Via The Points Guy, I learnt of an attractive hotel discount code for booking on www.orbitz.com. For stays until 10th September 2012, booked by 13th August 2012, you will save 20% with promo code XLMBAM.
I have tried this out and the code works OK. There is no problem for UK residents using it as the site is set up to deal with customers from any country.
Now, most hotel chains do NOT give elite benefits or points on room spend for rooms booked via third party websites. However, a 20% discount may be enough to persuade you to give those benefits up!
Another perk of using Orbitz is that it prices in US$, even for UK hotels. This means that – whilst you would be paying 2.99% FX commission to your credit card company – you would also benefit if your credit card offers bonus points or miles for overseas spend.