THE VIRGIN group has extended the concept of stand-by air ticket deals to hotel rooms. For rooms in Virgin's UK Voyager Hotels booked after 5pm, the rate is pounds 50 per night including breakfast, irrespective of the number of people occupying the room.

Hotels offering the stand-by rate are the Crathorne Hall, Crathorne, Yarm, in Teesside (0642 700398), Norton House, Ingliston, Edinburgh (031-333 1275) and Rhinefield House at Brockenhurst in the New Forest (0590 22922). The stand-by rate offers a substantial saving: for example, the standard nightly rate for Rhinefield House is pounds 105.