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Hotels are slashing rates to entice customers. If you know where to look, itís possible to grab five-star places at a fraction of the cost.
This is a full checklist of one-off promotions. For a step-by-step guide to permanently getting the cheapest hotel prices, see the Cheap Hotels guide.
New and existing sign-ups to InterContinental’s free rewards club* can get special access to a sale that it's branding as at least 30% off 500+ hotels across the UK and Europe. But importantly, it's at least 30% off its prices, which may be higher than going via an online broker.
To get the sale price, you need to book by 11.59pm Wed 13 Aug for stays until Thu 4 Sep (though you must do it 21 days in advance of your first night). Hotels in the IHG group offer include Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo.
When we checked we found some decent reductions, but we didn't find anything more than 30% less than prices you can get elsewhere. Here’s how to make the most of the sale:
Step-by-step guide to get the most of the deal:
Step 1: Find a hotel and the sale price
Sign up to IHG's free rewards club* (if you haven't already). Follow this InterContinental link* and select a hotel – as long as you’re signed in, the discount will be taken off automatically. Make a note of the price.
Some hotels may have blackout dates where the offer isn't valid.
Step 2: Compare to the rest of the market
Once you’ve found a sale price for your hotel, check the price for the same hotel stay on Trivago*.
The rooms in the IHG sale are what it calls its flexible room rate (though you pay upfront and it’s non-refundable). You may be able to find advanced room rates that are even cheaper – Trivago should show these.
Step 3: Book your hotel
If you’ve found a room you’re happy with and want to use the offer, make sure you’re logged into the rewards club. Then go via the link above to book or call 0800 996 1971.
You'll need to prove you're a member when you stay - either print your club email confirmation, download the hotel group's app, print a paper membership card online through your account, or bring along an actual card (you'll only have this if you've stayed twice before as a member).
What's the free rewards scheme?
It's a free loyalty scheme that lets you earn points for stays to use towards future stays, merchandise and more. You'll also be sent offers and discounts.
If you want to cancel the membership, you'll need to wait until after your stay. You can do this by calling: 0871 226 1111 (calls cost 10p/min or more). Here are the club's full T&Cs.
Offer can't be used with any other offer, discount or promotion. Hotel stays are subject to availability.
Up to two children (under 18) can stay in the room for free when sharing with up to two adults - though you must enter this information when booking and it's subject to availability.
We’ve blagged MoneySavers £25 off Butlins* stays with the code BUTLINSMSE if you book online before Thu 31 Jul.
The code’s valid at all three Butlins resorts - Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness - for stays until 31 Dec 2014. It only works for breaks of three nights or more and you can only book apartments or larger rooms – rooms for one or two people are excluded.
The resorts are generally aimed at families, and offer basic packages that don’t include housekeeping and towels, so check first and factor that in, or be prepared to roll up your sleeves/bring towels.
Warning! Naughtily, Butlins automatically adds travel insurance to your basket - you can delete this at the checkout. (See Cheap Travel Insurance for the cheapest policies.)
How do prices stack up?
Stays at Butlins can vary in price considerably, but a three-night stay for a standard room-only booking with two adults and two children could cost anything up to £785 in the height of summer.
When we checked on Mon 21 Jul, we found a room-only three-night stay for August in Skegness for £289 (during its current sale and with the code added).
Let us know your feedback on the Butlins £25 off code forum page.
As this offer is mainly aimed at families, parties with all-male or all-female groups of four or more people can't book. Nor can parties made up of mostly under-21s, or eight or more under-30s.
Butlins does run adult music weekends occasionally, but the code won’t work on these. It also can't be used with any other internet code (except the 5% Premier Club loyalty discount).
Planning a last-minute summer break in England, Scotland or Wales? Travelodge* has approximately 280,000 saver rooms for £29 or less per night till Tue 30 Sep. The sale ends when all the rooms are sold. It's a room-only sale, so extras such as brekkie aren’t included. It doesn’t include any of its London hotels.
Is this deal any good?
Seaside resorts appear to be more than £29 a room, although we still found some good prices. They include a night in Blackpool for £36, Southend-on-Sea for £36 and Great Yarmouth for £33, all in August.
You’ll find the bargains away from the seaside - we found a £25 room in Norwich (18 miles from Great Yarmouth) and a £21 room in Preston (15 miles from Blackpool). If you're wanting a city break, we found a room in Liverpool for £27, Leicester for £26 and Bristol for £28.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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