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See NFL at Wembley by redeeming hotel points with Marriott and SPG

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Marriott Rewards and SPG are offering various packages for the upcoming NFL games at Wembley in October, both for auction and for immediate points purchase.

25,000 points gets you two premium tickets and an NFL gift – see here

Auction packages (some with no bids so far) get you two tickets and a chance to get onto the pitch before the game – see here

See NFL at Wembley with Marriott and SPG

45,000 points gets you two VIP hospitality suite tickets – see here 

Auction packages (all with no bids as of last night) get you two VIP hospitality suite tickets and a chance to get onto the pitch before the game – see here   

There are similar packages on the SPG Moments site.  It isn’t clear if these use separate availability (in which case check both sites) or if they are effectively selling the same seats.

Based on Rob’s valuation of 0.5p per Marriott point, you are “paying” £225 for the hospitality package.  That is £112 per person for the ticket, gift and food and drink throughout the day, which sounds good to me.


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How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (January 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 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 Elite status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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 (149)

  • Hank says:

    I miss your meaning.

    They would not like people to figure out how to get more rewards for their spend? Would you not publish an article if you thought Amex would disapprove of it?

    • Polly says:

      Exactly, Hank…lucky you, having that available monthly spend. Your avios count will mount up rapidly.
      Just aim to rotate your cards every 6 or 7 months, between the 3 cards the gold credit, the bapp, and the spg. Or go for a plat instead of a gold every 2nd time. Your self referrals from plat give you 18k MRs, from the others 9k.
      Do you have a partner you can also refer or parents to swallow up all that spend? So that you can refer each other, and establish a family BAEC account to contain all those avios ?
      Always be spending towards a bonus.

  • Hank says:

    I thought it was added to the first month’s bill, but that obviously hasn’t been case if you have not yet been charged. Maybe they took 20k points for you for the upgrade rather than £450. This would be a better deal for you anyway. Check your points statement.

    Hank

    PS I have always found the Amex customer service staff excellent. All their contact numbers are listed under Contact Us on the website and are freephone numbers, too.

    • S**mo says:

      They don’t take 20K points…
      They used to give you 20K points if you spent a certain amount on the upgraded Plat card.

      However you could only upgrade to Plat Charge Card via this offer if you had a Gold Charge Card, not a Gold Credit Card.

      When upgrading via this offer, it seems some people get charged, others do not. if you don’t the first time round you would on your yearly anniversary.