Bits: Black Friday deals already launched, my first hotel pancake machine!

News in brief:

Black Friday deals

I am not a fan of Black Friday deals, to put it mildly.  However, I get a feeling that the travel industry will be hitting it hard this year given the impact on bookings from the recent events in Paris and Brussels.

Here are the first few – I will fill you in during the week as more are launched:

Melia Hotels – 30% to 45% discounts depending on city (London is 45% which includes the funky ME London – photo below – and the more traditional White House), booking already open via this link and runs to 30th November for stays until February

Expedia – beating the rush with a 72-hour sale which starts today, more details here

Hotels.com – have an interesting Black Friday one-day offer which I will mention nearer the time as I think it is meant to be secret!

Air New Zealand – selling 100 economy flights to Los Angeles for £199 return.  This offer will not actually go live until Monday 30th November although, if you don’t fancy your chances, I believe that there will be other offers available on Friday.

Opodo – until Monday 30th, everyone who books a flight via the site will be entered into a draw for Wonka-style Gold and Silver tickets.  Your chances of winning a Gold prize are not huge but there are “tens of thousands” of £50 flight vouchers available as Silver prizes.  If you are booking a flight this week and Opodo is the same price, you may want to book it via this link as your chance of winning a £50 voucher should be pretty decent.

More Black Friday deals as I get them …

ME London

My first experience with a hotel pancake machine!

I spent a recent Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Sheffield as I do once a year when visiting family.  I do not expect to be surprised at the Holiday Inn Sheffield (well, not in a positive way anyway) but for the first time in my life I found a pancake making machine on the breakfast buffet!

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This is how it works.  You press the button and two piles of pancake mixture are released:

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It is cooked as it moves, toaster like, through the machine.  The pair of pancakes then flip off the end onto your waiting plate:

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It isn’t exactly comparable to putting a man on the moon but I’m sure you’ll agree this is a great step forward for human-kind …..

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Comments

  1. I sat next to a guy in American business from Miami to Costa Rica this summer who said he’d made his millions in supplying waffle machines to US hotels. Nice chap even invited me around to his house in San Jose and provided me with a number of a contact if I got in trouble in Colombia!

  2. Kristofer says:

    Any ideas on the likely permissible dates for the LAX £199 rate?

  3. New Club Carlson promo offering double elite nights up until 31/12

    https://www.clubcarlson.com/secure/offers/9835188

  4. HI Luton has pancake machine, much to the delight of the family of small children sitting at the next table. And me :-)

  5. Raffles is just a big kid at heart!

  6. Stayed at the HI Sheffield a few years ago on a cheapie champagne offer – included dinner for 2 with a bottle of champagne, champagne in-room breakfast, room upgrade and a movie IIRC for £119. Ended up with 2 full bottles of champagne and 40K points.

  7. Other than managing to buy a new washing machine on Black Friday a couple of years ago, I find the whole thing a massive con. Best offer this week – The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime. Kept me entertained for the last few nights.

  8. Janeyferr says:

    I’m at HI Milton Keynes tomorrow and according to the reviews there’s A: A pancake maker machine and B: The chance of half price breakfast vouchers. I may be swayed away from Wetherspoons.

  9. Rob – Do you think it will be worth waiting till Friday for any hotels.com bookings? Need a nice hotel in santorini!

    • I pestered him about it above but he isnt giving anything up apart from “its not life changing…”