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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.

Waldorf Astoria Aston Martin Hilton package

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.


How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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 and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.

You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Hilton Honors points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (73)

  • Ben says:

    Rhys

    Any idea if we can expect NFL packages again!

    Cheers

  • N says:

    Not happy about the O2 packages being auctions

  • steve says:

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

  • sunguy says:

    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!).

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Indeed not, despite the west end Waldorf Hilton’s best effort to muddy that picture

  • Jo says:

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

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      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…

  • Mark says:

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

    • EwanG says:

      You mean observing the 20mph limit on most city streets and avoiding potholes and pedestrians is not fun? 😉

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      With Edinburgh traffic you’d be quicker walking!

  • BJ says:

    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?

    • Neil says:

      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)

    • BJ says:

      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.

  • krys_k says:

    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.

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