Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dunn, North Carolina - Super 8 Dunn

This hotel is just off I-95 about 30 minutes north of Fayetteville, and roughly an hour's drive south of Raleigh. You're also only 35 miles from Fort Bragg, and 16 miles from Campbell University. Claim this BRG for a wide range of dates! The Tripadvisor reviews are very mixed.

Hotel Address: 1125 East Broad Street, Dunn, NC 28344

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!


Sample Date: 4/11 (and most any date all year!)

Click here to check the Super 8 rates for your specific dates and compare to those listed for this hotel on Priceline.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Double / 2 Doubles / 1 King

Rate variation: For sample date above:
Priceline: $51.51 / Super 8: $54.95 (1 Double)
Priceline: $56.20 / Super 8: $59.95 (2 Doubles)
Priceline: $61.83 / Super 8: $65.95 (1 King)

Special Comments: Super Start continental breakfast / outdoor pool / free high-speed internet / free newspaper / 25" satellite television with HBO / pets - $10 a day

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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FYI: The Mystery of "Mary Job", solved.

After hearing many conspiracy theories and unfounded rumors, we've now established that Mary Job does indeed exist, and all paranoia/suspense/gossip can be put to rest. A reader explains:

"A google search of Mary Job Wyndham reveals this picture and bio of a real Mary Job.

Based in Aberdeen, SD, Mary Job oversees the Wyndham Hotel Group Customer Service and Group Sales Department.

http://www.wordsonwyndham.com/pages/February2007/employeeSpotlight.html

Now I imagine that Mary herself is not approving claims, likely her staff is approving them on her behalf, but she seems to be a real person."

I've spent the entire day preparing and packing for my departure overseas in the morning, so I'll admit, my post was written in haste, after a slew of emails regarding the "Mary Job" mystery caught my attention. I probably should have researched this further before playing in to all the hype/speculation! I'm humbled/embarrassed by the fact that the answer to this "mystery" was a mere Google search away.

Why she is responding to claims remains to be seen. It may be a step in the right direction - with upper management reviewing claims, they may be realizing that there was some fudging going on from some of the claims agents, and trying to do things the "right way". One thing cannot be disputed - it is strange for a high-ranking employee in the department to be replying to claims en masse.

Thoughts?

Monday, February 23, 2009

San Diego, California - Ramada Plaza Hotel Circle South

This BRG was contributed by reader Henry - it looks widely available for many dates this fall (and possibly before - try out your dates). This hotel is located the hub of San Diego's lodging - Hotel Circle - right off of Interstate 8. Downtown San Diego is just 5 miles away, Old Town is just over 1 mile away, and Sea World is a short 4 mile drive away from this property.

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

Hotel Address: 2151 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108 US

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

Sample Date: November 26, 2009 (and more). Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Deluxe 1 King, Standard 2 Queens

Rate variation:
Deluxe One King: $78.20 Orbitz, $92.00 Ramada
Standard Two Queens: $82.46 Orbitz, $97.00 Ramada

Special Comments: This hotel features an Outdoor Heated Pool & Jacuzzi, Fitness Center, Guest Laundry and Laundry/Valet services available, and an ATM on site. Not much else to note here, but it looks comfortable enough and convenient enough to base yourself while sightseeing in San Diego. Generally positive reviews on Tripadvisor, with the odd negative one thrown into the mix.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Missoula, Montana - Wingate by Wyndham - Missoula MT

Here's a fairly brand new Wingate property in Western Montana which was built back in 2003. This is a hotel which is smoke-free throughout the property and has nice reviews and a very good rating on Tripadvisor! This Wingate Inn is centrally located between Downtown and Missoula International Airport (which is 1 mile away).

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

Hotel Address: 5252 Airway Blvd. Missoula, MT 59808

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 4/4, 5/18, 6/20 (and many more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard King or 2 Queens (ns)
or the King with sofa bed (ns)

Rate variation: For all sample dates listed:
Orbitz: $94.02 / Wingate: $101.15 (for all rooms types listed)

Special Comments: This Wingate property offers:
a large, hot continental breakfast / complimentary airport shuttle / an indoor pool with waterslides & hot tub / fitness room / free high-speed internet / free local and 800 calls / a microwave, refrigerator, & coffee maker in your guest room

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property
Rated #7 out of 40 Missoula hotels!

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Save $20 on any Expedia Special Rate hotel

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Simply use coupon code EHTL20 when booking your room. Unlike previous coupon codes we've listed (like FAN50), this code does not require a minimum stay. You can save $20, even off of one night stays!

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Rogers, Minnesota (Minneapolis Area) - Super 8 Rogers Minnesota

Here's another suburbian Minneapolis property worth considering. The Super 8 Rogers is conveniently located in the northwestern suburbs of the Minneapolis area at the junction of Interstate 94 and Highway 101. The Albertville Outlet Mall is 5 miles west of this property, and the Target Center and Metrodome are 20 minutes away.

Hotel Address: 21130 134th Avenue North, Rogers, MN 55374

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!


Sample Date: 3/21 (and lots more!)

Click here to check the Super 8 rates for your specific dates and compare to those listed for this property on Priceline.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Only the 1 Queen Suite or 2 Queens Suite

Rate variation: For sample date 3/21:
Priceline: $92.81 / Super 8: $99 (for either suite type)

Special Comments: Some amenities of this Super 8 include:
free parking with electrical outlets / free Super Start continental breakfast / indoor heated pool & a jacuzzi / all rooms have an alarm clock, coffee maker, hairdryer & WI-FI / free local calls / restaurants adjacent to motel

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Shakopee, Minnesota (Minneapolis Area) - Super 8 Shakopee

Here's a Super 8 Motel located in the suburbs of Minneapolis, probably a good 30 minutes drive to the southwest of Downtown. The Tripadvisor reviews are not so good, so you'll maybe want to consider this BRG at a time when no other Minneapolis hotel options are available!

Hotel Address: 581 S. Marschall Road 1, Shakopee, MN 55379

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!


Sample Date: 3/21 (and it appears most dates from now into May!)

Click here to check the Super 8 rates for your specific dates and compare to those listed for this property on Priceline.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen / 2 Doubles / 2 Queens Suite

Rate variation: For sample date:
Priceline- $48.38 / Super 8- $48.99 (1 Queen)
Priceline- $59.24 / Super 8- $59.99 (2 Doubles)
Priceline- $98.75 / Super 8- $100 (2 Queens Suite)

Special Comments: This motel offers an indoor pool and outdoor hot tub, a Super Start continental breakfast, free high-speed internet, free local calls, and a coffee maker & hairdryer in each room.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Rancho Cordova, California (Sacramento Area) - Knights Inn Rancho Cordova

This hotel property is an enigma to me! I'm not able to locate any Tripadvisor review on it and the Knights Inn website offers little info on this place! Based on the photo, I wouldn't expect 5-star amenities, that's for sure! (no offense to the management) The only thing certain is that this motel is in the Greater Sacramento area and they offer a continental breakfast (better find a McDonalds!). I also find it hard to believe that they recently renovated as they state. And don't expect to find any room photos, just the pool ... Check it out!

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 10271 Folsom Blvd. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 3/21, 4/4, 5/2 (and more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 1 King or 2 Doubles (smoking types)

Rate variation: For sample dates listed:
Hotels.com: $46.75 / Knights Inn: $54.99 (King Smoking)
Hotels.com: $48.44 / Knights Inn: $56.99 (2 Dbls Smoking)

Note that Hotels.com is offering lower "advanced purchase" rates for this property while the Knights Inn website is not.

Special Comments: None really! I can't find any!

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois - Wyndham Buffalo Grove Garden

This free hotel room opportunity is "last minute" defined - it's available only from Monday to Wednesday, so if you want this one, submit it while you can (must be 48 hours prior to arrival). This suburban Wyndham hotel is located in the city of Buffalo Grove, just 35 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. This property is fairly far off of Interstate 94, but is reasonably close to Illinois Route 53.

This opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 900 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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

Sample Date: February 23/24/25, 2009 (possibly others if you snoop around).
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard Two Queens

Rate variation: $126.25 Orbitz, $129.00 Wyndham

Special Comments: Rooms here feature Serta Presidential Pillowtop Mattresses and Wyndhams Be Well Bedding, Bath and Body Works Bathroom Amenities, Free Wireless High Speed Internet, Cordless Speakerphone with Dataport, Herman Miller Desk Chair, Voicemail, Hair Dryer, Iron and Ironing Board, Michael Graves Single Cup Coffeemaker, Alarm Clock Radio with MP3 hookup, Pay-per-view movies and Complimentary HBO. The property also features a fitness center with indoor pool and jacuzzi. Tripadvisor reviews are positive.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago Area) - Wyndham O'Hare International Airport

This Wyndham hotel is perfectly suited for any of you that are passing through Chicago's airport during the upcoming week. Why rush in the early morning for your flight? Arrive the night before and relax at this hotel, located just 5 minutes from the airport, with free 24 hour shuttle service! For those arriving by car, the property is right off of the Interstate 90 exit - it couldn't be easier to find. The rates change next weekend, so you need to book this immediately if you want it. The property is also within walking distance of the Blue Line "L" train to downtown Chicago.

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

Hotel Address: 6810 N.Mannheim Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018

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

Sample Date: February 27, 2009 (and other dates in the upcoming week).
Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King (NS), One Queen (S/NS)

Rate variation: $67.50 Orbitz, $69.00 Wyndham

Special Comments: In-room amenities are quite basic, and not much to note. Internet Access is $9.95 per day (but FREE if you have a ByRequest membership, which is free to join by clicking this link). The hotel offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle service, a business center, fitness center, and an on-site restaurant. Mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, but the lack of in-room amenities should be a warning signal that this hotel is not up to Wyndham's usual standards.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Chula Vista, California (San Diego Area) - Days Inn San Diego - Chula Vista / South Bay

This Days Inn property lies just south of San Diego in the suburbs, about 6 miles from the San Diego Zoo, 8 miles from the mexican border town of Tijuana, and 12 miles from San Diego International Airport. You are just a few minute's drive from all other attractions of the Greater San Diego area.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 699 E Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 3/14, 4/11, 7/4 (and plenty more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For sample date 3/14:
Orbitz $44.38 / Days Inn $46.75 NR ... $55 Best Available (1 King)
Orbitz $50.04 / Days Inn $52.70 NR ... $62 Best Available (2 Qns)
(Book either rate!)

Special Comments: Enjoy free parking, a free continental breakfast, and 78 channels of cable television. There is a refrigerator, microwave, clock radio, and hairdryer in every room.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Flagstaff, Arizona - Travelodge Flagstaff

Here's another Travelodge property within the city limits Flagstaff. This one can be found 2 miles from Downtown, 3 miles from Northern Arizona University (NAU), and 81 miles from the Grand Canyon. The Tripadvisor reviews on this particular property are unanimously quite bad.

The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2200 E. Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 5/30, 6/20, 7/18 (and others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queens (smk/nsmk) / King Suite (smk/nsmk)

Rate variation: For sample dates listed:
Hotels.com- $84 / Travelodge- $89.99 (2 Queens)
Hotels.com- $94 / Travelodge- $99.97 (King Suite)

Special Comments: This hotel offers an indoor heated pool & jacuzzi, free weekday newspaper, free high-speed internet, an on-site restaurant, bar & lounge / rooms have a coffee maker, hairdryer, microwave & refrigerator.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Flagstaff, Arizona - Travelodge Flagstaff Grand Canyon

Here's a Travelodge located on a stretch of Old Route 66 in the northern Arizona city of Flagstaff, nestled in the mountains among the ponderosa pines. It is one of three Travelodge properties in town. This hotel is easily accessed from Interstate 40.

This free room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2610 East Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 5/30, 6/20, 7/18 (and others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queens (sm/ns), 2 Doubles (sm/ns), 1 King (ns)

Rate variation: For sample dates listed:
Hotels.com- $75 / Travelodge- $79.99
(2 Queens-smk, 2 Doubles, or 1 King-nsmk)
Hotels.com- $84 / Travelodge- $89.99
(2 Queens-nsmk)

Special Comments: Hotel amenities include:
free parking / an outdoor seasonal swimming pool / free weekday newspaper / an on-site restaurant / alarm clocks & coffee makers 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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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Redding, California - Ramada Limited Redding

This Ramada Limited is located just off I-5 at the north end of the city of Redding, a community in California's northern Central Valley. This property is approximately midway between the Sacramento area and the Oregon border. You may want to use this hotel to break up the long drive while traveling this long stretch of interstate. Just a short drive north of here is the beautiful Mount Shasta area.

The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1286 Twin View Blvd. Redding, CA 96003

Competitor Websites:

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

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60 and CheapTickets

Sample Date: 3/21/09 (and plenty more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King, 2 Queens, King Suite

Rate variation: For sample date listed:
Orbitz- $75.66 / Ramada- $89 (1 King)
Orbitz- $84.15 / Ramada- $99 (2 Queens)
Orbitz- $92.66 / Ramada- $115 (King Suite)

Note: The Ramada website is not offering the "lower" advanced purchase rates for this property as the competitor websites are. As long as they don't post these, this should stay a valid BRG.

Special Comments: This 100% non-smoking property offers:
a free continental breakfast / indoor pool & jacuzzi / free high-speed internet / coffee makers, irons & ironing boards / cable TV with HBO & pay-per-view movies

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!

Brooklyn, New York - Days Inn Brooklyn

The Days Inn Brooklyn is a 43-room hotel located approximately 5 miles from Manhattan, 13 miles from La Guardia International Airport, and only 3 blocks from the subway station.

Hotel Address: 437 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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

Sample Dates: Here are some: 4/4, 5/30, 7/4, 8/15
It appears that you can claim many dates during Spring and Summer!

Click here to check the Days Inn rates for your specific dates ...
then compare with rates listed for this Days Inn on Booking.com.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen Bed (smk or nsmk)

Rate variation: For sample dates listed:
Booking.com- $127 / Days Inn- $143.65 NR ... $169 Best Available
(1 Queen - smoking)
Booking.com- $129 / Days Inn- $143.65 NR ... $169 Best Available
(1 Queen - non smoking)

Special Comments: Hotel amenities include:
continental breakfast & free USA Today newspaper / limited on-site parking & some street parking / free high-speed internet / all rooms have a refrigerator, coffee maker, hairdryer & work desk / interior corridors

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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El Paso, Texas - Ramada Suites El Paso

Here's a West Texas Ramada property in El Paso (recently renovated in 2005) where all of the individual suites are said to have a large living area complete with full size sofa and reading chair, convenient kitchen with full size refrigerator, cooking range, microwave, and coffee maker. This property can be easily accessed by Interstate 10, and is just minutes from the Mexico and New Mexico borders.

This free room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 8250 Gateway Blvd. East, El Paso, TX 79907

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

and
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 3/21, 4/21 (and plenty more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King Suite / 2 Doubles Suite

Rate variation: For sample date 3/21:
Hotels.com- $59.20 / Ramada- $60 (King Suite)
Hotels.com- $63.15 / Ramada- $64 (2 Doubles Suite)

Special Comments: a continental breakfast is served from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m / outdoor swimming pool & jacuzzi / free high-speed internet / exercise room / laundry facilities

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Still Available: Calgary, Alberta - Super 8 Shawnessy

This suburban Calgary hotel is located at the south end of the city off of Macleod Trail in Shawnessy. Is there anything to do down at this end of the city besides shop? No. But it makes a good location for anyone coming north from the USA to base themselves before heading further into the city. This hotel is roughly a 25 minutes drive to downtown at the very southern edge of the city. The US Border is two hours south of here.

One good feature about this property is that it is located right on the LRT line near Shawnessy station - it's around a 30 minute ride into downtown using it, for $2.50.

Only handicap rooms can be BRG-ed, so if you claim this, be sure to call the hotel and request them to change you to a normal room, to free the handicap rooms up for those who need them!

This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 60 Shawville Road, Calgary, AB T2Y 3S6 CA

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

Sample Date: March 11, 2009 (and plenty more). Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One Queen Handicap NS

Rate variation: $120.94 Reservetravel, $129.00 Super8

Special Comments: Free breakfast, heated indoor pool with 16-foot Waterslide & hot tub, and free wireless internet. This is not a hotel for anyone needing airport access - the airport is around 20 miles away through heavy traffic (around 45 minutes drive), but they do offer an airport shuttle for a $40.00 fee. 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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Traverse City, Michigan - Howard Johnson Of Traverse City

This Michigan property is located on the northwest coast of the lower peninsula, around 150 miles north of Grand Rapids. Traverse City is home to the National Cherry Festival, which runs from July 4-11 this year. Sadly, there isn't any availability for a free night at this hotel during that time, but there is good availability at least in the near future. Fellow blogger Frugal Travel Guy hails from this town, and he tells me its quite a nice place to visit.

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

Hotel Address: 417 Munson Avenue, Traverse City, MI 49686 US

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: February 25, 2009 (and others this spring).
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

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

Rate variation:
Two Doubles (S/NS): $44.00 Expedia, $55.00 Hojo
One King (S/NS): $52.00 Expedia, $65.00 Hojo

Special Comments: This hotel features an outdoor heated pool (though I'm guessing it might be closed), free continental breakfast, free high speed internet access, clocks in all rooms (wow), and is just a short drive away from the Cherry Capital Airport. 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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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chesterton, Indiana (Metro Chicago) - Super 8 Motel Chesterton Indiana Dunes Area

This hotel looks to have just one room type available, and that room type isn't exactly enticing. But, we'll list it here in case anyone's been dreaming of a free hotel stay in northern Indiana. This hotel is located in Chesterton, just three miles from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (with some impressive sand dunes). Downtown Chicago is 48 miles west of here.

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

Hotel Address: 418 Council Dr, Chesterton, IN 46304-1040 US

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

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard One Queen Smoking Room

Rate variation: $45.00 Reservetravel, $48.00 Super8

Special Comments: The hotel features free cable television, free superstart breakfast, and free wireless internet. Not much else. Unimpressive is the consensus among Tripadvisor users.

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!

Waukesha, Wisconsin (Milwaukee Area) - Super 8 Waukesha

This hotel is located in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, just about 15 miles west of downtown right off of exit 297 on Interstate 94. This is a decent suburban location, convenient to most of everything Milwaukee has to offer.

This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2510 Plaza Court, Waukesha, WI 53186 US

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: March 4, 2009 (and all other dates we checked).
Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

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

Rate variation:
One King (S/NS): $46.75 Expedia, $55.00 Super 8
Two Doubles (S/NS): $51.00 Expedia, $60.00 Super8

Special Comments: The rooms here feature 27 Inch TV With Cable and HBO, clock, Coffeemaker, Iron With Ironing Board, Hairdryer, Microwave, and Refrigerator. A Free Continental Breakfast is served daily. Texas Roadhouse, Steak-n-Shake, and Applebee's are all within walking distance. Positive review on Tripadvisor.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Schaumburg, Illinois (Chicago Area) - Days Inn Schaumburg/Elk Grove Village

This suburban Chicago hotel is located 28 miles northwest of downtown, and just 12 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Not really much to say about this property - it's a standard, run-of-the-mill Days Inn property.

This free room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1000 West Devon Ave, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 US

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


Sample Date: March 18, 2009 (and many more). Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

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

Rate variation:
One Double (S/NS): $42.84 Expedia, $45.90 DaysInn
Two Doubles (S/NS) or One Queen (NS): $46.81 Expedia, $50.15 DaysInn

Special Comments: This property features a fitness Center, free High Speed Wireless Internet access in all guest rooms, free cable television with pay-per-view access, and a complimentary Daybreak Breakfast. Nearby restaurants include Shulas Steakhouse, Charlies Char House, Sunnyside Up Pancake House, Real Time Sports Bar, Panera Bread and Pizza Hut. Reviews on Tripadvisor are neutral.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Richfield, Minnesota (Minneapolis Area) - Ramada Minneapolis Airport West

Here's a Ramada property located in an ideal location for the Minneapolis area ... just 5 minutes to the Mall of America, 10 minutes to Downtown, and 15 minutes to the city of St. Paul. The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport and Hubert Humphrey Terminal are just 4 miles away. This hotel offers free 24-hour shuttle to both of these locations as well as the Mall of America. The Tripadvisor reviews on this property are very good!

This free room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 7745 Lyndale Ave. S, Richfield, MN 55423

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 6/1, 7/1, 8/1 (and plenty more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen (ns) / 1 King (sm/ns) / 2 Doubles (sm/ns)

Rate variation: For sample date 8/1:
Hotels.com $54.40 / Ramada $68 NR ... $80 Best Available (1 Queen)
Hotels.com $57.80 / Ramada $72.25 NR ... $85 Best Available (2 Dbls)

Special Comments: 146 rooms / indoor heated pool & jacuzzi / fitness center on property / refrigerator in suite rooms only / pay-per-view movies / free high speed internet

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Pine Bluff, Arkansas- Ramada Plaza Hotel Pine Bluff

Here's a Ramada property located less than an hour's drive south of Little Rock in the city of Pine Bluff. This hotel just completed a multi-million dollar renovation and is said to have comfortable, oversized rooms.

The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2 Convention Center Plaza, Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 3/28, 4/25, 5/11 (and others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 2 Queens (non-smoking)

Rate variation: For sample date 3/28:
Hotels.com- $93
Ramada- $105.40 (NR) ... $124 (Best Available)
(Book either rate!)

Special Comments: 100% non-smoking property featuring amenities such as: a large indoor swimming pool / free hot breakfast with cook-to-order eggs, etc. / an on-site restaurant & bar - hours 6a.m. to 10 p.m. / fitness center / refrigerators, clocks, coffee makers, irons, and ironing boards in all rooms / some rooms have a microwave

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

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San Luis Obispo, California- Travelodge San Luis Obispo Downtown

Located along the central California coast, midway between L.A. and San Francisco, the San Luis Obispo Downtown Travelodge is located within walking distance to Cal Poly University and Cuesta College. A short 10 mile drive takes you to the coastal communities of Pismo Beach and Morro Bay, right at the Pacific Ocean. This opportunity for a free night stay is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 345 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Competitor Website:

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60
or
CheapTickets

Sample Dates: 3/28, 4/18, 5/9 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Double, 1 Queen, 2 Doubles (sm), 2 Queens (ns)

Rate variation: For sample date 3/28:
Orbitz $46.00 / Travelodge $47.20 NR ... $59 Best Available (1 Dbl)
Orbitz $58.48 / Travelodge $60.00 NR ... $75 Best Available (2 Dbls)
Orbitz $62.38 / Travelodge $64.00 NR ... $80 Best Available (2 Qns)
(Feel free to book either rate!)

Special Comments: This hotel offers free parking, a free Bear Bites continental breakfast & USA Today newspaper, and free high-speed internet.

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Madison, Wisconsin- Baymont Inn and Suites Madison (West)

You can claim this Baymont Inn during most March and April dates while Hotels.com is having a "Spring Sale" on this property. This southern Wisconsin hotel is about one hour from Milwaukee, WI and 2 hours from Chicago, IL.

This free room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 8102 Excelsior Drive, Madison, WI 53717

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 3/28 (and most any date in March and April!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King (nsmk) or 2 Doubles (nsmk)

Rate variation: For sample date 3/28:
Hotels.com- $62.99 / Baymont- $89.99 (King)
Hotels.com- $83.99 / Baymont- $109.99 (2 Doubles)

Special Comments: Hotel amenities include:
free parking / free hot breakfast buffet / indoor pool / jacuzzi / fitness room / high-speed internet / USA Today newspaper / microwave & refrigerator (all rooms) / complimentary evening drink in the hotel's Old Sauk lounge

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Galveston, Texas - Hotel Galvez (A Wyndham Historic Hotel)

This BRG was submitted earlier today by one of our readers. This beautiful property is located on the Texas coast just a short drive from Houston, and is available during peak Spring Break dates! This historic seafront property was known as the "Queen of the Gulf" when she opened in 1911, and has a AAA Four Diamond rating.

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

Hotel Address: 2024 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77550

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: March 18, 2009 (and pretty much every other date in 2009).
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 2 Doubles, Standard Queen

Rate variation: $161.00 Expedia, $199.00 Wyndham

Special Comments: This hotel is entirely non-smoking, and features a 9000 sq ft. spa and workout facility, on-site restaurants and bars, swimming pool with swim-up bar, a billiards room on the seventh floor, a full continental breakfast and local shuttle service. Looks like you cannot go wrong at this hotel!

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South Padre Island, Texas- Knights Inn and Suites On The Bay (Still Available)

This BRG opportunity still shows some promise for claiming many nights! (Limited room types available) The popular resort destination of South Padre Island is the location of this Knights Inn property, certain to be popular any time of the year! Claim your free night for the upcoming Spring Break vacation, or for many other nights while it lasts.

Hotel Address: 901 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!


Sample Dates: 3/14, 3/21, 4/18 (and many more, including Spring Break dates!)

Click here first 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:
On some nights such as 3/14: "2 Dbl Queen/Nsmk/Bus-Place"
On some other nights just the "Non-Smoking 1 Queen Handicap" room.

Note: If claiming a handicap room and you don't require one, please notify the hotel after being approved to request a standard room. Let's save the handicap rooms for those who really need it!

Rate variation: Highly variable! Spring Break dates much higher than others ...

For 3/14: Priceline: $196.88 / Knights Inn: $210 - "2 DBL Queens- Bus. Place"
For 4/18: Priceline: $83.44 / Knights Inn: $99 - "1 Queen Handicap"

Special Comments: free parking - 1 car per room / outdoor pool and hot tub (according to Tripadvisor reviewer, opened past 1 a.m.!) / refrigerator in all rooms / 27" Tv with HBO and Time Warner Cable / free continental breakfast

During the month of March, a $10 wristband fee (?) will be charged to each registered guest. (read details on hotel website)

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Kent, Washington (Seattle Area) Days Inn Kent-Meeker Street

The Days Inn Kent-Meeker Street is located approximately 7 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and 18 miles from Pike Place Market. This BRG has been around for a long time and shows no sign of going away anytime soon! You can claim this property for most any date in 2009. Tripadvisor reviews on this property are poor.

Hotel Address: 1711 West Meeker Street, Kent, WA 98032

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!


Sample Date: 2/28 (and most any other!)

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen / 1 Queen Business Class / 2 Queens / 2 Queens Business Class

Note: Business class room have a microwave & refrigerator - standard rooms do not.

Rate variation: For sample date:

Priceline - $54.38 / Days Inn - $58 (Standard 1 Queen)
Priceline - $60.00 / Days Inn - $64 (Standard 2 Queens)

Special Comments: free parking / free airport shuttle to & from Sea-Tac Airport / continental breakfast with waffles, etc. / guests receive free access to Bally Total Fitness (which is 2 blocks away) All rooms have clock radios, iron, ironing boards, and wireless internet.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Union, New Jersey (NYC area) - Travelodge Newark Airport

Here's an "airport hotel" (actually 9 miles away) that is just 30 minutes to Manhattan. I know this property well, having stayed here in the past. The manager DOES NOT like the BRG. He tried to negotiate "taxes" on the spot, telling me that $25.00 is "flat tax for free stay" according to "New Jersey Hotel Owners Law". After a bit of a run around, I eventually talked him/scared him out of collecting it. But, beware of being haggled here. The hotel itself is somewhat dingy, but comfortable enough. I wasn't sad to leave, though.

This free hotel opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2735 US Route 22 West, Union, NJ 07083 US

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

Sample Date: February 25, 2009 (and most other dates).
Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

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

Rate variation:
Two Doubles (S/NS): $71.96 Reservetravel, $89.95 Travelodge
One King (S/NS): $79.96 Reservetravel, $99.95 Travelodge

Special Comments: This hotel features a free hotel shuttle to/from Newark Int'l Airport and bus stop to New York City (very infrequent schedule, though - mornings only), a very depressing continental breakfast (toast and coffee), and a guest computer in the lobby (fee). Tripadvisor reviews are entirely accurate, and entirely negative.

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Newark, New Jersey (NYC Area) - Howard Johnson Newark

Here's a great BRG for anyone who needs to overnight near the Newark International Airport in the near future. The property is just a stone's throw from the entrance to the airport, near the junctions of I-95, US 1, and I-78. Manhattan is less than 15 miles away.

This free hotel room is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 20 Frontage Road, Newark, NJ 07114 US

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

Sample Date: February 25, 2009 (and plenty more!).
Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

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

Rate variation: $47.24 Orbitz, $49.99 Hojo

Special Comments: This hotel features cable tv including HBO 1 & 2, ESPN & CNN, free high speed internet access in all rooms, free in-room safes, coffee makers, and hair dryers. There is a free rise n' dine breakfast served each morning. There is no mention of an airport shuttle, but Tripadvisor reviews (which are highly mixed) report that there is one. If not, the property is so close to the airport, a taxi won't run you much more than $5.00 or so.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Louisville, Kentucky - Ramada Limited and Suites Airport/Fair/Expo Center

This Louisville hotel is located directly across from Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, and is just minutes from Minutes from Downtown Louisville, the International Convention Center, Churchill Downs, & the University of Louisville. From this hotel, you can actually walk to Six Flags, Freedom Hall, and the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center! It's also just a stone's throw from Louisville International Airport!

This hotel looks to have wide availability, and is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 2912 Crittenden Dr, Louisville, KY 40209 US

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

Sample Date: Text here. Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Two Queens (S/NS), One King NS, One King Junior Suite NS, One King Handicapped NS

Rate variation: $103.11 Reservetravel, $109.99 Ramada

Special Comments: This hotel features an indoor pool, free parking, free wireless internet, indoor corridors, and a business center. There is NO airport shuttle here, so bring your own wheels. Mixed reviews on Tripadvisor.

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Amarillo, Texas - Super 8 Amarillo

Here's a Super 8 motel conveniently located just off I-40 in the Texas Panhandle city of Amarillo. For those traveling this long stretch of the interstate, this could make a handy place to catch up on some rest! The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 8701 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79118

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Dates: 3/30, 4/25, 5/30 (and many more!)

Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King or 2 Doubles

Rate variation: For sample date 3/30:
Hotels.com- $42.49 NR / Super 8- $49.99 (1 King)
Hotels.com- $46.73 NR / Super 8- $54.99 (2 Doubles)

Special Comments: an interior corridor hotel which offers: free continental breakfast, free high-speed internet, and over 60 channels of cable television.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

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Dalhart, Texas- Super 8 Dalhart (Still Available)

The Super 8 Dalhart is located in the Northwestern part of the Texas Panhandle, at the intersections of US-54, US-87, and US-385. The property is roughly 1 hour northwest of Amarillo.

Hotel Address: East Hwy 54 - 403 Tanglewood Road, Dalhart, TX 79022

Competitor Website:

no one deals like we do!


Sample Date: 3/30 (and many more!)

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

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

Rate variation: For sample date 3/30:

Priceline: $56.25 / Super 8: $60 - 1 Queen
Priceline: $60.94 / Super 8: $65 - 2 Doubles or 2 Queens

Special Comments: complimentary continental breakfast / spa & sauna / 50+ channels of cable television

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Alert: Wyndham Hotels claim form not functioning

We've recieved several letters notifying us that Wyndham's (not Wyndham Rewards) claim form is bouncing back all submissions as "undeliverable" due to the email address not existing (the claim agent email address, that is).

If this happens to you, you will need to call Wyndham customer care directly at 605-229-8990 and wait to speak with a claims agent. They will direct you where to send your claim form manually. For some reason, their email systems are wonky right now.

Again, please call 605-229-8990 for all of your Wyndham claims until the form is fixed.

Thanks

Clinton, Oklahoma - Super 8 Clinton

This hotel is located right off of Interstate 40 at exit 65A in the town of Clinton, around 90 miles west of Oklahoma City. Clinton is along a historic stretch of Route 66, so while here, stop in at the Route 66 Museum for some history. Foss State Park is just a short drive away, and Oklahoma's oldest Indian trading post, Mohawk Lodge, is nearby.

This free room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1120 S 10th St, Clinton, OK 73601-5239 US

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


Sample Date: March 11, 2009 (and plenty more). Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King, One Queen, Two Queens

Rate variation:
One Queen: $50.99 Expedia, $59.99 Super8
Two Queens: $52.69 Expedia, $61.99 Super8
One King: $56.95 Expedia, $66.99 Super8

Special Comments: This hotel features a free continental breakfast, TVs in all rooms (they're really going out of their way here!), and plenty of nearby restaurants. Mediocre to poor reviews on Tripadvisor.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

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