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News in brief:

See Jack Whitehall with IHG Rewards Club

IHG Rewards Club has added packages to see comedian Jack Whitehall at the SSE Arena, Wembley to its IHG Auctions site.

These are all ‘buy it now’ deals, so you can be certain that you are locking in the seats – no auction required.

There are four VIP packages available for the show on 10th January.  For 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points, which I’d value at £200, you get:

  • Two Terrace Seat tickets to Jack Whitehall: STOOD UP
  • Fast track entry to the venue
  • Casual 3 course set menu including drinks at the arena’s Empire Bar & Grill Restaurant
  • Lounge access and 1 x free drink voucher per person

You can buy that deal here.

For 20,000 points, there are two pairs of ‘general admission’ tickets still available.  You can redeem here.

Tickets are also still available for some of the other December events we’ve mentioned in the past:

  • We Love The 90’s
  • Let’s Rock – The Retro Winter Tour
  • Grandpa’s Great Escape
  • Elf

Marriott Bonvoy suite O2 London

Meanwhile, Marriott Bonvoy adds new O2 concert options

Regular HFP readers will know that we are big fans of the Marriott Bonvoy suite at the O2 in Greenwich.  This allows you to redeem points for all of the major events, with a full bar and hot buffet thrown in.

In a new development, Marriott Bonvoy has started selling the five ‘bar stool’ seats separately.

If you’ve never been in the suite, let me explain.  Directly in front of the box are two rows of standard arena seating exclusively for users of the suite.  Historically, Marriott only offered enough tickets to fill these seats (12? 16?).

I have NEVER sat in these seats!  Inside the box are five barstool seats in front of a ledge, which directly overlooks the stage.  I ALWAYS sit here.  You have total freedom to get up and walk around the box at any time.  When those magic words “Here’s a track from our new album” appear, you can jump up to get some more food or another drink, or even nip to the loo, without disturbing anyone.

Marriott Bonvoy is now selling these five barstool seats.  This will mean that there will be five additional people in the suite for each concert, which may cause a bit of overcrowding before the event starts.  If I want to sit on a barstool in future, I will need to book one.

There is one major benefit here.  Bonvoy has split the five seats into a package of two and a package of three.  The pair costs the same as a pair of standard seats.  However, the package of three seats is virtually the same price as the pair.  It is nearly ‘buy two, get one free’.

For example, for the Michael Buble concert next week and the Rod Stewart concert on 20th December:

  • the package of two barstool seats is 75,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
  • the package of three barstool seats is 80,000 Marriott Bonvoy points

On a ‘per person’ basis, the package of three is a far better deal.

The Marriott Moments site is here if you want to take a look.

Goldener Hirsch Salzburg Marriott Bonvoy

Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg launches its new old look

If you are planning a trip to Salzburg, the good news is that the Hotel Goldener Hirsch – part of the The Luxury Collection from Marriott – has just completed a full-scale renovation.

If you’ve never been to Salzburg then you may not be aware of the Goldener Hirsch and its position in the city.  It is one of only a very small number of hotels in the old town.  Astonishingly, it has operated as a hotel since 1407.  That is not a typo.

All 70 rooms and suites, as well as the common areas, have been restored.  To quote:

“The hotel’s sixty-four guestrooms and six suites have long been characterized by the building’s unique architecture, adding a sense of individuality to each space. The renovation however has seamlessly balanced old with new. The solid wood flooring is offset by a palette of cornflower blue and antique white whilst traditional, hand-printed fabrics are used in rugs, curtains and cushion covers, all produced by local designer, Jordis. Guests will find the 15th century guesthouse reimagined with every modern convenience and latest technology integrated seamlessly into each living space. The en-suite bathrooms are generous spaces where deep marble baths and heritage bronze fittings meet rainfall showers and porcelain fixtures.”

The hotel website is here.  It is a Category 7 redemption, which means that reward nights costs 50,000, 60,000 or 70,000 points per night depending on season.

If the idea of staying in a higgledy-piggledy 600 year old room does not appeal – and the hotel is directly in the main tourist area – Salzburg also has one of the best Sheraton hotels in Europe just a few minutes from the old town.  This is one of only a handful of Sheraton’s globally to have the ‘Sheraton Grand’ title.

The Sheraton Grand website is here.  As a Category 5 hotel, a redemption costs 30,000 to 40,000 Bonvoy points per night.

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Comments

  1. Lauralashes says:

    Often had the boxes at the O2, sound quality not great. Also atmosphere is rather detached and if you see others in other boxes they are stuffy. Save your points is my unsolicited opinion.

    • It depends on your approach to concerts. If you’re a hardcore fan then you really don’t want to be in the box, I agree. If you’re a middle aged bloke who is happy to pass the evening listening to Fleetwood Mac in comfort then it’s great 🙂

      Far more mixed crowd in the Marriott box, however, because people are voluntarily buying the seats for points due to their interest in the band. It isn’t like a law firm inviting various key contacts, all of whom will end up being white middle-aged men by default.

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