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As we announced on Tuesday, we are pleased to say that we are holding our second Head for Points reader Summer Party on Monday 8th July.

The first batch of tickets will be sold at noon today.  If you won’t be behind a computer at noon (although the Eventbrite app does the job too) the final batch will be sold at noon on Sunday.

Click here to be taken to the correct Eventbrite page to buy.

We are taking over the Hansom Hall at the Renaissance St Pancras hotel from 6pm to 9pm+.  This is situated in the magnificent Gothic revival building at St Pancras and is well connected to the London Underground and National Rail.

Renaissance St Pancras exterior

Hansom Hall is an excellent venue, not least because it is a significant capacity increase on our previous parties. It will also have a private cloakroom, bar and outdoor area:

Renaissance St Pancras Hansom Hall garden outdoors

As this is a Marriott property, Marriott Bonvoy has very kindly stepped in to sponsor the event.

(If you haven’t registered for the new Marriott Bonvoy Summer promotion – Endless Earning – I recommend you do so as soon as you’ve finished this article!  We wrote about it here and the registration link is here.)

Marriott Bonvoy has also generously offered to donate some raffle prizes.  We don’t have the full details yet, as they are still talking to various hotels, but it should be good.

All attendees will receive one raffle ticket.  It is not possible to buy extra tickets and they are not available to non-attendees.

For clarity, only ticket holders who are in the room when the raffle is drawn at around 8pm will be eligible to win.

Head for Points Christmas Party

Back to the party details ….

The event runs from 6pm to 9pm.

You will receive a free glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy (thank you!).  A full cash bar will be available for further drinks at usual London prices.

If you wish to stay on beyond 9pm, the bar will remain open for a little while, although at some point we will be asked to move to the in-hotel bar The Booking Office, which is open until late.

How do I get my ticket?

Because we need to ensure that people who ask for tickets turn up, we are charging £10 per ticket.  This price includes VAT and covers our ticketing fees, venue costs and the hotel security fee (we are obliged to hire several security guards!).

We are selling the tickets in two tranches:

The first batch will be sold at noon today (Friday)

The second batch will be sold at noon on Sunday

This is, we think, the fairest way of allowing everyone to participate, whether or not they sit behind a computer during a weekday.

We are using Eventbrite again.  Eventbrite has an excellent mobile app, so even if you are not behind a computer at noon you should still be able to purchase.  Set up an account with your credit card data before you head out.

Click here to buy tickets.

You can buy up to two tickets per person but please don’t be nervous about coming on your own.  Frequent flyers are a friendly bunch and always happy to share details of their recent trips and miles-earning tips.

I apologise in advance if you can’t get a ticket due to demand.  We are selling more than twice as many tickets as any previous HFP event and are hoping that this is plenty!  The first batch will sell quickly but demand should be a bit slower on Sunday.  Or not.

American Express is accepted by Eventbrite 🙂

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th July.  Here’s the link you need at noon.

Comments (121)

  • Sundar says:

    Thanks for the commenter who said timeout in 8 mins, I am in now after trying after 8 mins:)

  • Lalit says:

    Managed to get myself a ticket – hope to see you all there!

  • Michael says:

    Got one! See you there. My tip for people on sunday: open several tabs and refresh them all at the same time.

  • NigelthePensioner says:

    On my timing it was just under 60 seconds that it took the preset bots to purchase the “250” tickets today!
    You will find the same on Sunday too. There is no other way to be in with a chance of purchasing.
    There is however a way of preventing bots from purchasing tickets……it just needs Rob to set up the selling page with a tiny modification! :- ))

    • Alex Sm says:

      The best way is to do a raffle which is not so time-sensitive and relatively easy to manage. Also HfP will have a fair idea on how many people want to buy these tickets

      • Following on behind says:

        Totally agree. I have got tickets for a third time but the current approach is deeply unfair.

        • Rhys says:

          Tickets always sell fast on the first batch, but of course there is another opportunity Sunday. We are hoping everyone gets a chance given we have more than doubled capacity this year.

        • Rob says:

          Do you have any idea how hard it would be to run a raffle, pick enough people to get to 500 (given that people could want 1 or 2), email asking for payment, manually check all payments, draw more winners if some do not buy etc? We are not overrun with staff.

          • Alex Sm says:

            I am sure there are technology solutions for this and you can always ask the readership to help procure these. And payments pre-authorisations could be done at the time of entry with money collected / released later

          • Rob says:

            The only way to do it is to sell an unlimited number of tickets and then randomly refund every xth one to get down to 500. No idea if this is easily doable with Eventbrite – I doubt they would be keen on a few hundred refunds going through – and it may not be free. But this is a weird way to do it.

    • Cat says:

      I got one without a bot and with not great reception at school!

    • DaveP says:

      I can assure you that I am not a bot! 🙂

    • Lady London says:

      I’m stuck with website on the phone as computer is on the blink so will try again Sunday. I like the look of the new 2in1 Dell XPS but i tend to bump them around when travelling and they dont last. Anyone know Of any deals on a small fast light Lenovo or Huawei?

  • Sundar says:

    Hope to meet more people this time round and @Genghis – hope to catch you this time.

    • Julian says:

      Unlikely as Genghis is a pseudonym, he also doesn’t (I’m told) look at all Mongolian and seems to have given Rob strict instructions not to identify him to all but a select few that he actually wants to talk to.

  • Alex Sm says:

    Rob, I also emailed you separately re a free ticket for me as we agreed before (Virgin Card fell on me at Xmas party). Thanks!

    • Robert J says:

      Virgin Card fell on me at christmas – oldest line in the book 😉

      • Crafty says:

        Glad I’m not coming, it’ll be utter carnage amid the cluster of chancers pulling signage down onto themselves

  • BigSi says:

    Managed to get one at 12:16! Wanted 2 but I’ll take it!!

  • Ron says:

    How to add payment details in Eventbrite? Missed it today, will try again on Sunday.

    • James Watson says:

      I’m also trying to add my payment details in the hope that I can be faster on Sunday but on my account details it just says “You currently don’t have any debit or credit cards saved” – yet there’s nothing to click to add anything?

      • Lev441 says:

        Makes no difference – once tickets go in your basket you have 8 mins to complete the purchase. More than enough time to put in card details. Just refresh the page bang on midday and select 1/2 tickets.