The suite life: NBA Global Games in Winnipeg with Marriott Rewards

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset So I had a serious case of FOMO this past weekend in Montreal.

Last Wednesday I posted about the upcoming Timberwolves versus Bulls game happening last Saturday in Winnipeg as past of the NBA Canada Series.   If you aren’t familiar, the NBA is holding a bunch of preseason games here in Canada (Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Winnipeg) and one of the sponsors is Marriott Rewards.  Marriott actually reached out to me to help spread the word about their rewards program and promote the fact that members get special opportunities to events, like the NBA Canada Series games going on this month.  They also gifted me with a pair of tickets, a meet & greet with NBA legend Robert Parish, and tickets to the exclusive afterparty.  The only problem was I extended my work trip to Montreal to include the weekend with my boyfriend. So what’s a girl to do when she can’t go?  Enlist her bestie and another friend to go in her place, set her up on my Twitter account, and enjoy all the perks.

Usually when I get invites to things like these, the tickets are pretty good. Little did I know that my friends would be sitting in the Marriott Rewards suite at the MTS Centre, get jerseys and hats, food and drinks, and basically live it up WAG lifestyle for the entire game. I can’t even tell you how many times my boyfriend was like “how much do you wish you were at the game right now” while we were eating dinner in a Montreal hotspot.  I basically had to stop looking at my phone.

food game jerseys jess and jordyn

In case you aren’t familiar, Marriott is teaming up with the NBA as the official hotel partner of the 2015-2016 NBA Global Games and will be rewarding its loyalty members with exclusive access to NBA games and events in Canada.  Marriott International, Inc. and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced back in July a partnership that makes the global lodging company the official hotel of several marquee NBA events around the world, including NBA Global Games 2015-16, NBA Africa Game 2015, and NBA Canada Series 2015. Marriott Rewards is a frequent traveler program that rewards exclusive membership privileges when members travel, as well as a choice of frequent flyer miles in preferred airline programs, or points towards free vacations. Delta Privilege joined Marriott Rewards earlier this year.

My friends chilled in the Marriott Rewards suite with reps from Marriott, Delta, and select rewards members who got the opportunity to be there courtesy of the reward program. So how did they get the golden ticket?  I’m told an email went out to members in the area that said the first five to respond would get access to this amazing event. Just a heads up, there are two more games coming up, October 14 in Ottawa and October 23 in Montreal.  If you are a Marriott Rewards member in either of those cities, make sure you check your emails!!

Robert Parrish

Not only did they get to chill in a private suite (which would totally be enough for me!), but during halftime, all the people in the Marriott Rewards suite were taken to meet Robert Parish, one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.  I’m told only the people there with Marriott Rewards were lucky enough to meet him.

After the game ended, my friends made their way over to District Stop in the Exchange District for the official afterparty, which was hosted by Ciroc and Foot Locker. Since my friends got hocked up with afterparty tickets, they were taken to an elevated level of the club.

afterparty ticket afterparty

Like I said, I had such bad FOMO the whole night, but if you don’t want to miss out on an amazing opportunity like this one, join Marriott Rewards, it’s completely free and you’ll get amazing opportunities like this one. Because who wouldn’t want to enjoy an NBA game in their own private suite?

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Please note, this post is sponsored by Marriott Rewards.

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