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What happened at the Head for Points 2019 Summer Party?

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Summer Party on Monday at Renaissance St Pancras.

There were over 500 people in the room at one stage – twice as many as we have ever had before – and we were understandably nervous about what that would mean in terms of logistics, although the feedback we have had so far has been very positive.

With the outdoor patio it certainly didn’t feel too crowded until we made everyone come back in for the raffle draw!  Here it was, empty, at the beginning of the night (click on any image to enlarge):

Head for Points summer party Renaissance St Pancras patio

We need to thank Marriott Bonvoy for their generous support of the event. You will have met many of the Bonvoy and Renaissance staff during registration. If you were at our last Christmas party I think you will agree that the check-in process was a lot smoother this time round!

The space was beautifully decorated with a central bar adorned with floral arrangements generously funded by Bonvoy, two of which Rob and I took home at the end of the evening!

Head for Points summer party bar

We also had Glen Roughead, an impressive acoustic-looping musician, playing:

Head for Points summer party glen roughead

And here is a photo of Andrew, from Marriott Bonvoy, giving his short speech:

Head for Points summer party raffle

What we don’t have is a really good photo showing all 500+ of you in the same shot, which would give a proper feel for the scale of the event.  It was a lot of people!  This is probably the best one:

Head for Points summer party

Towards the end Marriott Bonvoy provided some muffins and macarons, which seemed to be flying like hot (or cold) cakes. I struggled to get any although I did mange to grab a few macarons when a second round was brought out …. reader Alex managed to get this photo before they were all snapped up!

Head for Points summer party macaroons

And here is Rob with a member of Head for Points commenting royalty!

Head for Points summer party Rob

And Anika, with Jon from South African Airways:

Head for Points summer party anika

We decided to have a shorter raffle for this event, as is traditional for the Summer parties, although you can expect a longer one again at Christmas.  There were four prizes to be won, generously donated by various properties in the Marriott network:

A champagne afternoon tea at Renaissance St Pancras:

A stay at The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, Israel:

A stay at The Ritz-Carlton Budapest:

A stay at Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf and Spa resort:

Congratulations to all the lucky winners and we hope you enjoy your prizes.

Head for Points summer party bar

If you attended the party please check your email inbox today for a short survey. It is fewer than 10 questions long.  If you have a spare minute we would really appreciate it if you could complete it – we will read all of the comments and do our best to reflect the feedback next time.

Thank you again to everyone who came and made this event such a success, and especially to Marriott Bonvoy (Andrew, Elina, Nidhi, Lauren, Clara, Kate) and Emily and her team at the Renaissance.  See you all at Christmas!

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Comments

  1. I also enjoyed the party a lot! Shame to read so many negative comment…anyway, I’m guessing it is almost impossible to make everybody happy!

  2. Some of these comments really make me wonder why Rob bothers. I certainly wouldn’t.

    No one was forced to come to the party and no one was forced to buy any drinks – if you don’t like the prices then don’t buy the drinks. This really isn’t rocket science.

    The attitude of “I want it all my way and for not a lot” that oozes out of some people is just staggering.

  3. Thanks for organising Rob, nice to meet others and chat about our hobby.

  4. Andrew porwol says:

    Thanks Rob and your team for all your efforts in arranging the party. It was good to meet you again and talk to you. I and I’m sure nearly all the people who attended had a great time and look forward to the next one.

  5. Thanks Rob and all for organising, we really enjoyed the evening, great chats with some fab new people. Loved the venue and the vibe. Amazingly we are on the same Madrid flight in August as another of your guests so catching up with him (Nacho) in the Quantas lounge! Thanks again, Tracy and Taz 🎈

  6. rodrigo z says:

    the party was great and everyone was so nice – rhys is very handsome- rob is kind and funny! malaysia airlines were cool – the vietnam airlines staff were so young, handsome and pretty – flybe was a bit wooden and kept to the company tone… british airways staff ran out the door after the raffle… was hard to talk to all the airline as they were indemand

  7. Laura10 says:

    I myself enjoyed the party a lot so great to meet so many different people.
    Thanks for all your effort look forward to the next one.

  8. George says:

    You have to take your hat off to Rob – he turned his hobby into his job.

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