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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

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.

See NFL at Wembley with Marriott and SPG

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

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, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Marriott Bonvoy points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (149)

  • JayG says:

    O/T – Can you earn the upgrade voucher on both the free and paid Virgin CC’s in the same 12 months? I’ve got the voucher on the free card and really only worth getting the paid version (for me) if I’ll earn another voucher.

  • Alan says:

    O/T (there seems to be a theme today!)
    Virgin CC – When do the extra bonus points get credited to your account (i.e. the ones offered to MBNA card holders for regular monthly spend over the first 3 full statement periods)?
    Thanks

    • Rob says:

      Wow, that is unbelievably weak ….

      • Alex W says:

        It’s not bad for us, Mrs W should get 60k points from 2 stays.

      • Londonbus says:

        Ouch. Double points only kicks in from the second stay.

        I also have an offer – stay on two weekends with Saturday and get 12,000 points. Great – except I’m in the Gulf and Saturday night here is equivalent to a Sunday elsewhere…

    • BJ says:

      Interesting, thanks, would take a lot more than double points to get me to pay for IHG. What’s the ‘and more’ bit?

      • JohnT says:

        Seems to be a mini-Accelerate! – For me has 4 extra offers and extra bonus for completing 3 out of 4!

        • BJ says:

          Thanks, will get a look at mine later. Hopefully there is still a possibility to make one or two stays worth doing. IHG seriously need to do something with their bottom end hotels though, both cash prices and redemptions are generally way to high. HI and HIX are often substantially more expensive than nearby Hilton group properties so it is difficult to justify staying at them as Hilton generally better and with more perks.

        • Michael Jennings says:

          I have the following:

          15,000 Double Your Stay Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points.

          3,200 Travel with the IHG® App
          Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 3,200 bonus points.

          19,200 Saturday Stays Bonus
          Stay 5 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 19,200 bonus points.

          All of them extremely weak, honestly.

        • BJ says:

          Mine not as bad as I was expecting: 63200 plus up to 15000 double points requiring minimum 4 nights across two weekends staying at 3 different brands with two stays on bonus point rates. Hence, 16,000+ bonus points per night if I decide to do it. Another way of looking at it is stay 4 get 4x 15k nights free, or spend about £200 get a £350+ IC night free…guess I’ll have to do it, even if mattress runs 🙂

      • Roger1* says:

        In my case:

        Complete all of your Double Points plus more offers and earn 34,600 total bonus points.
        My Offers
        15,000 Double Your Stay
        Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points.
        11,200 Discover Our Brands
        Stay at 2 brands and get 11,200 bonus points.
        8,400 Saturday Stays Bonus
        Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 8,400 bonus points.

        So:
        – double points limited to 15k, excluding first stay.
        – my IC 2nd night ‘free’ 2-night stay is unlikely to count as one of the 2 Discover promo,
        – nor the Saturday bonus.

        My Hilton nights are safe, then.

        • Michael Jennings says:

          My Hilton nights are also safe.

        • Alex W says:

          How does one “complete” the up to 15k points target? Hopefully you don’t have to actually get 15k base points as there’s no way I’m spending £1300 on IHGs…

    • Alan says:

      Nothing showing in my IHG account at all.

    • Craig says:

      Can anyone see if existing bookings count?

      • John says:

        T&C only says stays consumed between 16/9 and 16/12, not booked.

        Seems ok for me. I already have my AMB Weekend stay booked so it will now get double points, and I only need 2 weekends for 8400 points.

    • Crafty says:

      Can’t believe how weak this is. My guess is they’ve decided to wean themselves off the Accelerate points bonanza, but underestimated how far behind Hilton and Marriott (and even Carlson IMV) have left their base offering.

      • Genghis says:

        +1 no cash for IHG this quarter.

      • BJ says:

        Just checked in with parents and partners: around 13k, 19k and 34k plus the double points. So far, on(ly Alex and me reporting a decent offer. Will be interesting to see responses when Rob rubs a full article on this. No spend thus quarter might result in better offers next time round.

  • VJ says:

    O/T – Any one aware of what is ‘Handling Fee’ on Creation CC statement.

    Never had something like this before.

    • Rob says:

      Normally when you do a cash withdrawal or a foreign payment.

      • VJ says:

        I’ve charged a retailer transaction as cash (£2 only) (should be a normal purchase); that I have to to dispute with the Retailer.

        Having said; Creation slap me with £5 handling fee and want to me clear all outstanding balance over £4K in full to avoid any interest.

        Is creation is right in their saying?

  • Mikee says:

    O/T I see BA are using an Air Belgium A340-300 on the Heathrow – Cairo route Mon – Wed this week week.
    Not sure of the layout and whether this is an upgrade our not to the normal service.

  • Anna says:

    OT – does anyone know, if I book long haul inbound redemption flights at 1 am when they are released, will BA add regional connections to the booking a day later when those are released? I would book them separately but don’t want the hassle of collecting and re-checking luggage due to separate PNRs.

    • Matt says:

      Yes they will. Phone up again to do it, though less of a rush than getting the long haul booked!

      • Stu N says:

        Yes – no problem, I’ve done it several times without issues. You have to phone up, if you do it within 24 hours of adding the long haul inbound then it’s a free change/ cancellation within 24h of booking.

        Beyond that, you might have to push the line that you can’t do it online to get the £35pp fee waived but they should waive it no problem.

        • Anna says:

          Ah thanks, I will probably have to pay the £35 each as it’ll be more than 24 hours since the long haul was booked but that’s better than paying to book separately and having to re-check the bags!

        • the_real_a says:

          I sound like a broken record, however its not a flat 24 hours… its 24 hours + anytime until the UK call center opens again. This is specifically called out in the T&C`s so you can call up at 8am the next day without paying the £35 fee.

        • Stu N says:

          Just to be clear, the situation I have experience of is
          – booking at t-355 for a long haul inbound and it’s an overnight flight into London
          – The domestic leg would be the following day, so not available at the point you book the long haul

          In this situation BA will waive the change fee completely. First time I did this, I phoned a few days later to add the domestic. Agent was able to waive the fee and offline service fee, but said it’s easier if you add the domestic within ~24 hours as it is automatically free to change then. Hope this helps.

  • @mkcol says:

    OT: I did not know about IHG Rewards Club Access. They’ve got some interesting packages for the points rich. I only became aware of it when logging into my IHG/Creation account, which incidentally I think I’ll close as I don’t feel I get the benefit of the black card.

    https://auctions.ihg.com/iSynApp/showHomePage.action?sid=1101281

    • Rob says:

      This is new, and weak so far as you can see. When they beef it up we’ll start pushing it.

      • Crafty says:

        I looked the other day and over 90% of packages were in Brooklyn with the remainder in London. Not exaggerating!

  • jean says:

    Just tried the Manchester fast track offer and you have to spend £20 to get the code not £10 is that right.

    • Rob says:

      Weird – it’s changed! It was – with 110% certainty – £10. Have they changed it after seeing the article? I don’t think I have that much influence over Manchester Airport ….