Mary and Joseph entitled to free hotel rooms

For the 12 days of Christmas, couples named Mary and Joseph can enjoy free hotel rooms at the Travelodge hotel chain.

The British hotel chain claims to be making up for bad hospitality and the hotel industry, “not having any rooms left on Christmas Eve… over 2,000 years ago.” A family sized room will be available in any one of its 500 British hotels between Christmas Eve and the 12th day of Christmas, Saturday 5 January.

Not only can modern-day Mary and Josephs enjoy a one-night free stay, but they can also get a free parking space, “provided for the couple's donkey.” The marketing campaign has become a Christmas tradition for the hotel chain which has been offering similar deals for the last five years.

The company reports that it was been receiving emails since August wondering if the same offer would be available this year. Around 30 couples called Mary and Joseph have taken up the hotel offer in previous years. Hotels are increasingly using name-based offers for publicity stunts. In the run-up to the Diamond Jubilee earlier this year, there were a number of discounts and free glasses of champagne to those with royal names.

Couples with appropriately festive names will need to register their details by Friday 21 December at Couples will need to include proof of their identity. Travelodge’s Shakila Ahmed said: “To help evoke the true spirit of Christmas we will once again be opening our doors to couples called Mary and Joseph and offering them a free night stay during the 12 days of Christmas.

“For the last five years we have run this offer to make up for the hotel industry not having any rooms left on Christmas Eve.” Some travel insurance policies cover those who are staying in the UK as well as heading overseas.

Date Created: 03 December 2012

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