Half Price Hotel Rooms in July

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  1. Scott

    Scott Former TS Team Member

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    Alton Towers are offering a limited number of Half Price hotel rooms in July if you book before the 30th June using the code 'JULY50' - a good offer but perhaps telling that hotel occupancy is down this year?

    http://www.altontowers.com/special-offers/half-price/
     
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    Comes across as another hint of slow trade this year.
     
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    Great offer and I hope it gets the punters in.

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    Indeed a great offer, to the already fairly good hotel package. A massive saving in one of the busiest times of the year. Good job Merlin, this'll satisfy a few of the haters.
     
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    Except it isn't half price...
     
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    How is it not half price?

    :)
     
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    I think he may be trying to suggested prices have increased to take some of the profit 'hit' of this offer. However I've just done a quick quote and it doesn't seem like the original prices have been inflated at all. ;D
     
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    I did a few searches earlier on but I've just done another now to confirm it.

    For a one night stay for 4 adults in Splash Landings on Sunday 1st July, without the promotional code the price was quoted as £193.50. When the 'JULY50' code was entered the same search qouted a price of £108.50.

    Now I'm not the best at maths, but no way is that half price.

    My calculator tells me it should actually be £96.75. What they consider half price is actually £12.25 more than it should be.

    These so called 'deals' are always too good to be true, especially where Merlin and Alton Towers are concerned. :-\
     
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    Actually... he has a point. I'm not sure that it *is* Half Price:

    No offer code:
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    Offer code:
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    So, still a fantastic offer - but NOT Half Price...

    I see Chris beat me to it though!

    EDIT: The T's & C's state:
    "Valid for Hotel Stays throughout July. Available on our standard rooms sleeping 4, discount is applicable when booking a 1 night stay on a standard bed and breakfast rate. Subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer; discount or promotion. " - So both mine and Chris' examples fit with this...

    EDIT2: I also checked ATH prices to see if it only works as fully half price in that hotel but nope, the difference is about the same. I wonder if anyone booking will notice and then query the cost difference?
     
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    Well that is a tad concerning, considering they state 'Save 50%' - I just checked to see if it said anywhere 'save upto 50%' but it states 'save 50%'. Perhaps a problem with the booking system? ???
     
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    I've emailed them... Will see what they say!
     
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    It will be half of the price you will be quoted when booking over the phone, as there is a 10% or so discount off the full price when booking online anyway. Hence why it doesn't appear to be half price when you look at the online costs. So it is 50% off the standard room price which is the price you are quoted booking over the phone. This works out after doing a few sums quickly, give or take a few pounds.

    It's like when using MAP discount on hotel rooms. You can only get it by phoning up to book and you then get 20% off the full price of the room, not 20% off the already discounted online price.

    :)
     
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    Considering those dates are outside of the summer holidays, I would only consider a price below around £80 to be genuinely good value anyway.

    Still, it does represent a large saving.

    :)
     
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    Genius!
     
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    It is all rather slightly misleading though, considering that:

    This is the advert that links to the page...

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    and the only hint that there is an online discount is this: (which doesn't even really state there is one and only mentions 'search')

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    So yeah, it isn't really clear it all, that it's based on a 'unknown' price which can't be found!
     
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    Online already saves 10%, so discount rate should be around 40% off the online rate.

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    Confirmed by email as to what we thought above:

     
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    Hold the Trading Standards complaint!
     
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    Oh god, I want to do this!
     

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