News in brief:
Virgin West Coast sale – Birmingham and Coventry from £4!
Today (midnight Thursday) will see the end of a Virgin Trains flash sale on the West Coast route.
London to Birmingham / Coventry starts at £4 in Standard Class and £17 in First Class. You must travel between 8th March and 2nd May 2016.
Details of all the sale fares can be found on the Virgin website here.
Remember that you will also earn either 2 Virgin Flying Club or 2 Nectar points for every £1 you spend.
£150 off a Qatar Airways business class flight from the UK
In a partnership with Heathrow Airport, Qatar Airways is offering £150 off any business class return fare from the UK. In economy, the discount is £30.
You need to book by 17th March for travel at any point up to 15th December.
The code you need to use is HALQR380 which you need to use on this booking page on the Qatar website.
Qatar launched its flights to Sydney yesterday and Birmingham is coming very soon. My report on their A380 business class will appear in a few days.
easyHotel rooms from £15!
I have never stayed at an easyHotel. However, reader Alex tipped me off about the sale they are running until Friday night and you can’t knock the prices.
Croydon is priced from £15, London Old Street from £24, London Earls Court from £24 and Glasgow from £19.
This is for stays between 21st March and 5th June.
If I was looking for a super-cheap night for a weekend stay then I’d be holding out for a last minute £25 Ibis room or £40 Novotel in Accor’s Happy Mondays promotion. However, if you only need somewhere for a few hours to rest your head and want to lock in a room then these prices seem OK – just watch out for the extras they like to add.
I personally think that easyGroup missed a huge trick in budget hotels and should be where Premier Inn is today. It is ironic that whilst easyJet is going upmarket, easyHotel still seems to target the ‘nothing matters but price’ segment – and, in hotels, that never really works due to underlying property costs.