Using AmEx for Accommodation in the UK

When it comes to booking accommodation in the UK for workers and contractors in the offshore wind industry, having a reliable payment method is essential. There are many factors that can affect the booking process of your business stay, from strict budgets to last minute cancellations, which is why the finance you use must have the necessary features to accommodate your needs.

Many payment providers have created solutions that are tailored to the specific requirements of businesses, offering finance methods that are flexible and secure, with additional protection, access to cash, international support, management tools and rewards. However, despite all of the benefits, some companies find that when booking contractor digs, their preferred provider simply isn’t accepted by the chosen accommodation.

Booking Accommodation in the UK

We understand just how much time and effort it takes to source the right hotel, B&B or self-catering accommodation for your workers and contractors, particularly when working in the renewables sector. Travelling distance to and from site, WiFi availability for checking shifts and downtime, and flexibility for weather days and unexpected cancellations all need to be taken into consideration (read our guide to booking accommodation for the offshore and renewables industry). After all that searching, you don’t want to get to the payment stage of the process to find that you can’t use your designated method.

Take, for example, American Express. It’s one of the world’s most renowned corporate card providers and their payment methods can be used across the globe, but yet you may find that the cards are not always accepted by the venue itself. Luckily, this is where we come in. Rapid Accommodation is able to accept American Express, whether it is accepted by the accommodation or not. We do this so our clients can book the most suitable place to stay for their hard-working offshore engineers and contractors.

This applies to establishments anywhere in the UK, and we won’t charge any credit card fees either! It’s a key part of our accommodation service, along with having the ability to offer credit accounts to our clients, helping you to boost your cashflow.

So, if you have a place to stay in mind, simply give us a call, tell us where you’d like your workers to stay and we’ll book it for you. To find out more about our accommodation booking services for the offshore and renewables industry, get in touch.

Guide to Booking Accommodation for the Offshore Wind Industry

After a busy day working offshore, and for those weather days when you aren’t able to get to site, you will want to relax in accommodation that is clean, convenient and comfortable. Finding a place to stay that is not only within budget and a close distance to your site, but also has all of your preferred facilities can take time. This is why we believe we are the right people for the job! We’ve put together the Rapid Accommodation essential guide to booking accommodation for the offshore wind and renewables industry.

Travelling Distance

We understand how important it is for employees, technicians and contractors to be close to site, so checking travelling distance is a must. A key part in this is monitoring any nearby roadworks that may affect your journey, as well as any tolls. This helps to reduce the chances of any nasty surprises as you travel to work.


As a worker in the offshore wind sector, WiFi is a necessity. Accommodation will need to have WiFi access so you can check your emails and shift patterns, as well as keep in touch with your family and friends while you are away. Not to mention streaming your favourite box sets and scrolling through Facebook to keep you entertained during any downtime!

Personal Preferences

Every worker has their own personal preferences and may have their own specific facilities or localities in mind. For example, a Siemens engineer that is working at Lincs Wind Farm and staying near the Operations and Maintenance base in Grimsby may want to be close to a modern, 24-hour gym and the town centre for evening entertainment. An essential part of a quality accommodation finding service is taking the time to source available rooms that are close to preferred amenities with an easy travelling distance to site and are within budget.


This is where our expertise comes in, knowing where to look for accommodation that meets all your requirements and your costings. Having to review and compare the options sent to you takes time in itself, which is why an essential part of the service is ensuring you only receive the most suitable options.


In the offshore wind and renewables industry, we understand that weather days and last minute moves to other sites may mean your accommodation needs to be cancelled, which can be a hassle. When this happens, our team are ready to cancel the rest of your stay and to work with the accommodation provider get a refund or achieve the best possible outcome due to your immediate departure.

For more information about Rapid Accommodation’s services for the offshore wind and renewables industry, give us a call on 0330 090 41 42.