Regular readers will know that there have been some great points opportunities over the past three years to see top musical acts at the O2 Arena in London via SPG Moments.
Starwood Preferred Guest took a VIP suite in the arena and made tickets available as a points redemption, usually around 15,000 points for two people. The suite was fully catered with a hot and cold buffet and a free, unlimited bar.
Anika reviewed a Muse concert here and I have been numerous times, generally to see acts too uncool to publicly name.
The game might be up, unfortunately. The O2 suite was a three year deal and the three years is now over. There have not been any concerts listed on the SPG Moments site for a while.
Other venues controlled by AEG (Mercedes Arena, Staples Center) also seem to have disappeared from SPG Moments.
If the suite has gone, this may be a sign of things to come with the Marriott-isation of Starwood. SPG will have lost a lot of money on these events – the value of the points redeemed won’t even have covered the cost of the food and drink, yet alone the cost of the box itself – but it didn’t care because it was all about relationship building with its core guests. I have never seen any signs that Marriott thinks the same way.
I wish Virgin Atlantic would do more with its suite at the O2. I have no idea who gets the seats – once a year we get an invite, this year we get ’30 Seconds To Mars’, last year it was world darts – but there would be real value in Virgin Atlantic offering up seats for miles.
Virgin Flying Club is desperately in need of valuable low value redemptions as it doesn’t have any short-haul flights to offer. With the credit card due for a major relaunch soon it would be a good way of driving sign-ups.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
Until 2nd November 2021, The Platinum Card comes with a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Amex points. This converts into 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)