Bits: LOADS of new SPG Moments O2 concert tickets in their suite, HFP downtime

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News in brief:

New Starwood SPG Moments concerts at the O2 now bookable

Starwood Preferred Guest has released a nice batch of O2 concerts.  All of these are for the SPG Suite, and includes all you can drink and a very decent hot buffet.

Here is the list of tickets available – and there are at least 6 concerts I’d love to see! (list correct as of yesterday afternoon):

  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, 30th September (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Lady Antebellum, 10th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • J. Cole, 15th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Neil Diamond, 17th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Emili Sande, 18th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Neil Diamon, 19th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Metallica, 22nd October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Future, 23rd October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Metallica, 24th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Little Mix, 26th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Bluesfest presents Chic feat. Nile Rogers, 27th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Bluesfest presents Daryl Hall & John Oats, 29th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Bluesfest presents Steely Dan, 29th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Queens of the Stone Age, 21st November (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Depeche Mode, 22nd November (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • The Killers, 27th November (20,000 points for two tickets)
  • The Killers, 28th Novemver (20,000 points for two tickets)
  • Jamiroquai, 3rd December (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Gorillaz, 4th December (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Queen + Adam Lambert, 12th December (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure, 21st December (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure, 28th December (15,000 points for two tickets)
  • Chris Rock, 27th January, (20,000 points for two tickets)
  • Chris Rock, 28th January, (20,000 points for two tickets)

You can read my review of my visit to Muse here and Rob’s review of Sting and Paul Simon here.

The SPG Suite is fully catered and is a very relaxed place to catch the music, although it is fair to say that if you want to jump around and sing along you would be better off down on the floor of the arena.

Starwood Preferred Guest is an American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner at 2:1. You can also get 10,000 Starwood points as a sign-up bonus for getting the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card. I review the Starwood Amex here.  You can also transfer Marriott Rewards points into SPG at the rate of 3:1.

You can get your tickets via the SPG Moments site here. (Click on ‘see all music moments’ and then choose Europe, London)

HFP downtime

Apologies for the downtime last night.  We had another IT issue which needed fixing, which unfortunately took about 10 hours over last night.  Hopefully all good now.

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  1. And Hilton experts? I’ve got my 2 4 1 (+1) CW to Washington DC booked for next summer and am hoping to get 2 x free night certificates through the HH visa card for me and OH. I like the look of Homewood suites as travelling with a 12 year old the extra sleeping area, kitchenette and free breakfast would be extremely useful. Has anyone stayed in one of these?

    • I stayed in one at Aguora Hills, California. The bed was dead comfortable (superking size). The kitchen area does not have an oven, just a hob, sink, dishwasher and fridge but it does the job. There was no kettle.

      The breakfast was okish, nothing to write home about. The free food some evenings was rubbish. There was free coffee in vats by the reception desk all day however!

      Overall we liked it as a base. Not posh but it meant you really felt like you had a hub to stay in as you go bring in takeaways, make meals like at home.

      • Thanks – the main thing is having a separate sleeping area for the 12 year old and facilities to make drinks and snacks so it would seem to fit the bill!

        • Don’t forget the Hilton voucher is only valid for for 6 months, and only for weekend nights.

    • We stayed in an embassy suites in orlando. Slept 5 of us, really good free breakfast and free evening reception with snacks, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. As a family i would definitely book an embassy suites again.

  2. Totally Off Topic:
    I recall a recent discussion about the best Avis AWD to use, but couldn’t remember it. Was it am Amex plat one?

    • That was Hertz.

      The BA one is good due to the free 2nd driver and 250 extra Avios for paying on a BAPP. May not be cheapest.

      Try booking off the UAE site.

  3. Another OT…. I’ve just been given a link to book meals on our flight to Tokyo with Iberia and noticed this half way down the page: ‘Access our special offers for travelling in Business. Tell us the price you’re willing to pay to travel in Business and enjoy the experience.” We’re already in business but is this suggesting you can barter Iberian biz seats?

    P.S. another vote for Jamiroquai !!!

    • I got this on Madrid to Seville and Madrid-Edinburgh, the only two segments I have flown on IB flight numbers booked on Iberia website. I figured I would cope on a 55 min hop to Seville, and given I had paid a full €20 for the flight, I would suck up whatever privations it involved.

      My girlfriend was on a separate booking on the EDI flight so politically unacceptable to upgrade just me. I do wonder what they would go for though doubt they are the bargains the “bid from” price suggests.

      • Found it. I don’t know how much they’d go for to be honest Stu N as airlines run on such tight margins – perhaps everyone wins until the cabin’s full?

        ‘Take the chance to travel in Business Class – you set the price. Enjoying an exclusive trip is now within your reach. After you purchase your economy ticket go to booking management to see whether you can bid for a class upgrade.

        Bids can be made for each route and the more you bid the better your chance of getting it. At this time you will be able to validate each detail of your bid.

        If it is accepted you will enjoy all of the advantages of travelling in Business.
        You can change your bid up to five days before you fly, and four days beforehand you will find out if you have placed the winning bid.

        • Long haul I can definitely see the benefits. Short haul less so.

          If you don’t have BA Silver/ OW Sapphire a cheeky bid would make a lot of sense. Say you win, you get business check-in + fast track + bags + lounge + priority boarding. As we manage BAEC Silver for not much extra spend over what we would do anyway, we would be spinning the wheel on Row 1 – unlikely on a random upgrade – and an in-flight meal, vs probably getting exit row seats in economy and all the airport benefits would flow from BA status anyway.

  4. O/T anyone received their iberia avios prize from the recent iberia/avis promotion? I “won” 9000 avios to be awarded in 6-8 weeks, more than 8 weeks and no sign….

  5. O/T I am using a 2-4-1 to go from Belfast to Miami via Heathrow with my wife, if on the return trip I skip the LHR-BHD but my wife continues to BHD will that be a problem? We are traveling in CW so I guess that our 2 bags could be checked in on my wife’s boarding pass so that they go through to Belfast. Thanks in advance

    • the real harry1 says:

      not a problem, you’ll just be a no show & nothing to offload – always provided you’re not booking through a TA

  6. Chelseafi says:

    Looks like Queen & Metallica sold out already

  7. Email from Amex yesterday – confirmation that Shop Small is back, along with dates…

    Shop Small this December
    WHEN: 2 DECEMBER 2017 – 17 DECEMBER 2017
    Shop Small is back! Be rewarded when you support your local high street heroes between 2 – 17 December 2017. Look out for more details, coming soon.

  8. Looking for some advice:

    BR Eva Air premium to Phuket or SG Singapore economy. Price difference is about £10 per hour flown so ~£360 overall return.

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