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    • By MSE Martin 7th Aug 07, 2:29 PM
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    The Great 'What Can You Blag On Holiday' Hunt
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    • 7th Aug 07, 2:29 PM
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    The Great 'What Can You Blag On Holiday' Hunt 7th Aug 07 at 2:29 PM
    You've found a Cheap Flight, you've booked a Cheap Hotel and you're about to touch down in your perfect holiday destination.

    What I want to know is what are the best things that MoneySavers have blagged on holiday. What are your top tips to get an upgrade, getting the best rooms, bagging extra meals or free excursions?

    Click reply to post your top tips.

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    • madshopper
    • By madshopper 22nd Aug 07, 4:01 PM
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    Good rooms..
    Once the booking is made, I email the hotel direct and request a high floor (better views) and quiet room. Have done well with that so far... take a copy of your email/their reply along on your trip.

    If you are not happy with your allocated room, always go back to reception and ask for an alternative, they will usually oblige if they have the space and the room offered has always been significantly better.

    A friend of ours always asks for a room with a view, as he is a photographer
    (he is only a holiday snapper, but has had some great rooms!)
    • megsykins
    • By megsykins 28th Jan 09, 5:20 AM
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    This may not work for the 'package holiday' type destinations; but when you're in cities (esp backpacker-type destinations) and you're in a big group - tell bouncers / door staff you're from a local hotel / hostel and they often give you a few freebies - other week we got 18 jugs of cocktails (between 7 of us... )

    Also, and this works everywhere, ask for bar / restaurant recommendations from front desk staff and they usually give you a few drinks vouchers for local bars (owned by 'friends', etc) - grab the freebies - you don't have to stay there all evening!

    Oh, and when booking tours always do the old "if we do trip A can we get trip B half-price, etc..."
  • rachfriar78
    HAs anyone got any suggestions of what i can ask for. We are going to Florida, first 5 days to sheraton clearwater, we are getting married at the hotel and also we are going to Disney for 16days where my H2B and eldest will both have their birthdays.

    Rach x
  • quasargal
    credit card instead of key
    You will find that you need not use a credit card to put in the key slot for electricity as an ordinary business card will do the same thing
    • Engadine
    • By Engadine 29th Jan 09, 11:03 PM
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    3 years ago I got married in Sydney the night before the wedding and our wedding night we stayed at the Sydney Harbour Marriott. We booked a room with a city view but really wanted a harbour view, I emailed the hotel and when we arrived we had been upgraded to a duplex suite on the top floor with an amazing view of the harbour and opera house.
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  • kingston_toon
    My best blag was last summer: Me and a mate went to Majorca for some sun, sand, sea and crap football (it was pre-season friendly time). I booked a hotel on a B+B basis, but was well aware in advance that the hotel specialised in all-inclusive deals. Anyway, we were only there 2 nights, but upon rocking up at the pool bar the first afternoon and asking for 2 beers, we were served, then laughed at when we tried to offer money. Very quickly, we realised they weren't taking money off anyone (the rest had wristbands on - we didn't but it was no problem). Net result = 21 free beers each, plus 2 x cheese toasties, 2 x cakes and a few Cokes. All for free. All without the all-inclusive wristbands.

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    • duchy
    • By duchy 30th Jan 09, 7:42 AM
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    I booked a single night in a Vegas hotel for peanuts. When I got there they (without me asking or tipping) upgraded me to a suite. Two huge rooms plus diningroom, 2 bathrooms and a balcony. Very nice. When I got back I emailed them thanking them for a very nice stay and said I was thinking of returning for a weekend 2 months later and could they offer me any kind of deal. They emailed me straight back -offering me the two nights completely free and some food credit.
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