As workers on the beleagered Southern Rail announced two 24-hour strikes in the continuing disputes over the role of guards and driver-only trains, HotelTonight came to rescue of the much-maligned company’s passengers by providing them with an ‘upgraded journey’.

Massuers and waiters spread through trains to suprise commuters with a pampering that included head massages, mimosas and a continental breakfast. The stunt, to publicise HotelTonight’s new upgrade feature, came after research revealed that the daily commute rates in the top five mundane chores Britons want to make better.

The new feature, enables bookers to upgrade their room reservation from a standard room to a suite or higher room class (with a minimum saving of 50%) at the touch of a button. Room upgrades are available from as little as £20.

HotelTonight Upgrades is launching in London, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris and Miami as well as other global markets. In order to qualify for the upgrades programme, a suite must be at least 20 per cent bigger than a standard room and a discount of at least 50 per cent must be given on the upgrade.