News in brief:
Emergency Gatwick Express timetable starts tomorrow
I have written recently about the terrible punctuality problems at Gatwick Express. The company has now brought in an emergency timetable for Monday to Friday use. This is part of substantial changes to the entire Southern network due to a shortage of staff.
You can see the new timetable here. During key hours, the service is now reduced to one train every 30 minutes. This is stretching the definition of ‘Express’ I think …..
Hyatt Gold Passport category changes
Hyatt Gold Passport has announced its annual list of category changes. These are generally done when the cash rates for a hotel have jumped or fallen for a particular reason and there is a need to bring the points needed for a free night back in line.
These changes take place on 1st August. It is a ‘no lose’ situation for existing members. If you need to book one of the hotels going up in price, you have three weeks to do so. If you need to book one that is dropping, you simply need to wait three weeks to book!
The changes are mainly at the lower end with hotels switching between Category 1 and Category 2 in both directions. The biggest fall is Hyatt Centric Miami Beach which drops from Category 6 to Category 4. None of the UK Hyatt hotels are impacted.
Park Inn Summer Sale – up to 25% and free breakfast
Finally, Park Inn – part of Club Carlson – has launched its Summer Sale. This covers all of their properties in the UK with savings of 10% to 25% off regular rates. Their seaside Southend hotel is shown above.
You need to book before 31st August for stays until 4th September.
If you book direct via the Park Inn website here you will also receive free breakfast. This is probably a more valuable benefit than the cash discount you receive.
For those readers with families, children under 16 stay free when sharing their parents room and children under 12 eat free when a parent buys a meal.
Remember that American Express Platinum cardholders can benefit from their Club Carlson Gold status when staying at Park Inn properties. If you stay for 2+ nights before the end of July you can also earn bonus points with the Club Carlson spring promotion.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)