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Monday, October 6, 2008

Kissimmee, Florida- Howard Johnson Inn / Maingate East

This Howard Johnson Inn is located approximately 3 miles from Walt Disney World and offers free scheduled shuttle transportation to and from the Park. The hotel is said to be within walking distance to Old Town Kissimmee, several restaurants, and lots of shopping.

This BRG opportunity is easily seen when searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 6051 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 (and likely some others!)

See what you might find by clicking here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles- Standard (most basic)

Rate variation: For 12/2: $50.99 Orbitz vs. $59.99 Hojo.com

Special Comments: This hotel will charge you a $5.50 Resort Fee.

Enjoy an outdoor pool, a separate kiddie pool, and an outdoor jacuzzi. Parking is free.

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!

Kissimmee, Florida- Travelodge Maingate Suites

The Travelodge Kissimmee Maingate Suites is located 5 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort, right along Highway 192. There are many restaurants within walking distance of this hotel and an outlet mall is directly across the street.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 4694 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

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

Sample Dates: 12/26, 12/27, 12/31 Could there be others? ... Find out by clicking here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Double Bed Suite

Rate variation: $45.95 Venere.com vs. $79.95 Travelodge.com

Special Comments: Hotel features: 40+ cable television channels, an outdoor pool and picnic area, free continental breakfast, and refrigerators in all rooms. Shuttle to Disney and other attractions is provided (however, no mention of a fee).

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 Angelo, Texas- Ramada Limited

This Ramada Limited Hotel is located in the heart of Texas, just off Highway 87 North, in the city of San Angelo.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2201 North Bryant Boulevard, San Angelo, TX 76903

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 10/17, 11/17, 11/22, 12/13 and more! (appears to work only on a Friday or Saturday date)

Click here to check Kayak for your specific dates

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Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Bed (Standard Only)

Rate variation: $84 Expedia or Hotels.com $89 Ramada.com

Special Comments: Hotel Features: 60+ cable television channels, free at-your-door parking, free continental breakfast, free USA Today and local newspaper, outdoor pool, and refrigerators in all rooms.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Peoria, Illinois- Wingate by Wyndham

This 65-room Wingate Hotel, located in the north-central Illinois town of Peoria, is just off I-74 and is highly rated on Tripadvisor (we definitely need more of these!)

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 7708 N. Route 91, Peoria, IL 61615

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Date: 10/25, 11/8 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King, 2 Queens, 1 King Suite n/s ... (Non-Refundable)

Rate variation: For 10/25: $111.21 Orbitz $118.15 Wingate (1 King or 2 Queens) NON REFUNDABLE, $127.21 Orbitz $135.15 Wingate (King Suite n/s) NONREFUNDABLE

Special Comments: This Wingate property is highly rated: #2 of 31 hotels! There is free parking, breakfast, and an indoor hot tub and fitness center

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, October 4, 2008

Miami Beach, Florida- Days Inn Miami Beach / South Beach

The Days Inn Miami Beach is an Oceanfront property located right in the heart of the famous South Beach District.

This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 100- 21st Street- Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Date: 10/30 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: various room types including:

1 King (or 2 Doubles) / Non-Smoking / Ocean Front / Balcony ...

Rate variation: For 10/30: The Ocean Front: $82.88 Orbitz $88.40 DaysInn.com ... (This, and all other rooms for this BRG, are for the "Non-Refundable" rates. So please remember to take your screenshots!)

Special Comments: Public parking for this hotel is located across the street (no mention of any fee) ... must be at least 21 years old to register as a guest. This hotel has an outdoor pool and a restaurant.

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, October 3, 2008

Wyndham Updates their Terms and Conditions re: Geography

I just noticed this today. Finally there is mention of Hawthorn. While it is not included as of yet, I expect that it will be as it becomes integrated into the chain.

One thing I love is the clarification that Days Inn guarantees are worldwide.

"Guarantee applies only to reservations made at the wyndhamrewards.com web site or the Wyndham Rewards toll-free number for participating Wyndham Rewards hotels in the United States and Canada. The Guarantee only applies for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in the United States, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico. The Guarantee applies worldwide for Days Inn. The guarantee does not apply to Hawthorn Suites hotels. "

Read the updated terms and conditions here.

TravelGlitch.com is playing with our minds...

Has anyone noticed that for the past week or so, TravelGlitch.com has been basically posting travel glitches, but withholding the hotel's identity by saying "there is a mystery hotel somewhere in (Huge Geographical Area). Go find it."

I find this confusing at best. While it may appeal to those who like a good game of finding a needle in a haystack, I'd think more often than not, this would frustrate the majority of people.

Now, sure, we've had our ups and downs with TravelGlitch. I berated him for charging $25 for his email notification service (did anyone actually fall for that?!), and for stealing BRG opportunities and posting them as his own, and for witholding information to get people there at a specific time all at once, to inflate his page impression numbers, and thus recieve a bit more income. But, I really speak from the heart today - if he thinks that he's going to win friends by teasing people, he's going to be rudely awakened when he loses all of his readers.

What are all your thoughts on his "new style"? Am I alone here?

Miami Beach, Florida- Days Inn / Oceanside

The Days Inn Oceanside is an Oceanfront property right in the heart of Miami Beach! From this hotel, you are just 5 minutes away from South Beach and 15 minutes from Miami International Airport.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

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

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Date: 10/30 (and others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles / Ocean View or 1 King or 2 Doubles / Ocean Front

Rate variation: For 10/30: $88.13 Orbitz $94 Days Inn (Ocean View Rooms), $97.51 Orbitz $104 Days Inn (Ocean Front Rooms)

Happy to tell you, these are the "Regular" or "Best Available" rates ... NOT the non-refundable ones!

Special Comments: $16 is the parking fee ... this is for self parking across from the hotel ... rates will vary during special events. The hotel has a pool and a cafe on-site.

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!

Kent, Washington (Seattle Area)- Howard Johnson

The Howard Johnson Kent is just minutes south of the city of Seattle, right along I-5 heading towards Tacoma. The location is close enough to both cities for an easy commute.

This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1233 North Central Avenue, Kent, WA 98032

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 10/20 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen, 1 King (n/s), 2 Queens

Rate variation: For 10/20: $75 Expedia $80 Hojo.com (1 Queen), $85 Expedia $90 Hojo.com (1 King or 2 Queens)

Special Comments: Enjoy 70+ channels of cable TV, an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, free breakfast, and ample free parking. Many restaurants are within walking distance

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!

Savannah, Georgia- Ramada I-95 Gateway

This Ramada Inn is located along Interstate 95, just minutes away from most Downtown Savannah area attractions.

Locate this BRG easily by searching our sponsor, Kayak.

Hotel Address: 17007 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 11/15, 12/6, 12/20 (and likely others!) See what you might find by clicking here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles Non-Smoking (Most Basic)

There are multiple "2 Doubles Non-Smoking" rooms on both sites. The "claimable" room type is likely to be the one on Ramada.com that DOES NOT include mention of a "Microwave/Refrigerator." In other words, THE MOST BASIC.

Rate variation: For tested dates: $68 Expedia/Hotels.com $69.99 Ramada.com

Special Comments: This is your basic Ramada with amenities you'd expect such as free parking, a free breakfast, outdoor pool and sundeck.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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San Diego, California- Ramada Conference Center Qualcomm Stadium

You'll find this Ramada on the northeast side of San Diego, just off Hwy. 163, about a 10 minute drive to Downtown, San Diego Airport, SeaWorld, and San Diego Zoo.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 5550 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92111

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 10/18, 10/24, 10/25, 11/1 (and others!) See what you can find by clicking here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Bed (Standard)

Rate variation: For tested dates: $66 Expedia $69 Ramada.com

Special Comments: This Ramada Inn has free parking, an outdoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and even a bar!

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, October 1, 2008

St. Paul, Minnesota Area- Super 8 Roseville

Here's a Super 8 Motel just outside of the St. Paul / Minneapolis area, in Roseville. This motel may just serve it's purpose for anyone heading to this area in need of a place to crash!

Spot this one easily by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: (I-35 W & Hwy 36) 2401 Prior Avenue N. Roseville, MN 55113

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 10/20, 11/17 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For dates tested: $52.13 Orbitz $54.90 Super 8 (1 Queen), $61.63 Orbitz $64.90 Super 8 (2 Queens)

Special Comments: Enjoy and indoor pool and hot tub and a free breakfast here.

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!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida- Days Inn Oakland Park

This is an Expedia "Hot Deal of the Week" special offer!

The 143-room Days Inn Oakland Park, newly renovated in 2006, is located just off I-95, approximately 5 miles from Downtown and the beach area.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1595 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 10/20 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens (Standard)

Rate variation: For 10/20: $68 Expedia/Hotels.com $84.99 DaysInn.com (Both Types)

These are the regualar "Best Available" rates! No non-refundables to deal with!

Special Comments: At this Days Inn, parking is free, breakfast and USA Today newspaper is offered each morning of your stay, and an outdoor pool is available for guest use. Each room has microwaves and refrigerators as well.

Taking a screenshot might be a smart idea ... who knows how long this one will last!

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!

Washington D.C. Area- Howard Johnson Inn Cheverly

This is an "Expedia 24-Hour Sale" (expires at midnight!)

The 156-room Howard Johnson Inn in Cheverly, MD, is within 5 miles of most of the Washington D.C attractions, including the White House.

This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 5811 Annapolis Road, Cheverly, MD 20784

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 10/20 (and many more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles (Standard)

Rate variation: For 10/20: $77 Expedia/Hotels.com $101.15 Hojo.com

Special Comments: Parking is free here and you get a free continental breakfast. They also have a large outdoor pool.

I highly suggest you take a good screenshot of 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, September 30, 2008

Seattle, Washington- Travelodge By The Space Needle

The best thing about this Seattle Travelodge would be it's location ... just 2 blocks walking distance from the Space Needle!

The hotel has had major upgrades and renovations which were completed in June of 2008.

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

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

Sample Dates: These weekend dates (Friday & Saturday) were found: 10/17 & 10/18 as well as 10/24 & 10/25

Click here to view the Travelodge rates for these dates. Then, the lower ones may be viewed on the competitor's website link we've provided above.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen or 2 Queens (Standard)

Click the link "More room information..." on Booking.com to view the "Double Queen" room.

Rate variation: $119.95 Booking.com $159.95 Travelodge.com (1 Queen), $139.95 Booking.com $179.95 Travelodge.com (2 Queens)

Special Comments: They offer a New 26-item hot and cold breakfast bar with belgium waffles, pool and hot tub, fitness center with plasma TV, and complimentary coffee 24/7. This is a 100% non-smoking, indoor-corridor hotel with designated outdoor smoking areas.

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!

Atlanta, Georgia- Super 8 Atlanta / Midtown

This Super 8 Motel, centrally located in Midtown Atlanta, is in close proximity to Atlantic Station and the Regal Theatre. The hotel is easily accessed from Interstates 75 & 85.

Hotel Address: 1641 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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

Sample Date: 10/11, 10/18 (and likely others!)

Click here to view Super8.com rates for these and other potential dates . By doing so through this kayak link, you help support this blog and keep us online, at no cost to you ... Thanks!

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Bed (Smk & Non)

Rate variation: For tested dates: $69 Booking.com $79 Super8.com

Special Comments: This hotel provides complimentary parking, amtrak is right across the street (is that a good thing?), free continental breakfast, and micro-fridge rooms are available upon request.

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!

Louisville, Kentucky- Super 8 Near Conv Expo Ctr

This particular Super 8 Motel is just a bit east of Downtown Louisville (10 minutes away) just off I-64. You can also easily spot this one by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1501 Alliant Avenue, Louisville, KY 40299

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 10/11, 10/17, 10/18 (and possibly others) Click here to view these and other potential dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queens (Standard)

Rate variation: For 10/18: $66.45 Orbitz $69.99 Super8.com

Special Comments: This Super 8 has an indoor pool, free parking, an exercise room, and free breakfast.

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!

Louisville, Kentucky- Days Inn Central / University & Expo Center

This Days Inn is located just off I-65 in the heart of Historic Louisville, KY, walking distance to the University of Louisville.

The dates available for this BRG are easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1620 Arthur Street, Louisville, KY 40208

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

Sample Dates: 10/3, 10/4, 10/17, 10/18, 11/1 Click here to check these and any other potential dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: For 10/4: $64.95 Venere $69.95 Days Inn (Both Room Types)

These are the regular rates, NOT the non-refundables.

Special Comments: This hotel has free parking, breakfast, USA Today newspaper, and satellite TV. Wyndham Rewards members will receive a welcome gift!

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!

Anaheim / Orange, California- Howard Johnson Express Inn

This Howard Johnson Express motel is just off the 55 freeway at the Katella exit, 15 minutes from John Wayne International Airport, and about a 7-10 minute drive to Disneyland Park. Also close by to this hotel is the Anaheim Convention Center, Arrowhead Pond, and Edison Field.

You can always start by checking Howard Johnson rates which are easily seen by searching Kayak. Dates with availability for this BRG are seen below.

Hotel Address: 1930 E. Katella Avenue, Orange, CA 92867

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

Sample Dates: The following weekend dates (Friday & Saturday) were found: 10/10 & 10/11 ... 10/17 & 10/18 ... 10/24 & 10/25

Click here to view the Howard Johnson rates for your specific dates. Then check the lower ones on the competitor's website above.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens

Rate variation: $65 Booking.com $69.99 Hojo.com (1 King), $70 Booking.com $74.99 Hojo.com (2 Queens)

Special Comments: The hotel has a small pool and 27" televisions with cable, HBO, and numerous channels, and a free continental breakfast. You may want to request a room away from the freeway side of the motel, it lies right next to it.

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!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lake Charles, Louisiana- Baymont Inn and Suites

This 51 room Baymont Inn hotel, located in Lake Charles, LA, is available for claiming as a BRG for many scattered dates during the month of October. Check which dates work by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1004 Highway 171 North, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 10/7, 10/11, 10/18, 10/20 (and many other scattered dates during October) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens (Standard)

Rate variation: $76 Expedia/Hotels.com $85.99 Baymontinns.com (Both Types)

Special Comments: The hotel offers free parking, breakfast, USA Today newspaper, and 24- hour security.

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!

Miami Beach, Florida- Howard Johnson Plaza Dezerland Beach / Spa

This may be a "One-Night-Only" BRG ... You may NEED a screenshot taken for this one if it's as popular as I think it could be!

The Howard Johnson Plaza-Dezerland, located directly on the beach in Miami, appears available to claim for this Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th, 2009! Why not get it for your significant other? Just don't tell them you got it free!

You will find this BRG opportunity to be easily visible by searching Kayak for this date.

Hotel Address: 8701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: Saturday, February 14th, 2009 Click here to check this specific date and potential others through our sponsor, Kayak.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Oceanfront / 2 Doubles, Superior Partial Ocean View / 2 Doubles, Standard Partial Ocean View / 2 Doubles

Rate variation: Oceanfront: $199 Expedia vs. $219 Hojo, Superior Partial Ocean View: $179 Expedia vs. $199 Hojo, Standard Partial Ocean View: $169 Expedia vs. $189 Hojo

On Expedia/Hotels.com click the room type link ... room description will be shown: all have 2 Double Beds. Compare wording of room types very carefully for matching.

Special Comments: A Resort Fee of $8 and a Parking Fee of $10 applies.
This hotel has a full service spa, an on-site restaurant, a pool (Why, I wonder!), and of course, it's right on the beach!

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!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Merced, California- Travelodge Yosemite

This Travelodge would be nice for those heading up towards Yosemite National Park for a visit. The property is located 70 miles down the mountain from the Park, in Merced, CA, which is in California's Central Valley.

This hotel has 46 rooms with exterior corridors, a swimming pool, free parking, and a USA Today newpaper with free breakfast each morning. All rooms have microwaves and fridges.

Hotel Address: 1260 Yosemite Parkway, Merced, CA 95340

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

Sample Dates: 10/18, 12/13, 7/3 (most any dates with availability now into next summer!) Click here to check Travelodge rates your specific dates by using Kayak ... then check out your lower ones on the arestravel link above ... Thanks!

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen (SM/NS), 1 King (SM/NS), 2 Doubles (Smk), 2 Queens (N/S)

Rate variation: For 7/3: $40.80 Ares $48 Travelodge (1 Queen), $46.75 Ares $55 Travelodge (1 King-Smk / 2 Doubles-Smk), $55.25 Ares $65 Travelodge (1 King-N/S), $63.75 Ares $75 Travelodge (2 Queens-N/S)

Note: The rates on a smoking room on certain room types are different from their non-smoking counterparts. Make certain you match room types WORD for WORD on your claim. The "lower" rate on Arestravel is the "National Brand Promotion" rate.

Special Comments: AresTravel is a website I've gotten a lot of BRGs from in the past, but most of you are probably unfamiliar with. It's great for California BRGs! Below I will show you how to locate this hotel on their website.

On the Arestravel Homepage:

You will see: "Select CA Region" ... enter "Central Valley" ... enter dates, etc. ...

Under "Neighborhood" ... enter "Merced" ... THATS IT!

(Tip: These steps should be put in the "comments" section of your claim form so those reviewing your claim won't reply back saying they can't find it!)

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, September 27, 2008

Alexandria, Louisiana- Ramada Limited

You can locate this Ramada in the Central Louisiana city of Alexandria, which is right along Interstate 49 ... 2 miles away from Downtown.

This BRG is easily visible by searching through Kayak .

Hotel Address: 742 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: 10/25 (and many more!) Click here to see if this BRG works for your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles (Most Standard Rooms)

Rate variation: $80 Expedia and Hotels.com $81 Ramada.com (for either room type)

Special Comments: The Ramada Limited Alexandria offers free parking for it's guests, a free continental breakfast along with a USA Today newspaper, a large outdoor pool and kiddy pool, and free high speed internet. Some area restaurants are within walking distance and the local Alexandria airport (which free shuttle is provided for) is just a short drive away. The one and only Tripadvisor review posted for this place is a positive 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!

San Antonio, Texas- Travelodge Suites

This San Antonio "All-Suites" Travelodge is located 10-15 minutes from the Downtown Riverwalk, Lackland Air Force Base, SeaWorld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and San Antonio International Airport. You will benefit from a wide range of dates for this BRG!

One confirmed approval that I'm aware of!

Hotel Address: 4934 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229

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

Sample Date: 12/13, (and many others!)

View your Travelodge rates first: Check here for your specific dates. Then, check your lower rates on the competitor's link above.

The "Pre-paid Internet Reservation" rates are the "Lower" rates on Reservetravel, however you will book Travelodge's "Best Available" rates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: various 1 & 2 bedroom suite types

Their Best: 2 Bdrm Ste/ 1 Queen 2 Doubles/ 2 Walk In Closets/ Separate Living Room/ Full Size Kitchen

Rate variation: For Their Best Suite: $110.16 Reservetravel $112.99 Travelodge.com (For 12/13)

Special Comments: There are many restaurants and shopping choices within a 1 mile radius. The hotel has a pool, an exercise facility, a free continental breakfast buffet, and many amenities. Many rooms have sofa beds and kitchens as well. Parking is free.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property
(Reviews are really bad, so you've been warned!)

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 Antonio, Texas- Days Inn Northwest / Seaworld

This Days Inn, newly renovated in 2008, is located in Northwest San Antonio, 6 miles from Lackland Air Force Base and Sea World, and 10 miles from the Alamo and Riverwalk.

This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 6010 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 12/13 (and many more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queen Beds (Standard)

Rate variation: For 12/13: $64 Expedia $74.79 DaysInn.com (NON-REFUNDABLE)

When booking Non-Refundable rates, taking a screenshot is always a good idea! You will be stuck with the reservation regardless of the outcome of your claim.

Special Comments: The hotel offers a free hot breakfast, USA Today newspaper, and has a pool for guest use.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Sarasota, Florida- Knights Inn

Getting a BRG approved won't get any easier than this! Every website I visited had rates lower than the ones on KnightsInn.com! This appears to be a simple, ordinary Knights Inn ... just a place to crash! ... I wish all my postings were this easy!

This one is VERY easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 5340 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

Competitor Website:

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Expedia.com

http://www.hotels.com

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Sample Date: 12/13 (and most dates!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: $48.09 Competing sites $54.95 Knights Inn (1 King), $52.47 Competing sites $59.95 Knights Inn (2 Doubles)

Special Comments: They have a free city trolley that will take you to the area beaches from Easter through Thanksgiving. There is a pool and a continental breakfast.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Orlando, Florida- Howard Johnson Inn International Drive

The Howard Johnson on International Drive is in a great location with lots to do! The hotel is within 100 yards of more than a dozen shops and restaurants! You won't have to drive to any of the sites you plan to visit ... scheduled shuttle service is provided that will transport you to Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios.

This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 6603 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

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

Sample Date: Tested were: 11/1, 12/13, 2/14 (Many dates are to choose from!)

As always, we encourage you to click here to check your specific dates on our sponsor, Kayak.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen, 2 Doubles, 2 Queens

Rate variation: For 12/13: $56.24 Reservetravel $59.99 Hojo (1 Queen), $65.61 Reservetravel $69.99 Hojo (2 Doubles), $70.30 Reservetravel $74.99 Hojo (2 Queens)

*The "lower" rates are the "Pre-Paid Internet Reservation" rates on Reservetravel. However, you will be booking Hojo's "Best Available" rate.

Special Comments: Free hotel parking here. Guests will enjoy an outdoor pool for the grown ups and a kiddle pool for the little ones, a free breakfast (with make-your-own waffles), and a game room and fitness center. A resort fee of $2.50 applies.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Monterey, California- Knights Inn Carmel Hill

At first glance, this may not appear to be a BRG, but if you closely examine the rates, you will see that ONLY ONE specific room type is consistently lower on Reservetravel! (Details Below)

This Knights Inn is just minutes away from Downtown Monterey and the Peninsula. From this property, you are walking distance to the Del Monte Shopping Center and just 2 miles from Cannery Row.

Your Knightsinn.com rates can be accessed through Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1374 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940

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

Sample Dates: 11/22, 12/15, 2/7, 2/14 (and many more when availabilty exists!)

Click here to view the Knights Inn rate your specific dates. Then check the lower rate on the competitor's website link above.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Non-Smoking Royal King Room / Larger Room with Free Cable / Ideal Setting for Business or Fun

*The "lower" rate on Reservetravel is the "Pre-Paid Internet Reservation" rate. However, you will be booking Knights Inn's "Best Available" rate. All of my BRGs through Reservetravel (and many other's) have been approved using these competing rates.

Rate variation: For 2/14: $234.28 Reservetravel.com $249.89 Knightsinn.com

Special Comments: The hotel has free parking, free breakfast, and a pool.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

College Park, Maryland (Baltimore-Washington DC Area) - Ramada Limited

This BRG pops up every now and then on the blog, and is a fairly dependable option for staying in the metro Baltimore/Washington area. Here, you're right between the two cities, so it's a perfect place to set up camp to explore the area. BRG Blog reader SterlingMist reviewed this hotel a while back on the BRG Room Reviews Blog, giving it an 8 out of 10. Read SterlingMist's review here. This BRG can easily be found when searching Kayak for "College Park".

Hotel Address: 9113 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 US

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: October 15, 2008 (and many more!). Click here to check BRG availability for your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King or Two Double Beds Standard Room

Rate variation: $67.00 Hotels.com/Expedia.com, $89.00 Ramada.com

Special Comments: "The Ramada Limited College Park Maryland offers Complimentary High Speed Wired and Wireless Internet and a Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast. The University of Maryland, Goddard NASA Space Center and the US Library of Agriculture/USDA Beltsville are all within 3 miles of this College Park hotel. This College Park / Washington DC area Hotel is adjacent to The University of Maryland and conveniently situated between BWI and Washington National Airports." - Ramada.com

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Read BRG Room Reviews of this property

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Tampa, Florida- Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown

Here looks to be a pretty decent hotel choice for anyone visiting the Downtown Tampa area. The rooms are said to be newly renovated and free shuttle is provided every hour on the hour to take you anywhere within a 2 mile radius, including Tampa Airport.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 111 W. Fortune Street, Tampa, FL 33602

Competitor Website:

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Sample Date: Some include: 10/4, 10/25, 11/1, 11/11 (and many more dates!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For dates tested: $80.99 Orbitz $89 Hojo.com (Both Room Types)

Special Comments: The hotel features include an outdoor pool and fitness center. A restaurant is also on-site.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Washington, DC - Howard Johnson Express Inn

Let's be perfectly honest - Howard Johnson's are bad enough (on the average) already, so I'd hate to see what a Howard Johnson Express is like. This particular property seems like a BRG nightmare waiting to happen, and warning alarms are going off in my brain, so be careful, and do let us know how it turns out for you. Given the experiences some people had while paying for their rooms, it's a scary thought to hear what would happen to those not paying. This one has been easily visible by searching Kayak for the past few weeks at the least - they don't seem interested in correcting their rate difference. Let's just hope they'll be interested in honoring a free night stay.

Hotel Address: 600 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 US

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: October 25, 2008 (and scattered other weekend dates). Click here to check your specific dates. Again, weekdays don't seem to work with this one.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King (S), Two Doubles (S). Note that these rooms offer a "private bath"! Now, that's luxury, folks.

Rate variation: Eg. King $100.00 Expedia/Hotels.com, $115.99 Hojo.com; 2 Doubles: $100.00 Expedia/Hotels.com, $120.99 Hojo.com.

Special Comments: Wow. This is probably the least appealing BRG opportunity I've ever listed. For me anyways, I'd rather pay before staying here. For those with guts, the hotel is located 1/2 mile from New York Avenue Metro station, right on the side of US 50 (one of the busiest roads in the city - so bring earplugs!).

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Silver Spring, Maryland (Washington DC Area) - Days Inn Silver Spring

Here's another that has been featured on the blog in the past, but that we haven't seen in a little while. This is another one located in the greater Washington-Baltimore metro area, in the suburb of Silver Spring. It's around ten miles from here into downtown Washington, and around thirty miles to Baltimore. The metro line into downtown Washington is only five blocks away. This one has poor reviews on the BRG Room Reviews blog, given a rating of 4 out of 10 by reader Jeff. This BRG can be easily spotted by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 8040 13th Street/I-495, Silver Spring, MD 20910 US

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


Sample Date: October 22, 2008 (and most others!). Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles (S/NS), 1 King (S/NS)

Rate variation: $67.00 Hotels.com/Expedia.com, $89.95 DaysInn.com (Refundable rates)

Special Comments: Many approvals on this one. There is a Subway restaurant on premesis (strange, but true), free parking, but no breakfast. The hotel is close to the Discovery Channel headquarters, CIA headquarters, and other southern Maryland attractions, and only 10 short miles from Capitol Hill.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

Click here to read reviews of this property on the BRG Room Reviews blog.

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Chicago, Illinois- Howard Johnson Inn Downtown

This Howard Johnson Inn, located in the Historic River North Gallery District of Downtown Chicago, is one of the few Downtown Chicago hotels which offers free parking to their guests! This BRG appears valid for one night only ... New Year's Eve ... Hopefully someone out there may want it!

Hotel Address: 720 North La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60610

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

Sample Date: December 31, 2008 Click here to view Hojo.com rates via Kayak for this particular date. Then, check out the lower booking.com rate on their link.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Bed (Standard)

Rate variation: $139 Booking.com $169 Hojo.com

Special Comments: Restaurant on-site and FREE parking!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Murfreesboro, Tennessee- Baymont Inn and Suites

Here's a Baymont Inn BRG valid for most any Friday or Saturday stay in October and November (and possibly beyond). Murfreesboro is in Central Tennessee, 30 miles south of Nashville, just off I-24.

Hotel Address: 2230 Armory Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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

Sample Date: 10/11, 11/21 (and many other weekend dates). Click here to view the Baymont rates for your specific dates through Kayak.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Non-Smoking, 2 Doubles Non-Smoking

Rate variation: For 10/11: $79.99 Booking.com $99.99 BaymontInns.com (Both Types)

Special Comments: The hotel is close enough to Nashville (25-30 minutes) so you could consider this as an option when visiting this city.

The hotel has a free breakfast and an outdoor pool, high-speed wireless internet, and a fitness center for guest use.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Glen Allen, Virginia (Richmond Area) - Wyndham Virginia Crossings Resort and Conference Center

I found this one while desperately looking for somewhere decent to stay on an upcoming trip to the northeast USA. This excellent Wyndham property set on 20 acres is located at the crossroads of I-295 and I-95, just 10 miles north of downtown Richmond, Virginia in the suburb of Glen Allen. This one is easily visible by searching Kayak for "Richmond" hotels. Despite some mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, this is by far one of the most beautiful hotels in the entire Wyndham chain.

Hotel Address: 1000 Virginia Center Pkwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059

Competitor Website:
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Sample Date: October 24, 2008. Click here to check availability for your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Many room types: 2 Full Beds (S/NS), 1 King (S/NS)

Rate variation: $115.00 Orbitz NonRefundable, $116.00 Wyndham.com NonRefundable.

Special Comments: This one has mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, so be warned.

"Among Richmond's finest hotels and conference centers, the Wyndham Virginia Crossings offers elegant accommodations, outstanding restaurants, golf and leisure activities along with technologically advanced meeting facilities as one of the premier full-service hotels in the region.

Featuring beautifully appointed guest rooms and luxury suites surrounded by 20 lushly landscaped acres; this is the perfect retreat for family vacations and special occasions. For executive conferences and business events, our 25,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space if fully equipped with leading edge technology and communication capabilities." - Wyndham.com

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Ontario, California- Ramada Limited Ontario Airport

This BRG is a "24-Hour Sale" (Expires at midnight!)

This opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Take a good screenshot of this one!

Hotel Address: 1841 East G Street, Ontario, CA 91764

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 11/1 (and many More!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For 11/1: $56 Expedia $79.99 Ramada (1 Queen), $60 Expedia $84.99 Ramada (2 Queens)

Special Comments: Pool, spa, and free breakfast here.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Hollywood, California- Ramada Near Universal Studios

This 100% smoke-free Ramada Hotel is just off the 101 Freeway at the Vermont Exit in Hollywood, CA. It is centrally located, with Downtown L.A. to the south, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills to the west, and Burbank to the north.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1160 North Vermont Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90029

Competitor Website:

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Sample Date: Some include: 5/23, 5/30, 6/20, 7/4 Click here to check your specific dates.

Dates you can get this hotel include Memorial Day Weekend and the Fourth of July. Many dates during that time frame seem to work ... there may be quite a few!

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queen Beds (Standard)

Rate variation: $129 Orbitz $159 Ramada.com

Special Comments: There is a steep parking charge: $15 for cars, $25 for large trucks.

Your stay includes a large, hot breakfast buffet. All rooms have Sealy Posturepedic Plush beds for better comfort. A pool and fitness room is also available for guest use. Despite the vehicle parking, this BRG will still save you a lot of money and you'll have lots of sites in this area to visit ... probably well worth it!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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