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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pensacola, Florida - Ramada Pensacola

The Ramada Pensacola is located on Pensacola Blvd 1/2 mile south of Interstate 10. This property is 3 miles from Pensacola Regional Airport, and 15 miles from the city's beaches. It's said to have been fully renovated in 2007 and even has a Ramada Mart! (are they opening convenience stores now?) The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 7051 Pensacola Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32505

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 King (ns) or 2 Queens (ns)

Rate variation: For sample date:
Hotels.com: $50.15 / Ramada: $59 (1 King)
Hotels.com: $58.65 / Ramada: $69 (2 Queens)

Higher rate: Ramada "Best Available Rate"
Lower rate: "Nonrefundables" on Hotels.com & Expedia (which are not offered on Ramada.)

Special Comments: free continental breakfast & USA Today newspaper / outdoor pool / all interior corridors / in-room coffee maker, hairdryer, iron & ironing board / some rooms with a microwave & refrigerator / Hurricane surcharge of $3 plus state tax ... hmmm?

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Jesup, Georgia - Days Inn Jesup

The city of Jesup is the location of this Georgia Days Inn. It's roughly 60 miles south of Savannah, GA and 30 miles inland from the coast. It sits at the junction of Highways 25 & 301. This property was newly built as of 2003 and the sole Tripadvisor posting gives this hotel a great review!

The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 1096 Express Lane, Jesup, GA 31545

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com


Expedia is your best bet over Hotels.com for this one. The room description is identical to the Days Inn room description! Just click their room description link to see what I mean!

Sample Dates: 3/21, 8/10 (and plenty more!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: The Standard 1 King (ns) or Standard 2 Doubles (ns)

Rate variation: For most dates:
Expedia - $50.15
Days Inn - $52.70 Non-Refundable / $62 Best Available
(For both room types ... Booking either rate will work!)

Special Comments: All rooms have a microwave & refrigerator, coffee maker, iron/board, hairdryer, and high-speed internet access. The property has 54 rooms (all interior corridors), offers a continental breakfast & newspaper, and an exercise room for guests. There's mention of a hot tub on-site, but no reference to a swimming pool.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Wentzville, Missouri (St. Louis Vicinity) - Super 8 Wentzville

If you're traveling along I-70 near the St. Louis area and need accomodations, this Super 8 might just work for you! It's only 40 miles to the west of Downtown. Casinos are 21 miles from the property, the Warrenton Outlet Mall-20 miles, and the Mid Rivers Mall-15 miles.

This free room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 4 Ruggeri Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385

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

or your other option:
no one deals like we do!

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen Handicap (smk/nsmk)

Rate variation: For sample date:
$67.39 Reservetravel / $71.88 Super 8

Special Comments: Interior corridors / free parking / free Super Start breakfast / cable, HBO, & pay-per-view movies / high-speed internet access / Super Walmart- 1/4 mile / walking distance to many restaurants / coffee makers & hairdryers in all rooms, recliners in some

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Orlando, Florida - Wyndham Orlando Resort

Enjoy this Wyndham property located in Orlando near all of the city's well-known attractions. You'll be only minutes away from Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Wet 'n Wild, and much more!

This BRG opportunity MAY be visible by searching Kayak. Sometimes the Wyndham rate appears not to be displayed. If this is the case, go to Wyndham.com and compare!

Hotel Address: 8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 11/7, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28, 11/29
It appears most November dates work for this BRG! (maybe other months?)

Click here to search Kayak for your specific dates or do a manual search if needed.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details:
Standard 1 King or 2 Doubles
or.....
Florida Fun Suites (1 King or 2 Doubles with bunk beds)

Rate variation: For the listed sample date:
Hotels.com: $102.90 / Wyndham: $147 (Non Refundable) - 1 King or 2 Doubles
Hotels.com: $130.90 / Wyndham: $187 (Non Refundable) - Fun Suites

If you're nervous about booking non-refundable rates for BRGs, try using an "almost used-up" VISA pre-paid gift card for the credit card hold. By doing so, you cannot be billed for the room should your claim end up being denied.

Special Comments: This hotel offers free shuttle to Universal Studios, Sea World, and Wet 'n Wild only. There is an outdoor jacuzzi and a restaurant on-site for guests.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

FreeRoomGuys.com - The Website that Never Was

Well, it's safe to say that our new domain name (which we were in the process of transitioning to) will go unused. Not to entirely waste our money, we'll let you all know that this blog can be accessed via blogspot, or via:

http://www.freeroomguys.com

For any of you Slickdealers out there who have had a hard time sharing our blog with your friends due to Slickdeals limitations they seem to like to impose, feel free to share the new URL with your fellow users. By the time they ban it, it won't matter - the BRG will be over! Tell your friends. Your coworkers. The family pet. Whoever! The new website is easier to remember, and we might as well put it to good use while we can!

Mountain View, California (SF Bay Area) - Ramada Limited Mountain View

This Ramada is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley between the cities of San Jose and San Francisco. The location is 1 mile from Downtown Mountain View and NASA Ames Research Center, 5 miles from Paramounts Great America, and 12 miles from San Jose's Winchester Mystery House. This BRG is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 55 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043

Competitor Website:

Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen / 1 King (ns) / 2 Queens (ns) / King Jacuzzi Tub (ns)

Rate variation: For sample date listed:
Hotels.com: $75.64 / Ramada: $89 (1 Queen)
Hotels.com: $84.15 / Ramada: $99 (1 King or 2 Queens)
Hotels.com: $118.15 / Ramada: $139 (King Jacuzzi Tub)

Special Comments: free hot breakfast buffet & weekday USA Today newspaper / outdoor pool & hot tub / fitness center / all rooms equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, hairdryer, coffee maker, iron & ironing board

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!

Elizabethtown, Kentucky - Ramada Elizabethtown

This northern Kentucky hotel is located just 45 minutes south of downtown Louisville along Interstate 65 towards Nashville. Nearby you'll find historic sites such as the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Mammoth Cave National Park, and Fort Knox!

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

Hotel Address: 205 Commerce Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 42701 US

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

Sample Date: April 5, 2009 (and plenty of other dates!).
Click here to check your specific dates.

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King NS, Two Queens Standard (S/NS), Two Queens w/ Sofabed (S/NS)

Rate variation:
One King NS: $58.65 Orbitz, $69.00 Ramada
Two Queens Standard (S/NS): $62.90 Orbitz, $74.00 Ramada
Two Queens w/ Sofabed (S/NS): $67.16 Orbitz, $79.00 Ramada

Special Comments: This hotel features a business center, fitness center, free continental breakfast, and free high speed internet access. The hotel was recently flooded (Jan. 16, 2009) and is currently closed, expected to re-open on March 23rd. They are accepting reservations after this date, so file your claims accordingly. Generally positive 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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Prospect Heights, Illinois (Chicago Area) - Super 8 Prospect Heights/Northbrook

This hotel is located in Chicago's north suburbs, around 11 miles north of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, with easy access to Interstate 294. From here, downtown Chicago and all of its attractions are just a 25 minute drive away. This free hotel room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 540 Milwaukee Ave, Prospect Heights, IL 60070 US

Competitor Website:
Expedia.com

or
http://www.hotels.com


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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One Double Smoking

Rate variation: $45.73 Expedia, $49.00 Super8

Special Comments: Rooms at this hotel feature free cable tv (how generous) and a Superstart breakfast. Absolutely nothing else to note here at this very underwhelming property. Nearby restaurants include Dennys, TGI Fridays, Bob Chins Crabhouse, Benihana, Pete Miller Seafood and Steak, Rocky Vander Sports Bar and The Glenn. Mixed reviews on Tripadvisor - the words "dive motel" were used, for the record.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Elk Grove Village, Illinois - Super 8 Chicago OHare Airport

This metro Chicago hotel is located at the northwest corner of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, around a ten minute drive to the airport entrance. This property's photo suggests they offer a shuttle to the airport (rare for hotels this far away from the airport entrance, but nothing is mentioned on its webpage, so call ahead before assuming so! Downtown Chicago is a mere 20 miles away from this property.

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

Hotel Address: 2951 Touhy Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 US

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

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: One King (S/NS)

Rate variation:
One King (S/NS): $56.00 Reservetravel, $69.00 Super8

Special Comments: This hotel offers a free Superstart breakfast (cereal and toast), Fitness Center, and Free High Speed Wireless Internet in all guest rooms, Free Cable, Pay Per View Movies, but not much more than this. Reviews on Tripadvisor are mixed.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

San Antonio, Texas - Days Inn San Antonio at Palo Alto

This San Antonio Days Inn, which is located adjacent to Palo Alto College, opened just over a year ago back in December 2007. The Downtown area, Riverwalk, and Convention Center are 7 miles from the hotel, and the Alamo is 11 miles away.

This BRG opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 9403 Poteet Jourdanton Freeway, San Antonio, TX 78224

Competitor Websites:

Expedia.com

and
http://www.hotels.com

Sample Date: 4/4, 6/6 (and many others!) Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 2 Queens Non-Smoking

Rate variation: For sample dates above:
Hotels.com: $56.46
Days Inn: $59.46 (NR) ... $69.95 (Best Available)
(You can book either rate!)

Special Comments: Features of this Days Inn include the following:
32" Plasma television in all rooms / outdoor pool with waterfall / free continental breakfast / microwave & refrigerator (all rooms) / alarm clock, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, high-speed internet access (all rooms)

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!

Peoria, Arizona (Phoenix Area) - Ramada Peoria/Glendale Convention Center

This Phoenix area Ramada offers newly remodeled guest rooms in a 100% smoke-free environment. The hotel is located off the Loop 101 Freeway, and is centrally located between Arrowhead Towne Center and Westgate City Center, minutes from Downtown Phoenix. The University of Phoenix and Arizona Cardinals Stadium is 4 miles away from this property.

This free room opportunity is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 8955 W. Grand Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345

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

Sample Date: 3/14 Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Standard 1 King or 2 Queens / Poolside 1 King or 2 Queens

Rate variation: For sample date 3/14:
Orbitz: $118.99 / Ramada: $139.99 (Standard 1 King)
Orbitz: $123.25 / Ramada: $144.99 (Standard 2 Qns)
Orbitz: $131.75 / Ramada: $154.99 (Poolside 2 Qns)

Special Comments: free parking / continental breakfast buffet with free USA Today newspaper / an outdoor swimming pool / exercise facility on-site / restaurant on-site / refrigerator (all rooms) / microwave (some rooms)

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!

Bishop, California - Ramada Limited Bishop

You can find this hotel property on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range of Central California, just off Highway 395. This area is centrally located for visiting the Mammoth Lakes area, as well as Sequoia National Park. You can also use this BRG for an overnight stay if heading towards the Yosemite area from points south. Grab it while you can! It's rare to find BRGs in this area! Thanks to blog reader Chris for sending us this great free room opportunity! He received a confirmed approval on this one!

You'll see that the rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 155 East Elm Street, Bishop, CA 93514

Competitor Websites:

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

Logo (A Step Ahead) 120x60 and CheapTickets

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

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

Rate variation: For sample date 3/21:
Competitors- $63.75 / Ramada- $74.99 (1 King)
Competitors- $67.99 / Ramada- $79.99 (2 Queens)

Special Comments: This Ramada Limited offers free parking, an outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a free continental breakfast. All of the guest rooms are equipped with a microwave & refrigerator, an alarm clock, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron & ironing board.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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

Louisville, Kentucky - Days Inn Hurstbourne

This Louisville hotel is located east of downtown along I-64, near the Plainview Village shopping center. Both downtown Louisville and the airport are 12 miles away.

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

Hotel Address: 9340 Blairwood Road, Louisville, KY 40222 US

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

Sample Date: April 5, 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)

Rate variation:
One King (S/NS): $47.68 Orbitz,
Two Doubles (S/NS): $51.58 Orbitz,

Special Comments: A had a good laugh while reading some of the "perks" of this property:

"Down & Out Rooms & Interior Entry Rooms Available"

Can't wait to get me one of those down and out rooms! Other perks at this property include free high-speed wireless Internet access, free weekday newspaper, in-room hairdryers and AM/FM clock radios, Sol Terre Bath Product, and Expanded Cable with HBO. Tripadvisor reviews are surprisingly positive.

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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New York, New York - Ramada Plaza New Yorker Hotel

Here's a free room opportunity brought to our attention by reader Thomas for the 912-room New Yorker Ramada Hotel in NYC. It looks to be a totally valid claim, so grab it while you can! It won't last long! Let's hope we get some approvals before this one dies!

The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 481 8th Avenue, New York City, NY 10001

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

Sample Dates: 6/1, 6/21, 7/3 (and likely others!) ... Test your dates, many are still unchecked!

Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: Metro Room - 1 Queen Bed

Rate variation: For sample date 6/1:
Orbitz- $220.17 (Non-Refundable) / Ramada- $259 (Best Available)

Special Comments: This hotel offers:
Flat panel HDTV / 24-hour restaurant / complimentary WI-FI / fitness room / parking charge of $35 for cars & $43 for SUVs

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Indianapolis, Indiana - Travelodge South Indianapolis

The Travelodge South Indianapolis is located just off I-465, approximately 8 miles from Indianapolis International Airport, 5 miles from Downtown and Circle Center Mall, and 1 mile from the University of Indianapolis. This property is said to be under new management. (not sure if that's good or bad!) Many dates in March seems BRG-able for this Travelodge.

Hotel Address: 4950 S. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Competitor Website: Travelocity.com

Sample Date: 3/14/09 ... It appears the majority of March dates can be claimed (beyond 14 days from current date) The lower rate is a "14 Day Advaced Purchase" rate. Seems to die out in April.

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

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Double, 2 Doubles, Sleepy Bear room

Rate variation: For most dates:
Travelocity $40.49 / Travelodge $43.19 NR ... $53.99 BA (1 Double)
Travelocity $48.74 / Travelodge $51.99 NR ... $64.99 BA (2 Doubles)
Travelocity $89.99 / Travelodge $95.99 NR ... $119.99 BA (Sleepy Bear)

Special Comments: free parking / free Bear Bites breakfast / Denny's next door / free high-speed internet / clock radios & coffee makers in each 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!

Austin, Texas - Days Inn Austin University / Downtown

The Days Inn Austin University is located within walking distance (just 2 blocks) to the University of Texas. This property is only minutes away from Downtown, the 6th Street area (world renowned for it's clubs and musical venues), the State Capitol building, and the Austin Convention Center. Thanks to reader Ben for sending us this contribution! He wants us to know that you can claim this hotel as a BRG for many dates during the Austin Rodeo which runs from March 13-28, 2009!

The rate difference is easily visible by searching Kayak.

Hotel Address: 3105 North I-35, Austin, TX 78722

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

Sample Dates: 3/15, 3/24, 3/26, 4/14 (and many other dates!)
Click here to check your specific dates

Occupancy: 2 Persons

Room Details: 1 Queen, 2 Doubles, 1 King

Rate variation: For sample date 3/24:
Orbitz- $64.47 / Days Inn- $67.15 NR ... $79 BA (1 Queen Bed)
Orbitz- $72.63 / Days Inn- $75.65 NR ... $89 BA (2 Double Beds)
Orbitz- $80.79 / Days Inn- $84.15 NR ... $99 BA (1 King Bed)

Special Comments: Hotel amenities for this Days Inn include:
free parking / complimentary Daybreak breakfast & USA Today newspaper / outdoor swimming pool / free Capitol Metro bus passes / an in-room microwave, refrigerator, alarm clock, iron, coffee maker, and high-speed internet

Click here to read Tripadvisor reviews of this property

Click here to visit the hotel's official website.

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

Tuesday, 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.

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

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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Consider using the EHTL20 code for a completely free stay in Vegas, Laughlin, Primm, or any of the other super-cheap casino properties. Or, knock a couple of bucks of that hotel that you just couldn't find any cheaper. How about an international stay? Free hotel rooms in Thailand? Cambodia? India?

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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.

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

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:

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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:
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or
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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:
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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:

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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.

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