I am so excited to be jetting off for a weekend in Vilnius with its magical, UNESCO world heritage old town, worthy of any fairytale cover. Even better, though, this Vilnius weekend escape has cost us just £6.87. Yes, three nights in Vilnius for little more than a few lattes!
Vilnius weekend escape bargain
So how did we do it? We are partnering with Wizz Air this weekend, flying from our local Doncaster Sheffield Airport directly into Vilnius. As such, admittedly we haven’t paid for flights, but with flights starting at just £19.99 one way from Doncaster and £30.49 from London Luton (correct as at 6th May 2017), flights will not bankrupt you.
That aside though, we still have bagged three nights accommodation in the Crowne Plaza, Vilnius for just £6.87, an average of less than £2.30 a night! We didn’t even pay that little during our extended tour of SE Asia.
Two FREE hotel nights
I recently participated in the IHG accelerate challenge and earned almost 48,000 hotel points. With these, I booked two free nights costing 40,000 points at the Vilnius Crowne Plaza. Unlike airline rewards, hotel rewards really are FREE! No taxes to pay at all.
Hotels.com rewards night
Sadly, I didn’t have enough points to pay for the third night but another hotel reward scheme I use, hotels.com offers one free night in every ten stayed. Thankfully, I had a free night to redeem which was enough to book an executive room including breakfast. I just had to pay £6.87 in taxes for the room. Not ideal, I really would have preferred to have paid nada but I am not going to lose sleep over it.
Be rewarded for your loyalty
I guess the motto of this post is quite simple. If you are staying in branded hotels then you really need to ensure that you sign up for the rewards programme. It is a good idea not to spread yourself too thin if you travel infrequently, and just pick one or two rewards programmes. That way, you will have a greater chance of acquiring enough points to bag a FREEBIE sooner rather than later.
If you are happen also to be visiting locations with few international brands, then be sure to sign up to hotels.com. You get rewarded for your loyalty to hotels.com regardless of whether you stay in a £15 a night guest room or £300 guest room. Their service is excellent too!
Mix and match
By doing both, you can mix and match, but regardless you will always be rewarded for your loyalty. As you can see, I’ve managed to book three nights in the same hotel using two different reward schemes. Pretty awesome right?