Back in January, I wrote about the interesting transfer option available if you stay at the Thistle Hotel at Heathrow. You can transfer to and from Terminal 5 in the driverless pods which take customers to and from the car park behind the Thistle!
The only downside – apart from the fact that the Thistle is not the most modern hotel at Heathrow – was the £5 per person, each way, cost of taking the pod which is added to your room bill.
Thistle is currently letting you use the pods for free.
You need to stay before April 19th to take advantage. More importantly, you need to book your stay via the Thistle website. No other booking method is accepted.
Full details can be found on the Thistle Heathrow ‘pod page’ here.
Don’t forget the very generous Thistle / Amex promotion!
Don’t forget that Thistle and Guoman Hotels are offering £50 cashback via American Express when you spend just £100. In terms of cash savings, it is probably the most generous hotel promotion currently available.
The deadline to take advantage of this offer is April 12th. You do NOT need to have stayed by April 12th but you do need to have been charged – hopefully not a problem if you book a pre-paid rate, although keep an eye on your statement and be prepared to ring the hotel and beg for them to take payment if necessary!
You need to register your American Express card first via this link or you won’t receive the cashback. Barclays, Lloyds and MBNA cards are accepted.
If you book a Thistle stay, you should also sign up for their free Thistle Signature loyalty scheme. Thistle Signature offers the following:
Membership is free
New members get a voucher for a free Sunday night stay at any Thistle or Guoman hotel when staying a Saturday or Monday night at ‘best flexible’ rate (must be used within 3 months of joining)
New members get a voucher for a free Sunday lunch. This can be used on the same visit as the free Sunday night stay voucher.
Sign up to Signature and you will be emailed your ‘free Sunday night’ voucher within a week – I tested this out recently and they were very efficient. Before April 12th, when the Amex deal expires, the American Express offer and the Signature sign-up offer would combine nicely. Book a Saturday and Sunday stay (or Sunday and Monday) and you would get the Sunday night for free. As long as you spent over £100 on the Saturday or Monday night – including in-hotel spending – you would also trigger the £50 cashback from Amex.