The T5 Pods are back :)

Old Jun 23, 22, 9:33 am
  #46  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Argentina
Posts: 39,285
Originally Posted by fluffymitten View Post
Why would you be in the car park without a car?.
Car spotting?

Last edited by HIDDY; Jun 23, 22 at 9:40 am
HIDDY is offline  
Old Jun 23, 22, 9:50 am
  #47  
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: UK
Programs: BAEC: Silver
Posts: 103
Originally Posted by FlyEurope View Post
Are the PODs available at the moment?

Both the Heathrow and the Thistle website claim they are not, but that information seems to be outdated?
I've been through a couple of times, and although there are pods in the loop, it appears they are for testing only
Giblets is offline  
Old Jun 23, 22, 9:54 am
  #48  
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: London
Posts: 486
Originally Posted by fluffymitten View Post
Why would you be in the car park without a car? Are you suggesting parking there and avoiding using the bus and instead walking to T5?

Not sure why stealth is necessary. Just walk out.
Going for a quick drink at Runway bar at the Thistle hotel from T5 for example
jonas123 is offline  
Old Jun 24, 22, 3:46 am
  #49  
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: London, UK
Programs: BAEC Gold; *Silver
Posts: 729
Originally Posted by jonas123 View Post
Going for a quick drink at Runway bar at the Thistle hotel from T5 for example
Oh! Good to know
fluffymitten is offline  
Old Jun 24, 22, 3:54 am
  #50  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Lewes, UK
Programs: BA Lifetime Gold
Posts: 1,193
Originally Posted by chriswiles View Post
They aren't. I have a booking at the weekend and received an email saying it was a bus replacement service!
I have a booking on 10 August and also have had an email saying there is a bus replacement service. Given this is a few weeks out, I wonder what the issues are? Spare part supply chain?
pennineuk is offline  
Old Jul 8, 22, 5:11 am
  #51  
gms
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: South East, UK
Programs: BA Gold / GfL, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 2,309
Drove past T5 Pod Parking on Wednesday and was amazed how empty it is. Although not really surprising, given that the Pods aren't available and the crazy high prices for parking at Heathrow these days. I appreciate that HAL need to try to bring in money to make up for their lost income over the pandemic, but they are really shooting themselves in the foot with the current pricing. Even a two night/three day business trip in the long-stay car park is hard to justify these days. It's cheaper for me to take a taxi. Business and Pod parking prices just cannot be justified. It's crazy.
gms is offline  
Old Jul 8, 22, 5:18 am
  #52  
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: UK
Programs: BAEC Gold, IHG Spire Ambassador, Hilton Diamond, Starbucks Gold
Posts: 1,092
Had an E-Mail from HAL telling me that the maintenance work is complete and that Pods will be operating when I park there on 19th July.
HarryHolden68 is offline  
Old Jul 28, 22, 8:09 am
  #53  
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 119
Any confirmation that these are back working? Got a booking in Long Stay for 3rd August but pods only a few quid more and I found them better than a bus last time I used them, and also my grandaughter would enjoy the ride as well.
rolandrat is offline  
Old Jul 28, 22, 8:18 am
  #54  
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: US/TYO/LON
Programs: Marriott Titanium; Hyatt Globalist
Posts: 381
I walk on the Western Perimeter road almost every day, and the pods have been running this week (unless they were empty). They were running today.
porphyra is offline  
Old Jul 28, 22, 9:10 am
  #55  
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: UK
Programs: BA, U2+, SK, AF/KL, IHG, Hilton, others gathering dust...
Posts: 2,474
I used the pods last weekend.
rolandrat likes this.
Oaxaca is offline  
Old Jul 28, 22, 11:11 am
  #56  
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 99
Originally Posted by rolandrat View Post
Any confirmation that these are back working? Got a booking in Long Stay for 3rd August but pods only a few quid more and I found them better than a bus last time I used them, and also my grandaughter would enjoy the ride as well.
Yes, they're back up and running. I used them on Tuesday.
GogLobster is offline  
Old Aug 22, 22, 10:12 am
  #57  
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Programs: BA Gold
Posts: 280
I wonder whether they are suffering from lack of bookings due to the replacement bus service? I just booked parking for January and was offered the POD for a 16 day trip, something that I have always had to do via two separate bookings in the past. Didn’t book it though, as I have recently discovered valet parking, which is cheaper!
Tdgraves is offline  
Old Sep 21, 22, 3:33 am
  #58  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 357
T5 pods are not back. Down for maintenance again yesterday.

It's so frustrating, too. My flight was delayed and didn't land until 22.30, so legged it up floor 2 only to find that dreaded 'closed for maintenance, bus replacement service...' and had to go back down to ground floor and wait for the bus!

I think I'm going to switch to short term parking as getting a bus at 22.45 was no fun....then I left my back on the bus.
chriswiles is offline  
Old Sep 21, 22, 3:52 am
  #59  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mostly UK
Programs: Mucci Extraordinaire, Hilton Diamond, BA Gold (ex BD)
Posts: 10,989
Originally Posted by chriswiles View Post
T5 pods are not back. Down for maintenance again yesterday.
I used the pods last week, first time since 2015. They were very juddery, can't remember them being like that before. I wonder why they're closed for maintenance so much now?
layz is offline  
Old Sep 21, 22, 4:24 am
  #60  
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 357
Originally Posted by layz View Post
I used the pods last week, first time since 2015. They were very juddery, can't remember them being like that before. I wonder why they're closed for maintenance so much now?
It was open when I flew out on Friday, but definitely noticed it was more juddery and a bit slower. The thing is though, you have to go all the way to second floor to find it's closed....and you pay extra for the convenience!
chriswiles is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread