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.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (August 2022)
Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.
These cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 15,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.
Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)