Sunday, January 31, 2010

Laughlin, Nevada - Tropicana Express Hotel and Casino

The Tropicana Express Hotel & Casino is a first class resort hotel and casino located 1 mile from the Bullhead International Airport. This two-tower hotel has a 12-story East Tower, and several floors of the 24-story West Tower are reserved exclusively for guests who are 21 or older. Amenities in these adults-only rooms include the finest in-room coffee. A heated pool and 2 hot tubs with private cabanas is offered, with special adults-only hours scheduled for the adult guests from 7am-11am and 9pm-11pm (year round). Take a free ride on Laughlin's only working railroad. The locomotive is a replica of the Genoa, a turn-of-the-century steam train that carries guests around the 27 acre Tropicana Express property.

On-site dining options include: The Roundhouse Buffet, The Steakhouse, The Sushi Bar, Carnegie's Dining Car, Under the Stairs Cafe, Taqueria del Rio, and Passaggio Italian Gardens.

Hotel Address: 2121 South Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV 89029

BRG valid for:

Competitor Website:

Sample Dates: 2/19, 3/6, 4/17 plus...
many others, but mostly weekends

Room Details: Classic Room / Resort Room

Rate variation (for sample date Saturday 4/17): - $59.00 / Expedia & Travelocity - $59.99 (Classic) - $69.00 / - $69.99 (Resort)

To qualify for the BRG, the room rate you book on any given date must be at least $25 before taxes. Rates on many weekdays may drop below this. Weekends will almost always work.

Numerous reviews found on Tripadvisor!

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Keep in mind: Some BRGs have small rate differences (such as under $1), but are still valid. Terms and Conditions of the BRG do not state otherwise. Never accept any "bargaining" from Expedia (such as a lesser offer of a $25 coupon) when rate discrepancies are small. Many of you have reported to us that this is occasionally taking place, especially when using competitor websites such as and where the rate variance is very little.

You must receive a refund of the price difference plus a $50 coupon - nothing less!

Just as Expedia expects "exact" itineraty matches from us, we in turn, expect to receive "exactly" what the Expedia BRG states we will - no exceptions.

Reno, Nevada - Harrah's Hotel and Casino - Reno

Harrah's Reno is located approximately 4 miles from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Offering a variety of entertainment, a 24-hour casino, and 8 different restaurants, this hotel features a large casino with a wide selection of slots, table games, and poker tables. After the casino, guests can go for a swim in the seasonal outdoor pool (during warmer months) or relax in a tanning bed. Visitors can also play a game of golf at one of the nearby courses, then feel pampered in the hotel's full-service spa. Self-parking here is free.

Guests can enjoy a wide range of dining options at Reno Harrah's. For delicious steaks, visitors can go to the award-wining Steak House. Andreotti's serves authentic Italian dishes, while Ichiban offers an all-you-can-eat sushi and tempura bar. After dinner, guests can sip on a cocktail and watch a show in the Sapphire Lounge.

Harrah's Reno offers over 928 guestrooms in the 26-story East Tower and the 24-story West Tower.

Guestrooms include: 1 King or 2 Double beds, 32-inch TVs with cable and pay movies, wireless Internet access (surcharge), and irons/ironing boards.

Hotel Address: 219 N. Center Street, Reno, NV 89501

BRG valid for:
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Sample Dates: 2/17, 3/12, 4/20 plus...
many other Sunday through Friday dates!

Room Details:
Standard Room - East Tower (1 King or 2 Doubles)

Standard Room - West Tower (1 King or 2 Doubles)
Best Choice

Rate variation (for sample date 4/20): - $45 / - $55 (Standard - East) - $65 / - $75 (West Tower)

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tripadvisor's " Top 10 Dirtiest Hotels " of 2010

I'm pleased to announce that none of these hotels ever made an appearance on the BRG Blog (and hopefully never will).

Here's Tripadvisor's brand new list of the "Top 10" filthiest hotels scattered around the U.S. You'll definitely think twice about booking at these properties! We start things out in San Francisco, with the DIRTIEST of the dirty:

1. Heritage Marina Hotel, San Francisco, California

"Carpets were crusty with the texture of vomit, doors barely closed, and locks were puny at best."

"Mattresses were splitting wide open and had the consistency of lumpy, wet straw."

2. Days Inn Eureka/Six Flags, Eureka, Missouri

"If Hell had a hotel it would be something like this"

"The ceiling was gone, water dripping from the light, & mold on the wall. We went down & asked them & they told us that they just had a fire the Thursday before."

3. Tropicana Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia

"The place is nothing like it looks on it's website- it smells like b.o. and fried fish"

"Why can't there be a below-zero rating?"

4. Super 8 Virginia Beach/At the Ocean, Virginia Beach, Virginia

"I went to lean on the banister on the balcony and the little [--] broke. If it had not been for my family member grabbing me, I would be DEAD rite now!"

"When you're tired from the beach, the last things you want to worry about are the elevator ride up to your bootleg hotel room and whether or not the roaches have already tucked themselves in."

5. Quality Inn, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

"Please get innoculated before you stay here!"

"Horror Hotel"

"The man who ran the continental breakfast was drinking directly out of the water pitcher for guests."

6. New York Inn, New York City, New York

"I didn't actually see any bugs except woodlice, but the sticky "insect catching"paper under the bed didn't exactly fill me with confidence."


7. Parisian Hotel & Suites, Miami Beach, Florida

"We arrived to the urine soaked [--], which was our room unfortunately for the next 18 hours"

"There was a mouse behind the fridge eating one of our chocolate bars."

"I wanted to spend my first night with my new husband in a quiet, cozy, romantic room listening to the waves crash on the beach, but instead we had to keep our shoes on the whole time!"

"Black vinyl curtains - a classic decor item"

"The property doesn't look like its been updated since the place was built in the 50's!"

"Don't stay here unless you have had your shots."

"Yes, the location was great, but not worth the potential hospital visit!"

"If you look at the ceiling it looks like the hotel has been under water. The windows have no screens (guess it makes it easier to jump out of when the hotel starts to crumble.)"

Wow, and I thought last year's Top 10 list was bad! But to end this post on a happier note, let's take a look at the other extreme. Now that you've seen the worst of the worst, check out this year's best. You'll certainly find these properties to your liking!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Holbrook, Arizona - Americas Best Value Inn Holbrook

Conveniently situated just off I-40 on famous Route 66, this comfortable 59-room hotel is close to the Painted Desert and the world famous Petrified Forest National Park.

Americas Best Value Inn Holbrook features a *free continental breakfast as well as *free wireless internet access. Guests will also appreciate free on-site parking at this pet-friendly hotel.

Several restaurants and lounges are within walking distance of the Holbrook Americas Best Value Inn. Guests can also play a game of golf at the nearby Hidden Cove Golf Course or explore the Dinosaur Park.

Guestrooms offer *complimentary wireless Internet access, cable television, and direct-dial phones. Rooms also include *refrigerators, *microwaves, and coffee/tea makers
* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address: 720 Navajo Boulevard, Holbrook, AZ 86025

BRG valid for:

Competitor Website:

Sample Dates: 3/9, 3/27, 4/19, 6/15, 8/1 plus...
Most dates available starting in March and going well beyond!

Room Details: King Bed (Standard)

Rate variation (for sample dates shown): - $39.99 / - $44.99

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Miami Beach, Florida - Beach Place Hotel

While staying at the Beach Place Hotel in Miami Beach, enjoy direct beach access (located only 1 block away). Popular Miami attractions within 5 miles of this property include South Beach, American Airlines Arena, and Adventure Mall. The family hotel offers room service during limited hours, business services, and *wireless Internet access. An outdoor pool is also available.

Guest rooms feature: beds with 300- thread-count linens and down comforters. Amenities include *high-speed wireless Internet access, *kitchenettes, which feature *microwave ovens (upon request) and refrigerators.
* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address: 8601 Harding Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141

BRG valid for:

Competitor Website:

Sample Dates: 2/17, 2/27, 4/20, 5/1 (and many random others!)

Room Details:
Single Queen (with Kitchenette)
Double Queen (with Kitchenette)

Rate variation (for sample date 4/20): - $77.26 / - $132
(Standard 1 Queen with kitchenette)
Best Choice - $77.26 / - $145.33
(Standard 2 Queens with kitchenette)

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Priority Club Makes Good on their Multipartner Offer

Priority Club has done the right thing with the whole fiasco. I hadn't gotten around to complaining about this to them, so I'm very impressed at how proactive they were at dealing with this. The 3000 points that they owed me posted this morning - check your accounts!

Update on the Fall Priority Club Partner Offer Fiasco

You might remember that last August, Priority Club offered 10,000 bonus points (2 nights worth of Pointbreaks hotels) for 4 unique partner activities. I didn't receive my full amount, as I whined about earlier last month. The list of eligible activities included BOTH a PC Points purchase as well as a transfer, but it's been reported that Priority Club did not recognize these activities as unique, counting them as a single transaction. I put out $13.50 of my own money to buy points, in order to knock another activity off of my list - it turns out, I did that in vain (along with plenty of others). Because of this snafu, I did not receive the full amount of points I was entitled to.

But all hope isn't lost...

In a recent post, Gary Leff describes his successes in obtaining compensation for the It took some pulling teeth, but he eventually received 3,500 courtesy points out of the 4,000 that they owed him. So, if you've also been messed with by Priority Club, don't back down - ask for what is rightly yours, but expect similar compensation (just under what they owe you).

Bell Gardens, California (L.A. area) - Comfort Inn and Suites

The Comfort Inn and Suites hotel is conveniently located off Interstate 710, across from the Bicycle Casino. This Bell Gardens hotel is also close to the historic California Theatre, the Home Depot Center sports complex, and the Downey Regional Medical Center. The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is minutes away.

Hotel features include: *free wireless high-speed Internet access, free local calls, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center.

All guest rooms come equipped with *refrigerators, coffee makers, *microwaves, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, and cable television with free HBO.
* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address: 7330 Eastern Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201

BRG valid for:

Competitor Website:

Sample Dates: 2/17, 2/20, 3/15, 4/20 (and various others!)

Room Details: 1 King Bed (Standard)

Rate variation (for sample date 2/17): - $61.51 / - $65

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Winthrop, Massachusetts (Boston area) - Inn at Crystal Cove (on Boston Harbor)

Overlooking beautiful Crystal Cove, just minutes from Logan International Airport and a short drive from Downtown Boston, this inn in Winthrop, Massachusetts features a guest-use fully equipped kitchen and lobby lounge area. Guests can go for a swim in the outdoor pool or visit the adjacent park with a playground and basketball courts.

Each guestroom at the Crystal Cove Inn offers amenities such as air-conditioning, cable television, *dial-up Internet access, and telephones with free local calls. Irons, ironing boards, and hairdryers are available upon request. If you're one of the lucky ones, you could be given a room with a harbor view and/or balcony.
* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address: 600 Shirley Street, Winthrop, MA 02152

BRG valid for:

Competitor Website:

Sample Dates: 2/16, 3/6, 4/20, 6/15 (and many random others!)

Room Details: Standard 1 Queen

*Important note: You must book single occupancy (1 person) on This is because shows a 1 Person maximum occupancy for this hotel. This is rarely seen with BRGs, but is important to spot. It could mean the difference between an approval and a denial!

Rate variation (for sample date 6/15): - $109 / - $132

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Phoenix, Arizona - Comfort Inn - Phoenix

This two-diamond Comfort Inn is located approximately 5 miles from Downtown Phoenix and 7 miles from the Sky Harbor International Airport. The fairgrounds and Heard Museum are 3 miles away, Arizona State Capitol and Biltmore Fashion Park are 4 miles, and America West Arena, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Arizona Science Center, and Bank One Ballpark are within 5 miles.

Recreational facilities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub. In the morning, a *complimentary continental breakfast is served and free newspapers are available. The Comfort Inn also has exterior corridors, laundry facilities, and a parking area.

All rooms include: *complimentary high-speed Internet access, air-conditioning, clock radios, irons, coffeemakers, dataports, free local calls, and cable television.
* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address: 5050 North Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85017

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Sample Dates: 2/8, 3/6, 3/15, 4/14 plus...
A majority of dates until mid-April, then the BRG dies out.

Room Details: Standard King (Best Bet) / Standard 2 Doubles

Rate variation (for sample dates shown): - $72.77 / All Other Sites - $79.99
(rates are for both room types)

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

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