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What happened at the Head for Points Summer Party 2023?

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Summer Party last Tuesday evening at the Renaissance St Pancras hotel.

This time last week I was in full organiser mode for the HfP Summer Party. We were – for the third party in a row – at the Renaissance thanks to its big outdoor terrace.

This year the party was sponsored by SeatSpy who brought some smart branding for the bar and stage area:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

SeatSpy’s sponsorship meant we could serve some delicious canapes and cupcakes. Whilst I was too busy manning the party check-in desks to sample any, Rob tells me the lobster rolls were very tasty ….

For the first 30 minutes or so we had a little pre-party with our industry guests. Here is Sinead with Julia from BA Holidays:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

We had over 100 travel trade guests in total this year. By all accounts they enjoyed being grilled on travel and loyalty by you all!

We had representatives from Accor, Aer Lingus, Air Astana, American Express, ANA, British Airways, Barclaycard, Capital On Tap, Cathay Pacific, Collinson, Currensea, DragonPass, Emirates, Etihad, Eurostar, Expedia, Global Airlines, Heathrow Express, Heathrow Rewards, Hilton, Hyatt, IAG Loyalty, IHG, London City Airport, Malaysia Airlines, Marriott, Nectar, Norse Atlantic, Plaza Premium,, Priority Pass, Qatar Airways,, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Red, Virgin Voyages, Vistara, Wheely and Wizz Air in the room, so there were plenty of people to chat with.

Here is Rob with the Virgin Flying Club team:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

The SeatSpy team were decked out in branded black polos, which hopefully made it easier for anyone to find them if they wanted to chat:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

The raffle

We had around 500 people there but it never feels too crowded until we make everyone come back inside for the raffle at 8pm! This photo provides a bit of scale to the event:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

I had the pleasure of MCing for the night. Rob gave a very short speech:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

…. as did Paul from SeatSpy.

Malaysia Airlines provided the headline prize of two business class tickets to Malaysia, and without really trying we ended up with ten more prizes from Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and Priority Pass. The remaining prizes included:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

Duncan, who had travelled especially from Dundee, was our first lucky winner and was understandably chuffed! Here we are, with Daniel Bainbridge from Malaysia Airlines handing over the prize:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

Duncan said he was planning to take his sister on a trip of a lifetime. He is a long time reader and has posted more than 300 comments over the the past six years, including this one after the party:

I’m the very lucky star prize winner, so without an Oscars length speech, I’d like to thank the HfP team, and the very generous sponsors for an amazing prize.

I was (and still am) completely shocked that I had the lucky ticket, and didn’t get too much sleep on the Sleeper train home to Dundee! Had a great night chatting with MariaJ and aman1384 too.

Only one prize ended up being redrawn after the original winner failed to make themselves known!

We managed to squeeze in a quick winners group photo:

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

After the raffle the hotel staff brought out over 500 SeatSpy-branded cupcakes – they were so popular that by the time I got round to having some they were all gone!

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

Things quietened down towards the end of the night, although there were still 100+ after our official closing time of 9pm. It was during this time that I managed to talk to a number of HfP regulars including Reney. I also bumped into frequent commenter Blair Waldorf Salad.

To round it all off, Rob, Sinead and I managed to get our first group photo together – despite working together for the past ~4 years!

Head for Points Summer Party 2023

As always, a massive thank you to all of you that came along. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for you. Thanks also to SeatSpy, whose sponsorship meant we could have a party of this scale in the first place, and all our raffle prize sponsors.

See you next year – if we can find a date which doesn’t clash with Euro 2024!

Comments (58)

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  • AlanC says:

    Great night. Thanks to all involved. Turned it into a 3 night London break.
    Flew down on the last flight from Edinburgh on the Sunday night. Bit of a disaster. Plaza Premium closed at 8pm. The BA lounge at 8.30pm and boarding delayed to nearly 10pm.
    Held on stand until 11pm then mid flight we diverted to Stansted. Got to the Heathrow hotel at 2am!

    • Lady London says:

      make sure you charge airline every last penny of your additional transport costs.

  • Ian S says:

    A bigger venue would be great. Second time I’ve missed out on tickets because they’ve gone in well under a minute.

    • Rob says:

      It really wouldn’t – processing 500+ is tricky enough!

  • Amy C says:

    Re cup cakes, they may have been there all night but that were closed off behind giant screens. They still were hidden even two mins after raffled ended so I used my stealth skills and reached around to grab two. Unfortunately they were rather bland and unpalatable but I’m never one to look a gift cake in the mouth.

    • Rob says:

      Were they? I have to say that I never actually saw them apart from the unboxing at 5.15!

      • Amy C says:

        Indeed they were. I kept looking towards the screens willing them away as I was craving something sweet. However, steadfast they remained throughout the evening. I assumed this was deliberate and that they were something to be given out on guests exit or something.

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