Now that we have teased you about our upcoming 10th Birthday Party, we thought it was time to give you some concrete details. Tickets will go on sale at noon today.
This is our first reader party in over two years – and our third summer party.
EDIT: Due to the combined tube and rail strikes announced for 21st June, the party has now been rearranged for Wednesday 6th July. All ticket holders have been contacted.
EDIT: We sold this out in 10 minutes. Apologies to those who missed out. It took 3 days to sell out our last pre-pandemic party and, given ‘work from home’ etc, we had no idea how quickly this one would go. We look forward to seeing those who got lucky on the 21st.
We will be returning to the Renaissance St Pancras hotel, where we had a very successful Summer party in 2019. This is a beautifully restored property – although you may be most familiar with it from its appearance in the ‘Wannabe’ music video by the Spice Girls ….
We are taking over Hansom Hall, a large room at the rear of the lobby:
…. and connecting to a private outdoor space which, weather permitting, we will also be able to enjoy:
The venue has a capacity for 500. We are hoping this means that everyone who wants to come will be able to. It will be the UK’s biggest frequent flyer event this year.
Enjoy canapes and cupcakes courtesy of Barclaycard
This year, Barclaycard has stepped up to sponsor the event.
As you have probably heard by now, Barclaycard launched two new Avios-earning credit cards this Spring. They will be providing cupcakes and canapés for everyone on the night – you won’t go hungry – so a big thank you to all the team over at Barclaycard.
As well as canapes and cupcakes, your first beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink will be free. Further drinks will be available from cash bars.
You can win a generous prize, courtesy of Malaysia Airlines and our other partners
We will be holding our popular raffle again. Everyone who attends receives a raffle ticket.
Malaysia Airlines has kindly agreed to donate the headline prize:
- 2 Business Class flights to Kotu Kinabulu in Malaysian Borneo, via Kuala Lumpur, plus a 2 day package in a premium chalet at the Sutera Mantanani Resort on Mantanani Besar island provided by the Sabah Tourism Board
The winner will be able to arrange their flights to build in time in Kuala Lumpur and possibly even Langkawi, as well a couple of days in Borneo.
Further prizes will be finalised over the coming weeks. As well as the holiday in Malaysia, we expect that you will have the chance to win five to ten high value prizes, including a number of luxury hotel stays provided by our hotel partner Marriott Bonvoy.
How can I get a party ticket?
We hope that you can come along to meet Rob, Sinead and myself and to talk miles, points, credit cards and travel with other readers. Bring a friend or come by yourself – you won’t struggle to find someone to share your stories with.
There will be lots of employees from Barclaycard, Malaysia Airlines and our other travel and credit card partners in the room. We get industry members to wear special name badges to identify themselves, so it is easy to stop them for a chat.
The party will run from 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday 21st June at the Renaissance St Pancras. We have added an extra hour this year to give you more time to chat and to encourage people not to arrive all at once! The raffle will be drawn by 8pm at the latest so you don’t need to commit to staying until the end – although hopefully you will.
The bar will remain open for a while after 9pm for anyone who wants to stay longer. The Renaissance also operates The Booking Office 1869 bar which is open until late.
As usual, to ensure that people who ask for tickets turn up there is a nominal charge. (The cost to stage the event is over £20,000 so it genuinely is a nominal charge.)
Tickets are £10 including VAT and will go on sale TODAY, MONDAY, at noon. They are limited to four per person.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 21st.