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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)

  • Alan C says:

    The Accor 3 x 2 night = 6,000 points promotion.
    If I book a 2 night stay at the same property but in 2 separate bookings does this qualify as
    2 nights for the promotion?
    It’s cheaper to book this Friday and Saturday separately for some reason.

  • JamesB says:

    OT bit: £25 off £100 has appeared on amex offers this morning.

    • Rob says:

      I’m guessing the missing word was Ocado? 🙂

      • Louise says:

        Harvey Nichols £30 off £100 and Hertz £30 off £150 on my Platintum

      • JamesB says:

        yes, lol, sorry.

      • RussellH says:

        I have never seen the attraction of online supermarket shopping, TBH. I have this on both my Amex cards, and AFAIK Ocado do not operate around here.

        Much more (potentially) useful is 5% off P+O Ferries.

        • Mark says:

          Ocado are excellent – and no, I don’t work there or own shares!
          Quality, service, convenience of timed deliveries, freshly butchered meat (& fish) rather than selected from prepacks. I think they are unbeatable. (Unless you live next door to Waitrose!)
          There are plenty of Ocado voucher codes around – look out for the one with a whole year of free deliveries.

          • william merrett says:

            Another positive experience of Ocado here. Quality and freshness is excellent. If your a Vitality Health Platinum there’s also 25% off healthy food as well (max £25 per month discount) which is an excellent perk, obviously depends on your premium but as a reasonably young chap £25 a month is half of my insurance premium.

          • Fenny says:

            I keep being offered a 3 month free delivery pass by Ocado, but as the minimum order is £40, I don’t take advantage of it. I go into Waitrose every day to get my lunchtime coffee and, since they changed the rules, buy lunch or something for dinner. So my “big” weekly shop is fairly small these days – just the things I don’t want to carry home from work. And there’s the instore Virgin miles to be taken into account now.

  • dgsupersonic says:

    I believe the IHG 50% reward sales reoccurs every year. Also important to check cash rates as they tend to be low during this time.

    Rob, is there a plan or intention to have more coverage for that part of the planet? The site is still heavily focussed on Asia and UAE regions.

    • Rob says:

      Depends what you’re after. The lack of BA coverage in LATAM means we will never do much of it. If LATAM (the airline) wanted to work with us on something then that might be an option.

  • Nick says:

    Gutted aswell used it many times made some nights out etc at short notice much more possible thanks to a cheap room to stay in.

    Is alex Cruz now in charge of accor aswell hmmmmph. Don’t worry though upto 3 pieces from the basket now solves the issue. We were avid club Europe users for Europe hols. Booked Conrad algarve at the weekend with Thomson flight out then return aer lingus to Dublin then Flybe back to my local airport just easier and far less than the £2k BA wanted

  • Pangolin says:

    Anyone paying £150 for a room in Ibis in Leeds is clearly doing something wrong! It sounds like he had unrealistically high expectations of what Ibis hotels offer.

    • Mark says:

      You’d be surprised – I was sometimes staying in the Ibis Styles in Manchester for £25 and it was selling for £120 by the time I checked in.

  • NigelM says:

    Argh – shame the Latin American sale doesn’t include Buenos Aires, need to book something soon. Anybody have any hotel recommendations?

  • wetboy1uk says:

    perhaps it is your greed at using this every weekend that has lead to it being removed. Some people are really greedy and selfish when it comes to a lot of deals on here. no wonder they get removed.

    • william merrett says:

      Seriously, a multinational company makes an offer with no restrictions that is openly available every weekend through a public website and your advice to mark is not to use it? That’s just a bit weird.

      If they intended it as a perk they could easily have restricted it to once a year per account but they did not, it was explicitly open to all every weekend.

    • NigelM says:

      Wetboy1uk, you make no sense. It wasn’t a pricing error or a limited stock offer. That you think one person’s use of the offer would be ‘selfish’ and more than a drop in the ocean suggests you can’t grasp how many thousands of hotel rooms and transactions they process.

      • wetboy1uk says:

        And perhaps you are not understanding that there are some selfish people on here. Tesco promotions for additional points for example – people buying loads of the same item they don’t need just to sell on and make points. Tesco don’t put limits on these promotion but neither do they expect some greedy individuals to buy large quantities of the same items which they don’t want just to satisfy their own greed. In my opinion one of the reasons we are seeing less and less promotions due to the minority who behave in this way. Just look back at the number of promotions which were around this time last year compared to now. These days most posts on here are reviews and the like as promotions have dried up.

        • Mark says:

          So your justification for believing that I was booking far too many hotel rooms at the advertised rate was because of what other people do at Tesco with clubcard promotions? Le Accor sold a room that they believed would otherwise have been empty. If they wanted to implement a quota they could have. Happy Mondays is for weekends yet they were releasing rooms for that price on the site sometimes for Tuesday and Wednesday, I guess that’s because they could sell them for twice as much but just didn’t want too ?

        • Mark says:

          One further point unlike the Tesco people you refer too

          ” Tesco don’t put limits on these promotion but neither do they expect some greedy individuals to buy large quantities of the same items which they don’t want just to satisfy their own greed”

          Your right I didn’t even want to sleep in those hotels or even visit those cities, pay for the flights or eat and drink in the local towns, I just booked them for a laugh.

        • Fenny says:

          Is there much of a second hand market for weekend hotel rooms booked and paid for? It’s not like buying a boat load of Lego and selling it off on Ebay afterwards.

  • JamesB says:

    Soon be staying in an Ibis refurbished superior room with nespresso etc in Milan. Curious to see what it is like, primarily chose it as it’s close to the station for an early train to Venice.

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