News in brief:
New Marriott Bonvoy O2 concert tickets released
Marriott Bonvoy has released a new batch of tickets for its box at the O2 Arena in London.
A picture of the old suite, before it moved a few boxes along, is below – it doesn’t appear to have changed much since the relocation.
Here are the new concerts you can book:
- The Temptations and Four Tops, 11th October – 30,000 points for two
- Backstreet Boys, 6th November – 40,000 points for two
- Kendrick Lamar, 8th November and 9th November – 50,000 points for two
- Kid Cudi, 15th November – 30,000 points for two
- N-Dubz, 17th November – 30,000 points for two
You can redeem your Marriott Bonvoy points on this page of the Marriott site.
If you want to learn more about the programme, our full review of Marriott Bonvoy is here.
Millennium Hotels sale now on
We wouldn’t normally cover a sale from Millennium & Copthorne Hotels. However, as we covered in this article, there is currently a very generous American Express cashback offer available – £70 back when you spend £200.
The sale, covering European hotels, has a headline discount of ‘up to 27% off’ and comes with early check in and late check out as extra benefits. You will also save 20% on dining.
You need to book by 14th October for stays until 2nd April 2023.
The situation with the Amex cashback is slightly tricky. For some hotels, the sale rates do not require prepayment. This means that they will definitely trigger the Amex cashback. For hotels which do want prepayment, the cashback isn’t guaranteed. It is very likely to work, as long as the hotel processes your payment, but it won’t trigger if payment is taken at a central head office.
Want to run loyalty for Virgin Atlantic?
Since most UK loyalty marketing professionals read HfP, it is worth flagging that Virgin Atlantic is looking for a new Head of Loyalty.
Since large parts of the programme have now been handed over to Virgin Red, which is run completely separately from an office in Notting Hill, it isn’t fully clear where your lines of responsibility would start and end.
That said, being head of Virgin Flying Club is a role with very high status in the industry and it would open up a huge number of doors.
You can find out more about the role on Linkedin here.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 2023)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)