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Hotel Sales Slash the cost of hotel stays

Last updated: 21 Jul 2015
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Hotels are slashing rates to entice customers. If you know where to look, it’s possible to grab five-star places at a fraction of the cost.

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Lastminute.com hotels logoFlash 15% off Lastminute.com hotels code, incl sale*Min £100 spend & two-night stay, 4,000 codes avail, Wed only

Ends Wed

Use the MSE Blagged code 15MSE specifically using this Lastminute.com* link by 11.59pm on Wed 29 Jul (or until 4,000 codes go) to get 15% off more than 150,000 hotels in the UK and worldwide on any available date, providing you spend a minimum £100 before discount (so £85 after it) and stay for at least two nights.

What the code works on

The code doesn't work on every hotel listed on Lastminute.com, only those via our link above.

  • Up to 50% off sale: The code DOES work on its current up to 50% off hotel sale.
  • Top Secret hotels: The code DOES work on its Top Secret hotels (including those in chains), which are high-end rooms heavily discounted as you only find out the exact hotel after you pay. Yet use our uncover secret hotels tips so you can find out where you're going beforehand.
  • Chain exclusions: The code DOES NOT work on some big chains, such as Hilton and Holiday Inn (full list of excluded hotels*) but you'll see the full range of included hotels via our link above.
  • Hotel only: The code DOES NOT work if you combine it with a flight or city break, only if the hotel booking is the only thing in your basket. 

Always compare its price to elsewhere

Once you've found the price for the hotel, take off the 15% in your head and do a quick comparison on Trivago* and TravelSupermarket* to see if you could get it elsewhere. See our Cheap Hotels guide for more tips.

Remember, as with other hotel booking sites, in some countries you may have to pay taxes when you arrive in the hotel.

Travelodge logoTravelodge £35 summer rooms (or £49 in London)*For stays in July and August. Excludes NI hotels

Jul-Aug stays

If you're looking for budget accommodation, there are thousands of Travelodge* 'saver' rooms available for £35 or less (or £49 or less in London) in July and August.

The discounted rooms - which are non-refundable - are spread throughout its 504 UK hotels and across various dates, so it could take a bit of patience to find a bargain. This isn't a sale as such, it's Travelodge's normal 'saver' rate. These rooms exclude Northern Ireland hotels and are for the room only - breakfast and other extras aren’t included.

There’s no deadline on booking, but rooms are limited so get in there quick to get the best price as when the ‘saver’ rooms are gone, they’re gone. As of Thu 16 Jul, Travelodge had about 100,000 rooms outside of London at £35 or less, and about 50,000 London rooms at £49 or less, for stays in July and August 2015.

How good is this promotion?

We found the £35 or less summer rooms are usually away from city centre locations, but we did find a few examples of cheap rooms in central spots, although these tended to be on Sundays or in August.

  • Nottingham Central for £30 on Sun 23 Aug
  • Birmingham Central Moor Street for £30 on Fri 14 Aug
  • Manchester Central for £32 on Thu 6 Aug

The same goes for London £49 rooms:

  • London Central Kings Cross Royal Scot for £42 on Sun 23 Aug
  • London Central Farringdon for £43 on Sun 23 Aug
  • London Central City Road for £45 on Sun 16 Aug

If you find a hotel room that costs more, check if there’s a cheaper room at a Travelodge further away from the city centre. Don't assume these are the cheapest rooms around, go on Trivago* to check if hotel brokers are offering cheaper Travelodge rooms and you may also find a totally different hotel that's cheaper.

Secret Escapes logoSecret Escapes free £25 credit*Minimum £100 spend on hotels for newbies only

Ongoing

If you're not a member already, sign up for free to Secret Escapes via a special link on VoucherCodes* to get £25 free credit to spend towards a hotel stay. This is an ongoing offer and the minimum spend is £100. Existing members won't be able to get this offer.

Secret Escapes specialises in luxury hotels and it says it has 'members-only rates'. Don't assume you'll be getting the best price though, even with the £25 discount. Go on Trivago* to check you can't get your stay cheaper elsewhere, plus check reviews on TripAdvisor*. We've noticed you can be pay an up to £20 booking fee with Secret Escapes so find out the absolute total before price comparing.

An example of a decent saving we found is on a two-night stay for two from Sun 29 Mar - Tue 31 Mar at Walton Hall, Warwickshire, costing £204 with breakfast and dinner on one night (usually £219 without £25 discounted). When we looked on Trivago the next cheapest we found on Mon 2 Feb for the same stay is £259 through SuperBreak. 

We haven't had confirmation from Secret Escapes on whether the credit works on all hotels, but from what we can see it does. We’ll update you here when we know more.

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