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Club1 Hotels is a membership site, and that lets them sell rooms at a discount, offering lower rates to consumers instead of taking their booking commission. They report that they make money on membership fees rather than individual bookings. (Since they’re a membership site hotel best rate guarantees for direct booking on a hotel chain’s website don’t apply.)
Their membership normally costs $675 for a year, but they’re giving away one year memberships that provide access to discounts (but don’t come with a Priority Pass for airport lounge access) now. It’s worth signing up just to check out pricing. I’ve seen plenty of hotels where you can save hundreds of dollars through the site, though you may give up hotel loyalty points booking with them.
They’re running two promotions currently on top of the savings they offer on hotels:
1. “Book any hotel from Club1Hotels on or before 10/31/16 and receive a $100 of Restaurant.com electronic gift cards, Gift cards can be used at any of the 18,000 participating restaurants across the US Restaurant.com will issue in $25.00, $50.00 or $100.00 denominations, if you use a $25.00 card you must spend $50.00, if you use a $50.00 card you must spend $100.00, and if you use a $100.00 gift card you must spend $200.00. (Most will want (4) $25.00 gift cards!) Club1Hotels issue them to our members via email the day of arrival (as reservations can be cancelled).”
2. “Book 6-rooms with Club1Hotels on or before 10/31/16 and automatically receive a 1-year Standard Priority Pass Membership and gain access to over 1,300 airport clubs and VIP lounges globally with your sixth booking.”
I don’t see these as super valuable, but they’re more value than not offering promotions of course.
$100 in Restaurant.com gift certificates are worth $10 – $20 (you can generally buy these at less than face value, and they contain restrictions but can also provide real value). A standard priority pass membership just lets you pay for each lounge visit, it doesn’t provide free lounge access. So useful in a pinch if you don’t have access otherwise.
Still, worth checking out Club1 Hotels for the hotel discounts since they’re giving out free one year memberships, and a full one year membership normally prices at $675.
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