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See ATP tennis at the O2 with Marriott Bonvoy

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Tickets for the ATP tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London next month have appeared on the Marriott Bonvoy site.

This is the traditional ‘end of season’ event where the top ranked players play for the notional title of ‘annual champion’.  London has lost the rights to hold this tournament from 2021 – it will be moving to Turin – so this is one of your last chances to see it.

There were 89 packages left as of last night.  Running from 10th to 17th November, you can pick from:

  • day or evening packages
  • ‘buy it now’ or auction packages
  • ticket only or ‘ticket and hotel’ packages

All tickets are for the Marriott Moments suite which we have reviewed various times in the past, eg here.  It is fully catered with a hot buffet and an open bar.  It is on Level 3 so you are quite high up – you can see the suites in the picture below.

Packages start from 75,000 points for two tickets.  I value a Marriott Bonvoy point at 0.5p when used for a hotel room, so you are giving up £375+ of free nights by redeeming for this.  I personally think this is a little high but let’s see how they go.

It is worth noting that Emirates Skywards will also be offering tickets to this tournament in return for miles, although the packages are not up yet.  Last year it was 7,500 miles for a standard ticket and 25,000 miles for a VIP hospitality ticket.

The Marriott Moments packages can be found here.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy 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 Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors 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 Marriott Bonvoy 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. Sorry to start with OT:
    1. is it possible to get exit row seats at check in on BA or are they blocked off? Yesterday when I looked they were still available for £93. Check in opens today.

    2. What options do I have for lounge in LHR terminal 3 with priority pass? Can I get in without advance reservation (tomorrow)?

    • roberto says:

      Exit seats should be available at checkin, if you cant get one dont print/download your boarding pass just select a seat and then try again at the airport.

      There is as Aspire Lounge at T£ and that works with a PP.

      • Shoestring says:

        or No1 Lounge T3 with PP – best to reserve for £5 to secure access (both PP lounges get very busy but you can’t reserve Club Aspire)

        a very good lounge, see HFP reviews of No1 and Club Aspire

    • Let us know if you find a way to get exit row at airport – didn’t work for me last time at T5

      • So what do I do at airport? Just checked in online and couldn’t get exit seat for free. I would like to give it a try tomorrow at Dublin

        • Shoestring says:

          1, check in online T-24 but don’t print BP or get pdf – at airport do self check in again at the machines and in the past you could choose any seat in your fare class for free incl Exits

          2. ask the check in agents to move you

  2. Peter Hodson says:

    Can you still get a gold guest list card? I only have gold
    Peter

    • It definitely still exists; mine renews at the end of the month. Its 5000tp to get into the GGL club the first year and 3000tp to renew it.

  3. OT: short review of voco Oxford (IHG) which Rob wrote about in August. It’s a new hotel (in a very historic building), redemption is half-price until November 7th (20k IHG points vs 40k).
    It’s a nice hotel. Breakfast is reasonable with good buffet options and some à la carte options, price is 12£ pp. We have an infant kid, and it’s not particularly kid-friendly nor unfriendly. Only the Deluxe rooms and up can fit a cot, and you can only book standard ones on points, but I called to book and got an instant upgrade (I’m Spire). This was on the day, so YMMV. There’s not a lot of “park” around to walk in, but there’s a good playground just outside of the hotel grounds.
    The “spa” is disappointing. It’s a fitness centre (small-ish pool, sauna, gym) that serves both the hotel and the local town. It’s pretty tired-looking and likely wasn’t refreshed as part of the hotel being rebuilt. Kids can use the pool from 8 to 11AM and from 3 to 6PM,
    The hotel caters to weddings, so on the weekend it’s a bit of a pandemonium – the main restaurant is closed (since the wedding is happening there), parts of the lobby are closed off, breakfast staff are a bit overwhelmed – but nothing catastrophic.

    • Thanks for this; im booked this weekend coming. Time to decide if I should switch to the principal…

      • We really liked it (as a couple). Nice touches like fresh milk and real coffee sachets in the room.

    • Bloomers says:

      Whilst I don’t disagree with any of your review I think a big shout out to the staff is required. During our stay I found there was a attitude of ‘nothing is too much trouble’ from every member of staff we encountered, they ran a tight and well executed ship. At the current 20k redemption it’s an absolute bargain!

    • A decent review. I’ve used the hotel under various guises (Four Pillars etc) for conferencing and functions for about 20 years. The staff are always helpful.

      The leisure centre doesn’t really serve the local town though. There’s a gym & pool at the Football Stadium & cinema complex a short walk away alongside the Science Park, and the local Council leisure centre and pool a slightly longer walk away. There’s a Pure & David Lloyd less than a 5 minute drive away if you are a member.

      If you come out the pedestrian side entrance onto Church Road, you can walk down to the lock, cross the river and walk or cycle the towpath into Oxford. From there it’s 3 miles into the City Centre on a safe, flat and popular walking route.

    • I was there a few weeks ago as well, and like the hotel quite a lot. Used the pool and it was quite crowded, but they all seemed to be hotel guests (had robes and the like). For 20k points was a steal.
      But the service at the restaurant, both during dinner and during breakfast, was atrocious. Wrong drinks, starters not arriving, they when we asked for them they sent the starter and 2 min later the mains. During breakfast they sat us and didn’t mention that we had to order coffee/tea, then when we realised that was the case we had to chase someone to get it.

  4. What’s the advantage of First on the HEX?

    • Bigger seat, very few other members of the general public 🙂

      • The Original David says:

        Also a shorter walk at Paddington, and a couple of newspapers provided. On the advance purchase fares it’s sometimes available for £2-£3 more, which I sometimes take to pretend I’m rich and important, before getting on the Bakerloo line.

        • Jill (Kinkell) says:

          I sat in one yesterday only because the train was chokka due to the previous Hex being cancelled and I fancied a seat for all of 20 minutes! Personally, don’t think it’s worth shelling out for

  5. Does anybody know if the Marriott and hand picked hotels offers on Amex are cumulative or not as I have spend £200 get £50 back but can’t do it in one hit.

    Thanks

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Marriot is cumulative

      • Good to know, I’m heading to Hanbury Manor this afternoon, and hoped I might get the £50 off!

        • Enjoy – that place is great, it generally punches well above its weight service wise for a Marriott…

          • It’s really quite lovely, for a cheeky spa break! My OH was put up in this hotel for pretty much the whole summer of 2012 (he ran one of the teams in the lab for the Olympics, the lab was close to Ware), so I spent the summer there too! Not a bad place to spend some time!

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Surprising pictures make is seem a little tired and dumpy.

          • It’s huge, some of the rooms are a little tired, yes, but my current room is beautiful, with a lovely view out over the golf course and a huuuuuge, very comfy bed. The spa is marvellous, the pool is great, and theres a decent gym, so I’m happy!

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Cool enjoy. Will reconsider next time.

  6. Could be doing with a USA sale covering February. Hotel prices are very high at that time of the year. Seriously considering buying 170 k points to top up the account and secure a 3 night stay at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale beach resort (70k per night) v $371 per night plus taxes & resort fees.

  7. Sorry, O/T. I’m planning to cancel my Plat at some point soon, but want to maintain my hotel status for as long as possible, especially Hilton Gold. Does anyone have a rough idea of what date I would still need to hold the card until, in order to retain Gold for another year?
    Thanks all!

  8. Wildly OT – I used to have Avis Presidents Club, but no idea where I got it from (Amex Plat? A hotel status?). I’ve been downgraded to Avis Preferred and trying to work out how I can get myself upgraded back up. Any ideas?

    • If you have Hertz Presidents circle they will status match

    • Did you own shares in Avis when they were brought to the market about 20 years ago?

      Think it was originally called “Founder’s Club” then members migrated onto President’s Club when it went private again.

    • We do it by putting most of our business to Avis – 2000EUR per year and at least 10 rentals does it. Not seen anywhere that gets you it another way. Hertz proving expensive in some places for us so have never tried to get top tier with them and then status match.

  9. Hi- does anyone know if Wotton House hotel would be classified as an intercontinental? When I use the ihg filter as IC it comes up in the list of UK IC hotels but it isn’t actually branded as such. Trying to meet and accelerate target which will otherwise not be possible! Many thanks

    • TGLoyalty says:

      thought it was staying independent and therefore for accelerate targets it would count as its own brand, i know the other principal hotels do.

  10. Lady London says:

    IIRC that deal on HEX was previously available to plain Golds as well.

    Kind of reinforces the change over the years – GGL are the new true ‘Gold’.

    • I thought that was simply about the staff being unaware of the GGL and just accepting gold cards.

      • Correct

        • The Original David says:

          I believe it’s still available to Star Alliance Golds, if that’s what you’re thinking of.

          • Lady London says:

            You might be right @The Original David. Would be about the time I was thinking of that I would have been both OneWorld and Star Alliance Gold.

      • Lady London says:

        Nope. I used it with just Gold after seeing on the internet.

        There’ve been various things for plain Gold over the years.

  11. I do believe it’s LPGS time! 😁

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