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Often on advertising material, one will see instructions to "quote (phrase) for a discount", for example when booking a hotel or other service. Examples here, here and here.

How would one be expected to quote such a phrase?

Hello, can I quote (often odd-sounding) phrase please?

strikes me as awkward.

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  • In the US, we say "use discount code xxxxx", not "quote discount code xxxxx". It's just a way to say that by quoting to them the discount code, you'll get the discount. Jun 2, 2015 at 14:41

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If you are booking or purchasing online, there is usually a place to enter a discount code. If you are doing so by phone or in person, they will often ask if you have any discounts. If not, simply say that you have a discount code, say where you found it, and either say it or show the clerk a copy.

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In US usage, the phrase mention [code, term, or phrase] when ordering for a x% discount is often seen.

When filling out an online form, the phrase enter [code, term, or phrase] in the Discount Code box/field is common.

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    "In US usage, the phrase mention [code, term, or phrase] when ordering for a x% discount is often seen." I'm sure it is, but this does not answer my question. How should one mention it?
    – funkybro
    Jun 2, 2015 at 14:00
  • Hello, can I have the [xyz] discount please?
    – bib
    Jun 2, 2015 at 14:01
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You can assume "quote" means "mention" (but requests that you use the exact string) and when you get to the pricing part of the conversation, say something like "I have discount code XYZ" and ask them to apply that.

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