On my way home from my epic Tier Point run, I had this idle idea of actually staying at a hotel and crashing for a while in peace and quiet.
Not the worst idea in many respects I think we can all agree with the flying that I’ve done recently.
For a giggle, I fired up Hotel Tonight on the phone to see what it could pull in the Heathrow area. My “preferred” (well, that’s a loose term, but it will suffice) hotel in the Heathrow area is the Holiday Inn Ariel.
Why? Because for a hotel on the edge of the Heathrow area, it’s normally dirt cheap.
So what did Hotel Tonight offer?
£109. Hmm. That’s a little on the high side to say the least. Not unknown by any stretch of the imagination, but still high.
For an additional giggle, I fired up the IHG app that’s on my phone. The price difference… was… well.
£69 direct with IHG.
So Hotel Tonight wants to charge £40 more for the same room.
Hmm. I think not.
In the end, I’m writing this at the train station, as I’ve got a 30 minute wait before I can go on the cheap train tickets…. and I want my own bed tonight. And own bathtub.
But the lesson here is an important one – shop around before you hit the book button.
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