Workers who moved during the pandemic are travelling back into the cities during the week, turning to recurring hotel reservations. Now, hotels are offering specialized deals for mid-week guests, offering promotions for commuters who find themselves answering the call to return to office.

Supercommuters—a term coined by the New York Times—are paying for accommodation deals to keep their lengthy commutes comfortable but affordable. Multiple hotels in Britain, including The Savoy and the Pullman London St. Pancras, developed a Commute and Stay promotion under The Accor Group with two discounted midweek nights, a flexible cancellation policy and scheduling assistance for work and client gatherings. Mama Shelter, another hotel in the group, promotes its own homey accommodations, gym and karaoke bar alongside its Altelier co-working spaces, equipped with multiple rooms, private meeting spaces, adaptable table set-ups, smart walls and staff services.

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The Balcony Junior Suite River View, courtesy of The Savoy.

A Marriott hotel near London City Airport began a “Day Pass” program in early 2022 with end of day check-out options and co-working spaces. The adjacent airport will offer flights across Europe and the UK, aiding commuters who have moved from the city but must return regularly for work.

In Chicago, the general manager of The Hoxton developed a Work Stay Play package, which includes access to the hotel’s co-working space. The package description offers perks for work and pleasure, encouraging visitors “to take full advantage of those workcations.” The global citizenM hotel chain offers a flat-rate subscription for commuters starting at $119. The promotion includes one stay per month at any of their many locations, such as New York, Washington DC, Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen and London.

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The Balcony Junior Suite River View, courtesy of The Savoy.

These commuter promotions are particularly timely now that several big companies are mandating a return to office for their employees. Apple and Google implemented policies requiring workers to return at least 1 to 3 days a week beginning in April. Meta will require employees to return to office starting March 28th, and Microsoft will ask employees to return to a hybrid model that would require employees to return to part-time in-person work.

Rather than moving back into the cities, many are opting to commute long-distance in order to maintain their suburban amenities and avoid skyrocketing rent prices in major cities. As work conditions evolve in 2022, supercommuters are embracing long-term commutes and subscribed hotel stays in order to maintain a comfortable distance from city life while showing face for in-office duties.

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