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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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#1
Why the cold votes? Seems a good deal to m if your planning on booking a hotel.

Have used Alpharooms a lot, and have found their prices competitive and their services very good.

I have never used Groupon though!! Maybe thats why people are voting cold.
#2
Good deal, no idea why people are voting this one here cold...
#3
Deal now active and as at 6.30am, 333 vouchers sold! Obviously NOT cold!
1 Like #4
I've used Groupon - bought a large canvas photo print. The service was fine and completely hassle free - I bought the deal, a code was provided to me, I went to the canvas retailers website, entered the code and received the discount off the product I was buying. Great service!
#5
Its a good deal. Bought loads through Groupon so no idea why cold votes.
#6
Looks like a good deal to me. The voucher expires on the 8th June 2011, but since they have given one of their examples as a room in Ealing on the 9th of June I guess this means you have to have booked the hotel by the 8th...not used your actual stay.
Voting hot.
#7
Voted hot, over a 1000 vouchers sold now, would have posted it meself if I'd have seen it earlier, I guess some of the little kids on here had been voting cold for the hell of it.....muppets!

Hot from me :D

Edited By: MrGrumpyman on Apr 06, 2011 08:59
#8
seems like a good deal. Don't forget to buy through Topcashback for 6% back
#9
Question is of how many vouchers I can use? I bought two so far, I assume I can use them for two independent transactions, is that right? Or might they check the credit card whether this has already been used in combination with a voucher....
#10
Good deal their prices are competitive at the moment.have bought 1.
Cold votes probably because it's a groupon deal, people don't seem to like them on here
#11
pidgeofcdf

Cold votes probably because it's a groupon deal, people don't seem to like them on here
No idea why, had some great deals thru them, bought this one yesterday http://www.groupon.com/deals/orlando-ballon-rides-1 $105pp instead of $175pp wanted to do it for years but wouldn't pay the price.
Going to consider the Alpharooms offer this afternoon, they are the cheapest just now for Universal Orlando Hotels but the price might drop nearer.
Will cashback work with the code? has anyones tracked?
#12
A bit annoying that this is freezing but no-one says why.

I'm thinking of getting this deal but the cold votes putting me off. Am I missing something.

Please, if everyone (or at least the majority) is voting cold, it really would help if you would at least say why. Thanks :)
#13
Hot from me!
#14
Asters completely agree with you, my cash back has tracked wiv tcb, 4% cash back when you order aswell.
#15
Good deal and voted hot.

Pretty funny that every comment in this thread has been positive yet this deal is still cold overall!! The voting system on this site seriously needs to be changed so people have to put a reaosn for their vote!
#16
Over 7000 sold.Cannot see why this is cold! Was going to post myself!! Heat from me!
#17
parisp
Over 7000 sold.Cannot see why this is cold! Was going to post myself!! Heat from me!
Almost 8,000 now (7,933 Bought!)
Sometimes you can see why a post goes cold, sometimes people post why they voted. This is a clear bargain. Totally beyond me how its cold.
#18
8700 Now!!!!
#19
HUKD members are missing this great deal big time !
#20
Just voted this back into the red.

Seems a great deal for me. Used Alpha Rooms lots of times and their prices are usually very good.
#21
Hot deal bought two myself
#22
Bought one for myself through Topcashback

Cheers OP.
#23
woohoo, 21° lol

Edited By: nicster08 on Apr 07, 2011 21:47
#24
As there are charges for using cards; credit & debit, to pay the difference on the alpharooms site, does anyone know if Electron can be used without extra cost?
#25
has anyone noticed some of the hotels have gone from the web site recently? I searched for a hotel I wanted to stay at before I purchased this vouhcer and have checked its still available and lots of hotels which previously came up in the search have all gone and even for booking into December! I checked another site for the particular hotel and it was available for the dates I wanted and checked through Alpha Rooms the other day! Hmm I think they have taken some off so you can only buy the really expensive rooms! Such a con if this is the case!
#26
Yes!!! There used to be about 7 choices in the Birmingham NEC area and now there is only one choice of hotel only for November and I am choosing the same dates as before.
#27
shirlsky
Yes!!! There used to be about 7 choices in the Birmingham NEC area and now there is only one choice of hotel only for November and I am choosing the same dates as before.

Yeah, cheeky sods and either the prices are crazy or the hotels are ****! Hmm not a happy bunny. A little phone call shall be made tomorrow me thinks. I might see if I can book it over the phone quoting the code when I receive it.
#28
shirlsky
Yes!!! There used to be about 7 choices in the Birmingham NEC area and now there is only one choice of hotel only for November and I am choosing the same dates as before.

Yeah, cheeky sods and either the prices are crazy or the hotels are ****! Hmm not a happy bunny. A little phone call shall be made tomorrow me thinks. I might see if I can book it over the phone quoting the code when I receive it.
#29
I chose 3 hotels and so far all prices have stayed the same. Whether they will be at 2pm is another matter.

I presume I can't book before 2.

Edited By: Cuckooland on Apr 08, 2011 10:32
#30
They've jacked the prices up and cut down on the choices of hotels for my search in Plymouth aswel! Ba$tards
#31
Hmm and the info from this post above says:
"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."

From Martins MSE tips

I wonder if this deal is being monitored as seems they are conning us.
#32
Well they can't keep their prices artificially high or hotel choice limited for two months otherwise they will lose a lot of business.voucher lasts till June so I'm sure il win in the long run! Won't be using alpha rooms again after this mind!
#33
Even if you don't need to pay any cash, ie your booking is below £50, they still make you pay a £5.00 credit card charge :(

Is this legal?
#34
Cuckooland
Even if you don't need to pay any cash, ie your booking is below £50, they still make you pay a £5.00 credit card charge :(

Is this legal?

That is what I think, I dont think this is legal to be honest. What about the people who DIDN'T buy the voucher? And it's funny how the hotels are all big named ones and none of the independent ones seem to be there. I am looking at Bath hotels and through the WHOLE year, the same 6 big chain hotels are listed yet the other day there were 2 pages worth!! I have spoken to both Alpha and Groupon. Absolutely hopeless! I think i need to research into this legally too.
#35
Cuckooland
Even if you don't need to pay any cash, ie your booking is below £50, they still make you pay a £5.00 credit card charge :(

Is this legal?

Surely it can't be legal! Your not actually using a card. I did want to book for end of April but the future inn has now vanished from their site so I will wait. Hope groupon do something about this
#36
The more people who ring and complain the more they will do something about it. They told me the web site can do what they like and can update it now and then. Im sorry but a load of independent hotels all going off the site and only showing either very expensive hotels or rubbish hotels (Bath) is not what I would call updating the site. I would say they were trying to con people and get lots of money by only showing the most expensive options! Disgrace. i am going to phone Alpha again
#37
Just been onto customer services -waste of time.

Wouldn't go through (£47 - zero to pay after groupon) without cc details.

Put in cc details, it said total to pay £0.00 I clicked confirm and it took £5.00 from my account. Customer services say this is correct (so its a booking fee rather than a credit card fee)

Very disappointed in Alpharooms and Groupon :(

Edited By: Cuckooland on Apr 08, 2011 14:26
#38
The hotels that I wanted to book in the USA are still there for the same price, however, there seems to be less selection than a couple of days ago. Does anyone know how to avoid the CC fees, I was sure it said the fees are only £3 and not £5 before (I think that was said on MSE)
#39
According to the op solo is free. Prices seem to be varying all the time for my search but still limited choice
#40
I found the same hotels at broadly similar prices in France that I'd previously looked at, so no real complaints there, but the £5 card charge makes it ridiculous when it's applied each time - 4 nights in a different hotel each time have to be booked separately, so £20.
I phoned them to ask if they could all be booked at once & 1 single payment be made, but no. I questioned the charge, & was told £5 is a flat rate for orders under £100.
Even Electron is £5, & debit cards the same as credit cards; no way does it cost them that much to process them.

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