News in brief:
Buy Premier League hospitality packages from £70
This is slightly off topic for us, except that I know many HfP readers like to redeem their miles and points for VIP Premier League hospitality.
The two obvious routes for this are (click for our articles):
- the Emirates VIP box at Arsenal, available on Emirates Skywards miles (and so via American Express Membership Rewards transfers), and
- the Manchester United VIP box at Old Trafford, available on Marriott Bonvoy points
Marriott has just opened bidding for its first two Manchester United games this season. Arsenal VIP seats are also available but the pricing has shot up to a crazy 117,000 Skywards miles per seat which I don’t recommend.
Unsurprisingly, the corporate hospitality market has fallen off a cliff. This means that, as we saw at Wimbledon, there are grounds with plenty of VIP seats available and no customers.
Travelzoo has launched a new part of its website where Premier League clubs can dump their unsold hospitality packages. These are exceptionally cheap. We first covered these back in July and they were hugely popular with readers. Games for October have just been added.
Prices start from £70 and go up from there. What you get varies by what you pay (clearly £70 isn’t getting you a three course meal – usually just access to a lounge, potentially with free drinks) but it’s difficult to argue that these tickets don’t offer great value. You can’t even buy Premier League tickets on the open market for most games unless you are a club member and can get a season ticket return.
Packages currently available as of last night included:
- Newcastle vs Leeds (17th September) – £162
- Tottenham vs Chelsea (19th September) – £195
- Leeds vs West Ham (25th September) – £145
- Arsenal vs Tottenham (26th September) – £357
- Crystal Palace vs Brighton (27th September) – £195
- Chelsea vs Southampton (2nd October) – £180
- Manchester United vs Everton (2nd October) – £300
- Leeds vs Watford (2nd October) – £145
- Tottenham vs Aston Villa (2nd October) – £108
- Crystal Palace vs Leicester (3rd October) – £151
- Manchester City vs Burnley (16th October) – £70
- Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (18th October) – £79
- Arsenal vs Aston Villa (22nd October) – £85
- Chelsea vs Norwich (23rd October) – £180
- Crystal Palace vs Newcastle (23rd October) – £151
- Leeds vs Wolverhampton (23rd October) – £181
- Manchester United vs Liverpool (24th October) – £470
- Tottenham vs Manchester United (30th October) – £425
- Manchester City vs Crystal Palace (30th October) – £75
You can buy here.
BA CityFlyer resumes flights to Amsterdam, Zurich and Dublin
In a LinkedIn post BA CityFlyer has announced it is returning to Amsterdam, Zurich and Dublin from next week, presumably to tie in with a return to offices and therefore (some) business travel.
- Amsterdam resumes 5 September, initially operating 11 times per week
- Zurich resumes 5 September, initially operating 11 times per week
- Dublin resumes 6 September, initially operating 10 times per week
Flights to Berlin, Belfast, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt and Glasgow are also all increasing. You can book on the BA website here.
Radisson Rewards transfers from American Express are back
The ability to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Radisson Rewards has been offline for a few weeks.
This seems to have been due to IT caused by the separation of Radisson Rewards and Radisson Rewards Americas into two separate programmes. For a short period transfers from Amex to Radisson were going across at 1:1 instead of the expected 1:3, and then they were pulled entirely.
Transfers are now back, at the 1:3 exchange rate.
As this article explains, I think Radisson Rewards is the most generous non-airline Membership Rewards redemption.
It also has NO minimum transfer (well, it does, but it is only 3 points). This makes it a good way of emptying your account to zero if you are closing your card and have a small balance left. The ofter options for clearing out small amounts of Membership Rewards points are Nectar (no minimum) and Hilton Honors (minimum transfer of 200 Membership Rewards points).
Did you win our 255,000 Virgin Points competition?
Last month we ran a prize draw to win 255,000 Virgin Points – enough for several return flights in Upper Class and much, much more.
Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner was:
- Susanna W
Rhys has already been in touch with Susanna, so if you think it is you, it isn’t. Sorry!
You can sign up for your Virgin Red account here if you haven’t already done so, and link it to your Virgin Flying Club account. This will let you enter other competitions and take advantage of other deals which are exclusive to Virgin Red.