There was speculation that Marriott, as the new owner of Starwood Hotels, was not keen to renew the lease on the Starwood Preferred Guest box at London’s 02 and at similar AEG-run venues around the world.
It seems a deal may have been done.
A good list of concerts was loaded yesterday.
As of 11pm last night, Marriott Moments (click here) had seats for:
Tears for Fears (10th May) – 45,000 points
Nickelback (11th May) – 45,000 points
Trevor Noah (19th May) – 45,000 points
Harry Styles (various) – 75,000 points
Sam Smith (various) – 75,000 points
The price is for TWO tickets and includes a hot buffet and unlimited free drinks.
SPG Moments (click here) had a broader list of seats as of 11pm last night:
Tears for Fears (10th May) – 15,000 points
Nickelback (11th May) – 15,000 points
Trevor Noah (19th May) – 15,000 points
Bryan Adams (31st May) – 20,000 points
Demi Lovato (10th June) – 20,000 points
Shakira (11th June) – 20,000 points
Katy Perry (various) – 25,000 points
Pearl Jam (various) – 20,000 points
Harry Styles (various) – 25,000 points
Sam Smith (various) – 25,000 points
Remember that 1 SPG point = 3 Marriott points so the prices are equal across both sites.
I cannot stress strongly enough that you should book ASAP if you are interested.
Whilst it will be too late to get tickets for these concerts, the easiest way to pick up a chunk of Starwood points is by taking out the SPG American Express credit card. The sign-up bonus for spending £1,000 is 10,000 SPG points which is equivalent to 30,000 Marriott points. The representative APR is 39.7% variable including the £75 annual fee (refundable pro-rata on cancellation) based on a notional £1200 credit limit.
People sharing an address can pool SPG points as I explained here. If you and your partner both got an SPG Amex your 20,000 points – actually 22,000 as you need to do the minimum spend – would be enough for a pair of tickets for most concerts when the next wave is released.
You can also convert American Express Membership Rewards points from Amex Gold (20,000 points sign-up bonus) or Amex Platinum (35,000 points sign-up bonus) into Starwood Preferred Guest at the rate of 2:1.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)
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 comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
EDIT: Until 8th November 2022, the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is doubled to 40,000 points!
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(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.)