What: £20 for £50 hotel Alpharooms hotel voucher
Ends: On 6 & 7 April '11 only
Where: 70,000 hotels worldwide
On Wed 6 or Thu 7 April 2011, for £20 you can buy a £50 voucher from daily deals site Groupon* to spend on 70,000 UK and worldwide hotels at hotel broker AlphaRooms. There's no minimum spend, meaning bargain rooms galore.
Once purchased you’ll be emailed a unique voucher code that needs to be spent in one transaction to enter on the AlphaRooms website by 8 June.
Where can I go? It covers right across the hotel range eg, the Vale De Carros hotel in the Algarve was dirt cheap £10.50/night for the April dates we checked, so £52.50 for five nights.
Use the £50 voucher and it's effectively £22.50 for five nights. There are also super costly luxury 5 star rooms and UK stays, for example, we found one night's stay at Manchester West Holiday Inn for £51; £21 with the voucher.
What’s best to use it on? The bigger or more expensive the booking, the less the impact of the vouchers discount, and the more you are at the mercy of whether AlphaRooms prices are competitive or not.
As a rough rule of thumb, if you’re going to spend over £100 do a full price comparison first via Tripadvisor* or Travelsupermarket* to see if it stacks up using your voucher (better read the full Cheap Hotels guide for lots of price cutting techniques).
Any extra charges? There’s a £3 booking fee for most debit cards (Solo is free), more on some credit cards, and in some countries you may be asked to pay extra sales tax on arrival.
Anything to watch for? Unlike most other hotel brokers, AlphaRooms usually requires you to pay up front for hotel rooms. If you're spending more than £100, you may want to balance up the extra cost of paying by credit card with the Section 75 protection it gets you.
Plus, in the past some websites have increased prices while a Groupon voucher like this is available. We asked Groupon about this and it said: "The prices on AlphaRooms vary daily as it is an aggregator site. They will not purposely increase any prices". We've taken screengrabs of prices so we can monitor this.
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