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Marriott launches ‘Welcome Back’ hotel offers

Marriott is offering ‘Welcome Back’ deals across its European and Middle East hotels.  Full details are on this page of the Marriott website – note that promo code ‘EZR’ is required (and is automatically added).

As long as you are a Marriott Bonvoy member – and it’s free to sign up here – you will receive a 25% discount on the Best Flexible Rate and free breakfast.

As an example, taking the Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh for a random Friday in August, the price under this offer is £142 with breakfast.  This compares to a standard room-only rate of £185.

The offer is valid for stays until 30th September.

Full details are on the Marriott site here – the page focuses on the UK and Ireland but you search across EMEA.

American Express Dell offer

I sold my Dell stuff …..

Finally, a quick update for everyone who read my article last Monday about how I am trying to cash in on the American Express Business Platinum ‘£150 cashback with Dell’ offer.

My Dell D3100 thingy (still not sure what it does ….) sold after four days on eBay for the ‘buy it now’ price of £99 plus £5 postage.  The actual cost to send it by Royal Mail First Class turned out to be £5.57.

My net profit, after fees, will be around £85 – £90 for a very modest amount of work.  My eBay listing is here (click ‘View Original Item’ at the top) if you want to clone it.

Comments (35)

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  • MM says:

    1st class only covers you for up to £20 should the item get lost or broken.

    • Andrew Mc says:

      £5.58 actually would have been 1st class signed for, up to 1kg. So £50 cover. £100 cover available via Tracked 24, but only available online via click & drop, and dropping at a Royal Mail customer service point, as opposed to a post office (our CSP very unhelpfully open only 7-9am, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri and 7-11am Sat due to covid!).

      • Crafty says:

        It’s pathetic isn’t it. They’re on my naughty list of businesses that absolutely could offer a normal service again, but seem to think they can get away with it and keep the cost saving – along with the DVLA.

        • Jonathan says:

          Won’t be a cost saving. I’m sure the CWU will have the staff on full pay for the minimal hours. I’m generally in favour of unions but when they seem intent on destroying a businesses future viability with constant strikes & refusal to contemplate any changes to working practices you have to wonder who’s interests they are protecting!

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        Luxury. I get 7-9am Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat in a place with zero parking nearby. It’s a bit of a nonsense.

      • John says:

        Where did you get £5.58?

        £5.57 is 1st class small parcel 2kg, which comes with delivery confirmation.

        • Rob says:

          Perhaps I mistyped! Weight was 1006g so your number looks correct.

  • vol says:

    …Please tell me you obtained a tracking number for that sale…

    🤦🏽‍♀️

    If your buyer is unscrupulous then you may find you make nothing at all – proof of posting is not enough in an eBay claim against you for non-receipt 🙁

    • Andrew Mc says:

      You do NOT need to send signed for in order to be covered these days. So long as NOT a letter or large letter, a standard certificate of posting is sufficient, as it has a tracking number of sorts, which allows for proof of delivery (via the Royal Mail tracking website). Doesn’t look like your standard tracking number, rather along the lines of 11-027 600 135 (this is a real number if you want to try). You will find same type of number appearing on certificate of posting for large letter, but doesn’t work on website.

      • Andrew Mc says:

        Royal Mail compensation still limited to £20 + postage paid though. And small risk of postman not scanning at point of delivery, to allow delivery confirmation. eBay will however accept this number as proof of delivery (where postman has scanned, which seems these days to be almost without exception).

    • memesweeper says:

      eBay packlink is working well for me. The tracking number is automatically shared with eBay and the recipient. My nearest drop-off is walkable from the office. It’s a pound or two more than Royal Mail and sometimes slower but it’s guaranteed and insured, and you have peace of mind.

  • BJ says:

    Apart from the apparent complexity of postal decisions, can I take it from this bit that real ebay selling fees are 10%+? Never tried it myself but I’m surprised it is that high. The emails I had received from them suggests much less, and fixed prices.

    • JPa says:

      10% standard fees plus PayPal of around 3.5%. But nearly every weekend they offer flat rate of sell for £1. Also recently 50% off fees or pay 2% fees. Others told Rob to wait and list during one of those promos.

      • JPa says:

        Also would have sent it 2nd class signed (cost about £4) for the same cover and included free postage, and upped the price.

      • BJ says:

        Thanks, so if I ever decide to sell something I just need to list it during the promotional period, the date sold is then not relevant?

        • Crafty says:

          Yes

        • Paul says:

          True that you only need to list during the promo period, but it does need to sell within 30days. eBay are quite sneaky and will ‘renew’ the listing automatically after that time, which means you’ll no longer get it for the promo fee.

          • Crafty says:

            Unless you turn off automatically relisting.

          • John says:

            You can’t turn off auto relist for BIN items. But it is off by default for auctions (which need to sell in max 10 days rather than 30).

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Not every weekend. It was for a time regularly once a fortnight but they seem to be of late trailing 2% fees, 50% off final fees etc. £1 FVF offers do pop up but seem to be targeted to accounts that have not used the offer recently.

        • meta says:

          I currently have an offer of zero fees on next three items valid for listings until 4 August!

  • Stu287 says:

    Does anyone know if the 25% welcome back bonus is only applicable to your first marriott booking or is this applicable for any bookings made within a given period?

    • Kai says:

      This is 25% off the rate

    • Harry T says:

      25% off the best flexible rate. Non members get 15%. You can find these dates in the packages section of the rates for any participating hotel. There is no limit to how many times you can use this offer.

  • Peter north says:

    Sadly, Park Hyatt Mallorca closed until March 2021, there’s always Linekars Bar in Magaluf🤣🤣🤣🤣!

  • Philip J says:

    Quick question – booked flights to Ibiza, BA flash sale means that alternative flights within a couple of hours of original booked flight times are MUCH cheaper.

    Propose to cancel existing flights and apply eVoucher to new flights (would be left with c.£80 residual balance, which isn’t the end of the world).

    Things i’m not sure about, and would really appreciate any thoughts/advice: (1) can you use an eVoucher to settle the fare balance if you use the “hold fare for 72 hours” option? (2) if cancelled today, in people’s experience will an eVoucher arrive within the 72 hour period?

    • Boon says:

      I don’t know about cash bookings, but I cancelled an avios booking and received the evoucher (for the taxes) within an hour via email. This was last week.

      • Philip J says:

        Thanks Boomer, went ahead and pressed go – I think the vouchers took c. 3 minutes to arrive.

  • Karl says:

    The Marriott Welcome Back offer is a decent deal. We’ve just got back from a trip staying at 2 places. One of the hotels billed us 5% VAT and the other was 20% (both booked at the same time pre-VAT reduction announcemnet). This also stacks with the voucher for 2 new member stays.

    • Harry T says:

      Agree. The offer is widespread across European hotels too, so I’ve taken advantage of that.

  • Derek Scott says:

    £142 for the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh is excellent… it’s rarely below £200 a night any time of the year and often near £300.

    Fantastic hotel too, with one of the country’s top Spas and excellent location for the city attractions (and views of the Castle if you upgrade your room)

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