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

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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 – 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!


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


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


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 …..

Comments (70)

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  • Jenny says:

    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.

  • Fenny says:

    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.

  • 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.

  • 2bad4ya says:

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

    • DW201 says:

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

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