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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.
If you're looking to get away we’ve blagged a hotel code to get you 10% off your stay. Plus, we've got a step-by-step guide to make sure you're using the code correctly and getting the right price.
Enter the code MSECODE14 online at Expedia* from Wed 29 Oct until 11.59pm on Tue 4 Nov and you'll get 10% off hotel stays until 30 Apr 2015. It even works in the save up to 40% autumn sale* which ends at 11.59pm on Mon 3 Nov, but it's only for stays until Wed 31 Dec.
The code works on 100,000+ hotels, though many big chains are excluded, such as Ibis, Hilton and Marriott - see full list of excluded hotels.
The discount excludes taxes, fees, and additional costs. When we looked we found these costs in some countries are about 10%-20% of the total price.
How to use the code most effectively
Step 1. Check the price
If you know which hotel you want to stay at, go to Expedia* and check the price. Also ensure your hotel's not on the list of excluded chains. If you don't have a hotel in mind, it's worth browsing TripAdvisor*.
Step 2. Do a quick comparison
Once you've found the price for your hotel, do a quick comparison on Trivago*. Provided the room isn't more than 10% cheaper elsewhere, you can save with the code. Read the full Cheap Hotels guide for lots of price-cutting techniques.
Step 3. If it's cheapest, enter the code
To get 10% off enter the code at the checkout where it says 'enter a voucher code' and click 'apply voucher' - make sure the discount has been taken off before putting in your card details.
The code is only valid on hotels where you pay upfront in full. It will only work when there’s just a hotel booking in your basket (so you can't add flights, car rental, cottages etc or a package). Plus you can only book one hotel per transaction, but you can use the code for multiple transactions if you want.
Important: Depending on the hotel, once booked, your stay may be non-refundable so make sure you check. As with other hotel booking sites, you may have to pay taxes on arrival in some countries, so check the small print.
It can't be used with any other discount code or coupon, promotion or special offer, except for the save up to 40% autumn sale. Must be aged 18 or older and a legal resident of the UK.
Employees of Expedia group companies or those professionally linked with the offer can't use the code.
You can often get 10% off codes with cashback sites, but it will not work in conjunction with this deal. We reckon our code's better as the discount is taken off when you pay rather than waiting to get your money back.
Mr & Mrs Smith is an online broker that finds you posh rooms from hundreds of boutique hotels. And right now if you sign up (or if you're an existing subscriber, sign up again) to a newsletter via a special Mr & Mrs Smith link*, you'll be given a code to access its 50% off 49 hotels deal. Offer ends at 11.59pm on Wed 31 Dec and is for a minimum of three-night stays until 31 Mar 2015.
Before booking a room through Mr & Mrs Smith, check first if it is cheaper elsewhere as the offer is 50% off its prices, and we found a few hotels were cheaper via Trivago, even after the discount.
There are 1,000+ rooms spread across all the hotels available in this sale and it started on Wed 22 Oct, so some hotels may already be full on your chosen day. The savings can be huge, but that's because most hotels are seriously pricey in the first place. Here's some examples of savings:
* These examples show prices for a stay between Thu 26 Feb - Sun 1 Mar we found on Tue 28 Oct.
How to get the deal and find the best price
Step 1: Find a hotel and the sale price
Go via this special Mr & Mrs Smith link* to sign up to ShortList Media's Mr Hyde or Emerald Street daily lifestyle newsletter. If you're already signed up to one of these newsletters you can still get this offer, just sign up again through the special link above (you won't get emailed twice).
You'll then be given a code to enter to gain access to the sale - it's only one code per person and jot it down as it won’t be sent via email. Each hotel has its own blackout dates where the offer isn't valid, in particular over Christmas and New Year, and some room types and days of the week may be excluded.
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*. You may be able to find advanced room rates that are even cheaper – Trivago should show these.
We've got a 10% off Expedia code, so if your hotel appears on Expedia when you search, check the code works for your hotel and factor it in when price comparing. See our Expedia page for more info.
You can also approach the hotel directly, although it can work out more expensive.
Step 3: If cheapest, book your hotel
If you’ve found a room you’re happy with and want to use the offer, return back to the Mr & Mrs Smith link* as above and book. You can also book by calling 0330 100 3180 and mentioning the same code.
Each hotel will have its own payment process - some will only ask for a deposit to book whereas others you will have to pay upfront. You can use the code for multiple bookings if you want.
Important: Depending on the hotel, once booked, your stay may be non-refundable so make sure you check. As with other hotel booking sites, you may have to pay local taxes in some countries, so check the small print.
Once you've used the code click ‘unsubscribe’ at the bottom of a newsletter if you want to stop them.
It can't be used with any other offer. Must be a UK resident and aged 18 or older. This offer is for the hotel only and it doesn't include flights or transport etc. Breakfast may be included in the price for some hotels.
It's a three-night minimum stay, and some hotels have maximum stay restrictions too, so check the individual hotel's T&Cs carefully before booking.
From now till 28 Feb 2015 there are thousands of Travelodge* rooms available for £29 or less.
The sales exclude London and 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.
How good is this deal?
From what we've seen, you can find rooms even in some city centres for £29 or less, but it depends on where and when you want to go. Some great prices we found include Hull for £23, Edinburgh for £24 and Sheffield for £25.
If you find a hotel room that costs more, check if there’s a cheaper room at a Travelodge further away from the city/town centre. The rooms are spread across selected hotels and dates, so you may need to be flexible to get the best deal.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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