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Sales – Virgin West Coast tickets from £4, £30-£150 off Qatar flights and, erm, easyHotel deals

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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.

Virgin Trains sale

£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.

Qatar A380

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.

Comments (36)

  • blueskies says:

    OT:Does anyone know of a cash back/avios earning website to buy European rail tickets?

    • Gavin says:

      Balls I could probably have used them for my Ouibus booking on an overnight coach from London – Paris later this month. Would have sweetened the 9hr journey a little.

  • Jaz says:

    Does anyone have experience of Accor Happy Mondays availability within a couple of miles of London Euston? Not sure whether to book Old Street Easyhotel @ £55 or wait until the week of my trip to hopefully get a Happy Mondays offer for ~£40.

    • Rob says:

      The Pullman, next door, is often on at 80. Luxury but well worth the 25 extra over easyHotel!

      • Jaz says:

        I want cheap, not luxury! Combining this with Virgin West Coast offer to get an uplanned and unbudgeted weekend in the capital.

      • Brian says:

        Pullman St Pancras is 90. The Ibis is next door and is excellent value at 40.

    • Nick M says:

      We’ve stayed at a few over the last few year and haven’t had any availability issues. There is a Mercure about 10 mins walk from Euston, and a nice coffee shop not too far away for breakfast

  • CV3V says:

    I had a look at booking some friends a hotel in Glasgow, and the easy hotel is in a good central location and cheap (20 pounds a night!), stopped in my tracks when i saw the reviews and pictures on TripAdvisor. Tiny rooms, and i think people would be better off in a hostel.

    Premier Inn is operating at a high level of consistency, you know you are going to get a great comfortable bed, a decent TV etc. The quality of breakfast is variable (one in Leeds city centre uses a set of hot plates in the TGI’s and the coffee is in flasks).

    Had a few bargain bookings with Travelodge, and the refurbished rooms are a vast improvement, not as good as Premier Inn, but good and actually better than most Holiday Inn Express. Stayed in the HIX Stirling a few weeks ago in what was the worst mattress ever endured – 2 single mattresses joined together, but of different levels of worn out and therefore sitting at different heights!

    • harry says:

      We used to smuggle 3 kids into PI past front desk 🙂

      Best way was to leave a few minutes then get the second boy in with the first boy’s sweatshirt on.

      Not done it for a couple of years now, they’ve grown so much there might not be enough bedspace any more lol

      • Genghis says:

        All I can think of is: “there were 5 in the bed and the little one said…”

      • CV3V says:

        My brother used to go to his nearby Premier Inn and pay for the breakfast, pretend he had stayed the night, then the kids would eat for free!

  • Discount mike says:

    Can anybody find any £25/40 rooms in London in accors happy Mondays promo. I can’t find anything for this weekend, might be because I’m currently in Spain and they check your IP’s location