the hotel elevator for him turned out to be Manny Ramirez we got free box seats to that night’s game as well :D

I’ve flown around the world in first class suites, but my coolest use of miles was for the opportunity to run out and literally steal second base during an Indians game.

Sure, it would be awesome to fly in a first class suite with your own private living room, bedroom, and shower. But $24K for 7 fleeting hours? That’s 33% more expensive than my car!  I’m far more proud of the numerous DDF fundraisers such as $24K raised on DDF to help a fellow DDF’er in need and the thousands of dollars raised as a scholarship fund for Jewda’s daughter.

Wake me up when I can use a reasonable amount of miles and I’ll be happy to compare it to the 57K miles I used for a Singapore suite.

Sure, the Indians may never again win it all unless baseball institutes a salary cap. But that doesn’t mean they can’t inspire memories.

2 months to go until his first haircut 😀

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So, do you remember your first baseball game?

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Mets Promenade Reserved Seats For $3.50 Plus Ticketing Fees This Weekend

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Mets Promenade Reserved Seats For $3.50 Plus Ticketing Fees This Weekend

If you’re looking for an activity this Sunday, here’s one on the cheap.

Total with ticketing fees for:
2 tickets=$14.50 ($7.25/ticket)
4 tickets=$23 ($5.75/ticket)
6 tickets=$31.50 ($5.25/ticket)
8 tickets=$40 ($5/ticket)

HT: Howard S, via DDFB

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Mets Baseline Box Seats For $4 Plus Ticketing Fees

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Mets Baseline Box Seats From $4 Plus Ticketing Fees

Use code: DONUTS

I found $4 baseline box seats available for Sunday afternoon 04/20 (Chol Hamoed) and 04/27. There may be other dates as well.

Total with fees for:
2 tickets=$15.50 ($7.75/ticket)
4 tickets=$25 ($6.25/ticket)
6 tickets=$34.50 ($5.75/ticket)
8 tickets=$44 ($5.50/ticket)
10 tickets=$53.50 ($5.35/ticket)

HT: Alexander F.

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$6 Yankees Tickets With A Mastercard

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

$6 Yankees Tickets With a Mastercard

You can now buy Yankees tickets via presale with a Mastercard.  Tickets are discounted by up to $15 each.

Plus there are games with $6 tickets (advertised as $5 but there’s also a $1 ticketing fee) on 04/09, 04/29, 04/30, 05/01, 06/03, and 06/17. That price is valid for seats in the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level or Bleachers.

There is no charge for US mail delivery but there is a $3.30 per order processing fee.

HT: YY, via DDF

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Up For Grabs: 2 Sets Of 2 Tickets For Tonight’s Cavs Game!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I’ve got 2 sets of 2 tickets up for grabs for tonight’s 7pm Cavs game in Cleveland.  They are both center court, upstairs, in the 10th row.
The first 2 comments on this post get them.

Be sure to write your email in the comment email field so that I can send transfer them to you via flash seats.

You will have 10 minutes to respond to my email or else the tickets will be given to the following comment.
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Up For Grabs: Tickets For Tonight’s Cavs Game!

Monday, November 4th, 2013

I’ve got 2 sets of 2 tickets up for grabs for tonight’s 7pm Cavs game in Cleveland.
First 2 comments on this post each get a set of 2 tickets!

Be sure to write your email in the comment email field so that I can send transfer them to you via flash seats.

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Using Miles For Sports Experiences

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Update, A reader won the Dodger’s auction I wrote about below with their United miles and gave the experience to their son as a Bar Mitzvah present that he’ll never forget!  Miles aren’t just for flying first class and staying in luxury hotels for free, they’re great for experiences that you (or your kids!) will never forget.

You’ve gotta’ love the tzitzis flying around 😀

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Topping off the experience by having A-Gon autograph it.

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Originally posted on 08/17:

Generally speaking airline miles are great for flights and hotel points are great for hotel stays.  Rarely is it smart to use them for other redemptions where the value you get isn’t nearly the same.

However back in May I burned miles for non-travel for the first time and I posted then,

I’ve used my miles for some pretty cool things.  Flying to Paris with my wife in a couples suite for 53K AMEX MR last December is up there.  Flying 19 hours nonstop from Newark to Singapore with just a couple other people in the cabin  and then continuing on to the Maldives for just 60K United was great.  Being able to escape it all with a couple of month-long trips in our pre-baby days flying around the world in first class and staying in awesome 5 star hotels that were financed nearly entirely with miles is something I’ll never forget.

For me, my miles help me attain aspirational things that I could otherwise never afford or be able to attain.  And I’m addicted to getting as many as I can for as close to free as possible.

I had won a mileage auction with 25,000 United miles (less than half the United miles you can earn opening a single credit card) for 4 box seats to an Indians-Yankees game and the right to run onto the field in the 7th inning and literally steal 2nd base from the infield. In the end it turned into 4 box seats to 4 baseball games, but that was just a nice fluke 🙂

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Running onto the field in the top of the 7th…

 

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…and stealing second base!

 

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Making off with my loot.

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It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that as a die-hard Indians fan I’ll never forget.  Everyone I passed inside and outside the ballpark wanted to just touch the base and couldn’t believe I actually got to take it home with me. And I still have the 2nd base in my office (covered in dirt and signed by Tribe Ace (that day’s winning pitcher) Justin Masterson to prove it. You can read more about it in that post.
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Here are links to auctions sites where you too can bid on a once-in-a-lifetime experience:

-Starwood auctions

-United auctions

-Delta auctions

Here are some current auctions that caught my eye:

-United: Honorary Bat Kid Experience during pre-game batting practice at an Indians Vs Mets game in Cleveland plus 4 field box seats (09/07).

-United: Steal 2nd base at an Indians Vs Mets game in Cleveland plus 4 field box seats (09/08).
The base even is nicely embossed with the date and both teams who played that day, so if you’re an Indians or Mets fan this will be an incredible experience.
-You can get a flight from LGA to Cleveland at 8:10am Sunday morning and returning back to LGA at 7:55am Monday morning for just 9,000 BA Avios round-trip.
-There is a train inside the Cleveland airport that can easily take you downtown to the game for just a couple bucks.
-You can stay the night at the Sheraton hotel that is 30 seconds away from Hopkins airport for just 4,000 Starpoints! The paid rate is $224 with tax, so that’s a value of 5.6 cents per point! It will be even fewer points if you have Starwood Gold or Platinum status.

-United: Throw out the first pitch at a Dodgers Vs Diamondbacks game in LA plus 4 dugout club seats (09/10).

-Delta: Pre-Game Sideline Passes to be on the field during warm ups, Two Club level tickets to the Patriots vs. Bengals football game in Cincinnati (10/06), and post-game photos and autographs with Quarterback Andy Dalton.

-Delta: Pre-Game Sideline Passes to be on the field during warm ups, Two Club level tickets to the Titans vs. Seahawks football game in Seattle (10/13), and post-game photos and autographs with Cornerback Richard Sherman .

-Delta: Pre-game field access to watch batting practice and meet & greet with Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce for photos and autographs and Two Champions Club tickets for Reds vs. Cubs baseball game in Cincinnati (09/09).

-Starwood: Fifteen luxury suite tickets to a Chicago Cubs Vs Braves game with food and beverages at Wrigley Field on Sunday, September 22, 2013 (09/22).

-Delta: Pre-Game Sideline Passes to be on the field during warm ups and Two lower level tickets to the Vikings vs. Browns football game in Minneapolis (09/22).

See any other interesting auctions? Have you ever bid on or won a mileage auction? Hit the comments!

P.S. If you do win the stealing second auction beware that 2nd base is stuck in the ground good and tight and that you’ll have tens of thousands of people watching you struggle on the massive jumbotron…Not for the faint of heart!

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Buy 1 Adult Mets Ticket And Get 3 Kids Tickets For Free!

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Buy 1 Adult Mets Ticket And Get 3 Kids Ticket For Free!

Valid for games 09/09-09/19.

You get 3 free kids tickets for every adult ticket. You can buy up to 12 tickets in a transaction.

When I searched for 3 adult seats and 9 kids seats the total came out to less than $5 per seat:

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HT: beeweegee, via DDF

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My Coolest Use Of Miles Ever?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Related posts:
-My First Non-Travel Mileage Redemption
-Trip Notes: Hall Of Fame Trifecta And Fenway Park In 72 Hours

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I’ve used my miles for some pretty cool things.  Flying to Paris with my wife in a couples suite for 53K AMEX MR last December is up there.  Flying 19 hours nonstop from Newark to Singapore with just a couple of other people in our cabin  and then continuing on to the Maldives for 60K United was great.  Being able to escape it all with a couple of month long trips in our pre-baby days flying around the world in first class and staying in awesome 5 star hotels that were financed nearly entirely with miles is something I’ll never forget.

For me, my miles help me attain aspirational things that I could otherwise never afford or be able to attain.  And I’m addicted to getting as many as I can for as close to free as possible.

Generally burning miles for non-travel items is a terrible waste, but for a lifelong baseball fan my experience yesterday was just so darn cool.  The pictures speak for themselves. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Running onto the field in the top of the 7th…

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…and stealing second base!

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 Making off with my loot.

I originally used 25,000 United miles to get 4 field box seats, a parking pass, and the right to steal second base versus the Yankees in April but that game was postponed due to rain.  In the end I got free parking and field box seats to attend both games of the back to back traditional doubleheader makeup series a few weeks ago, free parking and field box seats to tonight’s game along with the stealing second base experience, and I still have 4 field box tickets from the original postponed game that I can use for any future game.

4 ball games with 4 seats each in field box alone is worth more than 25K miles, but the stealing second experience was what made the experience purely awesome.

Running out on the field and seeing myself on the JumboTron was completely surreal.  Time just stood still for me, it’s not something I’ve ever experienced before and I really can’t properly describe it.  The only thing I was really nervous about was being tackled by all of the cops on the field!

The base itself is surprisingly heavy and really tough to pry out of the ground.  In case anyone else wins a similar auction the trick is to kick the base at an angle and then wedge it out by forcing it straight up into the air.

After the game we decided to try to get some Indians players to autograph it, specifically we wanted to nab the Tribe’s ace (and thus likely future Yankee) Justin Masterson.  Justin pitched a shutout game in the opening match of the doubleheader that we went to versus the Yankees and pitched beautifully tonight as well, getting out of a zero out, bases loaded jam without yielding a single run.

On the way to the players parking lot just about everyone I passed was buzzing about me being the guy who stole second base.  Nobody could believe that I actually got to keep the base! People wanted to take pictures with it and just feel what it’s like.  Even bumped into some DansDeals readers who wanted to know how I pulled it off.

Justin Masterson is a true class act and he stuck around for at least 20 minutes signing everyone’s autographs, far longer than anyone else.  I called to get his attention by saying that I had stolen second base from the game.  When he looked up and saw the base he was shocked and exclaimed, “I thought you were kidding, you really do have second base!!!”

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Justin Masterson signing the base.  The base is embossed with the date of the game and the Indians and Reds logos.

We also got signatures from Jason Giambi, who had a homer and a double, as well as Carlos Santana who singled as well.

The Indians rep told me that there was just one other base stolen by a fan this year, when United auctioned it off for the Indians versus the Red Sox.

Currently they don’t have a stealing second auction, but that can always change, so keep checking the United auction page.  There are auctions to watch pregame batting practice in Cleveland, and to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Houston and in Los Angeles.

There are lots of ways to stock on United miles.  This year I’ve piled on over 300,000 miles from opening and meeting the spend thresholds on a United Explorer Consumer and Business (107K earned after I spent $1K on each and got offer matched), Sapphire Preferred (43K earned after spending $3K), Ink Bold (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards), and Ink Plus (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards).

Starwood also has an auction site where currently there are several cool experiences for Cubbies fans.  You can pick up Starpoints with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express.

Have you ever burned miles or points on non-travel items? What was your favorite redemption?

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Groupon NYC: Save 64% On Israel vs. Honduras Soccer Match At Citi Field

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Groupon NYC: Save 64% On Israel vs. Honduras Soccer Match At Citi Field

-Sunday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m.
-Citi Field, 126-01 Roosevelt Ave. Flushing, New York 11368
-Doors open at 4 p.m.
-Ticket includes all fees.

-$12 for promenade endline seating in sections 401–402, 410–430, 501–502, or 510–532 (a $33 value)
-$39 for excelsior sideline seating in sections 306–312 or 334–339 (an $86 value)
-$69 for field sideline VIP seating in sections 110–112 or 136–138 (a $126 value)

HT: b haas

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Up For Grabs: Opening Day Cleveland Indians Tickets

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Someone just gave me over 100 tickets to give away for today’s 4:05pm opening day game in Cleveland!

If you’d like some free tickets to see the Yankees take on the Indians in Progressive Field just leave a comment with how many tickets you would like and I’ll email them your way.

The tickets are in the nosebleeds, but hey, free is free, right?

Be sure to include your email address in the email address field. Your email address won’t be published.

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My First Non-Travel Mileage Redemption

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

My guiding principle with miles and points are that they should only be used for travel.

United would love nothing more than if you blew 51K miles on a $280 last generation iPad instead of using them on $1,000+ of airfare. And AMEX would also love to see you burn 58K points on a kindle rather then transferring them to BA for some 19 free flights or to Singapore to fly in your own private suite on an A380.

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But in addition to being an avid foodie and having a hopeless case of wanderlust with a taste for first class cabins, I’m also an incurable die-hard Cleveland (my luck, tell me about it) sports fan.

As a 10 year old I was so committed that I sent in hundreds of handwritten postcards to win tickets to the ’95 World Series and got to attend 2 of the home games.  Earlier in the year we had stayed at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto where the Indians stay when playing the Blue Jays and got nearly (Albert Belle and Eddie Murray were the meanies) the entire team’s autographs.  Plus when a guy called out to hold the elevator for him turned out to be Manny Ramirez we got free box seats as well 😀

And so I bid 25,000 United miles (or 25% of the miles required a round-trip business class ticket to 2 European cities) on 4 field-box tickets to see the Indians take on the Yankees next week and I won!
What’s cool about that? It’s this little freebie that can’t be measured in cents per miles calculations:
“Stealing Second Experience – during an inning, one (1) fan runs out and steals second base, is featured on the scoreboard, and gets to keep the base as memento.”

Is life awesome or what 😀

With 300,000 miles recently earned just from opening and meeting the spend thresholds on a United Explorer Consumer and Business (107K earned after I spent $1K on each and got offer matched), Sapphire Preferred (43K earned after spending $3K), Ink Bold (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards), and Ink Plus (75K earned after spending $5K on gift cards). I’m happy to part with less than 10% of that haul for a once in a lifetime experience and getting to add a memento from it to my memorabilia collection.

You can view other cool United auctions here.  Starwood also has auctions which offer neat experiences that you can here.

United has put up another “stealing second” auction for the Indians versus the Red Sox in 2 weeks. The current bid is 13,000 miles. Any other die-hard Ctown sports fans around?

Have you ever burned miles or points on non-travel items? What was your favorite redemption?

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Up To 67% Off NY Mets At LA Dodgers On 07/22!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Offer Linky

-Field Box MVP seats, normally $130, now $45
-Infield Box seats, normally $110, now $45
-Loge Box MVP, normally $75, now $45
-Preferred Field Box, normally $75, now $45
-Field Box seats, normally $60, now $20

Select the number of “promo and special offer seats” that you want and use code: TZOO8
You can then pick the section that you want to sit in.

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SIZZLING!!! HURRY!!! Get A 4 Year Subscription (104 Issues) To ESPN Magazine For Just $3.44 Shipped!!!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Update 2: (Yes, the deal is still dead) Just over a month after I ordered my 4 year subscription I got my first issue!  I checked online and it says that I’m paid through November, 2013!

I also activated the ESPN insider feature which is free as long as you are a subscriber.  You must give them a credit card to activate the insider subscription and they say they will charge you $30 if your subscription lapses and you don’t cancel insider…somewhat dirty tactics in my book, so I simply used a virtual card number on my Citi AA account and set a $1 limit with a 01/10 expiration…that ought to stop them from auto-renewing it without my permission in 2013!

ESPN Magazine Account Manager Linky

Originally posted on 11/01:

Update: DEAD!

Yes folks, you’re reading that price right, it’s just 3 cents an issue! If you’re a sports fan then what are you waiting for???

You will also get free access to ESPN’s paid insider section of their website for the duration of your subscription! (You can signup after you get your first issue.)

ESPN Magazine Linky

Use the following coupon code to make the price just $3.44 for a 4 year subscription (Just use the drop-down menu to pull up the 4 year option): MPSESPN

This will work for new subscriptions or for renewals which will just extend your current subscription by 4 years.  You can always change the address on a subscription.

“Please allow an industry Subscription average of three to twelve weeks for delivery of the first issue of your subscription.”

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Buy One LA Clippers Vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv Ticket, Get One Free!

Friday, October 9th, 2009

LA Clippers Vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv Linky

Use the following code in the “promo and special offers” section: MACCABI

The game is on Tuesday, 10/20/09 at 7:30pm.

The only real question is who’s considered the underdog here 😉

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HURRY! Buy 2010 NBA All Star Game Tickets Now!!!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

2010 NBA All Star Game Tickets Linky

The game will be in Dallas on Sunday, February 14th, 2010.

Use the following presale password to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public (Enter code in the box after “Any Price”): CLESTH

Currently tickets are available between $50 and $250 each.

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Final Four Fan With Starpoints? Bid On Final Four Packages Now!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Update: The auctions all ended in the low 80’s!

SPG Moments Final Four Auction Linky

There are 8 total packages, the current winning bids are just 80,000 Starpoints!
The auctions end between 10 and 11am edt.

Package includes:
-Four (4) nights at The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport (April 3–7, 2009)
-Two (2) Starwood Luxury Suite tickets to both NCAA(R) Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinal games at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday, April 4, 2009
-Two (2) Starwood Luxury Suite tickets to the National Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Monday, April 6, 2009
-Two tickets to official pregame hospitality area (April 4 and April 6, 2009)
-Access to numerous other weekend events including Hershey’s College All-Star Game (April 3, 2009), NCAA(R) Hoop City(R) Refreshed by Coca-Cola(R) and much more

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Free Baltimore Orioles Ticket For Your Birthday!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Offer Linky

You’ll get a free voucher good a upper reserve ticket for any game during your birth month. Birthdays in January, February, and March will receive a voucher for an April game ticket; birthdays in October, November and December will receive a voucher for a September game ticket. The vouchers are not good for Yankees or Red Sox games.

Best part? At an Indians-Orioles game last year in Oriole Park it was so empty that my upper reserve ticket worked just fine for a seat in the first row right behind the Indians dugout! Plus Oriole Park is one of the 5 7 MLB ballparks with glatt kosher food (Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, NYY, and NYM, am I missing any? Commenters note that Florida and Toronto also have kosher stands.)

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Up To 50% Off Los Angeles Clippers Tickets!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Offer Linky (For opponents besides Boston and Cleveland)

Use code: TMDEAL

And here is a separate offer for the Cavs and Celtics games.

For those 2 games use code: CLIPPERS and then create a new account.

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HOT! MORE FREE NJ NETS TICKETS!!!

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Update: Jeff points out that the 4/13 freebie game is perfectly timed for a great Chol Hamoed Pesach diversion! Grab ’em while they last!

Originally posted on 02/10:

Offer Linky

Valid for the following games:
-Fri, 02/20/09, 08:00 PM, Vs. Wizards.
-Mon, 02/23/09, 07:30 PM, Vs. 76’ers.
-Mon, 03/30/09, 07:30 PM, Vs. Bucks.
-Mon, 04/13/09, 07:30 PM, Vs. Bobcats.

Step 1: Click find tickets next to your desired game.
Step 2: Select the number of tickets desired under “paperfast offer”.
Step 3: Select $0 seats for upper-bowl tickets or $20 seats for lower-bowl tickets.
Step 4: Enter the following code in the blank box after you make your ticket price selection: ONUS

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SMOKING HOT! HURRY! Free Nets Vs. Nuggets Tickets For 02/07!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

This is for this Saturday night’s 7:30pm game. Grab ’em quick while there are still awesome seats being given away on the house!

Offer Linky

Use code: MEA

“Valid on regularly priced $110, $80, $76, and $40 tickets.”

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SMOKING HOT! HURRY! Free Nets Vs. Bucks Tickets For 02/03!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Offer Linky

Use code: SHOUT

“Valid on regularly priced $110, $80, $76, and $40 tickets.”

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Up To 70% Off LA Clippers Tickets!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Offer Linky

And #1 on the list of the top 10 signs you know your team really stinks…70% off of tickets just one month into the season…

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NCAA College Logo Hoodies For Just $14.99 From Amazon!

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Related: Free 3 Month Prime Trial

Free shipping with prime, otherwise you’ll need to buy 2 or add $11.01 to get free shipping!

NCAA College Logo Hoodies Linky

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