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Hotel Sales Slash the cost of hotel stays

Last updated: 17 Feb 2015
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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.

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

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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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