Almost Free Hotel Rooms Worldwide Through August 31 Because of Expedia Promo


Update: Deal is dead. Hopefully if you saw this post this morning, you booked immediately like I suggested. It wasn’t too hard to spot that this deal was too good to last. Also hopefully, the bookings made are honored.

Expedia is running a promo. Use the following coupon codes for instant savings at payment:

  • $100 off nearly any hotel stay of 3+ nights using coupon code: DISCVR105
  • $150 off nearly any hotel stay of 4+ nights using coupon code: DISCVR151
  • $200 off nearly any hotel stay of 5+ nights using coupon code: DISCVR201

The only restrictions I can find:

  • Checkout must be August 31, 2015 or earlier.
  • You cannot get a free stay. The total minus the coupon must be at least $0.01. More on this below.
  • There is a list of excluded properties. The list is short when you consider the thousands of hotels bookable on Expedia worldwide. The list of excluded properties is a ton of Accor properties in France and Europe. All the properties I tested in several countries from other chains and non-chains worked.

I am going to use this sale to speculatively book a ton of 3, 4, and 5 night hotel stays that offer free cancellation at cheap hotels, so that all my nights are under $20.

I have already booked myself two 4-night stays at motels along the East Coast that I will probably need for March Madness. I’ll also make sure to book myself stays in Thailand, Egypt, and Europe for the rest of the summer.

How the Deal Works

I booked a four night stay in Charlotte. On the payment page, I clicked “Enter a coupon or promotion code” under “How would you like to pay?”

I entered the 4-night promo code.

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That brought the price from $215 to $65 or about $16 per night.

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When following my basketball team for March Madness, I always stay in these low-quality cheap motels, and this deal is perfect for hotels in the $50 price range because the percentage discount in humungous.

I also booked myself a four night stay the following weekend in Syracuse. I’m not sure we’ll make it to Syracuse, but I can cancel the reservation without penalty until a few days before the stay.

This stay came out to $53 for four nights, or about $13 per night.
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Important Trick If You Want to Book Yourself More than One Stay

I’ve already booked myself two stays. On the second, I got an error saying I had already used that coupon code from my account.

I opened a new Chrome Incognito browser window, didn’t sign in, and used a different credit card and email address for the reservation. I am not sure which of those steps were necessary, but I have a lot of email addresses and credit cards, so I will follow the same procedure going forward.

Interestingly the terms and conditions say you need to be signed in to use these coupons, but that isn’t currently true in practice.

How to Maximize the Promo?

I definitely think the best deal is to find hotels in the $40 to $60 per range, so you get them nearly free. When I think cheap hotels, I think Vegas midweek.

The only problem is that those hotels generally charge resort fees that you’ll have to pay at the hotel. Here’s Hooters Casino for five nights next month. You only have to pay $32 up front, $6 per night, after the $200 discount, but you will have to pay another $89, $18 per night, upon checkin.
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Another place with very cheap hotels is Southeast Asia. Look at this 3.5 star Bangkok hotel for $8 per night.

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The cheapest hotels I could find were $6 per night. You can probably find better, but it’s very hard to get a free room because of how the coupon works.

Your total price (including taxes and fees) needs to exceed the coupon amount. But even then, the coupon only eliminates the base price, not the taxes and fees. For example, this hotel is $199 for five nights, which is less than the $200 coupon.

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That means that the coupon will be rejected.

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This hotel is $202 for 5 nights, $172 base + $30 taxes and fees. Using the $200 coupon only actually removes the $172 base price. You still pay the $6 per night in taxes and fees. Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 11.44.35 AM

Book Now

This promo is set to last until 11:59 PM PT on March 15. But doesn’t it strike you as a bit overgenerous? Hotel rooms for under $10, worldwide, until the end of August, for as many stays as you like? I predict it ends early. Book now.

Which Card to Use?

Use your Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to book the hotel stays. The card comes with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3k in the first 90 days. Just meeting that minimum spending requirement means you’ll have 46,000 Arrival miles, which are worth more than $500 in free flights on any airline with no blackouts, any hotel stay, any car rental and more.
Book your hotel stays with the Arrival Plus then redeem Arrival miles to remove the charge.

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  1. I just used this a few days ago to book a hostel in Amsterdam. My total was $11! Trying to figure out what to book next!

  2. Thanks SCOTT !! Canceled then BOOKED it Saved $200 same every thing ..Could’ve been more but other 4 nite no cancel or change price.. Some times it pays to pay a cancelable price ..

  3. I think this deal is dead already I tried over 15 different around Chicago hotels and none of them would let me use the coupon.

  4. I just tried to use this on a Residence Inn by Marriott in Michigan for this weekend (3 nights – so DISCVR105 ), and it won’t accept the coupon. The error is “Sorry, your coupon cannot be applied to this booking. Please check the Terms & Conditions.”
    ??? anyone else seeing this?

      • That’s life I never win @ that stuff just like I never win a contest .



  5. What a carry on! I had to call up to book the room and then (after getting cut off) call back to speak to customer service in order to get the coupon applied. A loooonnng wait whilst the agent spoke to her supervisor and then she was able to apply the coupon.

    I guess this means there’s no chance to apply a second coupon if each booking requires human intervention.

  6. Another great post.
    FYI: The Boyd group of hotels do not have resort fees.
    Also Eastside Cannery in Boulder, if you don’t mind the drive.

    • Look @ Scotts post again ..a tiny line on left side of payment page click on then it POPs up……. BEFORE you CONFIRM(pay)

  7. I was able to book 4 nights (for $150 off) in Kuala Lumpur in June. Got an email just now from Expedia saying this was for Discover card holders only and was “improperly distributed”. Poof. Canceled!

    I never saw anything that said it was for Discover card. I also paid with either a Visa or MC (don’t remember, but I certainly do not own a Discover card). Regardless…gone! I’m supper pissed.

    • Same here sent SCOTT email ..Look @ the DISC code …I called… then Cancelled got email IT’s canceled will get $$ back..
      Then rebooked @ the same one I canceled to get the DISC deal.

      Anyone for a glass of Cheap French Wine ???

      Live and Learn


  8. Yep, my 4 night stay in Cusco got cancelled too. No explanation, not even an email telling me it was cancelled. I had to find out from the credit on my statement.

    • That stinks. You might want to follow up with Expedia and let them know about the $125 cancellation fee on the award ticket. Or just book a $10 hostel in Cuzco. You can probably get a private room for $15 or less.

  9. Lauren
    I got a email BUT Delta did that to my award ticket too . That’s why I love them but called spent an hour on the phone and I guess I have a FLT. home from the EU in May..


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