NEWS: Marriott Moments are back and Qatar A350 safety issues lead to grounding

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Marriott Bonvoy Moments are back

A few days ago I mentioned Hilton Experiences. One of the first programs to offer experiences was Marriott and Starwood. I have attended some amazing events using my points to get money can’t buy experiences.

Now Marriott Bonvoy is bringing back in a refreshed version of the Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform to help members who want to make up for lost time. 

With 66% of people saying they were inspired to create a bucket list because of the pandemic, the Marriott Bonvoy Moments program gives members ways to check items off their list with those closest to them. Using Marriott Bonvoy points you can gain VIP access to concerts, culinary experiences, premier sporting events, and more all over the globe. Members may redeem their points for either fixed-price experiences or use them to bid on experiences through auctions using the revamped, simplified platform.

“After so much time spent unable to do many of the things we enjoy, our members are eager to get back out on the road – not just to escape, but to discover all the people, places and experiences the world has to offer,” said David Flueck, Senior Vice President, Marriott Bonvoy.

“We are excited to relaunch Marriott Bonvoy Moments, which has always been one of the most beloved elements of our travel program, and to give our members access to money-can’t-buy experiences where they can make memories, forge new connections and expand their minds.”

Marriott Bonvoy Moments span a wide variety of areas, from sports to culinary, and from music to professional development and more. Moments in both virtual and in-person settings are available on the platform. At the moment most of them are US-based but hopefully, they will start adding more in the UK and Europe soon. 

Examples of Moments available for bidding at launch include:


Walk The Red Carpet at MTV’s Video Music Awards

Be among the A-List at MTV’s iconic Video Music Awards, with the opportunity to access the red carpet before you take your seats to the show.

Secure A Table at The Hottest Spot in Town

Enjoy dinner at Girl & the Goat with Chef Stephanie Izard
Enjoy dinner at Girl & the Goat with Chef Stephanie Izard

Get a guaranteed reservation at top restaurants including Thomas Keller’s Per Se (New York, NY) & The French Laundry (Yountville, CA), Enrique Olvera’s Pujol (Mexico City) and Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat (Los Angeles, CA). Some packages also include a private dinner with the Chef.



Attend a New York Fashion Week Invite-Only Presentation

Be the first to see the fashion brand alice + olivia’s Spring 2022 Collection at an invite-only presentation during fashion week, and have the opportunity to shop the collection.


Marriott Bonvoy will continue to debut one-of-a-kind Moments in new locations around the world throughout the rest of 2021 and beyond. Members will be able to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences once again as Marriott Bonvoy resumes activations under its long-standing relationships with the NFL, Manchester United, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, the National Park Foundation and many more.

Manchester United v Brentford - Pre-season Friendly

Experiences with long-standing collaborator Manchester United will be available on the Moments platform

To explore Marriott Bonvoy Moments, please visit For more information about Marriott Bonvoy or to enroll as a member for free, visit here

In addition to its regular checks to ensure the continued safety and security of its passengers and aircraft, Qatar Airways continues to closely monitor the significant condition across its Airbus A350 fleet in which the fuselage surface below the paint is degrading at an accelerated rate. The airline is working with its regulator to ensure the continued safety of all passengers and on this basis, and following the explicit written instruction of its regulator, thirteen aircraft have now been grounded, effectively removing them from service until such time as the root cause can be established and a satisfactory solution made available to permanently correct the underlying condition.


Qatar Airways A350 safety issues

Qatar A350-1000

Qatar A350-1000

Just as Qatar came off the red list and we can fly Qatar again without having to do hotel quarantine on the way back, Qatar has found an issue with their A350s due to fuselage degradation fair quicker than normal. 

Following the instructions of its regulator, the airline has grounded 13 Airbus A350 aircraft removing them from service. They will remain out of service until the root cause of the issue can be established and a solution found to permanently cure the problem. The 13 aircraft consist of  2 A350-1000s and 11 A350-900s. 

Obviously this means if you are flying on an A350 with Qatar, there’s a possibility that you may get an aircraft swap. Qatar Airways has already taken action to return its A330 fleet into service with immediate effect to offset some of the impact of the grounded A350 aircraft and is presently looking at other solutions too. Sadly the A330 is the worst business class in the fleet. It’s OK for a short flight or a daytime flight but not great on a night flight if it’s full. You can read our review here.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said:

“With this latest development, we sincerely expect that Airbus treats this matter with the proper attention that it requires. Qatar Airways will not accept anything other than aircraft that continue to offer its customers the highest possible standard of safety and the best travel experience that they deserve.

Qatar Airways expects Airbus to have established the root cause and permanently corrected the underlying condition to the satisfaction of Qatar Airways and our regulator before we take delivery of any further A350 aircraft.”



1 Comment on "NEWS: Marriott Moments are back and Qatar A350 safety issues lead to grounding"

  1. James Harper | 6 August 2021 at 5:03 pm |

    Am I the only one surprised that of all the airlines flying the A350 and I believe that there are about 400 in service world wide that only Qatar are having a problem and it affects thirteen of their aircraft?

    Call my cynical but is it to do with all the 789s they have standing around which of course they have now had to take delivery of having kept them on hold over quality issues for months or is it just that Al-Baker wants to pick another fight?

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