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Last week was the 12th week that we have been running Head for Points from our various homes.

I’d managed the first 80-odd days without any problems, but last Monday I finally hit a bit of a wall.  On Wednesday I went back into our office – which is an 8-mile round-trip walk – for the day, just to get out of the house.

An 8-mile walk and a day ‘out’ put me in a better mood on Thursday.   And then, out of nowhere, an email popped up from Park Plaza Hotels, offering £99 stays at the five-star Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London, and €89 stays (€97 with city tax) at the Park Plaza Victoria in Amsterdam.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

I thought this was an impressive deal, although it was obviously restricted.  You had to stay by 30th September, and of course at present the Dutch Government isn’t even allowing UK residents to enter the country.  Luckily this was a fully refundable deal.

I popped it onto Head for Points during Thursday, although I didn’t expect much from it.  I probably wouldn’t have bothered at all if I hadn’t already discussed Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in an article earlier that day on the 100% bonus for buying Radisson Rewards points, which is still running if you’re interested.

Within an hour, however, readers were booking.  And they didn’t stop.

On Friday morning the article was emailed out – and booking went crazy.

(The offer still seems to be live even though Radisson has pulled the landing page.  Go to the hotel pages directly – London here, Amsterdam here.  Under ‘Special Rates’ select ‘Promotion Code’ and put in the code FLASH for a stay between 4th July and 30th September.)

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam

By Sunday night, over £41,000-worth of rooms had been booked via the link in our article.  Many more readers will have booked direct, so the total will easily exceed £50,000.

This is, by any stretch, an amazing response.  Obviously, given that these rooms are refundable, quite a few will be cancelled in the end.  However, you couldn’t ask for a bigger vote of confidence in travel from the HFP readership than booking £50,000-worth of rooms across just two hotels in 48 hours.

The success of this deal has cheered me up considerably.  It is clear that the desire to travel is still as strong as ever amongst our readers, as is their willingness to jump on a good deal.

It’s ironic that this article is being published on the same day that the UK Government is introducing quarantine, effectively killing off both incoming and outgoing tourism.

Few people seriously believe that this will last beyond the end of June, however.  We look forward to sharing the best of the travel bargains with you as Europe, if not the rest of the world, starts to open up this Summer.

Comments (64)

  • Sam says:

    As another pro-travelling data point, we booked our Seville-Madrid-Barcelona trip yesterday for September.

    • Harry T says:

      If you fancy a stay at the Alfonso in Seville, there’s some crazy low weekend rates in August. We are talking 150-200 euros a night instead of 400+.

  • L Allen says:

    I am unlikely to travel abroad this year but I am definitely going to travel next year! I missed out on Singapore and Malaysia this month and I’m saving my pennies to go for a month away early next year – the trip I missed plus New Zealand and more if I organise myself well. So, keep up the good work HfP team, we need you!

    • Andrew says:

      +1. No travel plans for the rest of 2020 but into spring 2021 I will be and already looking at planning that.

  • Steve in Croydon says:

    Rob – Using your link above to Radisson gives a 404 page not found. The Amsterdam deals certainly don’t show via a normal availability search.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, seems dead now, even if you try use code ‘PROMO’ directly.

      • ChrisC says:

        the code was ‘flash’ not ‘promo’

        And just tried it for Amsterdam and it still works

        €97.72 per night inc tax for superior king. 89 is the base rate

  • Anon says:

    Booked for Amsterdam – was 100 EUR rather than 97 EUR 🙁

    Club World or other business class worth it for such a short flight? Have BA Silver anyway.
    £400 or so for two people on BA and probably won’t get much cheaper. Versus £200-250ish in economy. KLM says £700.

    £160 for some food and champagne not really worth it over 1.5 hours IMO? Not even a good tier point destination.

    • mr_jetlag says:

      On such a short flight, the only reason to go Club Europe is for the tier points.

    • Travel Strong says:

      I got easyjet flights for £45, I forecast that I am going to be very happy with them.