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. Go on Anika, share your top 6! 🙂

    • Personally, I thought it was a pretty bad list! Normally I jump in and book before we publish the list, but there was nothing here that got me excited. But I’m old, of course.

      I have seen The Killers live and it is an excellent show, but when I saw them it was paid for by Deutsche Bank and there were only 500 people there. Not sure I want to see them again with 20,000 there!

    • Ok 🙂
      Queens of the Stone Age
      The Killers
      Depeche Mode

  2. Sorry off starting OT and also if it’s been answered before. Is there a maximum permitted duration between the outbound and inbound legs of a 2 4 1 redemption? (e.g. if you were going abroad for several months and called BA near to your return date to add the return leg?).

    • You can’t add the return once you’ve flown the outbound.

      You CAN change the date on a return (but not cancel it) after you’ve flown out.

      The solution is therefore to book a random return date at the time of booking the outbound, or at least before you fly the outbound, and then ring BA to change the date (assuming availability is there) when you decided you’re coming home.

  3. Chelseafi says:

    Really good evening at O2 with moments, saw Foo Fighters Tuesday great night

    • SPG Suite is an amazing redemption. We saw Bruno Mars and had a great time. Point for point it is easily the best and most fun redemption I’ve ever made.

      The hosts were fantastic. There were only 10 guests in the suite, and I was the only one wanting to drink Whisky. The hosts humorous response… “I’ll go down to the store and get you a bottle but I guess you’ve got to drink the whole thing yourself then…” The moment our glasses emptied the host was there asking if we wanted another. I wished I’d said no a couple of times!!!

      My wife was quite happy to dance her feet off at the front of the suite, it was not a stuck up experience and there was no judgement from anyone there. Even the host was subtly dancing away when she thought no one was looking.

      There were three hot dishes including a vegetarian one. And the host even went and spoke to catering to get us something else veggie, but I can’t remember what unfortunately – probably chips knowing my northern wife 🙂

      And of course the Intercontinental o2 is a 5 min walk away if you have spare points to spend there, and a lot cheaper than similar top end hotels in the centre.

      We will be doing the SPG suite again and again, but unfortunately these midweek dates just don’t work for us this time around. I highly recommend it to everyone though.

      • Is it really good value? 15 or 20k points sounds like a lot when I am aiming to get 3p per point via Marriott travel package! If I had loads of points I would love to go for the Killers or something, but not at the expense of my travel package!

        • A travel package is out of reach for many people, and others don’t want a 7 night stay in the same hotel.

          • Fair point, I’m the same myself but a week in one hotel is exactly what Mrs W wants!

            I initially thought the same about it being out of reach, but 2 x Amex Plats and 2 x SPG Amex and you’re pretty much there.

        • We are lucky enough to be able to afford decent holidays anyway so it is far more valuable to us to use points for money-can’t-buy experiences like the SPG Suite and McClaren factory tours. Naturally people will have different targets for their points but I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with the value of this redemption option.

      • I think I know the host you are talking about!

        • The host was Poppy. It was her first day when we attended Bruno Mars. I don’t know what the staff turnover is like for these positions but she was absolutely excellent and couldn’t have done anything more, so I hope she is there next time we get the chance 🙂

  4. Barry cutters says:

    Never collected anything in this scheme before , are those prices for the tickets and dog suite , or just the tickets only

  5. Totally off topic sorry!

    Heading to premium plaza at Heathrow T2 tonight – I have Amex Platinum with PriorityPass, 3 of us going and one is my brother with the same initials as me on my platinum card.
    Would it be possible for me and 1 guest to enter on the PP and then my brother on my amex?


  6. Chelseafi says:

    See the reviews linked above, suite opens from 6.30pm Foo Fighters went on from around 8 until 11.45 (and on a school night) food very good and our host kept topping up our wine every five mins!

  7. O/T – I have recently upgraded from Amex Gold to Platinum using the URL.
    I know welcome bonuses aren’t possible when holding Gold and Plat so the scenario is…My wife also has Amex Gold I am thinking either;

    1. Get her to upgrade using the link to Platinum (get 20k points for £1k spend).
    2. Can I refer her, get 18k points myself from the referral then she can just cancel the Plat card to avoid her also having to spend £1k?

    Any thoughts are appreciated!

  8. OT: Does food and beverage spend at a Hampton Inn paid for as a reward night earn HH points. I can’t find it in the T&Cs. HIlton have said it doesn’t qualify – it was only a small spend so not many points involved.

  9. OT: Anyone received the 2000 Marriott points for different brands yet? I’m still waiting for 3 lots going back to June.

  10. BREAKING: Uber. London. Gone.

    • Rubbish. This is TFL using the only power it has – the licence review – to force Uber to change its admin. Nothing more.

      • the real harry1 says:

        as it stands, Uber/ London ceases to exist in about 3 weeks

        • Unless they appeal, which they will, which will allow them to continue operating whilst the appeal process has finished which I would imagine will take a months if not years.

        • Luckily I only converted £8 so far! I guess you could still use that in UK though..

      • And its employment practices. And sort out its vetting of drivers, apparently. About time too.

  11. Hi all, any South Africa experts? We’re flying to Joburg (BA), scheduled arrival time is 10:15am. We want to catch an internal flight to Port Elizabeth – how much time would you leave until the internal flight? There’s a 13:15 BA (Comair) flight but I think that’s too tight, the next is South African Airways at 14:25 or Comair again at 16:10. I know there are many variables to consider but would BA re-ticket if we were delayed, my initial though is no. Thanks in advance.

    • Similarly flying to JNB on the same flight as you, but need to get to HDS. Only flights are at 1215 and 1300, otherwise it’s an overnight in JNB that we’re not too keen on. We’ll probably book the 1300 and hope we can make it!

    • Hi Asp…. I think the connection to comair is easily doable. I am from Botswana and transit through JNB all the time. The airport has only “2 terminals” but its at best 5minutes walk from one to the other (you don’t exit). I usually make 2 hours connections easy and with a wait at the other end.

      • Thanks Boi, do you collect checked luggage in that time? And is immigration any quicker for you as a Batswana?

        • I collect luggage….I interchangeably use Botswana or Irish passport (random) so I don’t think immigration is quicker for me per se….I think it is a smaller airport (compared to say Heathrow) and also there’s often plenty of immigration officials.

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