Thursday, July 31, 2008

I don't think I'll be riding Greyhound anytime soon...

When I was 18 and 19, I rode the Greyhound bus all over North America - to every corner of Canada, the USA, and Mexico. I spent a total of six months touring these countries, and while I can agree that Greyhound does cater to the "interesting" realm of society and the co-riders aren't always the most normal people you could encounter, I never really had any problems with crime, or in this case, murder.

I was planning a trip to Florida soon, thinking of riding Greyhound down (a 30 hour drive), but I think I'll take a plane, instead.

Canada's CTV news broke a story today about a Greyhound bus travelling to Winnipeg, Manitoba (the same bus which I've rode countless (at least 40) times in my life) on which a murder took place. In the middle of the night, one teenager attacked another (who was sleeping), repeatedly stabbing him in the neck and then decapitating him.

I have not heard a story this morose and depressing in a long time. This level of psychosis is something usually only seen in movies. To think I could have easily been a passenger on this bus and witnessed this is beyond belief. The attack does appear to be targeted, though (the attacker let everyone off of the bus without harming them, so I'm assuming this was to settle a score).

To read more about this story/watch the news clip, check it out here and here.

I'd expect (well, I'd strongly hope) that Greyhound will re-work its security (it has none) and have passengers go through X-Ray and metal detection devices before boarding. If buses were treated the same as planes, an attack like this would have been impossible.

Just my two cents, but I do think the bus is one of the most unsafe forms of travel.

Super 8 Motel- Colo. Sprs./Garden Of The Gods- Colorado Springs, CO

Found availability for this BRG for many dates, weekdays and weekends. It may be good only for the "King Bed" room type though, at least that's what I found for the dates I tested.

Colorado BRG's are rather rare... so don't miss out!...book early!

Hotel Address: 4604 Rusina Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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

Sample Date: 9/6 and 9/15 are among many

Occupancy: 2 persons

Room Details: 1 King Bed- Standard

Rate variation: For 9/6 & 9/15: $48.75 priceline $52 WR (1 King)

Special Comments: Gift shop on-site, family restaurant and fast food adjacent to property.

Find out about "The Garden of the Gods" before your visit.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Ramada Limited Suites- Bakersfield, CA

This BRG is for an "All-Suites" Ramada property in the southern part of the California Central Valley town of Bakersfield.

I believe this is good for most any date during the month of August, then dies out after that. Check your dates for availability. Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 828 Real Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 8/30 Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King (ADA Room), 1 Double Suite, 1 King Suite, 2 Doubles Suite

Rate variation: $71 expedia $79 WR (King ADA), $80 expedia $89 WR (1 Double Suite/1 King Suite/2 Doubles Suite)

Special Comments: This newly renovated Ramada features a hot breakfast with waffles, free high speed internet, 27-inch television with cable, free parking, and outdoor pool and spa.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Information on the new T&C's: One Room per month, not one claim per month

Update! Please note that this post was based on incorrect information that has since been redacted and clarified by Wyndham. The current terms and conditions allow for one claim per month; the number of stays in a given month is irrelevant.

Original Post:

There has been some confusion about whether it's one valid claim per month (ie. you must file claims one at a time every month, but you can stack those claims for a long vacation in one month) or one room per month (you can file claims as you see fit, but you may only have one free room per month - ie. you can't have 3 free rooms in September, but you can file 3 claims in September for stays in November, December, and January.

A reader sent me an "official" response from Wyndham, which points to the latter being true (sadly). Thus, to make use of your 12 free rooms per month, you would need to travel for at least one night every month. No more strings of free rooms to make the perfect vacation.

Here's the correspondence:

My reader's email:

"I do have a question about the new policy. The limit to one free
room per customer per month, I take it that means if I submit a successful
claim for a room during the month of July for a stay in August, I cannot put
in another claim in the month of July. It is the month of application, not
the month you are intending to stay?""

The official response from Todd Tucker:

"To answer your questions the new policy is that a person can have one
valid claim per month. Meaning if you submit a claim in July for August
and it gets approved that is fine. If you submit another claim in July
for July and it gets approved that is fine. You can still submit as many
claims as you want for what ever months you want, it is just simply down
to one valid Best Rate claim approved each month."

Days Inn Cleveland Lakewood- Cleveland, OH

This Days Inn BRG is a "24-Hour Sale."

A "5-Sunburst" Days Inn property located just minutes from Downtown Cleveland.

Check your dates for this one! Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Due to this being a "24-Hour Sale", please remember to take a screenshot. They may not review your claim until tomorrow! You'll want this in the event the rate changes at that time.

Hotel Address: 12019 Lake Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44107

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 9/6 Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Double, 1 Queen, 2 Doubles

Rate variation: $48 expedia/hotels.com $64 WR (1 Double), $52 expedia/hotels.com $69 WR (1 Queen), $56 expedia/hotels.com $74 WR (2 Doubles)

Special Comments: 60+ cable TV channels for your viewing enjoyment, as well as free parking!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Ramada- Airport/ West- Fairview Park, OH (Cleveland Area)

This Ramada BRG is a "24-Hour Sale."

I strongly suggest you take a screenshot of this one! Easily visible by searching Kayak.

The hotel is 11 miles west of Downtown Cleveland.

Hotel Address: 22115 Brookpark Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com
or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: 9/6 Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen, 1 King, 2 Doubles

Rate variation: $48 expedia/hotels.com $64 WR (1 Queen or 1 King), $52 expedia/hotels.com $69 WR (2 Doubles)

Special Comments: Free shuttle to the airport offered here.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Phoenix, AZ Travelodge

This property is said to be located in the heart of the Old Scottsdale, Arizona area. Check this one out! Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 3101 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Competitor Website:

http://www.orbitz.com

Sample Date: 9/5 & 9/6 Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: For the tested dates: $59.50 orbitz $69.99 WR (Both room types)

Special Comments: Again, just your typical WR property, with the basics. Parking is free.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Super 8 Motel- Phoenix, AZ

Posted previously, this recently renovated Super 8 motel is located about 3 miles from the heart of Downtown Phoenix and just 6 miles from Scottsdale, AZ just off Interstate 10.

Many dates are available for this one. Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 965 East Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 9/6 Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens- Standard

Rate variation: For 9/6: $53 expedia/hotels.com $59.99 WR (King), $57 expedia/hotels.com $64.99 WR (2 Queens-Non Smoking), $57 expedia/hotels.com $69.99 WR (2 Queens-Smoking)

Special Comments: Typical Super 8 amenities including free parking, breakfast, and outdoor swimming pool (much needed for that desert summer heat!)

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Super 8 Nashville Downtown- Nashville, TN

This Super 8 Motel, located in the Nashville area, is easily reachable from both Interstates 24 & 40.

Downtown Nashville and many premier attractions, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, Opryland and Opry Mills, The Hermitage (Home of President Andrew Jackson), Nashville Zoo, and The Parthenon are just a short drive away.

Check for your dates of interest: Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 709 Spence Lane, Nashville, TN 37217

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com
or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 9/6 Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: For 9/6: $45 Expedia/Hotels.com $49.88 WR (Both Room Types)

Special Comments: Property is said to be within a mile of lots of fast food including: McDonald's, Sonic, Burger King, Arby's, and Wendy's.....you certainly won't go hungry!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Days Inn Miami Beach/ Oceanside- Miami Beach, FL

The Days Inn Oceanside is an oceanfront property located right in the heart of Miami Beach. Located just 5 minutes from South Beach and Miami Beach Convention Center, and just 15 minutes from Miami International Airport.

Hotel Address: 4299 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140

Note: There are 2 Days Inn Hotels on Collins.... check addresses carefully.

Competitor Website: www.hotelsatanywhere.com

Sample Date: Tested were: 8/23 & 9/15 (Most any dates with availability probably work.)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 2 Doubles, 2 Doubles ocean view, 1 King ocean view, 2 Doubles ocean front, 1 King ocean front

Rate variation: Using 8/23: $111.57 HAA $119 WR (Standard 2 Doubles), $120.95 HAA $129 WR (2 Doubles/1 King- ocean view), $130.32 HAA $139 WR (2 Doubles/1 King- ocean front)

Special Comments: There is a $16 self-parking charge at this property. An airport shuttle is available, but again, a significant charge would apply.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Days Inn Englewood Denver Tech Center- Englewood, CO

This 68-room Days Inn property is located in the heart of the Denver Tech Center, just minutes from Downtown.

Thanks to reader Xanthuos for the tip on this hotel!

Hotel Address: 9719 E. Geddes, Englewood, CO 80112

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

Sample Date: Tested were: 9/20 & 1/6 (Probably any date will work)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens

Rate variation: $56.02 HAA $59 WR (Both room types......most dates)

Special Comments: Enjoy 70+ cable TV channels, free parking and breakfast, and sofa beds in each of the rooms (for that extra person!)

You are within walking distance to several restaurants.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Super 8 Motel San Antonio/ Airport (San Antonio, TX)

San Antonio is a great town for locating a good BRG! This time is no exception!

This 61-room, interior-corridor, Super 8 Motel is one of many located in town. So once again, check your addresses carefully! Check to view availability for your preferred dates. Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 11355 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78216

Competitor Website: www.reservetravel.com

Sample Date: 9/6 Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King- Non-Smoking (Standard)

Rate variation: $67 reservetravel.com (listed as "Internet Special") $74.99 WR

At least for this date, this is the only room type seemingly available.

Special Comments: You are given complimentary shuttle rides to the airport, which is less than one mile from this property.

Additionally, free parking, complimentary breakfast, and an outdoor pool are features of this Super 8 motel.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Super 8 Motel- Tulsa, OK

This one is still around and it's an easy BRG! This is a very rare "All Suites" Super 8 Motel!

Check the address carefully. There appears to be many Super 8's in town. Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 12416 East 51st. Street, Tulsa, OK 74146

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 8/30, 9/6 (and most any other date) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Suite, or (Upgraded) 1 King Suite w/hot tub

Rate variation: $52 Expedia/Hotels.com $55 WR (King Suite), $59 Expedia/Hotels.com $62 WR (King Suite w/hot tub)

Special Comments: Other room types may be available too (with availability).

This property has free parking and 70+ cable channels for you couch potato types like me!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Enterprise Rental Code for Underage Drivers

Being the "olde guy" this code only gets me 15% off, but I understand for the youngsters in the crowd (25 and under) it also waives the underage fee and additional driver fee.

The code is from a credit union if any one asks. Use 76AAFCU and see if it helps your next Enterprise Car rental.

Super 8 Motel- Denver/ Stapleton (Denver, CO)

We haven't seen a Colorado BRG here in some time now! This one has just about any date available through the remainder of the year! Please check for your desired dates. Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 7201 East 36th Avenue, Denver, CO 80207

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com
or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 9/6 & 12/31 tested (so I would assume most dates work) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen, 1 King, 2 Queens

Rate variation: For 9/6: $50 expedia/hotels.com $58.50 WR (1 Queen or 1 King), $58 expedia/hotels.com $67.50 WR (2 Queens)

Special Comments: Just a short drive from Denver International Airport, this hotel offers the basic Super 8 amenities such as a free continental breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, and has a computer for guest use in the lobby area.

Thanks again for your support. We appreciate your visiting us here at the BRG Blog!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

This just in: Changes to the BRG program (that I think we'd all figured would come eventually)

Let this be the take-home message of this post: You can't run a blog with over 120,000 visitors per month and expect life to flow perfectly with an indefinite stream of free hotel rooms coming in. Instead of keeping this promotion a secret, and have it be a self-serving method of me saving money while the rest of you would be paying top-dollar, I've (from the get-go) shared my wealth of knowledge, tips, and the BRG opportunities themselves that we find with you, my faithful readers, so that there would be a bit of equality in all of this mess.

Well, the day has come that we've all been dreading. Now, don't panic - it's bad, but it could have been much worse. The staff here at the blog have had a gut feeling for a while now that things were about to change, which is why we probably went on room-booking sprees a couple of weeks ago, hoping to lock in as many as we could, as that gut feeling was getting stronger each day. And it truly was the harbinger of things to come, and I'm glad I finalized some travel plans while I could.

Without further ado, I'll cease rambling like a madman and tell you what has happened: Wyndham Rewards has changed their terms and conditions.

The changes are as follows (at least from what I can see):

"Due to rounding and other issues, rates within $.25 of our Best Available Rate will be considered a match and will not qualify for Best Rate Guarantee claims."

-This means that your beloved $69.99 rate won't work against a $70.00 WR rate any longer. I'm not too worked up about this particular one.

"Only one valid claim can be submitted per person, per e-mail address, per calendar month."

- This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. They now are refusing to truly honor whether they have the "Best Available Rate" more than 12 times per year, per person. Luckily, I have friends that I travel with, so this won't sting as much as it potentially could. A big SHAME ON YOU to Wyndham Rewards for basically saying that your guarantee is only valid once per month - why even have a guarantee? For a long while, you've been on top of the game in the business, having a solid guarantee. Now, well, it's almost useless, and its really not a guarantee at all. To all the Todd Tucker's and Jonathan Gould's up in Wyndham's head office on the Great Plains of South Dakota, I ask, what the hell are you thinking?

I urge everyone to write letters of objection to Wyndham and their staff. You can start by emailing this address and ask them why they will only honor their "guarantee" once per month - what about the countless other times that their rates are not lower. Oh, I forgot, its not the "Guaranteed Best Available Rate" it's the "We Have No Staff and Have to Shut You Up Somehow so Here's a Dozen Free Rooms Per Year Promotion". Someone really screwed up on what the essence of this guarantee is all about - honoring the fact that you don't have the lowest rate available.
If they don't have the staff, then hire more - but don't call this new thing a "guarantee" of any sort.

"All reservations must be for personal use only and booked by the guest who will actually be staying at the hotel. Reservations booked by brokers or agents will not qualify. Best Rate Claims and any free nights issued under this program are not transferable."

-I've only transferred one hotel room from another person to me, and that is when they were severely ill and couldn't make the trip. I don't disagree with this new addition at all. If you are booking a claim for another person, then there is a simple solution - get them to book their own room and stop doing the work for them ;)

Days Inns reserve the right to reject a Best Rate Claim and/or to cancel any free night previously issued by it in the event of fraud or abuse of this Program or non-compliance with these Terms and Conditions.

-Wow, I hope what we do here on the blog isn't "fraud" (sarcasm). I might be egotistical, but I think that this is directed towards me and my staff. My response: If getting free nights based on the fact that we find cheaper rates on other websites is "fraud" or "abuse" then so be it. I probably book 1 out of every 40 hotels listed on this blog, and the same is true for the other writers. Two words: Idle threats.

Okay, okay, so I'm using fighting words. But, I'm serious - this is no longer a guarantee, it's a charade. As for us here at the blog, we will continue searching out free rooms for you every day until this thing sinks for good. We'll be continuing to support you in your search for free and frugal travel, no matter if the BRG exists or it does not. For now, choose wisely, tread carefully, and as always, help keep us on the internet, doing what we do best, by continuing to visit our main sponsor, Kayak Inc., for all of your comparison searches.

We're going down with the ship, folks!

Please consider "taking it to the streets" with this and protesting the changes in claims. Even "one claim per person per day" or "per week" would be better than "per month". Is this a joke?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Days Inn Columbus- Fort Benning- Columbus, GA

This Days Inn Hotel, located on Highway 280, is the closest lodging to the Fort Benning Military installation.

Looks like a wide range of dates available for this BRG, check for yours. Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 3170 Victory Drive, Columbus, GA 31903

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com
and
http://www.hotels.com
or
http://www.orbitz.com

Sample Date: 8/16 (and a lot of others) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles, 1 King, King Suite

Rate variation: $49 expedia/hotels.com $64.99 WR (2 Doubles), $53 expedia/hotels.com $69.99 WR (King), $60 expedia/hotels.com $79.99 WR (King Suite)

Special Comments: Large pool, free breakfast, game room at this property.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Days Hotel And Conference Center- Methuen, MA

I located this property once again after posting this hotel awhile back. I figured it probably deserved a re-post since it is a clear-cut BRG in my opinion.

Hotel Address: 159 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844

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

Sample Date: 8/30, 9/6, 9/13 (Maybe just Saturdays?.....not entirely sure)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen, 2 Doubles

Rate variation: $89.99 booking.com $99.99 WR (Queen), $99.99 booking.com $109.99 WR (2 Doubles)

Special Comments: This hotel has parking for 400 cars and an indoor heated pool.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Hotel Travelodge Montreal Centre- Montreal, Quebec- Canada

This time we have a Canadian property for you to claim which looks to be pretty nice! Upcoming dates for this BRG may not last.......so book soon!

This one was brought to our attention by reader Xanthuos...thanks a bunch!

Hotel Address: 50 Boul Rene Levesque West, Montreal, QC, H2Z 1A2 CA

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

Sample Date: 10/7/2008 (Most likely many others)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen Bed

Rate variation: 109CAD venere 139.95CAD WR (CAD=Canadian $$)

Special Comments: Indoor Parking is 14.95

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Super 8 Motel- Des Moines/ Airport- Des Moines, IA

Yet another great reader contribution and BRG brought to us by Xanthuos!....Enjoy!

Hotel Address: 1920 Hackley Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315

Competitor Website: www.hotelsatanywhere.com

Sample Date: 2/25/09 (and many more)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens- Standard

Rate variation: $78.89 HAA $79.88 WR (King), $88.77 HAA $89.88 WR (2 Queens)

Special Comments: Free shuttle to airport, free breakfast, and free parking too!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Ramada St. Louis Airport- St. Louis, MO

Availability is found for many dates at this property near St. Louis Airport. Thanks to reader Xanthuos for the heads up on this one!

Hotel Address: 4545 North Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63044

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

Sample Date: 2/27/09 (and many more)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Double Beds, 1 King, 1 King/efficiency

Rate variation: $55.07 HAA $59 WR (all rooms)

Special Comments: Features include: 24-hour free shuttle to airport, pool, and jacuzzi

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

An Upgrade Coupon From Budget

It is not a biggie, but an upgrade is indeed an upgrade. And who knows? Maybe a Best Rate Guarantee Blog Reader will win the Free Airline Tickets to go with all your Free Hotel Rooms.

Here is the game and link Good Luck

Knight's Inn- Jacksonville, FL

Another Jacksonville property to go along with my last posting! You might want to use it in combination with the other!

I researched this address because I couldn't locate this property on Tripadvisor. It would seem that this hotel has very recently converted over from a Ramada! Why, I wonder, would a Ramada switch over to a Knight's Inn?

Hotel Address: 460 Lane Avenue South, Jacksonville, FL 32254

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

Sample Date: 8/9, 8/14, 8/30 (Tested August dates only....all worked)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Non-Smoking, 2 Doubles (Non-smoking/Smoking)..... The only room you can't get (because it's not lower) is the smoking King room.

On booking.com, click the link: "more room information on the hotel page" to view all the room types available.

Rate variation: $55 booking.com $60 WR (1 King Non-Smoking), $55 booking.com $65 WR (2 Doubles-Non-Smoking/Smoking)

Special Comments: Free breakfast, outdoor pool,

(Note: the address on the Tripadvisor Ramada is the same as the Knight's Inn on WR)

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property.

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Super 8 Motel- Fresno/ North (Fresno, CA)

This property is a "48-Hour Sale" which will likely expire in a day or two, so book fast and snap those screenshots while you can! Do a quick search to see what nights are available. Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 6051 North Thesta Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com
or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 8/9 : Click here to check your specific dates (I think many dates are available!)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: For 8/9: $62 Expedia/Hotels.com $89 WR (King), $69 Expedia/Hotels.com $99 WR (2 Doubles)

Special Comments: Location is 3 miles to CSUF, walking distance to many shops and restaurants, an outdoor pool and free continental breakfast are offered as well.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Days Inn and Suites- Rancho Cordova, CA (Sacramento Area)

This Days Inn is quite close to the eastern side of Downtown Sacramento with lots of eating establishments nearby. Snatch it while you can!... weekends are available! Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 3240 Mather Field Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com
or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 8/2, 8/9 are among many: Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For 8/2 and 8/9: $50 Expedia/Hotels.com $55 WR (King), $58 Expedia/Hotels.com $65 WR (2 Queens)

Special Comments: A heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi and complimentary breakfast offered during your stay.

This hotel shows up as a "Quality Inn & Suites" on Tripadvisor, but has apparently converted to a "Days Inn & Suites."

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Ramada Plaza (Near The Galleria)- Houston, TX

Coveniently located off the I-10 Freeway, this Ramada Plaza, is just one exit west of Loop 610 West. You are literally just a few minutes away from the Galleria and Downtown areas of Houston, Texas.

This one got a confirmed approval yesterday...act fast before this hotel changes the rates!

Hotel Address: 7611 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024

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

Sample Date: 7/28, 8/2, 8/30 (Most any date through at least August & maybe longer)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Double Beds- Standard (Non-Smoking Only)

Rate variation: Most nights: $63 booking.com $70 WR

Special Comments: Free parking at this Ramada!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Super 8 Motel- Sarasota, FL

This is one of those BRG's where you have multiple "2 Double Bed" room types offered, where the rates are different for each, yet the description for each is nearly identical!

As I always recommend, your best bet in these cases is to book the lowest-priced "2 Doubles" on WR, then use the lowest-priced "2 Doubles" on the competing site (in this case, hotelsatanywhere.com) as your "lower rate found" on your claim form.

All the "higher-priced" 2 Doubles are unspecified upgrades which can't be interpreted.

Hotel Address: 4309 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

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

Sample Date: 7/28, 8/2 (I picked these dates randomly, so I think most any night will work.)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles, 1 King

Rate variation: For both 7/28 & 8/2: $48.35 hotelsatanywhere $49 WR (cheapest-2 Doubles/smoking), $58.22 hotelsatanywhere $59 WR (cheapest-2 Doubles/non-smoking), $68.08 hotelsatanywhere $69 WR (King/non-smoking)

Just read and compare room types carefully on both sites when you book and fill out the claim form and you should do okay!

Special Comments: You are 1/2 mile south of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport when staying here, with plenty of nearby places to fill your stomach!

Free continental breakfast offered and swimming pool.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Super 8 Motel-San Antonio/ Riverwalk Area (San Antonio, TX)

This 55-room Super 8 Motel is just 4 miles outside of Downtown San Antonio. This property just opened back in 2004. They have free parking here and a complimentary Super-Start Breakfast.

This one got a confirmed approval today....hurry, it may not last!

Hotel Address: 302 Roland Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78210

Competitor Website:

Sample Date: 8/2 (I tested a few dates in July and August....all worked)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King, 2 Queens, 1 King Suite

Rate variation: For 8/2: $103.11 Travelocity $109.99 WR (1 King), $112.49 Travelocity $119.99 WR (2 Queens), $107.80 Travelocity $114.99 WR (King Suite)

Special Comments: They claim to have the friendliest staff in town!

Remember to take the screenshot! Hotel BRG's sometimes will go dead shortly after the hotel receives a few "free-night" confirmations and they adjust their rates.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Update on reader Alan's unfortunate BRG stay problems

Many of you have been curious as to how Alan's situation panned out. As we told you early this month, he was dinged with a bill for $125.00 in fake taxes and fees - everything but the kitchen sink, really (and they would probably have charged for that too, if there was one).

You can refresh your memory by reading that entry and the follow-up.

As he told us, he ended up leaving the hotel (the Vancouver Airport Travelodge, for reference's sake) and going to the nearby Marriott instead.

He emailed me that evening and told me the story, and I told him to email one of the best supervisors at Wyndham Worldwide to work it out. After a while, the supervisor stated that he would send in his reciept and they would take care of it.

I'm pleased to say that by following the advice here at the BRG Blog, Alan has been sent a cheque for the room rate of his Marriott stay (taxes and fees were not reimbursed). Even so, I think that Wyndham Worldwide really went the extra mile here for Alan and kept their property in line. That property will now likely face a steep fine, including that of Alan's Marriott cost.

So, if any of you need advice, we're here to help. When things look like they're at their worst, we're just an email away.

Glad it worked out for you, Alan!

Wyndham Chicago Downtown - Chicago, Illinois

Here's a Wyndham Webmatch BRG that comes to us from Mike (the terms of Wyndham Webmatch BRGs are substantially different than Wyndham Rewards BRGs - see more here). Prime location in the heart of Chicago and its many attractions. Remember, these are prepaid BRGs, and you will be repsonsible for the full cost of your hotel stay if you claim is denied. Luckily, many have had this one approved. This one can be found by searching Kayak for "Chicago" hotels.

Hotel Address: 633 N. St. Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611 USA

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: 8/13, 9/4, 10/22 (many dates available!). Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: Eg 8/13: $156.60 hotels.com (either type), $206
Wyndham.com (1 King), $224 (2 Doubles)

Special Comments: From Mike's email: "Hotels.com lists "Deluxe room - Nonrefundable" that covers 1 King or 2 Doubles. I made my reservation for 1 King and got approved in less than
3 hours. You should be able to book either the single king or two doubles via wyndham.com. Remember, Wyndham brg's are only good on non-refundable rates, so claim and screenshot the nonrefundable option on hotels.com. They also use a different claim form; it's available here."

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Days Inn- Brownsville, TX

This 124-room Days Inn property, the only Days Inn in Brownsville, seems available most nights from now into August, at least. Give your preferred nights a try. Easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 715 "North Expressway 77/83" (Frontage Road), Brownsville, TX 78520

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 7/23, 7/24, 7/25, 8/12 (and most dates.....now into August, perhaps beyond) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles, 1 King

Rate variation: Most days: $57 Expedia/Hotels.com $59 WR (2 Doubles), $59 Expedia/Hotels.com $62 WR (King)

Special Comments: This property serves a free hot breakfast with eggs/bacon every morning. Hotel is 5 miles from the Mexican border.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ramada Hotel And Suites/ Glendale Heights, IL (Chicago Area)

The location of this Ramada is 12 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and 21 miles from Chicago Downtown in the suburb of Glendale Heights.

This one can be claimed for any night as long as there's availability.

Hotel Address: 780 North Avenue, (North Ave. & I-355) Glendale Heights, IL

Competitor Website: http://www.hotelsatanywhere.com/ (can be located under "Chicago")

Sample Date: 8/5 (Any dates....now through December.....maybe beyond)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King, 2 Queens, King Suite, King Suite w/Jacuzzi, King Suite w/Jacuzzi In Living Area

Rate variation: Using 8/5: $82.07 HAA $89 WR (King), $87.60 HAA $95 WR (2 Queens), $96.83 HAA $105 (King Suite), $106.05 HAA $115 WR (King Suite/Jacuzzi), $115.27 HAA $125 WR (King Suite/Jacuzzi in Living Area)

Special Comments: A heated indoor pool and complimentary deluxe breakfast await you here. Tripadvisor has very good reviews on this Ramada.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Days Inn Williamsburg Central- Williamsburg, VA

Unlike my previous Williamsburg post, this one seems available for most dates.

Note: There are 2 Days Inn's on Richmond Road, so pay close attention to the street number.

Hotel Address: 1900 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Competitor Website: www.hotelsatanywhere.com

Sample Date: 8/2, 11/5 (Most any date through the year)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: Using 8/2: $ 97.50 hotelsatanywhere, $104 WR (1 King/2 Doubles)

Special Comments: Free parking and free continental breakfast here.

This BRG could be used in combination with my previous Williamsburg posting.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Days Hotel Busch Gardens Area- Williamsburg, VA

This "5-Sunburst," Chairman's Award-Winning Days Hotel is located at Water Country USA and less than 1 mile from Busch Gardens. The location of Williamsburg is about half-way between Norfolk and Richmond.

This BRG seems good for weekdays only (as far as I could tell) in November and December. Do a quick Kayak search to see if your dates can be found.

Hotel Address: 201 Water Country Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 11/2, 11/5: Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 2 Doubles, Deluxe 2 Doubles

In this case, when booking on WR, it is pretty easy to identify the "Standard 2 Doubles" as the "cheaper" and the "Deluxe 2 Doubles" as the "higher priced." (the room description will be identical)

Unlike my previous post, the room types here are more easily distinguishable! (Don't you think?)

Rate variation: Most weekdays in November & December... $63 Expedia/Hotels.com, $69 WR (Standard 2 Doubles) $73 Expedia/Hotels.com, $79 WR (Deluxe 2 Doubles)

Special Comments: Hotel features include: free parking, pool, many nearby restaurants.

Remember, to search on the competing websites using "Days" rather than "Days Inn" to locate the property! (Why don't they just call it Days Inn, I wonder?)

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Days Inn Anchorage Downtown- Anchorage, AK

You don't often see Alaska BRG's, but today you do! I believe most any date that has availability is good for this one. I tested dates from now through November and they all worked. You can view yours by an easy check through a kayak search.

Hotel Address: 321 East 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

Competitor Website:

http://www.orbitz.com

Sample Date: 8/2, 8/23, 9/6..... (& Most Any) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen or 2 Doubles

Please note: On Orbitz and WR, on some dates you will notice multiple 1 Queen/2 Double rooms listed with different prices, but the description appears identical.

My suggestion: Book the "lowest priced" Queen or 2 Doubles on WR. Then, use the "lowest priced" Queen or 2 Doubles on Orbitz as your "lower price found" on your claim form.

It's always easiest to go with the cheapest-priced room when you have 2 identical room descriptions, yet different rates on each. The BRG staff often have difficulty interpreting what the higher priced "upgraded" rooms consist of when the room description is exactly the same...... (Something to always remember!).... you play it safe by doing it this way.

Rate variation: Using 9/6: $123.94 Orbitz, $169 WR (1 Queen & 2 Doubles)

(I only listed the cheapest priced room here.)

Special Comments: Located in Downtown Anchorage, this 130-room property is 14 minutes from Anchorage International Airport, 5 minutes from Merrill Field, and 6 blocks from the train station.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Super 8 Motel Decatur/ Lithonia/ Atl Area (Atlanta, GA Vicinity)

A variety of room types and dates are available for this Super 8 Motel, which is just under 15 miles outside of the Downtown Atlanta area. This looks like a pretty basic, and highly rated property....a good choice just outside the big city.

Hotel Address: 5354 Snap Finger Park Drive, Decatur, GA 30035

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

The best way to locate this property on hotelsatanywhere is to search under "Atlanta." Be aware, there are many Super 8 motels listed with similar weird addresses such as this one! Make sure you pick the right Super 8.

Sample Date: 8/30, 12/31 (All dates work... from now through December...take your pick!)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles, 1 King, 1 Queen w/Jacuzzi

Rate variation: For 8/30: $74.07 hotelsatanywhere, $75 WR (2 Doubles) $79.01 hotelsatanywhere, $80 WR (King) $103.70 hotelsatanywhere, $105 WR (Queen w/Jacuzzi)

Special Comments: This hotel has a very good rating on tripadvisor.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Travelodge By The Space Needle- Seattle, WA

While searching dates for this one, I didn't see anything through August. But from September through December, including New Year's Eve, I found lots of dates... weekends and weekdays.

Please remember to always take screenshots. My last posting, which was a good BRG, died out already after just posting it last night! This shows how important it is to book right away and get that screenshot taken just in case the BRG dies out before your claim is reviewed. This proves to the BRG staff that you did find that "lower" rate elsewhere at the time of your booking. They require that proof when the rate is no longer viewable on the competing site.

There is a link in the newcomer's guide on the blog sidebar (on the right) explaining how to take screenshots.

Hotel Address: 200 6th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

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

Sample Date: Many, including, 9/24, 10/18, 11/1, (12/28-31st... New Year's Eve!) Seems to become a BRG starting around September until the end of the year.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queens, 2 Doubles, 1 King (Standard Rooms)

King room viewable by clicking "more room information on the hotel page"....booking.com

Rate variation: Most dates: $129 booking.com, $159.95 WR (2 Doubles) $139 booking.com, $169.95 WR (2 Queens or 1 King)

Special Comments: Hotel highlights include: A Starbucks located on the property (it's Seattle, of course :D), A 26-Item Hot/Cold Breakfast Bar w/Belgium Waffles served every morning, 2 Blocks (Walking Distance) to the Space Needle and Seattle Center.

This Travelodge is 100% a non-smoking hotel.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wingate By Wyndham Atlanta Buckhead - Atlanta, Georgia

Strangely, I found this BRG available for only 2 days on a weekend in August, I couldn't locate the lower rate on any other dates I tried. (But who knows, maybe there could be more!) This one's a suite too!

Beware: If you book this room on WR....... DO NOT book the "Advanced Purchase Rate!"

Here's what you do:

Instead, you must scroll down and book the room under the "Best Available Rate." If you book the "Advance Purchase Rate", you'd still be stuck with paying for the room if your claim would be denied! You're safe with the Best Available Rate (just follow the cancellation policy as you normally would.) This will not affect your claim whatsoever.

Hotel Address: 3600 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

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

Sample Date: 8/22, 8/23 (more dates? I couldn't find any, maybe you will)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Suite

(Don't book the one with the separate living room....it's an upgrade......a 2-room suite)

Rate variation: $159 booking.com, $239 WR

Special Comments: Omelettes for breakfast here for free.....NICE!

I hope this BRG survives through the weekend! Tripadvisor rates this hotel #1 out of all 198 hotels in Atlanta!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Knight's Inn Maingate - Kissimmee, FL (Orlando area)

This Knights Inn is located within a mile of Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, and MGM Studios. Sea World and Universal Studios are both just 8 miles away.

Free shuttle rides are available to guests who are going to Disney World, Sea World, or Universal Studios. No parking fees at this Knight's Inn. Breakfast is served each morning (the minimal continental kind), with many eating establishments in the vicinity.

Hotel Address: 7475 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Competitor Website: http://www.booking.com/ (advertised as a Double/Double Room Special)

Sample Date: Many, at least in August, including 8/1, 8/2, 8/23, 8/30 (Could go beyond)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Double Beds

Rate variation: Using 8/30 as an example: $34.25 booking.com $35.95 WR

Special Comments: Seems like you have a lot of flexibility with lots of different dates.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit this hotel's official website.

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Days Inn West/ Security Blvd- Baltimore, MD

The dates you can get this one are widely scattered throughout the year, but I found some dates in August, and tested a night in December that worked....it's just very random. The ones I found were often for a Saturday or holiday arrival (but could be any day).

These could easily be coupled with the Washington DC BRGs we posted earlier this week, or the Days Inn Inner Harbor BRG in downtown Baltimore we posted after this post.

Hotel Address: 1660 Whitehead Court, Baltimore, MD 21207

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

Sample Date: 8/23, 8/29, 8/30, 12/31

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queen Beds (non-smoking or smoking), 1 Queen (non-smoking)

Note: View the "1 Queen" on booking.com by clicking the link: "more room information on the hotel page."

Rate variation: For 8/29, 8/30: $83 booking.com, $84 WR

Special Comments: Free parking at this property, refrigerators in all rooms, pool

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

San Francisco Central Travelodge - San Francisco, California

Reader Steven submitted this one to us earlier. It's located midway between the Castro district and downtown San Fran, which he says is a fairly good location. San Francisco BRG properties love to charge taxes, so expect this (and make note of the amount on your reservation, in case they try to charge more). This one is, as is usually the case, easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1707 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 US

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

Sample Date: November 8, 2008 (and possibly many others). Click here to check your specific dates!

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One Double Bed (this is the only room choice that works, sorry).

Rate variation: $64.00 Venere.com, $89.00 WR

Special Comments: Confirmed approval.

"Situated Halfway Between Bustling Downtown San Francisco and The Colorful Castro District, Just 4 Blocks From The Civic Center/City Hall Area, We Offer You The Opportunity To Stay Right In The Heart Of The City--At A Price You Can Afford! Hop Onto The Market Street Antique Street Car Right In Front Of The Hotel And Travel To Union Square, China Town, Moscone Convention Center Or The San Francisco Shopping Center. Or take A Nearby Bus To Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, And Launch Sites For Alcatraz Excursions. From Our Hotel The Entire Bay Area Is within Your Reach!" - Travelodge.com

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Super 8 - Shelburne, Vermont (Burlington area)

This one was submitted by reader BavariaGirl. This one is the first ever BRG we've heard of in Vermont - they are very rare, mainly because Vermont is small and there aren't that many WR properties around there. Enjoy this one if you can - its within easy access of Albany, Montreal, and Dartmouth College. This one is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2572 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 US

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: September 3, 2008. Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King Bed or Two Queen Beds (both Non-Smoking)

Rate variation: $85.00 Hotels.com/Expedia, $89.00 WR

Special Comments: Confirmed approvals.

"The Shelburne Super 8 is only a 10 minute drive from downtown Burlington, VT and area attractions. We feature 73 attractive and comfortable rooms, wonderful for business or pleasure. All rooms include coffee makers, hairdryers, individual climate control, data ports, 25/27 inch televisions with 70 plus channels. Shelburne Super 8 also has a wing of newly remodeled rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Most of our rooms feature private balconies, some even with views of Lake Champlain. On site we feature an indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, full size fitness center and Free high speed wireless internet." - Super8.com

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Baymont Inn and Suites Downtown- Atlanta, GA

This particular BRG seems valid only on Saturday nights from now through most of August, then going dead sometime around Labor Day weekend. You'd have to check dates in the distant future to see if the lower price pops up again... (you just never know!)

This is one of those situations where you don't immediately see it. When you go on WR, at first glance you see that rooms start at $98.10 (the same rate as booking.com's "2 Doubles.")
It's not until you view ALL room types on WR that you see it........ "2 Doubles"........hey it's $111.60! (Can you say claim?!)

But it's only on Saturdays! Sorry all you weekday travelers!

Hotel Address: 175 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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

Sample Date: 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Double Beds Room

Rate variation: $98.10 booking.com, $111.60 WR

Special Comments: Sadly, a parking fee of $15 applies. You are in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. (not that that's an excuse)

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Days Inn Orlando/ International Drive, Orlando, FL (Updated)

Hey everyone, this one is still available! It's still summer travel season so this one deserves a re-post!

We still found this lower "Quicksaver" rate for a Saturday night in August. By doing a quick Kayak search, you'll be able to see if your desired dates are also possible for claiming. This one's been around all month, so many dates should still work.

For the little kids (and the big ones too!), you can even walk from this hotel to Orlando's "Wet N Wild" for a day in the water! There is even a game room here on-site.

Hotel Address: 5858 International Drive, (corner of Int'l & Kirkman Rd.) Orlando, FL 32819

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com
or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: Saturday, Aug. 23: Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles or 1 King (Standard Only)(Don't risk getting the poolside room)

Rate variation: $36 Expedia/Hotels.com $42 WR

Special Comments: Free shuttle is available to all major attractions, free parking, pool, and gift shop are all on-site.

Don't forget the screenshots!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Days Hotel- Hotel Circle South- San Diego, CA (Update)

If your travels take you to San Diego during a weekday in the second half of August, I may have a nice BRG here for you.

Remember, this is a "Days Hotel" and often when you're conducting a search for this property on any website other than WyndhamReward's, it likely won't show up if you type in Days "Inn."

Hotel Address: 543 Hotel Circle South (I-8 Exit- Hotel Circle South) San Diego, CA 92108

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com


Sample Date: 8/17, 8/24, 8/25, 8/31 (Seems weekdays only... 8/17 & beyond)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: "2 Queens with Kitchenette", (Description on WR: 2Queens/Effici/Pillow Top Mattress/Stovetop/Micro/Fridge/............)

Make sure this is the 2 Queen room type you book.

Rate variation: $95 Expedia, $115 WR

Special Comments: Once again, when on expedia, just type in "Days" in the "Hotel Name" box when modifying your search so that the hotel will show up. (Putting this in the comments section on your claim form will help BRG staff find it too when they're researching your claim!)

Don't forget to take a screenshot of this when you file the claim just in case they bump up the rate!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Super 8 Motel- Escondido, CA (San Diego Vicinity)

Staying here at this Super 8 would make a great home base for exploring the San Diego Wild Animal Park and visiting some of the many Indian gaming casinos that are surrounding the Escondido area. One of my favorites is Harrah's Rincon.

San Diego is maybe a 30 minute freeeway drive southbound along the nearby I-15. About 30 minutes northbound on the same interstate takes you to beautiful Temecula, CA with great antique shopping in Old Town, a visit to the wineries, and yes, more casinos such as Pechanga!

Hotel Address: 528 W. Washington Ave. (I-5 or I-15 Exit Hwy 78 east) Escondido, CA 92025

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

Sample Date: 8/30 & Many others. (In fact, I can't find a date that doesn't work through the end of the year.)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens (Non-Smoking and Smoking Rooms)

Rate variation: Using 8/30 as an example: $88.13 Priceline, $94 WR (King) $92.81 Priceline, $99 WR (2 Queen)

Special Comments: Free parking, pool, jacuzzi, and free continental breakfast can be found at this Super 8 property. Many confirmed approvals on this one!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Super 8 Motel Mission Valley Qualcomm (San Diego, CA)

This 102-room Super 8 is centrally located in the heart of Mission Valley, just minutes from San Diego International Airport.

The location is within a mile of Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego State University, Trolley Station, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.

Hotel Address: 4380 Alvarado Canyon Rd. (Hwy. 8 & Mission Gorge Rd.) San Diego, CA 92120

Competitor Website: http://www.booking.com/ (found on about page 3 of San Diego hotel listings)

Sample Date: 8/13, 8/20, 8/29, 9/5, 9/6 (only scattered dates in August, September has more, especially weekends.....check your desired dates here.)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queen Beds Room

Rate variation: For Sample Dates 9/5 & 9/6: $109 booking.com, $119 WR (2 Queens)

Special Comments: You can only claim the 2 Queen Bed room in this case. The 1 Queen never seems to work on the dates I tried. They only slash the 2 Queen price on what I found to be many different days.

Often, I seem to stumble across many BRG's in San Diego through various websites. If you travel down this way for multiple nights, please let me know in the "comments" link at the bottom. I will gladly post other opportunities for you to use in combination with this one.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Please remember to follow up and let us know if this BRG worked for you. Simply comment on this post! Thanks!

Days Inn - North Bergen, New Jersey ( New York City Area)

This one was submitted by reader Darsben. Special thanks to him for rooting it out - New York City BRGs are very, very rare (even if this one is out in the 'burbs). Located 2 miles west of Manhattan in North Bergen, New Jersey (easily accessible by public transit). This one can easily be seen through a Kayak search.

Hotel Address: 2750 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen, NJ, 07047 US

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: October 11, 2008 and many more. Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King or Two Double Beds Standard Room

Rate variation: $139.00 Hotels.com/Expedia, $149.00 WR

Special Comments:
"The Executive Days Inn of North Bergen is a luxury 250-room hotel within minutes of Times Square. It offers great value and substantial savings as compared to similar hotels in New York City with free, convenient parking for up to 400 cars" - DaysInn.com

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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Brampton, Ontario (Toronto Area)

This one was submitted to us by reader SPF. Looks like a decent opportunity - Canada BRGs are rare. This one is close to Toronto's Pearson airport, in the suburb of Brampton.

Hotel Address: 226 Queen Street East, Brampton, ON, L6V-1B8 CA

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

Sample Date: July 29, 2008 (and possibly many others).

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queen Beds Standard Room

Rate variation: $74.99 Booking.com, $82.00 WR

Special Comments: No confirmed approval, so YMMV. Looks workable, though. Let us know how it works for you - no harm in trying.

"Howard Johnson Express Inn and Suites Brampton is a Gold Medal Award winning property located in the heart of downtown Brampton only 15 minutes from Pearson International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Toronto. We are Minutes from Go Train and minutes from the Bus Stop." - Hojo.com

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