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For those of you who were quick enough to get a ticket for the Head for Points 10th Birthday Party next Wednesday, sponsored by Barclaycard, we look forward to seeing you at the Renaissance St Pancras hotel.

Thank you for your support – we were genuinely unsure what the demand for tickets was going to be like, post-covid.  As it happens, all 500 tickets sold out in seven minutes!

When you arrive you will be given a raffle ticket.  We have arranged some very decent prizes which we will draw at around 8pm.  Note that you must still be in the room at 8pm or you will forfeit your prize.

Renaissance St Pancras exterior

Attendees will receive an email on Monday with final details about the event.

We like to keep the raffle shorter for our summer parties but I hope you agree that we’ve got some good stuff thanks to our industry partners. Here’s what you can win.

Win a Business Class holiday in Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines is kindly providing the headline prize:

  • Two Business Class flights to Kotu Kinabulu in Malaysian Borneo, via Kuala Lumpur, plus a two day package in a premium chalet at the Sutera Mantanani Resort on Mantanani Besar island provided by the Sabah Tourism Board and Malaysia Airlines

The winner will be able to arrange their flights to build in time in Kuala Lumpur and possibly even Langkawi, as well as a couple of days in Borneo.

The Malaysia Airlines team will be at the party and will be happy to chat about their services. Remember that, as a oneworld alliance partner, you can earn and spend Avios on Malaysia Airlines, as well as earning British Airways Executive Club tier points on cash tickets. British Airways no longer flies to Kuala Lumpur so Malaysia Airlines is now your obvious route to Malaysia.

Malaysia Airines business class

Win three luxury European breaks with Marriott Bonvoy

Meanwhile, Marriott Bonvoy – which has been a great help in securing the party venue for us – is very kindly supplying three impressive European city break hotel stays:

  • A two night stay for two people in an Atelier Suite at Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan including breakfast, one epicurean experience for two people in the Terrazza Restaurant and one treatment for two in the Private Shiseido SPA suite, courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy
Atelier Suite Excelsior Gallia hotel
The Atelier Suite at the Excelsior Hotel Gallia
  • A two night stay for two people in a Deluxe room at Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Prague including breakfast in the Augustine Restaurant, two 60-minute Augustine Time treatments at the Augustine Spa, courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy
Augustine hotel prague
The Refectory Bar at the Augustine
  • A two night stay for two people in a Studio Suite at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, including breakfast in Cucina, an a la carte Course dinner for two at Sagra Rooftop Restaurant, two 60 minute body treatments at the JW Venice Spa with Bakel products  and Chick-nick for two in the Olive Grove Park, courtesy of Marriot Bonvoy
JW Marriott Venice

Other prizes include:

  • 1 ‘Be My Guest’ voucher which you can use at any Hilton Honors hotel worldwide! You don’t need reward availabilty – you simply book a standard cash room and hand over your certificate at check-in. No blackout dates, no restrictions. If you want to head to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives for one free night, you can!
  • 100,000 IHG One Rewards points – which should get you at least £400 of free hotel rooms
  • 10,000 Accor Live Limitless points – these are worth €200 off any Accor hotel cash booking, you can transfer them into Avios or you can redeem them for tickets to a Limitless Experiences event
  • 10,000 Avios from Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers
  • 1 Japanese alcohol hamper kindly provided by ANA, All Nippon Airways

Barclaycard will also be giving away some generous prizes in a special interactive quiz.

Thanks again to Barclaycard for their sponsorship of the Head for Points 10th Birthday Party and for covering canapés and cupcakes for all guests! We also want to thank Malaysia Airlines, Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, IHG One Rewards, Accor Live Limitless, Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers and ANA for supporting the raffle.

See you on Wednesday!

Comments (54)

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  • Rob H not Rob says:

    Did any companies decline to get involved, eg Virgin etc or are they keeping their powder dry for Xmas or other events?

    • Rob says:

      Malaysia has airline exclusivity due to the value of their package (ANA hamper excluded).

      They didn’t ask for it but we decided it was only fair.

  • James says:

    Looking forward to it!

  • David says:

    Just wondering when the offer to buy tickets was posted as I must have missed that?

    • Rob says:

      Monday 30 May – long time ago because we had to move the date two weeks due to the rail strikes wrecking our first choice.

      • Alex Sm says:

        What about the returns / waiting list?

        • Rhys says:

          All the tickets have been reallocated already – we went through the waiting list, but it was 300+ strong so didn’t get to the bottom of it

          • Ned says:

            I’m logged into Eventbrite as i now have a spare second ticket. No idea where to click to release it back into the system! Also says no refunds

          • Rob says:

            You can’t release it. We gave you a 5 day window to request a refund after the date was changed, and all of those tickets were offered to the waiting list. We can’t do further changes now but if anyone reading this wants it, I am happy to pass their email address to you and you can arrange it between you.

          • Ned says:

            Makes sense – I appreciate the logistical nightmare that this must be for you guys. I’ve only just had the change in plans from the plus one and was doing this more for someone on the waitlist rather than for my £10. If you can spare the time to drop me the next person’s email address please do so but also realise you guys must have a million things on the to-do list!

      • Grant H says:

        Just sent an email with my address to hopefully buy Ned’s spare ticket 🙂

  • Pid says:

    Gutted i missed getting a ticket this year.
    Not expecting the waitlist to yield a ticket!

  • Sean says:

    Here’s what you could have won…..

    • ChrisC says:

      No mention of a speed boat or even the bus fare home!

  • Paul says:

    Despite the free publicity they get, nothing from BA!
    Then again 2 weeks on hold trying to rebook the prize they cancelled at last minute is probably not that attractive!

    • Rob says:

      We have not approached other airlines and indeed turned down one generous offer. Malaysia has gone to a lot of trouble to get their prize put together and we wanted them to be the exclusive airline prize sponsor. ANA’s hamper doesn’t really count.

  • Mike says:

    Seems a very London Centric focused event with those in the ‘bondu’ not able to attend with running the gauntlet of the railways or spending a fortune on alternatives! That is if you were aware of the event ? Even if HFP were advertising the event I saw nothing from Barclaycard ( I have a ‘Platinum card’ (whatever that means?) and a hotel ‘branded’ card from Barclaycard) … so very disappointed by this lack of promotional material and that it excludes loads of non-London / ‘Home Counties’ based loyal followers!

    • Rob says:

      We ran two full articles before the tickets went on sale! We didn’t want Barclaycard to promote it because a) it was likely it would sell out in 10 minutes anyway and b) we’d prefer attendees to be regular readers.

    • Kowalski says:

      First and foremost, surely the event is/should be aimed at the most regular loyal readers of the website. I look at the site every day, and was very aware of the event, there were 2 articles about it. They don’t need to promote it more as it was always going to sell out very quickly.

      As for it being a very London centric event, why wouldn’t it be? Why would it not take place in the capital city which has by far the largest population in the country?

      • Gareth Morgan says:

        Because it does give them a benefit that’s not available to others – on every occasion. If it moved around then that would be ‘fairer’. Why not enable virtual attendance for those who can’t physically get there?

        • Rob says:

          We are contemplating turning part of the raffle at Christmas (say prizes 5-20) into a charity online silent auction. This would allow us to raise money for a good cause whilst letting all readers take part and still leaving some biggies on the table for those in the room. Let’s see.

        • Kowalski says:

          Headforpoints is a business, why should it do what you or others think is ‘fairer’? I only expect it to make the best decisions for the business.

          • Rob says:

            The truth is that we couldn’t get more than 50 people to attend a weekday event outside London, no-one would sponsor it or support a raffle and it would cost at £1,000 in train and hotel costs for the team, including trips up to sort out the organisation, which would take them away for the core job of running the site. It makes absolutely no sense.

        • Brian78 says:

          Are you familiar with trains, planes and our automobiles?

          One of those would be a way for someone outside of London to attend

          • Michael says:

            I briefly considered flying from Belfast to attend the event, had I secured a ticket. Given the cancellation and rescheduling of the event (which I can understand and is out of the control of the HfP team) I’m glad I didn’t, but equally I now wouldn’t consider booking in the future as precedent has been set.

            Ironically I’m available for this week’s event but even if tickets were available the current air transport meltdown would mean I wouldn’t go.

            I wonder if a higher ticket price would have changed the thinking on the rescheduling…..

          • Rob says:

            The hotel would almost certainly have cancelled on us if we hadn’t moved it – no way could they have staffed up with no tubes or trains running. Barclays, who is paying 75% of the costs remember, would also have insisted we pull it.

    • Gary Arnold says:

      Not sure why you say it excludes non London readers?, I’m travelling especially from Stratford upon Avon first party and very much looking forward to it! No idea how you missed it but I read Headforpoints every day well done Rob and Rhys for organising this 😃

  • Gormlesstraveller says:

    500*£10 = £5000 of ticket sales

    Raffle prizes = £15,000 easily
    Canapés and cupcakes = £5,000
    Networking opportunities = priceless

    Great value for those who got in

    • Rob says:

      You’ve clearly not ordered any canapes recently! The food bill is £15,000, admittedly including the cost of the people who will walk around serving it. Then there is the £4,000 bill for the free welcome drink, £900 for hotel security, £900 for the AV system, £800 VAT due on the ticket sales, £700 to Eventbrite ….

      • Alex Sm says:

        You guys do really a great job for us, even at a financial loss!

      • Flightsy says:

        Jeez, definitely feeling that my £10 ticket (that i got from a wait list reallocation – hurrah!) is an absolute bargain. Really looking forward to joining the event – I went last time on my own and stayed right to the end and made friends with a few Avios collectors for the evening 🙂 Thanks for organising HFP team!

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Honestly increase the price next time. Demand at £10 is obviously high

        • Rob says:

          What’s interesting is that, because we set up a waiting list this time, we now have an indication of total demand and can tweak the maths a bit to match up supply and demand a bit better.

          Barclays is fully funding the food bill though, so that’s a bit of an outlier – we normally wouldn’t bother with food.

          Ironically, accepting the Barclays money is what pushed this event into a loss. Normally we get offered a small amount of sponsorship money and there is a small profit left after deducting costs. This time we’ve channelled 100% of the Barclays money into food (more accurately, they have agreed to pay the food bill when it arrives) which pushed all of the other costs onto us.

          We’ll be fine tough. I am 100% certain that we can get some good ad campaigns booked in from trade guests who turn up and see for themselves what a high quality readership we have.

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