Bits: Has Accor scrapped Happy Mondays?, IHG redemption sale in Mexico / LATAM / Caribbean

News in brief:

Has Accor scrapped Happy Mondays?

Accor’s low key Happy Mondays was actually the best hotel promotion in the UK.

Every Monday and Tuesday, Accor would dump its unsold UK rooms for the following two weekends at this website.  The absolute maximum you could pay was £80 for the Pullman in London, but most rooms were £40 to £60.  Ibis hotels outside London were just £25 per night, and sometimes some of the London Docklands properties ended up as ‘outside London’ and so were £25.

These rooms even counted for Accor promotions, which could in some cases make your room virtually free if there was a good bonus points offer running.

Happy Mondays may have been scrapped.  Instead of a new batch of rooms, if you look at the site today it says:

“This offer has now ended, BUT COME BACK NEXT WEEK to discover our NEW SET OF EXCLUSIVE OFFERS – SECRET DEALS BY ACCORHOTELS, giving you access to at least 20% discount and exclsuive [sic] hotel packages in the UK.”

Accor gave Happy Mondays virtually no promotion and unless you read HFP you probably wouldn’t have known about it.  It was a risky offer as it could easily have cannibalised existing bookings if guests had cancelled and rebooked.  My recommendation was usually to book a redemption night with another chain and then look to switch that at the last minute for a ‘Happy Mondays’ room, saving your IHG, Hilton, Marriott etc points for a better deal on another day.

It certainly sounds like ‘Secret Deals’ won’t be as generous as ‘Happy Mondays’, but let’s see.

Accor Happy Monday

50% discount on IHG rewards nights in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean

IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty scheme for InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn etc, has brought back its aggressive reward night sale.

The good news is that reward nights are discounted by a full 50%.

Unfortunately, it is very restrictive.   The promotion is only valid in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.   It works for bookings made by 7th May for stays before 30th June.

That said, if you’re heading to the region in the next two months you might want to take another look at your accommodation choices.

Full details of the offer can be found here.  Thanks to Olly.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. JamesB says:

    OT BA: Anybody any idea if I can book two award flights for the same passenger on the same plane or does the system spot and prevent the duplicate booking? I want to take advantage of availability to KUL but no idea at moment if I will be starting from LHR or EDI so wondering if I can book both and cancel one later. Alternatively, would BA allow me to drop domestic sector if no longer required?

    • Anna says:

      Two family members and I had flights to Germany cancelled and re-routed. Two were RFS and one was cash. The re-routed flight was actually cheaper than the original, so I re-booked the cash fare then asked BA to cancel the more expensive booking, which they did. So for a couple of days the cash passenger was technically booked to travel on 2 seats on the same flight. It’s worth a try, but will probably require 2 separate bookings.

      • Anna says:

        (Incidentally, with a jobsworth attitude to beat all others, BA refused to refund the difference on the fares and kept insisting we were only entitled to re-routing or cancellation. Thankfully I possess a modicum of common sense, so took the cancellation option and made my friend a new booking for £40 less than originally paid. There was no cancellation fee as it was BA who changed our travel plans).

    • You can drop the domestic leg, that isn’t an issue.

  2. Tesco phones from a few days ago back in stock

  3. Crafty says:

    OT: About to empty out an Amex MR account with c.50k points. Is this article still considered gospel or have any recent changes to hotel schemes significantly moved the foundations? Currently I plan to convert to Club Carlson as I am concerned about overexposure to Avios at a time when the BA product is in precipitous decline – or is this silly of me?

    • the real harry1 says:

      have you read

      ‘Travel Packages are the way to go
      When it comes to redeeming, the Marriott travel packages – combining both airline miles and hotel nights – are a VERY good deal. 390,000 points would get you 7 nights in a top-tier Category 9 hotel (worth around £2,500 if you choose well) and 120,000 Avios points, worth a further £1,000.’

    • Carlson is fine, but remember they have very little of quality in North America or Asia so you should be planning to use them in Europe or the Middle East. Starwood has more flexibility now that you can move the points to Marriott Rewards too (but I would stick by the valuation).

      • Hey rob, sorry to hijack a post for my random (half random) things.
        remember your double IHG points promo from last year? Basically, I booked my February trip in early December (quite a while before the end), but never managed to get the points.
        I’m wondering if you (or your leads) can take a look at it.
        Feel free to shoot me an email. Thanks a bunch!

        PS: It was a very good promo and got me to read your site a lot more (Sent it to a few flyertalk buddies too)!

        • Send me an email to rob at with confirmation number, hotel, dates, name, IHG number and I will send it across.

  4. Pierre says:

    O.T. as well, but if you are in need of an Avis rental and want to get cheaper price, it’s always worth messaging their Facebook teams, I’ve managed to get € 10 off a one-day on-airport rental during one of the French long weekends in May (Friday evening-Saturday noon), ca a 25% discount!

  5. Alex says:

    Has anyone seen any Secret Deals by AccorHotels yet?

    • Just saw the new Secret Deals by AccorHotels, the deal is just awful…