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How to get £10 of free Booking.com hotel credit

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Booking.com seems to be giving away £10 of free credit towards a future hotel stay to anyone who uses its app.

I’m not sure where this offer originated or where it was originally promoted, but a reader forwarded it to me this morning and it does work OK.  (Thanks Claire!)

This is how you get your £10 of Booking.com credit.

Step 1:  Download the Booking.com app and log in, or create an account if you don’t have one

You need the app to do this.  It doesn’t work via the desktop site.

Step 2:  Search for hotels in a random city on a random future date

Step 3:  On the results page, ‘like’ THREE hotels by clicking the heart in the top right corner

IMPORTANT:  The currency of the voucher is linked to the hotels you like.  Pick 3 UK hotels and you get £10.  Pick 3 European hotels and you will get €10 which converts to £9.  It is best to pick UK properties.

You can see the heart you need to click here:

Get £10 of Booking.com hotel credit

Step 4:  A message will pop up to say that you have earned a £10 credit

Get £10 of Booking.com hotel credit

Step 5:  After a few minutes, go to your Booking.com wallet and you will see the £10 there:

Get £10 of Booking.com hotel credit

The expiry date is 18th August 2021 (note 2021, not 2020!).

How do you use your £10 Booking.com credit?

It is very straightforward.

You can redeem your £10 credit via the Booking.com website if you wish – it isn’t necessary to use app if you find it too fiddly.

Once you have credit in your ‘wallet’, participating hotels show up as ‘Pay with Wallet’:

Get £10 of Booking.com hotel credit

If you make a booking, the £10 is deducted at the final payment screen:

Get £10 of Booking.com hotel credit

There’s one thing to remember though.

Any hotel rooms booked via Booking.com are treated as ‘third party bookings’. You won’t earn any loyalty points from the hotel and you won’t get any status benefits such as upgrades or free breakfast.  Your £10 credit is therefore best used at independent hotels.  It is also best used on cheap bookings where the £10 gets you a larger percentage saving.

For anything noticeably above £100 you’d be better off using Hotels.com Rewards, reviewed here, which gives you back 10% of what you spend in credit.


Hotel offers update – October 2021:

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

Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 7th December) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 31st October).

Comments (37)

  • HayMow says:

    Thanks Rob – 3 hotels in Germany –> EUR 10 credit. 🙂

    • HayMow says:

      At least €10 is what it said on the pop-up — has actually translated to £10 = €11.16 in my Rewards / Wallet (both of which took a few mins to come through).

  • mr_jetlag says:

    SO which country is it best to “like” hotels for FX purposes? 🙂

    • ChrisBCN says:

      I think there is a way to optimise return here! I have a UK account, selected 3 Spanish hotels, was given €10. This has become £8.97. My IP address is Spanish if they are smart enough to bring that into play.

  • Leon says:

    Just tried it and not working for me, maybe targeted or now switched off

  • Stuart says:

    I chose Belfast and got Euros….

  • sunguy says:

    I got £5! meh!

  • Sukes says:

    Worked for me – just tried it on my UK account and liked 3 hotels in London. £10 credit is now in my account.

  • Jamie Collins says:

    Thanks Rob! Worked for me.

  • Doc says:

    Thank you for this.

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