Bits: bid on new Marriott Moments events, Simply Rewards closing – other Visa cashback deals to follow?, Malaysia Airlines promo

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News in brief:

Bid on new Marriott Moments events

With Marriott Bonvoy now live, Marriott has relaunched its ‘Marriott Moments’ experiences siteYou can find it here.

It has added a new batch of O2 concert tickets to its website.  These are for the renamed Marriott Bonvoy suite, which comes with full catering and free drinks all night.  Here is a review of a Muse concert from the suite.

These concerts are now bookable.  The first few have been available for a while but the remainder are new:

  • Lady Antebellum, 9th March, 45000 points
  • Chris Stapleton, various dates, 45000 points
  • Nicki Minaj & Juice Wrld, 11th March, 45000 points
  • Post Malone, 14th March, 45000 points
  • Childish Gambino, 24th March, 45000 points
  • Panic! At The Disco, 29th March, 45000 points
  • Drake, 5th / 6th / 9th April, 45000 points
  • Shawn Mendes, 20th April, 45000 points

All pricing is for two tickets.

There are also various auction packages available for the England v Scotland rugby match on 19th March.  These include full hospitality with Gavin Hastings, and in some cases an overnight hotel stay too.

You can buy or bid for the events here.

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!

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.

Nationwide Simply Rewards closing – other Visa cashback sites closing too?

Whilst this isn’t strictly travel related, I wanted to flag that Nationwide is closing its Simply Rewards cashback programme on 1st April.

This is because “Nationwide have decided to simplify their offering and focus on their core products and services” according to an email to members.

Simply Rewards offers registered Nationwide Visa debit and credit card holders cashback rewards whenever they used their cards at selected retailers.  It seems a little odd to close the scheme, since it is organised by Visa, presumably doesn’t cost Nationwide any cash and is useful to cardholders as long as a decent flow of offers is coming through.

It will be interesting to see if ALL Visa cashback sites are closing (here is the HSBC one for example) or if this is simply Nationwide acting on its own.

The offers on the HSBC one are a bit weird, to put it mildly, which is odd given the clout that Visa must have to negotiate deals.  Blue chip retailers they are not …. Protein World is currently the headline cashback deal!  The only well known business at present is ao.com but I doubt 1% cashback is going to get anyone excited.

Thanks to Ian for this.

Malaysia Airlines business class

Get an extra 5% off Malaysia Airlines sale fares this weekend

Malaysia Airlines is running a special promotion with Visa this weekend.

You can save an additional 5% on all tickets in both Economy and Business as long as you travel by 6th May.  You can ONLY get the discount if you book via this page of the Malaysia Airlines website.

As well as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines has good connections to Australia and elsewhere in Asia.  Remember that you earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly with Malaysia Airlines as both are members of the oneworld alliance.

Malaysia Airlines has recently taken delivery of new A350-900 aircraft and is now operating them on the Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur route.  There are two daily departures from Terminal 4 at 10.25 and 21.25.

Full details of the new planes are on their website here.  The Business Class layout pictured above looks pretty good.  It is a staggered 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 layout, similar to Aer Lingus.  It even has two Aer Lingus-style ‘throne’ seats on the right-hand side.  On the left, one row has ‘table / seat’, the one behind ‘seat / table’ and so on, so that your feet slot under the table area of the seat in front.  The Qatar Qsuite works in a similar way.

(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.)

Review of Air France business class on a Boeing 777-300ER - redeemable soon with Virgin miles (Part 2)
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Comments

  1. OT but Marriott related..

    Are people still receiving personalised promotions? I’m yet to receive anything and wondering if that ship has sailed now or if people are still receiving them?

  2. OT: anyone been recently to a football match at Brighton courtesy of Amex?

    Did it include free parking, food and drinks? any other insights please?

  3. If a reward booking is made using Virgin Flying club miles- and then cancelled – do Virgin return all miles redeemed plus refund all taxes/fee’s paid?

  4. Bits OT: Plaza Premium at T5.

    £40 walk up fee for max 2hours (I’m on my Amex Plat)

    No craft ales, just one beer available, a luke warm Carlsberg.

    Complimentary Gordon’s Gin & JD Whiskey. all others extra.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m missing the “Premium” part?

    • It’s been like that for a while. I’ve never been impressed by the lounge. The set up is nice,,, but everything else is below average – or £.

      Thanks god I don’t have to be there anymore. Was there every friday evening (commuting) for about 2 months.

    • Lady London says:

      Do people actually pay the walk up rate? That amount could be better spent even at T5 unless you need shower, I suppose (if that’s not charged extra).

      • Had an email from Heathrow rewards offering extra 500 points if I spend £30. Possible to take the sting out of the walk up rate?

  5. OT:

    Remember the other day there was a bit of chat about using the Hertz Auz site to make bookings in order to get a lower price on car rentals? Is there a specific way to do this or is it just a bit hit-and-miss?

    Have just tried to book a car from Port Elizabeth (27th April) – Cape Town (7th May). It is showing a lower price on the Auz site but only by 172 Rand (about £9).

    Is there something I’m missing or is it just luck of the draw? Have got a Gold, BA normal & See Through Amex on the go at the moment in case that makes any difference?

    Any help much appreciated.

    Keith

    • I must be missing something too. 3 day Hertx AU Tampa to Miami US$ 180. UK using Plat 633306 £90 for ICAR

    • Are you using 211762? It is hit and miss though.

      For clarity, you MUST have an Amex Plat to use this as it strips out some insurance you otherwise need.

      • Rob, I think you have said this before but the Amex plat means you do not need any of the insurances they try and sell you right? I just booked a car in Palm Springs and it says I need to bring proof of insurance in order to pick up the car.

      • Is there any issue with using the Auz Hertz site to book and pay (with my Amex plat). do they query this on collection?

    • Just use autoslash.com

      • Problem with Autoslash is they don’t replicate your booking exactly, AIUI. They keep sending me emails about a forthcoming Hertz booking, but if I went with them I would have to pay for an extra driver which would more than negate the saving. I have yet to find a single occasion when Autoslash was actually cheaper than going direct with Hertz (either AU, US or Brazil/Argentina, I’ve had cheapest rate with all three).

        • You should email [email protected] in cases where the deal offered does not meet your needs. We have a very experienced staff that can often help to ensure you get a lower rate that has the same features/benefits of your original booking. It’s often difficult to take those sorts of things into account with the automated system, but our team is always available to assist in those cases.

  6. Ah-ha! I see, okay thanks all for your help. I don’t have a Platinum – will just rummage around for a discount code.

    Cheers

    Keith

  7. the_real_a says:

    There have been some good offers on Nationwide offers.

    Currently I’m seeing 10% off £200 at UK Crowne Plaza stays in the UK
    The was £5 off £40 on BP Me (recently expired)
    £5 off various Waitrose, Boots and Co-op spends through the year.

    Customer service was always an issue. Nationwide reps had never heard of it, and it was difficult in find anyone to take responsibility for non-posting. There was a scheme email posted at some point which i used and did resolve issues.

  8. OT
    Amex platinum insurance – can I just confirm that partner who is a supp card holder is covered for travel insurance for illness and medical cover even though the trip was not booked using the amex card? I know smaller benefits aren’t guaranteed as the card wasnt used.

    Thanks

  9. OT: does Amex Plat car hire insurance cover damages to a dealer courtesy car?

    • Good question.
      Do the dealer not offer insurance as part of courtesy car though?

    • The thing with the Amex insurance is, technically you are only covered when you are on holidays – so I’d say no, unless you have a hotel booking

      • I can’t see that in the T’s & C’s anywhere

        • Well, I shall read the policy properly. But it wasn’t like that the last time I checked (must have been before July 2018).
          Car Rental insurance is within section 1. WORLDWIDE TRAVEL INSURANCE. The following conditions apply to all claims under this Section:
          1) …
          2) …
          3) Trip Length: You are covered for a maximum of 240 days in a
          365 day period and for single Trips up to a maximum duration
          of 90 consecutive days.

          TRIP is the key. And by trip they mean: “Trip” means a journey outside Your Country of Residence which must commence and end in Your Country of Residence, or a journey within Your Country of Residence which must include a flight, or at least one night of pre-booked accommodation away from home. Trip is extended to include any journey within Your Country of Residence for Car Rental Benefits (Section 1.5) only. Trips must not exceed 90 consecutive days with a maximum 240 days during each 12 month period. The Trip length will be extended to 365 consecutive days for Your Children under the age of 25 on a Gap Year.

          So, yes: Trip is extended to include any journey within Your Country of Residence for Car Rental Benefits (Section 1.5) only.

  10. OT Strange transaction on my Curve today. I purchased a gift online and the transaction appeared 3 times on my connected virgin card across two days. The transaction has passed pending. Looking at my Curve app it shows one transaction but 3 times the value. I contacted the retailer and they sent me proof of the transaction but at the correct value. Raised a case with Curve and waiting for a response. Anybody had similar issues?

  11. OT: My Barclaycard Hilton card was expiring next month. Just got a new one. Strangely enough, they still use the old “HHONORS” branding!

    • I bought Honors points this week and they appear on the Points.Com transaction as HHONORS too.

      Some things are remarkably persistent.

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