How and when to get tickets for the Head for Points Summer Party on Monday 8th July!

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Now that we have teased you – twice – about our upcoming Summer party, we thought it was time to give you some concrete details.

Last year we held our first Summer party after several successful Christmas events.  It was a success – it was good to do one in daylight! – and we hope to make this one even bigger and better.

Renaissance St Pancras exterior

This year, the Head for Points Summer party will be at the Renaissance St Pancras hotel. This is a beautifully restored property – although you may be most familiar with it from its appearance in the ‘Wannabe’ music video by the Spice Girls!

Renaissance St Pancras spice girls stairs

We are taking over Hansom Hall, a large room at the rear of the lobby (ignore the wedding set-up!):

Renaissance St Pancras Hansom Hall

…. and connecting to a private outdoor space which, weather permitting, we will also be able to enjoy:

Renaissance St Pancras Hansom Hall garden outdoors

The venue has a capacity for 500, which means that we have double the number of spots compared to our Summer and Christmas parties last year.  We are hoping this means that everyone who wants to come will be able to.  It will be the UK’s biggest frequent flyer event this year.

As the Renaissance St Pancras is a Marriott property, Marriott Bonvoy has very kindly agreed to sponsor the event.  Thank you!

This means that your first beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink will be free, courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy. Further drinks will be available from cash bars.

Marriott Bonvoy launched in February, bringing together Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards.  The new programme has over 120 million members and covers almost 7,000 hotels globally.

Marriott Bonvoy has managed to keep most of the best bits of both programmes.  In particular, here at HFP we have always been impressed by:

the ability to book a reward room even if you don’t (yet) have enough points, via Points Advance

the impressive 3:1 conversion rate into airline miles, with almost 40 airline partners, and a bonus of 5,000 miles for converting 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points at once

the fact that many hotels offer larger rooms, including suites and club rooms, for points, via a co-pay.  You can often, at the time of booking, guarantee a better room at the standard points price by agreeing to pay a small cash supplement.  This is an especially good benefit for families who may need a larger room.

the guaranteed 4pm check-out, guaranteed lounge access and free breakfast, at most brands, for Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members

There are lots of other great benefits too, of course, but these are the ones we tend to appreciate most here at HFP.

You can win a generous prize, courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy will be offering a number of excellent raffle prizes at the event.  We will finalise the details over the next week or so.  Everyone who attends receives a raffle ticket.

How can I get a party ticket?

As usual, to ensure that people who ask for tickets turn up we will be charging for them.

The party will be from 6pm to 9pm on Monday 8th July at the Renaissance St Pancras.  We have added an extra hour this year to give you more time to chat and to encourage people not to arrive all at once!  The raffle will be drawn by 8pm at the latest so you don’t need to commit to staying until the end – although hopefully you will!

The bar will remain open for a while after 9pm for anyone who wants to stay longer.  The Renaissance also operates The Booking Office bar which is open until late.

Tickets are £10 including VAT and will go on sale later this week.  They are limited to two per person.

They will be sold in two tranches – 50% at noon on Friday and 50% at noon on Sunday.  This means that, even if you cannot be behind a computer on Friday lunchtime, you can hopefully get lucky on Sunday instead.

We will publish more details in another article on Friday morning.

There will be just over 500 tickets available. We hope that you can come along to meet Rob, Anika and myself and to talk miles, points, credit cards and travel with other readers. Bring a friend or come by yourself – you won’t struggle to find someone to share your stories with.

Want to stay over?

If you would like to spend the night at Renaissance St Pancras after the party, cash prices are currently in excess of £400 (this is peak London Summer season pricing unfortunately).  However, there is redemption availability at 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. You would be getting 0.8p per point, which is decent given that we normally value one point at 0.5p.

Alternatively, you can stay at the Great Northern Hotel, part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, which is showing similar cash and redemption prices.  The Great Northern is literally next door, sitting between St Pancras and Kings Cross stations.  There are obviously plenty of cheaper options around Kings Cross and St Pancras too.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 8th!  Stay tuned for ticketing information on Friday morning.

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Comments

  1. Virgin Kevin says:

    Great party last year.
    I went as a boy.And come out as a man.
    Thanks for the helping hand 🖐 Rob.
    I love you Rob.
    God bless you.

  2. M Todd says:

    Fingers crossed I can get tickets this year as location is great for someone from the North West, just by Euston Station, sounds like it should be a great event!!!

    Is this whay the Marriott Summer Promo is so weak, you have convinced Marriott to throw all their resources into HfP;)

  3. I’m very much looking forward to this!

    How long, do you think, before someone has one too many and starts zig-a-zig-ah-ing on the staircase?

  4. I hope I’ll manage to get the tickets!!! Question: are kids allowed (3 years old) Do they need a ticket?

    • Kelvin Gray says:

      Kids at an event like this?

      • Fine by us! No ticket needed.

        • Thank you Rob! If I can leave the kids I will, but I need to have a back up option, I’d really love to come!

      • Wow! Sorry if I even asked! Not everybody is in the position to always leave kids with someone!

        • David says:

          I think you should only bring them if they’re part of your Avios Household Account, and have at least 500 lifetime Tier Points, otherwise how will they contribute to the discussion?

          • Ahahah!! They are still far away but in their first three years of life they have been already on 59 flights!!!! 😆

          • Shoestring says:

            sounds like double trouble, could make for some great photos so as a non participant I *demand* that you bring them along and save on the babysitter 🙂

        • We had a little baby at the Summer event last year.

  5. Shoestring says:

    O/T – alternative strategy for BA? Instead of knocking off the nuts for the rest of us, how about…
    [A British holidaymaker has accused an airline of “discrimination” after he was escorted off a flight when he told cabin crew he had a nut allergy. Josh Silver, 25, an events manager, was boarding a Turkish Airlines flight back to the UK from Antalya airport when he told a flight attendant of his allergy. But he was horrified when he was told he would have to leave the aircraft immediately. He was escorted off after the airline contacted police.]

    • JamesLHR says:

      This happens quite regularly in the airline industry, I have done it plenty of times.

      It is dependent on what allergy the passenger advises they have, plus if they are carrying medication to manage it.

      If they don’t and the airline has a policy involving speaking with doctors/nurses, they may have no choice but to offload the passenger once they have been declared not fit for travel.

    • Gavin says:

      It’s hard enough living with a severe nut allergy without things like this happening. My girlfriend always carries an epi-pen and thankfully all flying has been OK so far. With BA it seems to really depend on the crew – sometimes they are very helpful and knowledgeable, sometimes they are pretty useless. My girlfriend always gets asked “why didn’t you choose a nut-free meal in advance?” – the answer being that there’s no option to choose one! (you can choose a peanut free meal, but there’s no mention of all the other nuts that she’s allergic too)

  6. Enjoy, folks. No chance I’ll make it with finishing work at 6pm Mon and being back in 8am Tues! Looks a good venue though.

    • David says:

      Are the HfP party hangovers that bad?

      • Lady London says:

        I should think Alan is working at a hospital or similar or has a very long commute. Fair enough.

        The rest of us on the other hand…

      • After last summer’s one, yes. I was somewhat caustic with year 10 the next day.
        Must line stomach better this time.

        • Ha! Was it like a scene from Bad Teacher (I love that film)?!

          • Not far off, although my students tend to compare me to Janice from Mean Girls more often than Cameron Diaz in Bad Education when I’m “ill”. This may be a generational thing!

    • Polly says:

      Shame, last year you nearly made it!
      Let’s hope for a ticket now… last year was en route to LGW when trying to log on on the M25, not me! my daughter! This year, at a Fjord…will try tho..

      • I managed to get my ticket for the Christmas party while disembarking a rail replacement bus service at Grantham Station, on my way to my Mum’s 70th birthday. I still can’t quite believe I managed it!
        Alan – for the record, the hangover at work was totally worth it!
        Polly – which Fjord?

        • I booked a pair while sitting in a freezing waiting room at White City station – so, should be doable this time too, even being at work meeting tomorrow and en route to Glyndebourne on Sunday

          • Fingers crossed you get one, just try not to stand under any large signs this time!
            If I don’t manage it tomorrow, I will be attempting to book a ticket from the Devil’s Punchbowl near Haslemere.
            Enjoy Glyndebourne!

      • Yep although at least I made the Amex pop-up Christmas lounge and caught up with some HfPers there (including Rob and Rhys!)

  7. Oh! Matron! says:

    This is a fantastic venue, having attended an Android Enterprise event here a couple of years ago (or maybe last year: who knows). It’s a truly stunning building.

  8. Shoestring says:

    In case you don’t get the emails, the Amex cardholders Elton John at the O2 presale opp just went live
    https://www.axs.com/uk/events/377282/elton-john-extra-date-added-tickets/promopage/18706?skin=amexuk

    ie you can get tickets at face value right now, they are sure to multiply significantly in cost as soon as they go on general release Friday

    all the details on the link

    • Spurs Debs says:

      I lent my daughter in law my Amex card to book Michael Bublé tickets in Amex pre sale last week. She had to phone up venue as disabled access tickets required and they never come up on pre sale. She got the seats went to give my Amex card to he told it’s an Amex promotion but we don’t actually accept Amex cards 🤣

      • Shoestring says:

        they always used to, that’s how I used to hit spend targets on day 1 🙂

    • ugraag says:

      cant get the pesky site to accept my AMEX (and there’s no issue with the card according to AMEX live chat) Have sent AXS a message asking them whats up – hopefully will be sorted tomorrow b4 they go on general release

  9. Lady London says:

    Looks almost big enough.

  10. Surprised you’ve not mentioned BA’s purchase of a load of “going cheap” 737’s

    • Shoestring says:

      spoiler alert re tomorrow’s article 🙂

    • I’m in New York so running a bit behind. By the time I start writing late evening the next day’s article have already started to go up 🙂

  11. Lady London says:

    Hey Rhys hads HfP negotiated a rate for anyone that wants to stay overnight? Not sure how busy the hotel or nearby Marriotts are at this time for rooms?

    • Lady London says:

      Ah. Read the rest of the article now. Scratch that.

      • solartravels says:

        YES! Finally I am actually already planning to be in London on this date! Missed all others so far!
        Hub by Premier Inn Kings Cross is a couple of minutes walk.
        Ive just booked a flex rate room for £130 which is not too bad considering London pricing at this time of year. Hubs are perfect for solo travel/one night.
        Just need a ticket to the event now 😉

    • xcalx says:

      I think Anika did a review of this hotel and was not too impressed.

      • We were planning on asking for a deal at the Renaissance, but it they are confident of selling out at £400 then it was looking very unlikely so we didn’t pursue it.

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