(EDIT: I have edited this article as it appears that the required link does not display if you are not an elite Marriott Rewards member. Apologies for any confusion.)
Hotel group Marriott and Heathrow Express have teamed up to offer a free First Class upgrade over the Summer for travel until August 31st.
This offer is ONLY available to elite (Silver and above) members of Marriott Rewards.
Getting to the booking page is fiddly:
You need to go to marriott.com at this page which discusses a London hotels promotion and log in
Half way down the page is a link to the Heathrow Express website (the words ‘redeem upgrade’ are underlined)
This will send you to the HEx site and you can book your ticket
The link does not work if I copy and paste it onto HFP. The current MasterCard offer discussed below works the same way.
There is a second catch.
The upgrade is not, technically, free. Via this MasterCard offer I wrote about here, you can save 12% on Heathrow Express tickets. You need to choose between paying full price and getting a free upgrade via Marriott or saving £3-£4 and staying in Standard with MasterCard.
After having not used it for a couple of years, I have taken the Heathrow Express twice in the last six weeks. The reason is that children are now free. On both occasions we were heading to Heathrow on a Friday evening with the kids. When you don’t pay for the children, the cost of a taxi to Paddington plus HEx tickets is equivalent to an Uber to Heathrow and – on a Friday night – far more reliable in terms of knowing when you will arrive.
PS. Remember that, until June 30th, Star Alliance Gold members get a free Heathrow Express First Class upgrade just by showing their card