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Redeem your points for O2 concerts, Ashes cricket hospitality, Aston Martin test drives …. and Disney on Ice

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Both Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors have added a variety of new experiences for the coming months that you can now book or bid for with your hotel points.

If you never want to see the inside of a hotel room ever again and can’t think of a worse thing to do with your hotel loyalty points than book another stay, we have some good offers for you!

More Marriott Moments concerts at the O2 launched

As you may know, Marriott has a box (they like to call it a ‘luxury suite’) at the O2 in Greenwich. These packages come with food – a decent hot buffet – and non-stop drinks throughout the evening, including alcohol.  Each package is for two people.

Here is a review of a seeing Muse from the suite – who are back on the bill this Autumn – last time they played at the O2.

The following concerts have just been added:

Muse, from 30,000 points

Khalid, at 45,000 points

Alice Cooper, at 45,000 points

Brad Paisley, at 45,000 points

The Chemical Brothers, at 45,000 points

Elvis in Concert – Live on Screen, at 45,000 points

Alter Bridge, at 45,000 points

Cher, from 30,000 points

Jim Jefferies, at 45,000 points

John Legend, from 30,000 points

Björk, at 45,000 points

Michael Bublé, from 30,000 points

Rod Stewart, from 30,000 points

Disney on Ice, at 30,000 points

Marvel Universe Live, at 10,000 points (not in the suite)

Oddly, these are a mix of ‘redeem now’ and auctions. Marriott Bonvoy clearly values most of these packages at 45,000 points – the ‘buy it now’ price – so you can probably expect to pay at least as much if you are bidding for the bigger names.

It will be interesting to see how much the auction packages go for – hopefully not too much, or Marriott will get ‘ideas’ about how to price their ‘buy it now’ packages.  There is no sign of the Elton John ‘farewell tour’ concerts yet.

You can purchase and see the full list of events on the Marriott Moments website here.  Click on the search item and filter by ‘London’.

Hilton Garden Inn Old Trafford

See Ashes cricket!

In addition to the exclusive Abbey Road Beatles experience we wrote about two weeks ago, Hilton Honors has added two further interesting auctions.

If you are a cricket fan you may be interested in tickets to the Ashes – England vs Australia – match at Manchester Emirates Old Trafford on the 6th September.  The experience is for two people and is for the Hilton hospitality suite inside the Hilton Garden Inn overlooking the pitch (see photo above).

The day includes lunch and afternoon tea, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks as well as a program and score card. The bidding starts at 100,000 Hilton Honors points and there are four packages available. You can bid here.

If you get bored watching cricket, then a Waldorf Astoria and Aston Martin driving experience may be more your cup of tea!

This package is for a stay for two in a luxury suite at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, a 60 minute Aston Martin driving experience with a ‘performance driving instructor as well as a seven course tasting menu at The Pompadour and a full Scottish breakfast the following morning.

It takes place on Friday 20th September – which could be inconvenient for some people – and the hotel stay is on the Friday night, leaving on Saturday.

Bidding for this package starts at 85,000 points, although it will no doubt increase substantially given the value of the package.  A standard room redemption at the Waldorf Astoria is 80,000 points a night. This package gives you a suite and tasting menu and breakfast and the driving experience.

Rob stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh earlier this year and recommends it, although – as a conversion of a Victorian railway hotel – you shouldn’t expect the bells and whistles of some of the new Waldorf Astoria resorts out there.  You can bid for the Aston Martin package here.

Waldorf Astoria Aston Martin Hilton package

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors 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 Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy 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 Hilton Honors 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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Comments

  1. Rhys

    Any idea if we can expect NFL packages again!

    Cheers

  2. Not happy about the O2 packages being auctions

  3. i have a brain freeze. does the account holder have to be there for the O2 concerts please?

  4. As someone who had their wedding at St. Johns church over the road and our reception at the WA Edinburgh, I may be a little biased….however, The Caley (WA Edinburgh) is not a Resort…its a hotel in the middle of a Capital city. Some of the smaller/cheaper rooms are a little basic – the rest however are really pretty decent and some have the most fantastic views of the castle. There is no lounge, however, gold and above members get drinks vouchers for Peacock Alley, which is a lovely area to sit in.

    All in all, as much as the WA resorts are really nice, Im not sure they can easily be compared to the hotels – as a reminder, until Admiralty Arch opens, I dont believe there is another WA in the UK (or planned either!).

  5. In case I can’t go after winning can I get a refund or sell

    • I would have thought the answer to selling would be obvious… A flyertalk thread waiting to happen, replete with gaps in the background and rapidly unravelling story…

  6. Assuming the 60 minute driving experience starts and ends at the hotel there won’t be much opportunity for a fun drive.

  7. O/T: How are readers contacting Hilton Honors? The HiltonHonors email contact cannot answer account-specufic questions, nobody ever answers the UK telephone number, and when I use the online form it keeps requesting me to enter a valuid telephone number regardless of which number I call. Do I have any options other than calling the USA?

    • 001 877 444 9847 – Free using Skype on your iphone or Android!

    • AndyGWP says:

      I guess it depends on your query, but I find the Twitter team very helpful (I use them to add my HHonors number to corporate bookings)

    • Thanks to both. I’ll try the Skype call. I’ve now managed to figure out my account issues so hopefully they will sort it quickly.

  8. No bits today. Any recommendation for a five star resort in Bali ? Been in Indonesia for a month, sometimes basic, sometimes flash, but now looking for two nights in a luxury resort before heading back to Singapore. Much thanks.

  9. Does anyone know the cost of the ‘drive&dine’ package at WA Edinburgh?
    The suite price for either of the two nights the package is available starts at around the £500 mark. 85,000 points therefore sounds like good value for one of the slots, but I would rather pay.
    Thanks for any help (the hotel concierge never got back to me).

    • Why would you prefer to pay? 85k is a great rate for a £500 suite, even at today’s horrendous exchange rates you would be saving about £150 were you to replace those points in the next 100% bonus or 50% discount buy points sale. Personally, I would lock it in and reconsider if an amex offer came along and rates got better in the next sale. Earlier this year Rob and his family got upgraded to the Doyle suite but I don’t recall what he booked. So, status recognition might ge good should you have it. Upgrade from status could see you get a bargain in an out of season £150 room. Never heard any rave reviews about their food, there are clearly better places to eat in Edinburgh.

      • Thanks for the useful info. I only have Silver status and around 20,000 points short, hence wanting to pay. Agree it looks a lot more attractive to redeem. I would just like to know what the cost for the drive&dine package is, as I know how much the room costs and I know how much a daily hire of an AM costs.
        I think this will be good value.

      • Colin MacKinnon says:

        Been going to The Pompadour restaurant since I was a kid and it was a British Transport Hotel. Galvin at The Pompadour is not cheap but much prefer it to 21212, for example. Food just not quite so fussy. Tables well spaced apart – they move more in st busy times and take some out when it is quiet, nice views and professional staff.

  10. O/T- Is the BA offer of 1000 Avios for £100 spend still available? I can’t see it listed among my Amex offers.

    • That is probably now a November offer (as per next comment)!

    • Very possible it hit the limit of registrations. If you did register it will now be under your saved offers.

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Has anyone had the points yet?

      I made a purchase ~ £150, so posted as 2x ~ £75 10 days ago and no sign of the offer moving into redeemed or the points…

      • Yes booked a redemption on my BAPP and points are in my Amex account a waiting transfer to BA

      • Yes, no email notification received that offer had been used but avios showed up a couple of days after the transaction (mine was £119 IiRC) and have now swept over to BA as ‘Amex Retail Bonus Avios’

      • Harry T says:

        It didn’t work for me the first time but did work for my OH (she used her free BA and I used my BAPP). I tried again and it worked – the second time I clicked through the “Redeem Now” link on the offer on my amex page. Unsure whether that made a difference or the IT just glitched the first time.

  11. OT – did anyone else receive their ‘May’ offers from Amex today?!?!

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