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.)

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  1. Are the taxes different between LHR and LGW ….they are pricing up nearly £ 35 cheaper out of LGW for a long haul flight

  2. OT – I think I am right in thinking starpoints have now been revalued to be the same as a marriot point? I have an upcoming reservation at aloft liverpool I made for 3k starpoints, if I cancel this will I be refunded 9k points? Thanks

  3. There is no non-Amex I know of.

    • Ok, thanks Rob

    • Rob, I recall reading somewhere that you charged the Platinum fee to HFP as a business expense – if that’s correct, how does that work? Do you simple not use it for any personal expenses?

      Having reviewed the personal vs business cards, aside from the increased age limit on the travel insurance the benefits offered on the personal one are better (e.g. no car hire cover on business).

  4. OT: if I book a flight on Malaysia Air using avios on BA website what are the cancellation charges?

    The one way flight costs 4500 avios and £32.80. Do I just get the avios back?


  5. Thanks for the head-up! Have now sorted the boy’s birthday present for Wembley!

  6. OT: Had an email from BAEC today, 15% off car hire and hotel redemptions. Might be of interest to those who do not , or have difficulty using them for flights.

    • …. and who are happy getting 0.66p per Avios 🙂

      • Actually, that’s better than 0.55ppa which is roughly what I get on an exEDI return to zone 7 far East in CW. Despite that horrendous value I still take it for the £35 flexibility and the fact my avios cost me close to zero. There’s also the fact my partner still favours BA but please don’t ask me to try and explain that. Been doing exINV with Lloyds vouchers so I can stomach it a little more easily, and now joining 241 club which I plan to use on F to HKG to make me feel better still.

  7. Quick Question – if you pay for something using PayPal linked to your amex. Does amex purchase protection still apply?

  8. Optimus Prime says:

    Let’s hope Marriott keeps handing out free points during NFL season 🙂

  9. Off topic question – not sure wherebest to ask, so trying here.

    Newbie at this and love this extremely informative site and discussions on it. Basically I want to check what’s the best way to maximise my avios. I put through 10-15k a month on credit cards.

    Right now I’ve just started and got the APRG -referred via Rob. I also have the Virgin Atlantic free card.

    From reading this forum, my next step is the BAPP. Question, can I, and is it the best option to refer myself for this?

    I’ll soon be cancelling my APRG as I believe is correct once I’ve triggered the bonus, and it will only take me a month I’d estimate to trigger the 2-4-1 on the BAPP. What is my best move after i trigger the 2-4-1. I understand most people refer themselves usually for the APRG but I wll be 45 months short of bveing able to apply for this again.



    • TGLoyalty says:

      If you have the gold charge card upgrade to the platinum for 20k point then refer yourself to the bapp as you get 18k MR instead of 9k MR with the Gold.

      • Thanks for replying.

        I’m not sure I understand your post. Are you saying you can upgrade to a platinum and pay 20k points rather than £450? Or pay to upgrade to platinum, get bigger referal bonus then close platinum? It’s the 20k points I don’t follow.

        Platinum was my guess as being what to use after a couple of months when I have closed both APRG and downgraded BAPP.

  10. Thanks,everyone, i understand now. And Ali is correct, it’s the Gold credit card I have.

    Any thoughts of which is best card to get after getting APRG and closing it, and getting BAPP, reaching 2-4-1 threshold then downgrading it before I can apply again for APRG.

    I was thinking it’d be either standard BA or Platinum but not sure which.

    • You won’t get a bonus on either without a 6-month gap from Gold / BAPP. Starwood is the only way of filling the gap.

      • Thanks, Rob. Been rereading your card reviews again studying this problem of how to maximise Avios on 100k+ annual spend with bonuses, referals etc included.

        I had forgotten about the 10k bonus points for spending 15k annually on APRG. This may well give a better return completing this spend, it will delay closing the card and hence reapplying for a new bonus, but the bonus on a new BAPP will be closer once this is completed, and BAPP bonus is, at present at least, bigger.

        Rob, it seems there is an agreed strategy to maximise Avios on a 20-30k annual spend. A good article suggestion might be how to maximise Avios on 100k+ spend.



  11. 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?

    • 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.

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