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Monday, March 31, 2008

Ramada Inn Seatac Airport - Seattle, Washington

Here's one that has been around for a while. I just stayed here on my recent Pacific Northwest trip. Free parking, too (rare for airport locations, IME).

Hotel Address: 16720 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA

Competitor Website: http://www.expedia.com

Availability: Most dates this Spring

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Details: 2 Queen Beds Room

Rate variation: 10% less on Expedia.com (through Expedia's "spring sale")

Confirmed Approvals (Approver if known): KM

Special Comments: Easy approval, decent enough hotel.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Some minor errors with the ChangeAlarm...

Hello everyone,

Some of you have mentioned problems with the Changealarm - that it is sending you notifications the page has changed when it actually hasn't.

I believe (but am not certain) that this is due to the "poll" feature on this page. When a visitor responds to the poll, the numbers change, and thus changealarm sees the page as being "updated" when in reality only the numbers have.

I'll remove the poll feature, and let's see if the problems go away.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter Weekend! And a new feature of this blog..

Happy Easter, everyone!

Our friend Rick at Frugal Travel Guy suggested that I add a "Change Alarm" to this blog, which will allow you, the reader, to sign up for email notifications when this blog is updated with a new BRG deal. This will allow you to get a slight upper hand over those who don't sign up, as you'll hear about them sooner and have first dibs at the free rooms.

The link to sign up for the Change Alarm is on your right, in the sidebar. I encourage you to sign up.

Well, I'm heading out on a BRG run to the beautiful Pacific Northwest this week. Free rooms in Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle. It will be a nice Spring Break getaway. Man, do I love Triprewards.

Since I will be away, don't expect too much in terms of free room notifications, but I will attempt at glancing for some every now and then. Enjoy the first week of spring!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Howard Johnson Hotel - Gallup, New Mexico

This one comes to us courtesy of one of our regular contributors. Here it is:

Hotel Address: 3404 W Highway 66

Competitor Website: www.hotels.com

Availability: Sample dates in late April (23-24) and possibly many more.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Details: 1 Double Bed Room

Rate variation: $40.00 TR, $38.00 Hotels.com.

Confirmed Approvals (Approver if known): 1

Special Comments: Considering the small gap between these rates, you should submit your claims ASAP if you're interested in this one. Such a gap is very easy to close.

Also, to my readers, please post a comment if you are successful in getting your claim. Simply hit "comment" and let us all know. You can remain anonymous - I know many of you are worried about TR figuring out who you are, but let's not get too paranoid. :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Expedia's 24 Hour Sale - Possible BRG Opportunities

Expedia's 24 Hour sale is back - these are usually great times to snatch up free rooms, but you will have to act fast - you must make your screenshots and claim on TR TODAY.

The pickings are slim, but here are two possible contenders - GOOD ones, at that. I can't say how successful these will be, because by the time I find out, it will be too late. But, I have a good feeling about these - especially the Wingate. Here they are:

RAMADA MALL OF AMERICA - Minneapolis area, MN (20% off today only)

WINGATE BY WYNDHAM - Orlando, Florida (30% off today only)

In addition to the BRG opportunities, there are several good deals on hotels for purchase. Today might be a good day to book travel in places where BRGs are impossible due to always-equal rates or lack of Triprewards properties. Here's a few good deals that caught our eye (see below the list for instructions to save $20 per night on these rates):

Castle Maile Sky Court / Castle Hokele Suites (Honolulu, HI): Rates between $80 - $90.

The Westin Hotel LAX (Los Angeles, CA). 50% off today, rates around $114.00.

Custom Hotel (El Segundo, CA). 40% off today, rates around $83.00.

Knott's Berry Farm Hotel (Anaheim, CA). 30% off today, rates around $70.00.

Red Roof Inn ORD (Chicago, IL). 20% off today, rates around $40.00.

Comfort Inn Niagara Falls. 15% off today, rates around $50.00.

The deals go on and on, but this is what struck me as good from a cursory glance. Deals are best (40-50%) in obscure locations and large cities, with the weakest discounts in Canada (5-10%).

Couple these with a $20 per night discount (MUST use a Mastercard to book) using Expedia.com coupon code MCAHOTEL20 (enter the code in the box after pricing out your hotel choice), it will reflect immediately. With this coupon code, some of these hotels are almost free. Your stay must be completed by April 30, 2008 to use this code.

How to actually make money on a BRG - A reader explains...

Our friend Janis provides this tip to those who are planning on booking Wyndham BRGs:

"When making reservations at http://www.wyndham.com, be sure to go through ebates.com first, and you will receive $5 back on your booking! If your BRG claim is valid, you will end up ahead $5 on the deal."

Ebates.com is a website that allows you to recieve cash back on your online purchases. Every three months, they will send a Paypal payment (or snail mail cheque) with the funds you earned. I've made over $100 since joining their site, so I can vouch that it is legitimate.

Thanks, Janis for bringing to our attention this great opportunity. 20 successful BRG claims through Wyndham = $100 in pocket plus the roughly $3,000 in free rooms. Not bad at all.

As a thank you to Janis for providing the tip, joining through the link below will help her out at no cost to yourself. I urge everyone to at least sign up - there is a bonus for you, too. New referrals will receive $10 in their account - but you MUST sign up via a referral, namely the link below. Also, you must make at least one purchase before March 31 to qualify and receive the money.

Click here to sign up and start earning cash!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Wyndham Hotel - Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

This one comes to us courtesy of our friend Janis, an avid reader of the blog. This looks like a foolproof BRG, sure to be approved.

As a disclaimer for those who may not know, the Wyndham BRGs are only valid on the prepaid "webrates" - so you will actually have to purchase the room in order to have your claim validated. If they deny your claim for any reason, you will not be eligible for any refund of your booking. Read the Terms and Conditions well before doing any Wyndham-related claim.

Hotel Address: 4620 S Miami Blvd, Durham, North Carolina

Competitor Website: http://www.hotels.com

Availability: Sample dates in early April and possibly beyond. Check ASAP.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Double Beds Room

Rate variation: $206 TR, $157.60 hotels.com (based on April 1 - 2, 08)

Confirmed Approvals (Approver if known): 1 Approved

Special Comments: Based on Hotels.com's 20% off Spring sale rate - hurry!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Howard Johnson Hotel - Flagstaff, Arizona

A reader was nice enough to share this BRG opportunity. This particular hotel might make a good base camp for exploring Grand Canyon National Park this spring.

Hotel Address: 2520 E. Lucky Lane

Competitor Website: http://www.hotels.com

Availability: Late April and possibly many other dates this spring (4/20 - 4/21, for example).

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Details: 1 King Bed Standard Room

Rate variation: Not Much! ($49.99 TR, $47.00 Hotels.com - grab this while you can!)

Confirmed Approvals (Approver if known): CO

Special Comments: I doubt this one will last long - hurry.

Howard Johnson Hotel - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Hotel Address: 310 Gorge Rd

Competitor Website: www.expedia.ca

Availability: Random midweek dates in March and beyond.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Details: 1 Queen Bed Room with kitchenette

Rate variation: Example: $79.00 TR, $71.10 Expedia.ca.

Confirmed Approvals (Approver if known): KM

Special Comments: This is a very good find. 1 Queen, full kitchenette, sofabed, and easy, no hassle approvals. This is a "green slash" rate that takes advantage of the "stay one night save 10% off of your stay".
promotion on Expedia.ca.

Days Inn - Tempe, Arizona (Phoenix area)

This one comes to us courtesy of a Flyertalk poster. A few others on Flyertalk have reported getting free rooms in the month of April. I won't be pursuing this one as I'm not headed to Arizona anytime this year, but good luck to those who get it!

Tempe Arizona Days Inn BRG

"Using Triprewards Best Rate Guarantee I received a free night at Days Inn Tempe/ASU"

Claim method:

Arrival Date 04/22/08
Departure Date 04/23/08
Number Of Guests 2
Room Type 1 King Bed Room
Brand Rate 89.99
Lower Rate 69.00
Competing Web Site Address www.hotels.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Expedia 24 HOUR SALE - Huge BRG Opportunities!!!

Sorry for the delays in updating this site. I've been travelling for the past three weeks and hadn't any time to devote to it. Speaking of which, if there is anyone interested in being a guest writer on this blog, and wants to join the team, let me know. Now, without further ado...

EXPEDIA's 24 HOUR SALE! I didn't know about this until now, I've been out of the loop, but there are MANY good opportunities. Here are a few gems I've found. I can't guarantee you'll get any approved, as there is only 6 hours left in this sale, but if you're reading this and it is before 10 PM Central Daylight Time, get your claims in! And remember to MAKE A SCREENSHOT WITH DATE AND TIME STAMP!

Dates available through April 30, by the looks of it.

Here's some of the opportunities I found:

*Ramada Inn and Suites - Surrey, BC (Vancouver area -only will work with 2 Queen Beds Rooms, no suites) - to book this one, you'll need to visit Expedia.CA.

*Days Inn Hotel Circle - San Diego, CA

*Days Inn Seattle South - Tukwila, WA

* Days Inn City Center - Spokane, WA

Along with these BRG opps, there are SEVERAL good rates on hotels - some eye catchers were the $20/night rates at Whiskey Pete's in Primm, NV (a decent, good hotel, a steal at that price) and several top-end hotels like the Sheraton and Westin in the $80 - $120 range.

Check out Expedia's sale here.