East Mids HI Express possible Group Buy!

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East Mids HI Express possible Group Buy!

Postby chris.t » Sat 01.12.2007, 15:15

Whilst booking over the web i noticed that there is a group booking code. I phoned to enquire what this meant. Apparently there is a discount for a group booking of 10 or more rooms. Unfortunately the dept that deals with group bookings isn't open til monday.

So anyone thinking of booking the HIE for Donny hold on until i've had a word with them on monday. I know some have already booked and i'll find out if any discounts can be applied to your bookings as well.
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Postby GeoffSmith » Sat 01.12.2007, 15:22

Nice one Chris.
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Postby The Ref » Sat 01.12.2007, 21:11

Can you let me know how you get on as i need a room for the boss and me.


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Postby Martin R » Mon 03.12.2007, 13:34

Liz and i will also require a room for the Saturday night :) Good work indeed.
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Postby chris.t » Mon 03.12.2007, 13:54

The rule is:- 10 rooms or more per night counts as a group booking.

The current rate is £65 per room per night with continental breakfast.

The group booking office have now got to negociate with the actual hotel for a rate (all sounds a bit odd). they will be phoning me back this pm.

i need interest so please register it here.

Tell me how many rooms and how many nights. remember anything less than 10 rooms and we won't get a discount. Also the longer you take to decide will a) mean that the rooms may be taken and b) i might not be able to get the required discounts.

I think that a deadline until mid January 08 should be sufficient unless HIE pressure me for sooner.

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Postby Russc » Mon 03.12.2007, 15:05

Yep one night for me. Friday, double room.
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Postby theelanman » Mon 03.12.2007, 15:13

Yep me too
one night for me. Friday, double room.
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Postby theelanman » Mon 03.12.2007, 15:21

chris
before you do....when I go to the booking page I'm getting a price of £57 anyway for 1 night not the £65 tag.....
Sy got a family room for £62......
just thought Id let you know
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Postby chris.t » Mon 03.12.2007, 16:47

theelanman wrote:chris
before you do....when I go to the booking page I'm getting a price of £57 anyway for 1 night not the £65 tag.....
Sy got a family room for £62......
just thought Id let you know
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thanks gareth i knew they'd screwed up - i will be looking for better than 57!
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Postby chris.t » Tue 04.12.2007, 11:23

I have now got it clear with HIE.

The best that they could give us is £57 for a group of 20 rooms (strange i'm sure they said 10 :roll: ) which is the advance purchase rate. If you want to get this rate as an individual you can by going on the site but be quick cos they only have a limited number.

The only advantage of doing a group booking is that they will give us 20 rooms at that rate. So if you want to go down this route then we will need 20 rooms to book which could be done if LEF want to get involved. Its a bit of a gamble though cos if we don't get 20 then we don't get the rate and you may then have missed out on the advance purchase rate. Still its only £8 which probably equates to the cost of the breakfast :roll: :roll:

Anyway it is a bit in your hands now, i'm willing to do the negociating/organising but i need firm orders for rooms fairly quickly to gaurantee that the rooms will be available.
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Postby theelanman » Tue 04.12.2007, 11:56

Chris
Ive booked mine
didnt wanna see you end up paying for a load of rooms or trying to coordinate a group buy when its just as easy to do it online
so to that end Ive got
double bed with sofa bed non smoking £57
:-D
I suppose that means if the wife isnt attending I could have some space free

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Postby chris.t » Tue 04.12.2007, 12:29

well done gareth, HIE were not very helpful. They told me that they don't have to give discounts as such cos they know they'll be full (well that is what i was told). I suppose the group booking box is for their outer hebrides hotel :lol:

Incidently i didn't ask but are the HIE hotels a franchise? cos the head office has to negociate with the actual hotel to get discounts, V.strange if they're not :?

The offer is still open if there is enough interest. Payment would be in the normal way (over the net) but you will be able to put the group booking code (when known). Same terms and conditions would apply as for an advance purchase ie you don't get your money back if you cancel :evil:
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Postby Monty » Tue 04.12.2007, 20:28

Think i`ll wait to see if i can get the Travel lodge for £15 :wink:
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Postby chris.t » Tue 04.12.2007, 20:50

Monty wrote:Think i'll wait to see if i can get the Travel lodge for £15 :wink:

how many in each bed?
Seriously whats the catch? are you on standby or do you have to book at the last minute?
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Postby Monty » Tue 04.12.2007, 20:53

chris.t wrote:
Monty wrote:Think i'll wait to see if i can get the Travel lodge for £15 :wink:

how many in each bed?
Seriously whats the catch? are you on standby or do you have to book at the last minute?


Thats what i got it for last year, special offer :-D IIRC i got a family room :roll: Just got to keep checking there website for prices
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Postby GeoffSmith » Tue 04.12.2007, 20:59

Monty wrote:
chris.t wrote:
Monty wrote:Think i'll wait to see if i can get the Travel lodge for £15 :wink:

how many in each bed?
Seriously whats the catch? are you on standby or do you have to book at the last minute?


Thats what i got it for last year, special offer :-D IIRC i got a family room :roll: Just got to keep checking there website for prices


I think I posted the £15 price up last year and there weren't many of them, so I went to look when they became available. Some interfering admin type seems to have deleted the 2007 threads though. :smt096
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Postby Rogerf » Wed 05.12.2007, 00:09

Just missed out on the £15 Travelodge but got it for £25 :wink:
With the saving you can just afford a few pints in the Holiday Inn.

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Postby Sy V » Wed 05.12.2007, 09:18

geoffsmith wrote:...Some interfering admin type seems to have deleted the 2007 threads though. :smt096


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Postby Russc » Wed 05.12.2007, 11:18

Yup booked the travel lodge for me as well. Could have waited but i know it`s done now :)
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Postby chris.t » Wed 05.12.2007, 14:46

is that £25 a room rate or per head?
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