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.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (August 2021)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
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 and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), 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).
(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.)