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I covered hotel discount site Club1 Hotels when they first launched. They were offering free memberships for a year and many readers took advantage of it.
The website was a bit clunky, but there were plenty of deals. Because it’s a membership site they’re able to sell hotels for less than hotel websites and less than Expedia, Booking.com, and others.
(And you can’t price match using hotel best rate guarantees, either.)
I don’t write about them often since there’s a membership fee, you have to join just to search the site and see whether deals apply to what you’d be looking for.
- However they are offering free membership to readers, so there’s no reason not to sign up. Then you can search them for deals and book when they make sense.
- They want to make sure you find the best deals on their site, so they also are offering readers 5% off their deals with promo code VFTW18.
- And they have a best rate guarantee to start with where they’ll beat rates you can find elsewhere. There aren’t really gotchas on this either, just email memberservices -at- club1hotels.com and they’ll get back same day. They exclude reservations within 7 days of arrival.
They have a new booking engine and an app and booking through them seems easier and cleaner than before. There are also tons more top hotels than before, too, when I’m searching their site I’m generally finding the inventory I want. There are cruises and car rental deals, too.
Since joining for a year with this offer is free – something they usually charge for – I don’t see a downside to signing up just in case you have a use for their deals in the coming year. And search the site because any good deals are 5% better with my promo code. They appear to take their best rate guarantee seriously, too.
You’re generally not going to earn elite stay credit for bookings made through Club1 Hotels. Marriott is alone among the big chains in honoring elite benefits when booking through third party sites. However I often find myself staying somewhere that the chain hotel doesn’t cut it. Or the pricing may be so good that you aren’t going to worry about elite benefits (you’re saving a lot more than the cost of breakfast).
For avoidance of doubt I do not benefit in any way if you sign up for Club1 Hotels or make a booking through their site, however it seems to make good sense to register with the site while they’re allowing you to do it free.
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