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News in brief:

No tube or Heathrow Express to the airport over Christmas

If you are flying over Christmas or New Year, or just heading to Heathrow to pick up a visiting relative, you need to be aware of a number of key rail closures.

There will be no London Underground services to Heathrow Airport between 24th-30th December and 2nd-3rd January.

In addition, there will be no Heathrow Express or TfL Rail (ex Heathrow Connect) services on 25th-26th December.

On 26th December you can use buses or a rail replacement bus service from Hammersmith. There are no bus services on 25th December, however.

You can find out more on National Rail Enquiries here.

Get a 30% discount buying World of Hyatt points

Hyatt is running another ‘buy points’ promotion, but this is better than most. To confuse people, this one offers a 30% DISCOUNT rather than a bonus.

A 30% discount is equivalent to a 43% bonus, to save you doing the maths. This makes it the best bonus we have seen for some time.

At the top end, you are paying $924 for 55,000 points, which works out at 1.2p per point. This is just a little over the value that we place on them. Our core article on what World of Hyatt points are worth is here.

It is clearly worth a look if you want to top up your account in advance of a redemption. It may also be worth buying all of the points you need if you are planning a Winter break. Park Hyatt Dubai, for example, is around £500 per night just before Christmas but only requires 20,000 points.

One great benefit of World of Hyatt is ‘last room availability’. If a standard room is available for cash it must be made available for points. This can greatly increase the value you get.

The ‘buy points’ page is here. The offer runs to 30th December.

World of Hyatt update – May 2022:

Get bonus points: World of Hyatt is not currently running a global promotion.

New to World of Hyatt?  Read our overview of World of Hyatt here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on what we think World of Hyatt points are worth is here.

Buy points: If you need additional World of Hyatt points, you can buy them here.

You will receive a 30% discount when you buy World of Hyatt points before 30th May 2022.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from Hyatt and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (32)

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  • John says:

    The direct bus from Hammersmith is faster and possibly more comfortable than the tube

  • Phil G says:

    The annual xmas present to taxi drivers continues

    • Lady London says:

      And if you think the transport services will be back in time working at the time the works were promised to end….hahaha then you must be a newcomer to London.

  • Scott says:

    I’m driving down on the 24th for a day trip.
    Hopefully there’s an early bus from Hounslow to T3 as my plans to catch the tube are now down the drain.

    • Biki says:

      Depending on where you are driving from there must be some other options on places to park and tube in?

      • Scott says:

        Tube stations are cheap to park at for the day. Possibly up to £50 if I use airport parking.

        Going to be there at the crack of dawn anyway, so there shouldn’t be any issues.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Check just park. You can find some cheap parking on Bath road usually.

          Also consider the moxy car park it’s right next to a bus stop.

        • David S says:

          We recently used the T5 Meet and Greet and it cost just under £200 for over 3 weeks so don’t overlook this as an option. I would previously have assumed LHR parking to be unaffordable

          • Nick says:

            There’s loads of buses from Hounslow to heathrow. They actually run all day and night every day of the year except the 25th.

            This is really only a story about LU closure. The rail connections to paddington are running the exact same service they’ve had for the last 5ish years, it’s been ages since they last operated on Christmas Day itself.

    • John says:

      Park around Myrtle avenue and walk, just not right outside someone’s house

  • Paul says:

    And Heathrow airport will of course assist customers by suspending the outrageous drop off charge while there is no alternative means of getting to the airport!

    • Mark says:

      There are loads of alternative means of getting to the airport. Throughout the Picc closure there are non-stop replacement coaches operating from Hammersmith to Terminals 2/3 and Terminal 5. There is also an all stations replacement bus between Acton Town and Heathrow 2/3. TfL never operates on the 25th, and with the exception of the 26th TfL Rail also operates to/from Paddington. This is in addition to the usual vast range of deatinatims served by local buses and express coaches, the latter also providing a 24/7/365 link to Victoria Coach Station.

      • Paul says:

        I appreciate this will shock you but not everyone lives in London or east of LHR!

  • Andrew says:

    The Oxford Tube has traditionally served Heathrow, as a part of their hourly Christmas Day service enroute to London, but they aren’t running any service on Christmas Day this year.

  • Alex Sm says:

    It’s a good signal flashing in as red as Rudolph’s nose: spend your Xmas at home or travel early!

  • Peter Taysum says:

    So further evidence that any “environmental” reasons are utter rubbish..:

  • signol says:

    Train Waterloo to Feltham then the bus (285 to central bus station, I forget the one to T5) is another easy route.

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