How to Go to the World Series for Free

October 24, 2016 in BLOG, Travel For Free, Travel Tips - 9 Comments
How to go to the World Series for Free

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Unless you love baseball, the World Series probably isn’t too high on your bucket list. But there might be a little more excitement about the World Series now that the Chicago Cubs will be going to the World Series. The 108 year stretch has been too long for many die hard Cubbies fans. So if you’re looking to attend the momental game, keep reading to find out how to go to the World Series for free.

I love baseball. And thanks to my good friend, Laura, got to watch the San Diego Padres play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field two years ago. Laura’s a die-hard Cubs fan and season ticket holder.

So I’m excited for her and the Cubs. And was inspired to put together this post.

How to Go to the World Series for Free

1.  World Series Tickets

Get free tickets to the World Series, Chicago Cubs vs Cleveland Indians by redeeming Starpoints.
Use Starpoints to get free tickets to the World Series

World Series ticket prices are skyrocketing. Standing room only tickets at Wrigley are going for almost $800. But here’s how to get free tickets to the World Series.

Use your Starpoints through SPG Moments and bid on 1 of 6 packages for Games 3, 4, and 5 at Wrigley Field. Each package includes 2 tickets in a luxury suite and free food and drinks during the game.

The Game 4 package includes a meet and greet with former Chicago Cub outfielder, Andre Dawson. You can take photos, ask questions, and get his autograph.

Packages start at 235,500 points. But don’t wait too long. Because bidding ends on October 25, 2016.

Yep, it’s a lot of points to see a baseball game. Points that could be used to stay at hotels in the Maldives, Paris, Australia, or other places.

But there are times when being to frugal with your points will come back to bite you in the butt. If you’ve got the points and you want to go to the game, spend the points.

Pro-tip: He who dies with the most points, does not win. Don’t pass over a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because someone else has placed an arbitrary value to your points.

Use your points when it makes you happy and brings you memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. (Okay, off my soapbox.)

Read: How to spend two weeks in Hong Kong & Australia on $93 a day – the luxury edition

2.  Flights

Fly to the World Series for free using airline miles.
Fly to the World Series for free using airline miles

Get free flights by using your airline miles to fly to Cleveland and Chicago.

I bet you’re thinking only anytime awards (the highest amount) are available. Thankfully, there are actual saver awards available! So you could fly one-way for only 12,500 miles.

Pro-tip: Two people fly for the price of 1 if you have the Southwest Companion Pass.

Read: Southwest Companion Pass

3.  Hotels

Stay at Hyatt Regency Cleveland The Arcade for free during the World Series when you redeem hotel points.
Stay at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland The Arcade for free using Hyatt points.
Photo courtesy: Hyatt Regency Cleveland The Arcade

You can stay for free when you redeem hotel points.

If you plan on attending Games 1, 2, 6, or 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland and want to use points for free stays, here are some of the hotels near the ballpark:

You can also stay further out and use public transportation to Progressive Field.

Attending Games 3, 4, or 5 at Wrigley Field? There aren’t a lot of points hotels as close to Wrigley Field but thanks to the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), you can stay in the city, near the airport or in the suburbs, and take the train to Wrigley.

4.  Transportation

Ride Uber for free using credits or points.
Ride Uber for free using credits or points

You can skip public transportation and take Uber for free:

  • Sign-up for a new Uber account using my Uber referral link and we both get a $20 Uber credit
  • Use Barclay Arrival Plus points (minimum $50 redemption. But you know it’ll be surge so you’ll probably hit $50.)
  • Redeem American Express Membership Rewards points to pay for your Uber


Getting to the World Series can be done on the cheap. Here’s the frugal guide on how to go to the World Series for free.

Free tickets to Games 3, 4, and 5 in a suite complete with food and beverages can be yours if you place a winning bid using Starpoints.

You can fly for free using airline miles. Award tickets to Cleveland and Chicago are available for only 12,500 miles one-way.

Or double down and get two tickets for the price of one when you use your Southwest Companion Pass.

Now that you’ve gotten free tickets and flights to the games, it’s time to get your free hotel room by redeeming hotel points at one of the many hotels near Progressive Field or within an easy train ride to Wrigley Field.

I’m excited for this year’s World Series. And can’t wait to watch the Chicago Cubs play the Cleveland Indians.

Who are you rooting for?

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  • P La Rue October 24, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Debra at Travelling Well For Less offers up FANtastic tips to get tickets. I live in Chicago and go to Cubbies games regularly. The World Series as you probably have heard is the most rare event for Cubs fans so we are relishing in it for sure. You can find tickets on the website brokers most notably StubHub but you will pay an extreme amount. Currently the lowest price is $2,000 per ticket for SRO (standing room only). Craigslist can be a better deal but BEWARE! There are people scamming and making fake tickets. Only buy from someone you trust. Meet the seller at a local police station for the exchange! No scammer is going to walk into that. PRO TIP: ticket prices go UP as the game approaches on the street from the brokers and DON’T come down until after the 3rd or 4th inning. That bucks all other trends where usually tix go down immediately after game starts. But not with the Cubs. Wait til at least the 4th inning to buy off the street AND MAKE THE SELLER WALK WITH YOU TO THE TICKET TAKER. If they won’t go with you then the tix may be fakes.

    My suggestion is to come to Chicago anyway! Ticket or no ticket! Our ballpark is in a vibrant neighborhood. You will find local establishments to hang out, meet friends, eat and drink during the game. Come early and find a local spot walking distance from the ballpark. Get in the fray and hear the crowd as plays happen. It’s exhilarating! Easy transit via the “L” which stands for elevated. You need to make your way to the Red Line and get off at Addison. Or simply take a ride share Lyft or Uber.

    After the game enjoy the neighborhood eateries, taverns, bars, restaurants all within walking distance of Wrigley. PRO TIP: if you wish to pick up a ride share walk west from Wrigley towards Southport Ave or even further west to Ashland Ave for less gridlock for the pick up.

    Enjoy Chicago! And Let’s Go Cubbies!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle October 25, 2016 at 9:28 am

    That is so cool! I had no idea it was possible on any level to be able to score a free World Series.

  • Jennifer Van Huss October 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I’m so sad our Blue Jays didn’t make it!! THis is a great post! I love how you can make your dreams come true with Starpoints!! To see the look on my husband’s face would be worth all the points!

  • Myteenguide October 26, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Wow! So nice to know about this. I never heard of it before.

  • Kathy October 26, 2016 at 8:32 am

    That’s nice! I haven’t heard about this yet. I don’t really travel much though. This would be a fun event to attend though!

  • Up Run for Life October 26, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I would have never imagined being able to go to the World Series for Free. We have been to see the Rangers play a few times. I love your tips because there are so many scammers out there you have to be careful.

  • Ann Bacciaglia October 26, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This sounds fantastic. I would love to go to the World Series even if my team The Blue Jays did not make it.

  • Amanda Love October 26, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    That’s awesome. I don’t normally watch this but it’s great to know that you can save on going there! I’m definitely recommending this guide to friends.

  • ricci October 26, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of either team paying in the World Series but I think it would be amazing to go! These are great tips on getting there!

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