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New O2 concert tickets available for the SPG suite on points

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Another batch of concerts has been added to the SPG Moments and Marriott Moments sites.

These are a good use of points – the box, whilst a long way from the stage, is very comfortable (see photo below) and the food and drink on offer is high quality.  Here is Anika’s review of a trip to see Muse.

This is the current list on SPG Moments (click here).  The new additions are at the top.  All prices are for TWO tickets and priced in SPG points.

SPG Suite O2 Arena London

Flight of the Conchords (21st June) – 15,000 points

Quincy Jones (22nd June) – 15,000 points

Queen & Adam Lambert (2nd and 4th July) – 15,000 points

Justin Timberlake (9th July) – 25,000 points

The Muppets (14th July) – 15,000 points

Iron Maiden (10th and 11th August) – 15,000 points

Walking with Dinosaurs (15th August) – 15,000 points

Britney Spears (24th, 25th and 26th August) – 20,000 points

Some of the above, plus a few others which have been around for a while, are also on Marriott Moments (click here).  Here are the extra ones.  These prices are for TWO people and are in Marriott Rewards points (so x 3 from the equivalent number of SPG points).

Nickelback (11th May) – 45,000 points

Trevor Noah (19th May) – 45,000 points

Flight of the Conchords (20th June) – 45,000 points

Bryan Adams (31st May) – 60,000 points

Demi Lovato (10th June) – 60,000 points

Pearl Jam (various) – 60,000 points

Katy Perry (various) – 60,000 points

Shakira (11th June) – 60,000 points


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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (July 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. Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. You can apply here.

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Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 points sign-up bonus and Gold Elite status 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.

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30,000 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 (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).

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 (39)

  • JamesB says:

    HIE Krabi is normally 20k/night so half price at 10k. Still a rotten deal deal though as it is typically only £25-£40 cash.

    • Polly says:

      OT. QATAR SALE

      Another very good QR sale on now to Asia and OZ. Oz 1500EU…Oct Nov Dec. Worth a look.

  • Boi says:

    OT: what are “sweet” redemption opportunities for one way Dubai/Bangkok/hongkong to UK if I want to do a multi city ? I want to visit 2 of those ( we will be arriving in AUH on a separate ticket and will need to get back to UK after).

    • JamesB says:

      BKK-HKG slips just inside zone 2 so onevway J is only 15000 miles on Cathay or Sri Lanka. HKG-LHR/LGW/MAN on Cathay J for 90k and almost no tax and fees is about as sweet as it gets on one world, or if you have a 241 or Lloyds voucher F or CW respectively on BA. However, if you have MR or SPG points move them to Alaska MP for the Cathay flight back to UK. Might even be woth considering buying SPG points in current sale to do this (Marriott Alaska travel package?) and save your avios for another trip.

      • Boi says:

        Thanks. I have 100K SPG. Alaska sounds good. never used that route before….I can easily top themup as I have MR too.

    • Rob says:

      UK to DXB best bet is Krisflyer Miles (Amex transfer) at 25k each way Business Class on any Star Alliance airline.

      • Boi says:

        Thanks Rob, interesting opportunities.

      • Pangolin says:

        Good call.. you learn a few things when you get to *G on SQ!

      • shd says:

        Note that if you were thinking of changing in FRA/MUC/VIE/ZRH then sadly SQ/Krisflyer gets only a limited quantity of Lufthansa Group redemption seats.

        I’m looking for a redemption from the UK to Germany at the moment – when I search with Miles & More miles it’s wide open on pretty much all LH flights that day, yet searching the very same flights with Krisflyer miles there is much less availability.

        Probably LH Group “getting their own back” on SQ/Krisflyer for not letting LH M&M members book those SQ suites 🙂

  • John says:

    Vilnius and Perth are ok, I guess, but getting to Lithuania in a miles-earning way is difficult. Last time I did a day trip from Stockholm on SAS for about £50, and I think I saw most of what there is to see…

  • John says:

    OT: Is there a official or unofficial bonus out there for adding a 1st supplementary card holder on Green Amex or SPG Amex?

  • Bach says:

    OT – trying to find Avios availability for S7 flights in Russia. I’m sure you could see them at some point on BA.com but that doesn’t seem to work anymore. Any idea?

    • Genghis says:

      IIRC you now need to call to book

    • Alex says:

      Booked online on Ba website no problem. If you cant the flight that means it is unavailable. Are you looking at summer months? In summer there is almost no availability now.

      • Bach says:

        Couldn’t even find the city with reward flight finger. Found it with standard avios search but no flight any date I looked in September. Will try again on a desktop tomorrow.

  • Sandra says:

    IC Muscat rooms are dated and the hotel lobby is quite dark, it all has a very 70s/early 80s feeling in my opinion. The last time I was there (early 2017) they were building a new hotel next door to it, not sure if that is finished yet or if building work still going on. It has a large, covered outdoor pool for swimmers plus a second pool/lazy river in gardens & a well equipped gym. There are several restaurants including Trader Vics which is very popular with locals and expats. Service was good. Having spent a lot of time in Oman (OH worked there for several years) I personally prefer the Crowne Plaza but at 15000 points/night I’d say the IC is a good deal.

  • Ian says:

    OT.
    If I make a booking via Hertz using my Preferred Rewards Gold card 10% discount (and free additional driver), do I still have to hold that card when I make use of the car hire. I am wanting to book for April 2019 in USA but my free 1st year on the PRG card expires before then and I don’t plan to renew it. I will have an Amex card, just not the PRG.

    • EwanG says:

      No. You use the AmEx PRG CDP code but are not forced to pay on the PRG or indeed any AmEx card!

  • Graham Walsh says:

    OT I did the Avis spin the wheel competition and won an upgrade. Picked the car up yesterday. Still a Fiat 500 or similar as per my booking via BA. Maybe the upgrade was the paisley interior of the Fiat 500!!

    Another thing to note is that I was classified as Avis Preferred so didn’t have to queue with everyone at Malaga airport. Walk straight down to the parking garage and collect the keys.

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