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Top concert tickets at London’s O2 available again for SPG and Marriott Rewards hotel points

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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.

Anika’s review of seeing a concert from the SPG suite is here.

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

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 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.

American Express Marriott Bonvoy credit card

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points sign-up bonus and 15 elite night credits Read our full review

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.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), 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).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy 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.)

Comments (11)

  • Lilian says:

    Hi Rob

    This post is totally irrelevant to the headline topics but would be interesting to hear your view.

    We were on the Ex-Sofia to Singapore Qatar Business Class flight and noticed the in flight service and flight standard are polar different to the ex-Pisa to Doha/ Doha-Germany flights. We were on an old configured A320 and there was no in flight entertainment system instead we were given an iPad.

    There were only 4 pax in the Business Class cabin and we (3 of us) were not even asked or offered any of the appetiser and starter menu, so they served us main straight away. Whilst we ordered they apologised they don’t have beef so instead they offered us the beef from the economy menu instead. It seems like pretty much they only carried a serving of each of the main which was pretty ridiculous! That extended to the dessert where there was only 1 portion of ice cream offered and listen that ice cream was a Magnum , handed over to my daughter! This is totally disappointing compared to the ice cream in a sundae cup that we received in any of the other ex-western Europe flights! They tried to offer me the chocolate cake from the economy menu as they had no more ice cream (magnum).

    When they served the other pax the appetiser, they apopolgized that they didn’t carry any smoked salmon as per the menu! Instead they only had the salad to go with it.

    Pretty disappointing with Qatar with the Sofia leg. Do you think this is the standard they offer in general for Sofia. How would you suggest we should voice out to the management? This flight was miles apart from the service we received on the other Ex-western Europe flights …

    • Rob says:

      Doesn’t sound great but Sofia is one of those places where Qatar dumps its older equipment. No harm in complaining though.

    • Adrian says:

      Oh good, this is our exact journey next week, so I’ll be able to provide some more feedback. I know the planes are the old recliners, but I balanced that with it only being 4 1/2 hours, a day flight and it was cheap. I was also able to route the return leg to FRA at the same price so we will have proper lie flat seats for the return and a shorter journey back to LHR.

  • FM says:

    On a related note, with the impending changes in Avios spending, have many people rethought their Amex MR transfers with each churn (whilst it lasts)? I have been mindlessly sending them to Avios the past few years (and have got good value out of doing so), but am now wondering whether SPG would be more appropriate, even as an intermediate to convert to other airline miles?

    • Genghis says:

      I now convert to SPG to maintain pluripotentiality

    • Steve-B says:

      Depends on personal strategy – I still move to Avios because I need to leverage 2x 2-4-1s at the end of this year and I am not generally that Avios rich. Need to balance the loss in routing via a hotel programme against what you perceive as a potential upcoming ‘devaluation’ – Marriott TPs might be a way to counter that loss, but who knows if they will be around at the start of 2019.

  • david says:

    OT: I wanted to buy some flights leaving from Stockholm so BA pricing in SEK. I would use my Halifax Clarity to save on conversion but means I get no avios?! I have the CURVE card will that get me around this obstacle? Thanks.

    • Genghis says:

      What’s your underlying card? Paying by Curve costs 1% so if earning less than 1 avios / £ (at 1p val) you’d be better off using your Clarity card.

  • Alan says:

    Thanks for this. Interested to know how you discovered this as I had been regularly checking back for more of these offers to no avail – was it an affiliate or press release from SPG/Marriott or is there a mailing list you can sign up to?

    I’d love to gift my sister one of these packages for Harry Styles for her 18th – but I’d rather she goes with one of her friends than myself… does anyone have any experience as to whether they are flexible regarding gifting these for family members? Do they issue physical tickets or is it a names on guest list sort of thing?The T&Cs seem pretty rigid…

    PS Whatever happened to leaving OT comments in “bits”? :p

    • Rob says:

      A friend tipped me off! I do usually check every day or so – technically it is ‘work’ for me – but as we’re away I have not been as rigorous.

      They are fine with ‘gifting’, I have done it myself. All the admin is done via the team in Ireland and you deal with a specific person. Tickets are emailed to you on the day, possibly the day before, so the only key thing is that the person going can access a printer – no mobile phone screenshots acceptable. Tickets will only be emailed to you.

  • Rda says:

    Sam Smith has been reduced from 25k to 15k.

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