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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

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


IHG Rewards update – July 2021:

Get bonus points: The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of ihg.com.

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our two-part overview of IHG Rewards here and here and our article on expiry rules here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.

There is a 75% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points by 13th August.

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

Comments (67)

  • vol says:

    Well that sucks 😐

    Seemingly no notice either.

    Nice deal while it lasted though 🙂

  • Barry cutters says:

    Over the last few years Iv had many fri/sat nights in the Novotel London Bridge or the Pullman. Absolute cracker of a deal – but to be fair was a bit too good . Couldn’t expect it to continue forever the way it was..

    • Sue says:

      It was (is hopefully) a very good deal.

      We found it mostly in “older” regional properties, and when we stayed on the offer most of the other guests in the hotel ( Mecures ) were also using the offer …. would have been empty if not for some deals

      E mailed a hotel we have stayed at on the deal yesterday ( BH Monday ), and they said that it can only be booked on line, so they were not awair or it could just have been uninformed staff on the BH.

      Think that Accor are silly to remove it .. better to sell at £60 or £ 40 than have an empty room …. and there is always the bar and restaurant spend to get ….

      Mind you, they have removed the Ibis chain from the French special sales as well …. so maybe looking to increase spend per sold room.

  • Matt says:

    Hopefully a lower discount means more availability. In London, I’d much rather have 20% off the Pullman/Novotel properties than a choice between the Ibis Earls Court and the Ibis London Docklands, which was sometimes the case during summer.

  • krys_k says:

    OT (but hotel related) – I have by one day entered the second year of my amex platinum and wish to cancel today. In order to secure the hotel status do I need to re-enrol, or does this happen automatically? And how long will the status last until? Should I hold onto the card a little longer to ensure that status goes though or is it OK to cancel? Many thanks

  • rick says:

    Amex Platinum

    Applied for a brand new card and have it for about two weeks.
    No fees charged yet. Also hold supplementary card on another Amex Platinum account which was upgraded from PRGC to Platinum.

    What are my odds of no fees being charged on my own Platinum card? Two weeks and counting. Are the fees generally applied when first statement is generated?

    • the real harry1 says:

      [we sort of decided not to mention this 🙂 ]

    • Alan says:

      Seems to vary, some get charged straight away, some at first statement, some not at all (lucky sods!)

      • AndyF says:

        The fee’s post pretty quickly it took around two weeks.

  • JamesB says:

    Is it possible loyaltylobby killed off happy Mondays by bringing it to the attention of (what I assume) a much larger readership?

    • NigelM says:

      Except that they only recently seemed to double down on the offer by making it more generous. It used to be 3 nights over the following weekend, then they made it 4 nights over the following two weekends. It seems odd that they expanded it like this just before shutting it down.

      I suspect the decision could be linked to the large fall in value of the £. Summer is coming up and their forward bookings could show a lot more tourists visiting London while it is a much cheaper destination. Combined with that, it’s a French company and UK revenue converted into euros will have been looking worse, particularly since redeemed points are worth euros (2000 = 40 euros), so knocking points off a £60 novotel night now leaves them with even less of a profit.

  • Dave R says:

    Slight error.. The Pullman was £90

  • rick says:

    Curve charges £2 fees for non-domestic currency withdrawal from atm.
    On Lloyds Avios card, if I was to set card currency as AUD and withdraw AUD while in AUS would I still be charged £2 fee per withdrawal?

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