Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saving Big on Attractions with the GO Card - A review of our newest sponsor

We'd like to introduce (and review) our newest sponsor on this blog: The GO Card.

The GO Card an all-inclusive pass allowing unlimited entry to a variety of attractions in cities across the USA and Canada. The concept here is simplicity, and through that, saving money. Being able to skip the lines, and not worrying about pricing at every attraction creates a more enjoyable vacation (in theory). With these cards, you pay per-day, and you're free to visit whatever attractions you wish, without paying a single penny more. One day cards cost more per day than seven day cards, understandably, and the longer duration card you buy, the cheaper the cost per day.

I wanted to try one of these out on my recent visit to Hawaii, and share my review with you so you can make an informed decision before buying one of these. If you plan on trying one out, feel free to support our website and the work that we do by purchasing the pass through our links.

Pricing Structure

I'll use the GO Oahu Card as the example here. Most of the cards use similar pricing structures:

One Day Adult/Child: $44.99 / $34.99
Two Day Adult/Child: $74.99 / $64.99

Passes of three days or higher include a free "Premium" attraction. For Oahu, these included Germaine's Luau (reg. $75 or so), the Polynesian Cultural Center (reg. $55 or so), a one day diving lesson, or a one day car rental. This can be a real value if you use it right. Those prices are:

Three Day Adult/Child: $129.99 / $109.99
Five Day Adult/Child: $179.99 / $149.99
Seven Day Adult/Child: $219.99 / $179.99

The prices of the 3, 5, and 7 day cards are admittedly high - you'd have to make sure you'll get your money's worth. These prices are usually 15% off every two weeks or so, through unadvertised sales on their websites.

Like I said before, the other cities prices fluctuate, but are generally in the same proportion.

Buying the Go Oahu Card (Hawaii)

A few hours before departing for Hawaii, I visited Go Card's website and chose to purchase a one-day pass. I wasn't really wanting to purchase a multi-day pass, because I couldn't see myself filling two days with the attractions listed. I used a coupon code I had (see below) and recieved 10% off of the retail price of $44.99. There was a $2.00 fee for picking up the pass in-town, so my total cost was $42.49 after pickup fee, tax, and discount. There were options to have the pass mailed, which were a few dollars more than the in-town pick up fee, but I chose to minimize costs (and didn't have any time to wait for it to arrive by mail).

Printing the Voucher

After paying with my credit card, I was sent a link to print out my voucher. I'd have to bring the voucher to one of the three pickup locations listed on the voucher. These included major shops and hotels central Honolulu and Waikiki. Pickup in Honolulu was a breeze - the pass was handed to me within seconds and I was on my way out the door in under a minute.

How Does it Work?

The Go Card works like a credit card. At the ticket counter of your attraction, the ticket agent swipes your card, and it prints out a reciept. All vendors were very familiar with the card and knew what to do - there was no confusion at all. Easy as pie.

Included Attractions

My Go Oahu Card included 33 different attractions, ranging from museums to snorkel tours, to kayak and beach rentals, to guided tours of the islands and rides on catamarans. It is literally impossible to fit all attractions into a one-day card - but I did end up achieving a significant savings for the 4 attractions I did end up using.

Attractions I Visited

I visited 4 attractions. I'll list them here, along with the current admission prices that I would have paid if I didn't have the GO Oahu Card:

Waikiki Trolley Hop-on-Hop-off One Day Pass - $25.00
Sea Life Park Hawaii - $31.20
Audio Tour of Iolani Palace - $15.00
Hanauma Bay Snorkelling Excursion - $23.00

Total Retail Value: $94.20
Total Paid: $42.49 (via Go Card)

Total Amount Saved on Oahu Attractions: $51.71

The GO Card is available in plenty of cities across the USA and Canada. These include:

Boston
San Francisco
Seattle
Chicago
San Diego
Orlando
Miami
Maui
Oahu
Los Angeles
Blue Ridge (North Carolina)
Toronto
Go Card USA (all of the above regions)

Pretty well every attraction you can think of are included for the above cities, including several costly day tours, some of which exceed $59 per person! Most cities include at least 30 attractions to choose from, almost half of which are "big name". Amusement parks like Universal Studios and Six Flags are common - the only thing that isn't included are the Disney parks (but that would be a miracle for them to be included).

The GO Card also offers "Explorer Passes", where you choose three attractions, and that's it. These can be a good value for those who don't want to try to fit more than few things in to their day. The Explorer passes are available for:

New York
Las Vegas
Boston
Chicago
San Francisco
California's Wine Country
Orlando
Miami
Hollywood

The price for an Explorer pass for Chicago, for example, is $39.59 for 3 attractions. It's $59.99 for an unlimited one-day pass, so if you don't plan on visiting many attractions, the Explorer Pass is the way to go.

Final Thoughts

All things considered, I thought the GO Card was an excellent value. I ended up spending around 50% of what I would have without the card. The only thing is, I probably wouldn't have spent the full $94 without the card - but the card allowed me to see things I probably wouldn't have purchased otherwise. The only thing negative I felt was in my own personality - I felt I needed to rush to maximize the value, which might not be a problem for you. Still, I managed to fight off that urge to rush, and spent a good day using the pass. My schedule was basically, 7 AM - 10 AM at Hanauma Bay snorkelling, 11 AM - 1230 PM tour of Iolani Palace, and 2 PM - 5 PM at Sea Life Park, with the Waikiki Trolley Pass to get around (which was valid through the evening).

I'd suggest this pass to families who want to simplify their vacations and want to avoid any "surprises" when it comes to the bill at the end of the day. A 3 day pass is probably the best value, including special "premium" attractions, and having a cost-per-day that is roughly 25% off of the one-day price per day. With a 3 day pass, you'll easily have time to fill your days with a number of the included 30+ attractions on each card.

If you're interested, visit Go Card USA today through this link:


If you want to save a few bucks on your next order, use the code ZIPCAR to get 10% off of your order. And remember, ordering through our link helps to keep us online to bring you BRGs day in and day out - we'll recieve a small 10% commission on each order. Thanks for your support in advance. The link provided above brings you to a page with the current discounts and promotions - some of which are deeply discounted.

Try out the GO Card on your next holiday - if you use it right, there are amazing savings to be had.

Edmonton, Alberta - Days Inn Edmonton South

Here's a Days Inn property located near the University of Alberta campus, just south of downtown. This looks like a modern and pleasant property, and a good base for your sightseeing around the area this summer. There is wide availability (for the time being - hurry). Here, you are just steps from the nightlife of historic Old Strathcona, and just 3 miles from downtown. West Edmonton Mall (the largest mall in North America) is just 7 miles west of here.

This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 10333 University Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E 6N5 CA

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


(note that you need to access Expedia.CA and Hotels.CA, not the American sites).

Sample Date: May 15, 2009 (and plenty of others!). Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Two Queen NS, One King NS, One King with Sofabed NS

Rate variation: All room types: $126.27 Hotels.ca, $129.99 DaysInn

Special Comments: This hotel features deluxe continental breakfast, free parking, guest laundry, free wireless internet access, fitness room, and an airport shuttle (with surcharge). 15 minutes drive to downtown, and 25 minutes from the airport. Microwaves and fridges in all rooms. Excellent reviews on Tripadvisor.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Lima, Ohio - Wingate by Wyndham Lima

We featured this BRG a few months ago, and it's returned once again to be had by our readers. This hotel is located next to the Lima Civic and Convention Center in downtown Lima, Ohio. Lima is located along Ohio's Interstate 75, around 80 miles south of Toledo, a short 60 miles east of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and just about 90 miles northwest of Columbus. It's conveniently located midway between Cincinnati and Detroit, so consider this BRG if travelling by road between those two cities in the near future.

This one is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 175 W. Market Street, Lima, OH, 45801 US

Competitor Website:
Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Date: March 7, 2009 (and most others!). Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King (S/NS), Two Doubles (S/NS), One King Handicap (S)

Rate variation: All rooms: $76.79 Orbitz/Cheaptickets, $89.99 Wingate.com

Special Comments: This hotel features all of the standard Wingate amenities, including free hot breakfast (ie. eggs, bacon, waffles), free business center, free wireless internet, free long distance access, free faxing and photocopying, and large rooms with seperate sleeping areas and working areas. It's within walking distance of several downtown eateries. Mixed reviews on Tripadvisor.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Escanaba, Michigan - Travelodge Escanaba

Here's a Michigan Travelodge property that we featured a couple months ago, which has returned using a different competitor website to obtain a free night stay. This hotel is located just 3 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan at the intersection of Highways US 2 & 41 in the town of Escanaba on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just two hours drive north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Here, you're just one mile from the state fairgrounds.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2301 North Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829

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


Sample Date: February 11, 2009 (and plenty of other dates).
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King NS, Two Doubles S, One King Suite

Rate variation:
One King NS: $40.46 Expedia, $53.95 Travelodge
Two Doubles S: $44.96 Expedia, $59.95 Travelodge
One King Suite: $44.96 Expedia, $58.95 Travelodge

Special Comments: The hotel features Free High Speed Internet access, Free Bear Bites Breakfast, Gym/Fitness Center, Hot Tub and Sauna. Pets are allowed at a fee.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Imlay City, Michigan - Super 8 Imlay City

Here's a BRG opportunity for the eastern Michigan town of Imlay City. This Super 8 property sits mid-way between the city of Flint and the Canadian border (which lies just 35 minutes east). Lake Huron is also just about a 30 minute drive from the hotel.

Hotel Address: 6951 Newark Road, Imlay City, MI 48444

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!


Sample Dates: 6/20 (and most any other date on the calendar!)

Click here to check the Super 8 rate for your specific dates and compare to the rate listed for this room type on Priceline.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Bed (Non-Smoking)

Rate variation: For 6/20:
Priceline - $64.69 / Super 8 - $69

Special Comments: free continental breakfast / free high-speed internet / factory outlet stores - 20 minutes away

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property
Reviews are generally quite good!

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Nashville, Tennessee - Days Inn Nashville / Downtown at the Stadium

Here's a Days Inn hotel you can claim for many dates. It's located right in the heart of Downtown Nashville, with easy access to the on and off ramps of I-24. You are just 1/2 mile away from the Tennessee Titans football stadium where Tennessee State University plays all of their games.

The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 211 N. First Street, Nashville, TN 37213

Competitor Website:

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

Sample Dates: 2/15, 3/15, 4/15 (and others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles (Standard)

Rate variation: For sample date 2/15:
Hotels.com - $48 / Days Inn - $99.95 (for either room type)

The "Standard Room" on Hotels.com & Expedia is "1 King or 2 Doubles".

Special Comments: This hotel offers a continental breakfast as well as an outdoor pool & fitness center for it's guests.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Memphis, Tennessee - Super 8 Motel - Memphis / Airport / East

Not a great deal of info on this Super 8 property other than the location is 6 miles from Memphis International Airport. Seems pretty basic, but okay for an overnight stay in Memphis. Claim this BRG for most February dates! It's easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 4060 Lamar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38118

Competitor Website:

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

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60 and CheapTickets

Sample Date: 2/15 - This BRG seems valid for most February dates. Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For sample date 2/15:

Competitor sites: $42.46 NR / Super 8: $49.95 - 1 King
Competitor sites: $46.72 NR / Super 8: $54.95 - 2 Queens

Special Comments: swimming pool / free continental breakfast

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Southaven, Mississippi (Memhis Area) Super 8 Southaven

This is a 2 story, 48-room, Super 8 Motel with all interior corridors. The property is located 15 miles south of Downtown Memphis, TN, just over the Mississippi state line. The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 8734 Hamilton Road, Southaven, MS 38671

Competitor Website:

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

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60 and CheapTickets

Sample Date: 2/15 - This BRG appears valid for most February dates. Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: For sample dates:

Competitor sites: $41.66 NR / Super 8: $49 - 1 King
Competitor sites: $50.15 NR / Super 8: $59 - 2 Doubles

Special Comments: continental breakfast & swimming pool, each room with a microwave & refrigerator

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chicago, Illinois - Wyndham Chicago

Here's a great, limited time opportunity (these are pulled quickly) right in the heart of downtown Chicago. A reader emailed us, uncertain if this one would work. His initial description made me think it wouldn't, but upon closer inspection, I can almost guarantee this will work (in fact, I know it will - I've done this kind of claim before). This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 633 North St. Clair Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Competitor Website:

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


Sample Date: March 7, 2009 (and plenty more). Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Deluxe Run-of-the-House, Non-refundable. Expedia indirectly specifies run of the house in its description: One king or two double beds. Since its not determined at the time of booking, this is a "run of the house" booking and matches perfectly with Wyndham.

Rate variation: $128.21 Expedia, $170.00 Wyndham. The Expedia rate is a limited time, "winter sale", so hurry! You should also be able to claim this by booking the refundable Wyndham rate, which is $189.95 and compare it to the cheap Expedia rate.

Special Comments: This is a full service downtown Chicago hotel, featuring some excellent in-room amenities like a full mini-bar, free wireless internet (with ByRequest membership, free to join), Herman Miller Ergonomic Chairs, a work desk, CD player alarm clock, Wolfgang Puck coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, 3 phones (!), and pay per view movies! Generally good reviews on Tripadvisor.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Birmingham, Alabama - Wingate by Wyndham Birmingham

This BRG was contributed earlier today by reader Steve. This one has limited availability - it seems to die out in the immediate future. We found dates available this weekend, though, if anyone is planning a last minute hotel stay in Birmingham. It might be available on other dates. This one can easily be spotted by searching Kayak, so give your dates a shot! This hotel is located southeast of the city, near I-459 and Oak Mountain State Park. Downtown is 12 miles away.

Hotel Address: 800 Corporate Ridge Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242 US

Competitor Website:
Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Date: January 31, 2009 (and possibly others). Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King (S/NS), Two Doubles (S/NS)

Rate variation: All rooms: $83.07 Orbitz, $89.00 Wingate

Special Comments: This hotel features all of the standard Wingate amenities, including free hot breakfast, free business center access (with faxing and printing!), large, spacious rooms with seperate work areas, an indoor pool and fitness center, and free long distance access! The hotel is within walking distance of Joe's Crab Shack, Chili's, and other eateries. Mixed reviews on Tripadvisor.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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South San Francisco, California - Ramada Limited and Suites San Francisco Airport

Here's a pretty decent find for those requiring a hotel near San Francisco International Airport. This Ramada has 45 rooms on 5 floors, free airport shuttle, and free overnight parking! Many nights are claimable towards the latter part of the year! The SFO Airport is 4 miles from the property.

Hotel Address: 721 Airport Blvd. South San Francisco, CA 94080

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

Sample Dates: 8/22, 9/25, 10/31, 12/15 - It appears MANY DATES work as a BRG later in the year!

Click here to check the Ramada rates for your specific dates and browse Booking.com to see if your nights work as a BRG!

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 2 Queens Room

Rate variation: Booking.com - $109 / Ramada - $119

Special Comments: Free overnight parking & reasonable rates for longer term parking / free airport shuttle / continental breakfast / a microwave & refrigerator in guest rooms

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Victorville, California - Knights Inn Victorville

The Knights Inn of Victorville (formerly the Sunset Inn) is located just off I-15 in the High Desert of Southern California. While this doesn't appear to be a particularly nice hotel according to Tripadvisor reviews, it could be satisfactory for those who are commuting to and from the Las Vegas area who need to break up the drive! Anyway, experience has taught me that you can't expect too much luxury from any motel in the Mojave Desert!

The Greater L.A. area is about an hour south of here, and the city of Barstow is less than 30 minutes north. The Orbitz/Knights Inn rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 15765 Mojave Drive, Victorville, CA 92394

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60 and CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 2/13, 3/13, 5/29, 7/3 (and many more!)
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Bed (Non-Smoking)

Rate variation: Orbitz - $42 / Knights Inn - $46.99

Special Comments: This hotel offers an outdoor pool, a microwave & refrigerator in all guest rooms, and 75 channels of cable television with 6 HBOs.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property
Formerly the "Sunset Inn of Victorville"

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

San Luis Obispo, California - Super 8 San Luis Obispo

The Super 8 San Luis Obispo is located just off Hwy. 101 on the Central California coast, approximately mid-way between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Just 38 miles north of the property is the popular Hearst Castle.

Hotel Address: 1951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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

Sample Dates: 7/17 & 7/18 ... 7/24 & 7/25 ... 8/1, 8/8
(These are just some!)
There are even more (Friday and Saturday dates) in July and August valid for claiming!

Click here to check the Super 8 rates for your specific dates.
Compare them with rates listed for this hotel on Booking.com.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles or 1 Queen

Rate variation: For sample dates above:

Booking.com - $135 / Super 8 - $169 (2 Doubles)
Booking.com - $145 / Super 8 - $149 (1 Queen)

Special Comments: This Super 8 Motel offers - free parking / an outdoor swimming pool / complimentary continental breakfast / a microwave & refrigerator in each guest room

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!

La Grange, Georgia- Baymont Inn and Suites

The Baymont Inn featured here is located in the Western Georgia city of La Grange, roughly an hour's drive southwest of Atlanta, just off I-85. You are about 10 minutes east of West Point Lake near the border with Alabama. Montgomery is further southwest along the highway. This is one of those potentially convenient stopping points for travelers commuting the southeastern states!

Hotel Address: 107 Hoffman Drive, La Grange, GA 30241

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

Sample Dates: Many scattered dates including: 5/30, 7/15, 8/8, 12/5 - Browse around!

Click here first to access the Baymont Inn rates for your specific dates. Then compare to the rates listed for this property on the competitor site, Booking.com.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Your choice of the 1 King or 2 Queens (standard room type)

Rate variation: Differs from date to date ... For sample date 5/30:

Booking.com rate: $82 / Baymont Inn rate: $85 (for either room type)

Special Comments: Here's what you'll find at this property: an indoor swimming pool & jacuzzi / fitness center / free continental breakfast / free high-speed internet / complimentary USA Today newspaper / microwaves & refrigerators in all rooms / interior corridors

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Columbus, Ohio - Knights Inn Columbus East

Here's a Knights Inn on the east side of Columbus, just off I-70. The Downtown area and Ohio State University are 7 miles away. Nothing fancy about this place, but it looks pretty decent. The only Tripadvisor review is a positive one, so it's probably worth a try!

Hotel Address: 4320 Groves Road, Columbus, OH 43232

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

Sample Dates: 2/14, 3/10, 4/4, 6/27 (and many more!)

Click here to check the Knights Inn rates for your specific dates and compare to the rates listed for this property on Booking.com.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Double Beds (nsmk/smk)

The Booking.com "Double Room" is in fact 2 Double Beds, not 1.

Rate variation: Most dates: Booking.com: $52 / Knights Inn: $52.95

Special Comments: You'll receive a complimentary hot breakfast 6:30-9:30 am, free parking, free high-speed internet, and over 60 channels of cable television to enjoy.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

San Antonio, Texas- Knights Inn at Lackland AFB

*Here's a previously posted San Antonio BRG that's still valid*...
This isn't one of the better San Antonio properties, but it should be simple enough to claim and is available most any date you'd happen to be in town. You could combine this hotel with the previous postings for this area if you'd like. This Knights Inn is roughly one mile from Lackland Air Force Base, 5 miles from Sea World, and 10 minutes west of Downtown.

Hotel Address: 6735 Highway 90 West, San Antonio, TX 78227

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!

Sample Date: 7/4 (and most dates well into 2009)

Click here to check the Knights Inn rates for your specific dates and compare to the rates listed for this property on Priceline.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King / 2 Doubles / 2 Queens

Rate variation: For sample date 7/4:

Priceline: $56.25 / KnightsInn.com: $60 - for all room types

Special Comments: free parking / continental breakfast / pool

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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San Antonio, Texas - Travelodge San Antonio - Alamo / Riverwalk / Conv. Ctr.

For those of you heading to San Antonio to do some sightseeing this summer, this Travelodge property is well situated for doing just that! You are within walking distance of the Alamo, and 5 blocks from the famous Riverwalk and also the Convention Center.

The Orbitz/Travelodge rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 405 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78205

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
and
CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 7/4, 7/25 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen, 2 Doubles, 2 Queens (nsmk), 1 King (nsmk)

Rate variation: For sample date listed:

Orbitz: $110.46 NR / Travelodge: $129.95 - For all room types

Special Comments: free parking / continental breakfast & daily newspaper / swimming pool / free high-speed internet / 25" televisions with cable

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, January 25, 2009

Austin, Texas - Wyndham Garden Hotel - Austin

Here's an excellent BRG opportunity to enjoy if passing through the Austin area next summer. This property has been featured on the blog before with many confimed approvals! Location-wise, you're about 3 miles from Downtown and 5 miles from Bergstrom International Airport.

The Hotels.com/Wyndham rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 3401 South I-H 35, Austin, TX 78741

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

and
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 5/30, 7/4, 8/10, 8/29 - It appears MANY summer dates work!
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Deluxe 1 King / Deluxe Double-(2 Double Beds)

Rate variation: For the sample date 7/4:

Hotels.com: $115 NR or $129 / Wyndham: $189 (Best Available) - Deluxe King
Hotels.com: $125 NR or $139 / Wyndham: $199 (Best Available) - Deluxe Double

Special Comments: This Wyndham has many perks including:
free parking / relaxing pool & jacuzzi / complimentary airport shuttle from 7am-11pm / comlimentary weekday USA Today newspaper & much more!

Because this is a Wynham Hotel (and not a WyndhamRewards chain such as Super 8, Days Inn, etc.) you MAY have success with a proper screenshot!

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chicago Vicinity / Super 8 Mundelein / Libertyville Area .... (Still Available)

(This one won't go away just yet!)
The Super 8 Mundelein is a suburban hotel in Lake County, Illinois. The location is just west of I-94 between the Greater Chicago area (to the south) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (to the north) The hotel is just minutes away from Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mill Mall, and historic Long Grove Village.

Hotel Address: 1950 S. Lake Street, Mundelein, IL 60060

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

Sample Dates: 2/21, 3/21, 4/11 (and others!)

Click here first to check the Super 8 rates for your specific dates and compare to the rates listed for this property on Booking.com.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen or 1 King (Standard) / King Suite

Rate variation: For sample dates listed above:

Booking.com: $59.99 / Super 8: $69.99 - 1 Queen
Booking.com: $64.99 / Super 8: $74.99 - 1 King
Booking.com: $89.99 / Super 8: $99.99 - King Suite

Special Comments: Free continental breakfast & morning newspaper / walking distance to many restaurants / free parking / all rooms with a microwave & refrigerator, alarm clocks, iron & ironing board / free high-speed internet

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Ruidoso, New Mexico- Travelodge Ruidoso (Still Available)

(Still Alive 'n Kickin'!)
Here's a New Mexico BRG (posted back in November) that shows no sign of dying out just yet!
Ruidoso is located in a beautiful mountainous area of Southern New Mexico, just west of Roswell on Highway 70.

Hotel Address: 159 West Highway 70, Ruidoso, NM 88345

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!


Sample Dates: 2/7, 4/4 (and most dates well into the year!)

Click here first to check the Travelodge rates for your specific dates and compare to the rates listed for this property on Priceline.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard King or 2 Queens / King Handicap (smk)

Rate variation: For the sample date: 2/7:

Priceline: $55.31/Travelodge: $56.05 NR - $59 Best Available (1 King)
Priceline: $60/Travelodge: $60.80 NR - $64 Best Available (2 Queens)
Priceline: $64.68/Travelodge: $65.54 NR - $68.99 - Best Available (King Handicap)

Special Comments: Typical Travelodge with an outdoor pool and hot tub, free parking for autos/trucks/busses, and a free substandard 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, January 23, 2009

Kissimmee, Florida (Orlando Area) Baymont Inn and Suites

It appears you can have a go at claiming this Baymont Inn during the month of July. Orbitz seems to list this property "on sale" during this time period. I'm sure some of you may be planning a trip to Disneyworld this summer (the hotel is 7 miles away), so perhaps this would be a convenient choice of lodging. Downtown and Old Town Kissimmee are located only 2 miles from this hotel.
The rate difference is seen easily spotted when searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 4156 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Competitor Website:

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and
CheapTickets

Sample Dates: Some include: 7/4, 7/11, 7/28 (lots of July dates!)
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens (Standard Types)

Rate variation: For sample dates listed:

Orbitz: $42 / Baymont Inn: $52

Special Comments: hotel features include: a swimming pool / fitness room / free continental breakfast / walking distance to popular restaurants & shopping

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property
Generally positive reviews by previous guests!

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Port Wentworth, Georgia (Savannah Area) Days Inn and Suites Port Wentworth - North Savannah

This hotel is a pretty good choice for the Savannah area. You can't go wrong here ... it's rated #3 out of 12 hotels in Port Wentworth! The guest reviews are very good overall and it's very close to the Savannah Airport. The property was built in 2006, so the hotel shouldn't be old and outdated in any way. Savannah BRGs are relatively easy to locate, so perhaps combine this one with others that may be out there!

Hotel Address: 105 Travelers Way, Port Wentworth, GA 31407

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

Sample Dates: 4/4, 6/10, 12/15 (and other scattered, but plentiful dates!)

Click here first to access the Days Inn rates for your specific dates and compare to the rates listed for this property on Booking.com.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: The King Suite or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For the sample dates above:

Booking.com: $69.99
Days Inn: $72.24 (Non-Refundable) - $84.99 (Best Available)
(Booking either rate should work since both are higher than Booking.com!)

Special Comments: all interior corridors / complimentary hot breakfast including waffles / swimming pool and fitness center / microwave & refrigerator in all rooms / free parking

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Bakersfield, California- Ramada Limited Suites Bakersfield

Here's another Bakersfield option for the same weekend in March as our previous posting. In my opinion, if you were to choose between the two properties, this one has a somewhat higher rating on Tripadvisor and has more bedding types to choose from. To make it a full weekend, consider claiming both! The 2 properties are in close proximity to each other (probably walking distance ... take note of the addresses!)

Hotel Address: 828 Real Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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

Sample Dates: March 5, 6, 7 - 2009 (Just these dates)

Click here to check the Ramada rates for these dates and compare to the rates listed for this property on Booking.com.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: King Suite / 2 Doubles Suite / Jacuzzi Suite

Rate variation: For all the sample dates listed:

Booking.com: $79 / Ramada: $119 - King Suite
Booking.com: $89 / Ramada: $139 - 2 Doubles Suite
Booking.com: $139 / Ramada: $159 - Jacuzzi Suite

Special Comments: All interior corridors / pool & jacuzzi / complimentary breakfast with waffles, etc. / fitness center / microwave & refrigerator in all rooms / 70 channels of cable television

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Bakersfield, California- Days Inn

Often times when an annual event takes place in a U.S. city, a hotel will raise it's rates and make it easier to spot a BRG opportunity at that time. This BRG takes place during the weekend of the annual Bakersfield March Meet, a 3-day nostalgia drag racing event held at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway. The hotel is just off Hwy. 99 and in close proximity to Hwy. 58.

Hotel Address: 818 Real Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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

Sample Dates: March 5, 6, 7, 8 - 2009 (Just these dates)

Click here to check the Days Inn rates for these dates and compare to the rates listed for this property on Booking.com. (link above)

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Bed (Standard)

Rate variation: For all dates listed:

Booking.com: $69.99
Days Inn: $84.99 (Non-Refundable) - $99.99 (Best Available) ... Book Either

Special Comments: swimming pool & hot tub / complimentary breakfast with waffles, etc. / microwave & refrigerator in all rooms / hotel MAY ask for substantial security deposit to be held until check-out (which may or may not apply to you) - $100 hold for cash-paying guest. Call hotel to inquire if this concerns you. Even though the room would be free, a credit card hold for "x" dollars (held for incidentals) is standard procedure in most cases.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mesquite, Texas (Dallas Area) - Days Inn Dallas - East / Mesquite

This hotel property is located right on Hwy. 80 on the eastern side of Dallas in the suburbs, just 2 miles from Town East Mall. Other popular area attractions include Lake Ray Hubbard and Six Flags over Texas. The Texas Stadium, the Ball Park in Arlington, and the Dallas Convention Center are all just minutes away.

Check out the visible rate difference by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 3601 US Hwy. 80 E - Mesquite, TX 75150

Competitor Website:

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Sample Dates: 2/14, 4/4, 6/13 (and many others into at least June!)
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For many dates:

Orbitz: $50.11 NR / Days Inn: $58.95 - 1 King
Orbitz: $58.62 NR / Days Inn: $68.95 - 2 Queens

Special Comments: The hotel offers a free continental breakfast, an unheated outdoor pool, microwave & refrigerator in all rooms, and high-speed internet access.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Richmond, Virginia- Super 8 Richmond / Broad Street

Here's a Super 8 Motel situated in Richmond, conveniently accessible to I-64, approximately 16 miles from Richmond International Airport. You'll notice the rate difference ... it's easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 7200 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

and
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 6/6, 7/15, 8/15 (& many more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles (Standard)

Rate variation: For the listed sample dates:

Hotels.com: $56.10 NR / Super 8: $66 (Both Room Types)

Special Comments: free parking / free continental breakfast / all rooms have a microwave & refrigerator

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Roseville, Michigan (Detroit Area) - Baymont Inn and Suites Detroit / Roseville

Here's a Baymont Inn you can claim for many dates from late spring through most of summer. The location is just a few miles north of Downtown Detroit, close to Interstate 94.

Hotel Address: 20675 13 Mile Road, Roseville, MI 48066

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

Sample Dates: Here are some: 5/22, 6/27, 7/15, 8/8 (and most summer dates!)

Click here first to check the Baymont Inn rates for your specific dates and compare to the rates listed for this property on Booking.com.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: Booking.com: $64 / Baymont Inn $69 - (Both Room Types)

Special Comments: free continental breakfast & USA Today newspaper / fitness center / microwave & refrigerator 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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Shreveport, Louisiana- Days Inn Shreveport Airport

Here's a Days Inn property located in the northwestern Louisiana city of Shreveport, just off I-20. Thanks to reader Hank for sending this one to us awhile back! This one is a confirmed approval!

The Shreveport Days Inn provides 24-hour airport shuttle and is found just 5 miles from the Louisiana Boardwalk. This opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 4935 West Monkhouse Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Competitor Website:

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and
CheapTickets

Sample Date: 2/15, 3/15, 4/15 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Doubles or 1 King

Rate variation: For 3/15:

Orbitz: $53.55 NR / Days Inn: $63 - 2 Doubles
Orbitz: $62.06 NR / Days Inn: $73 - 1 King

Special Comments: free parking / outdoor pool / continental breakfast / free 24 hour airport shuttle / free USA Today newspaper M-F

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Virginia Beach, Virginia - Wingate by Wyndham Virginia Beach/Norfolk Airport

This BRG is no stranger to the blog, having appeared several times before. It refuses to die. I've stayed here myself a couple of times, and found it to be as good as any Wingate property - excellent. It would be hard to be disappointed here. The hotel is located in a busy shopping area just a few miles east of Interstate 64. It's technically in Virginia Beach, but don't let that mislead you - this property is around 20 miles from downtown and the beach. It's much more suited to be thought of as a Norfolk hotel than a Virginia Beach hotel. The Norfolk Airport is just 4 miles away, served by fast and free airport shuttle.

Many dates are available which are easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 5800 Burton Station Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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


Sample Date: March 4, 2009 and plenty more ... Just click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Two Doubles (S/NS), One King (NS), One King Access. (NS)

Rate variation: $73.95 Expedia, $87.00 Wingate (all room types)

Special Comments: This hotel features an indoor heated pool, free expanded hot continental breakfast and USA Today newspaper, long distance access, on-site business center, a hotel fitness room and a whirlpool. Generally positive, but mixed, reviews on Tripadvisor (I loved it, if that's any consolation).

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Columbia, South Carolina - Days Inn Columbia

This hotel is located in South Carolina's capital city, just off of Interstate 20 and only a few miles off of I-77. The hotel is within easy reach of Fort Jackson and downtown Columbia, and just 15 miles from Columbia Airport.

This free hotel room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 133 Plumbers Road, Columbia, SC 29203 US

Competitor Website:
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or
CheapTickets

Sample Date: March 4, 2009 (and plenty more). Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One Double (S/NS), One King (S/NS), Two Doubles (S/NS)

Rate variation:
One Double (S/NS): $48.39 Orbitz, $59.95 DaysInn
Two Doubles (S/NS): $56.45 Orbitz, $69.95 DaysInn
One King (S): $51.61 Orbitz, $63.95 DaysInn
One King (NS): $52.43 Orbitz, $64.95 DaysInn

Special Comments: This property features a complimentary continental breakfast, free domestic long distance calling, free cable TV with HBO, microwave and fridge in all rooms, and an outdoor seasonal pool. Mixed reviews on Tripadvisor.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Columbia, South Carolina - Wingate by Wyndham Columbia/Ft. Jackson

Here's another BRG located in South Carolina's capital city of Columbia, right in the center of the state. This is a lovely property, located right off of I-77 on US Route 1. From here, you can head to many Columbia attractions, including Fort Jackson, Congaree National Park, the Riverbanks Zoo, Edventrue Children's Museum, or the University of South Carolina.

This free hotel room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 8300 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223 US

Competitor Website:
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or
CheapTickets

Sample Date: March 4, 2009 (and plenty of other dates).
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King (S/NS), Two Doubles (S/NS), One King Suite (S/NS)

Rate variation:
Normal Room Types: $93.02 Orbitz, $109.00 Wingate
Suite Room Types: $101.55 Orbitz, $119.00 Wingate

Special Comments: This hotel features all of the standard, excellent Wingate amenities, including free hot breakfast, free long distance access, free business center with fax use, indoor heated pool, free fitness room access, and a free copy of USA Today. Tripadvisor has mixed reviews, and some reviews indicate the hotel's proximity to the train tracks make for a noisy sleep. Could this be the first disappointing Wingate property? I've never found a bad one yet...

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Seattle, Washington- Travelodge Seattle By The Space Needle

Back as a BRG once again, this Seattle Travelodge is located just 2 blocks walking distance from Seattle's Space Needle as well as Seattle Center!

The rate difference between Travelodge.com and the competitor sites is easily visible by searching Kayak.

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

Competitor Website:

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

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60 and CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 7/15, 8/15 (and others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen, 1 King, 2 Doubles, 2 Queens
(all non-smoking rooms)

Rate variation: For the sample dates above:

Competitor: $135.97 NR / Travelodge: $159.95 - 1 Queen
Competitor: $144.46 NR / Travelodge: $169.95 - 1 King or 2 Doubles
Competitor: $152.97 NR / Travelodge: $179.95 - 2 Queens

Special Comments: parking fee of $10 / outdoor pool / breakfast with belgium waffles / fitness center / all interior corridors and recently renovated rooms

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Phoenix, Arizona- Super 8 Phoenix Metro North

Here's a Phoenix Super 8 Motel which we've never posted on the blog before. This one looks to be somewhat better than the Phoenix Downtown Super 8, previously featured on our site. While Tripadvisor reviews are mixed, it generally appears to be an "average" property or better! ... one you can easily deal with! The location is literally right off I-17. Nearby the property are the Downtown Glendale golf courses, Luke Air Force Base, restaurants, and much more.

The Orbitz/Super 8 rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 8130 N. Black Canyon Hwy. (Central Phoenix) Phoenix, AZ 85051

Competitor Website:

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CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 7/15, 8/15 (and others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For 7/15:

Orbitz: $47.29 / Super 8: $47.88 - 1 Queen
Orbitz: $62.10 / Super 8: $62.88 - 2 Queens

Special Comments: free parking / free continental breakfast / outdoor heated pool and spa / gas stations, shopping center, & many restaurants are all nearby

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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