Le Club Accorhotels, the loyalty programme for Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery, Ibis, Sofitel, Pullman etc, has launched a UK-only sale.
It is offering discounts of up to 40% for advance bookings. You can stay at any point until the end of 2015 although you must book by 31st January 2015.
Importantly, some hotels are offering cancellable, non pre-paid rooms in the sale. You could lock in a potential booking with no risk.
You must be a member of Le Club Accorhotels to book these rates, but you can sign up for free here. Remember that American Express Platinum cardholders receive free Platinum status in the Le Club Accorhotels programme which brings a range of benefits, including guaranteed lounge access at certain brands.
A random test for the Mercure in Sheffield for a Saturday night in January brought up a rate of £98. There was a cheaper rate of £94 available but that would require full pre-payment. You are therefore saving £11 on the standard flexible rate.
At the Novotel around the corner, there are two sale rates. A £60 room is non-refundable (and compares to the usual £66 non-refundable rate) whilst a cancellable room is £71. That compares to the usual rate of £79.
Clearly these rates fall short of the ‘up to 40% off’ claim but they do still represent a discount.
If you book by October 5th – ie Sunday – you can combine these rates with the hugely generous ‘Euro 160 of credit for just three stays’ promotion that I wrote about here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)