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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Smyrna, Tennessee - Sleep Inn & Suites


This non-smoking Smyrna hotel is conveniently located near downtown Nashville and the I-24 Expo. Just a short drive away is the Nashville Airport, Opry Mills Outlet Mall, Vanderbilt University, and Ryman Auditorium.

This Sleep Inn offers a *free deluxe continental breakfast, *free high speed wireless internet, fitness center, and indoor pool.


Each of the 78 guestrooms feature: cable television, *free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, hairdryer, *refrigerator and *microwave.


* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address: 2689 Highwood Blvd I-24 & Rte 266, Smyrna, TN 37167

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on: Traveltoday.com

Sample Dates: 1/17, 2/27, 6/9, 7/18 (and various others)

Room Details: 2 Doubles (non-smoking) / 1 King (non-smoking)

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates 1/17 & 2/27):

Traveltoday.com - $78.75 / Expedia - $84.00 (Both Room Types)

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

Book this BRG here:

Expedia.com!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Clarion Hotel


The Clarion Albuquerque Hotel is conveniently located 1 mile from the Gruet Winery and 2 1/2 miles from the Balloon Fiesta Park.

This hotel is close to a variety of restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping centers and cocktail lounges. At the Clarion Cafe and Lounge, the hotel offers a *free full breakfast.


Guestrooms feature: cable television with premium channels, *free wireless Internet access, air conditioning, and coffee/tea makers.


* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address:
7620 Pan American NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on: Traveltoday.com

Sample Dates: 1/17, 4/8, 5/9, 7/18 (and various others)

Room Details: 1 King (non-smoking) / 2 Queens (non-smoking)

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates 1/17 & 4/8):

Traveltoday.com - $60.94 / Expedia.com - $65.00 (1 King)

Traveltoday.com - $70.32 / Expedia.com - $75.00 (2 Queens)

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews - Good Ranking!

Book this BRG here:

Expedia.com!

Valencia, California - Hyatt Regency Valencia (Santa Clarita Area)


This Santa Clarita Valley hotel and conference center on Valencia's pedestrian-oriented Town Center Drive is surrounded by Spanish-style stores, galleries, restaurants, and condominiums. This hotel is close to attractions like the Ronald Reagan Library and Six Flags Magic Mountain.

The Hyatt Valencia's Sunday champagne brunch features an international buffet, after which guests can relax on the pool sundeck, or get a discounted day pass to an adjacent sports club.


Guestrooms at this Los Angeles-area Hyatt hotel offer views of the neatly manicured community and the mountains beyond, desks and voice mail, and spacious baths with marble vanity tables.


*FREE self parking!

Hotel Address:
24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia, CA 91355

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on:

Arestravel.com

You (and your claim agent) must type in "Santa Clarita" under location on Arestravel. The hotel won't show under Valencia.

Valid Dates: Many dates found through May!

Some random samples: 1/17, 2/14, 3/9, 3/24, 4/22, 5/24

Room Details: 2 Double Beds (no breakfast rate)

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample date 4/22):

Arestravel.com - $119.00 / Expedia.com - $149.00

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

Book this BRG here:

Expedia.com!

Has Choice Just Axed it's Free Night Guarantee?

It looks like the party could be over! This morning, I'm seeing this on the Choice Hotels website:

"If you find a lower published rate for the same hotel and accommodations for the same dates at any other qualified online source, we will match that rate and give you an additional 10 percent off for that stay".

See it here.

Is their new BRG dead .. already?!!

I have yet to check my previously-earned free night stays for their status, but I hope all is unchanged. What are you folks seeing? I'm really wishing I would've acquired some more free rooms before this morning!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New York, New York - Comfort Inn Manhattan


Centrally located in midtown Manhattan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of the Garment District and Penn Station. It features *free Wi-Fi, 2 restaurants and rooms with a wall-mounted LCDTV.

The rooms at Comfort Inn Manhattan are elegantly decorated and offer floor-to-ceiling windows, a seating area and a work desk. A laptop safe and cable TV are included.

Manhattan Comfort Inn provides a 24-hour front desk as well as luxury vehicle services. Free newspapers are available in the lobby.

Brendan's Bar and Grill, located on-site, serves American and Irish cuisine, while Anesis Café offers deli sandwiches, desserts and specialty coffees. A *free continental breakfast is served every morning.

The Empire State Building is just a 5-minute walk from this Comfort Inn and Madison Square Garden is a 10-minute walk away. Times Square is about a 15-minute walk from this hotel.

* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address:
42 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001

BRG claim valid for:

Chi 120x60

Lower rate(s) found on: Booking.com

On Booking.com, you can filter the hotel selection (on the left sidebar) by selecting "Comfort Inn" as the hotel chain. This speeds up your search!

Valid Dates: Most, if not all, August dates!

Some random samples: 8/1, 8/8, 8/11, 8/22, 8/23, 8/31

Room Details: Two Double Beds Non-Smoking

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates 8/1, 8/8 & 8/22):

Booking.com - $207.20

Choicehotels.com - $259.00 Best Available Rate

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

Book this BRG here:

Chi 120x60

San Diego, California - Sommerset Suites Hotel


This extended stay hotel features spacious studios and suites with fully equipped *kitchens and balconies or patios. Sommerset Suites, located 2 miles from San Diego Zoo, offers an outdoor pool.

The studios and one-bedroom suites provide cable TV and *free Wi-Fi. They also include seating areas with sofa beds, bathrobes and hairdryers.

A business center and barbecue facilities are available to guests at Sommerset Suites. The hotel serves a *free continental breakfast.

Sommerset Suites Hotel is 2 miles from The San Diego Museum of Art and Balboa Park. It is within 5 miles of San Diego International Airport and SeaWorld.

* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address: 606 Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on:

Sandiegohotels.com

Valid Dates: Many January and February dates!

Some random samples: 1/13, 1/17, 1/28, 2/22, 2/29

Room Details: Studio Suite with free breakfast / One Bedroom Suite with free breakfast

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates 1/17, 2/22 & 2/29):

Sandiegohotels.com - $101.15 / Expedia - $102.34 (Studio Suite)

Sandiegohotels.com - $109.65 / Expedia - $126.03 (One Bedroom)

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews - Good Ranking!

Book this BRG here:

Expedia.com!

Washington, DC - Comfort Inn & Suites Near Union Station


This hotel in Washington DC provides a gym and offers tour services. Each room includes *free Wi-Fi and free shuttle services are available to Union Station, 2 miles away.

Guestrooms are furnished with a *microwave, *refrigerator and coffee maker. A hairdryer and ironing facilities are available in each room as well.

Union Station Comfort Inn & Suites has a business center on site. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and laundry facilities. A *free hot breakfast is included with your stay!

Comfort Inn & Suites on New York Avenue is 3 miles from Strayer University and 4 miles from Georgetown University. Guests are within a 5 minute drive of local restaurants and bars.

* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address: 1600 New York Ave, Washington, DC 20002

BRG claim valid for:

Chi 120x60

Lower rate(s) found on: Booking.com

Valid Dates: Various summer dates found!

Some random samples: 7/4, 7/7, 7/23, 8/7, 8/23

Room Details: 1 King (Standard) / 1 King non-smoking (Suite)

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates 7/4 & 7/7):

For the Standard 1 King:

Booking.com - $139.99 / Choicehotels.com - $249.99 BAR

For the King Suite Non-Smoking:

Booking.com - $149.99 / Choicehotels.com - $189.99 BAR

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

Book this BRG here:

Chi 120x60

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Atlantic City, New Jersey - Econo Lodge Beach


Ideally situated just one block from the Atlantic City Boardwalk, this hotel offers comfortable accommodations across the street from the Tropicana Atlantic City Casino and The Quarter dining and entertainment venue. The Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall seaside entertainment center is 7 blocks away.

After a restful night's sleep in a comfortable guestroom, wake up with a *free continental breakfast.


Hotel Address: 3001 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

BRG claim valid for:

Chi 120x60

Lower rate(s) found on:

Booking.com

Sample Dates: Many dates, but mostly weekday ones

Random samples: 1/10, 2/16, 3/4, 6/27, 7/18, 8/20

Room Details: 1 King

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Common amenity matches: free breakfast

Rate Variation (for sample dates 6/27, 7/18 & 8/20):

Booking.com - $63.99 / Choicehotels.com - $99.99

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

Book this BRG here:

Chi 120x60

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How to find the BEST hotel prices and valid BRG deals using our search engines!

If you're new to comparing hotel rates for finding BRGs, metasearch engines are truly a great way to get started! They exist for one reason - to help you find the cheapest hotel (or airfare) price by searching hundreds of travel websites around the Internet. For those of you who aren't familiar with metasearch engines, Wego.com and trivago are both excellent examples! These sites are essential for finding BRG leads! We're extremely pleased to have them here to help us save money!

Here's how they work for hotels, step-by-step:

Step 1 - You'll start off by selecting your travel destination and preferred dates.

Step 2 - Wego.com and trivago will gather the hotel rates from literally hundreds of major (and fairly unknown) travel sites from around the globe. Then, once you are shown the various prices for a particular hotel, you simply click on it and it will bring you to the actual booking page on the website where it was found (sites such as: Booking.com, Otel.com, Hotelopia, Expedia, and plenty of others .. including many booking sites that you will discover for the very first time!).


Step 3 - These sites will compare the hotel prices from all of these travel sites, displaying each rate side-by-side for direct comparison. Effective and convenient!

Folks, this is how you will spot price discrepancies, identify who offers the lowest, and pursue a potential BRG lead!

You needn't be a pro. It's easy to skim cities to look for these rate discrepancies, especially if you have a keen eye for saving money!

Give trivago a try. It's a simple-to-use, yet very effective search engine for easily spotting rate discrepancies! Click the banner to start a search. It's  default setting is Las Vegas, but you can type in any city you want.


Search 100s of Travel Providers (in dozens of currencies) at Wego.com:

Wego operates in over 30 languages and converts prices to 42 currencies! (click the banner below and make your selection at the top right-hand side.) Besides the big-name travel sites that have a familiar ring, you'll see rates for HotelPronto, Onhotels, Amoma, Elvoline and VivaStay, just to name a few. (I know, I hadn't heard of these sites either!) Take note that Wego.com displays the "total cost" (for the lowest-priced room) for comparison in the search results. The actual click-through will bring you to the "rate" for that, and other room types on the website where it was found.

See what we mean by clicking the banner below.. and experiment for yourself!


Ultimately, it's up to you to decide which search engine delivers the best results. Everyone has their own personal preference.

So what's the bottom line? 

Finding BRG leads is all about comparison!

With these websites at your fingertips, we've pretty much got you covered! There is no better (or quicker) way than this to spot a potential BRG opportunity! Even if you aren't able to find one, these search engines will tell you what the cheapest hotel in town is. They will search literally dozens of different websites, often very obscure ones, and provide you with some killer rates.

I encourage everyone to check them out today! They are essential for what we do here, and are truly a great resource for the hardcore traveler!

One final thing I must stress ..

Always be sure to click the displayed rate, then the "Book Now" button. Doing so will verify that the rate has not changed from what you were originally shown. A bit more about this is discussed in our post entitled: Top 10 mistake newbies make when filing Choice BRG claims - mistake #3.

Good luck! .. and if you find a BRG deal, e-mail us with the details and we'll gladly check it out. Once verified, we'll even post it on the blog with credit going to you!

My Successful (and Quick!) Choice Hotels Claim

This has to be one of the fastest online claim approvals I ever received! My Choice Hotels claim was answered (and approved) within 30 minutes! My booking was only for a one night stay and now shows a $0 rate. Thanks Choice Hotels staff!

This is the confirmation I received from them:

"Thank you for participating in our Best Choice E-Rate Guarantee program.

This program has been designed to allow you, our valued guest, to receive the best possible online rates at over 5,000 Choice Hotels International properties worldwide. We have located the published rate that was submitted on your claim form and are pleased to let you know that your reservation confirmation number ** at the ** for arrival on January 3, 2012 for 1 night, has been changed to reflect a free night for your stay.

Please print a copy of this confirmation letter and bring it with you to the hotel."

If the hotel I claimed is still valid tomorrow, I may post it. I'm very pleased with this Guarantee so far! (and by the way, Booking.com worked for me, so I suppose non-U.S. based sites may be used for comparison)

FYI: You'll always want to book the no-risk "Best Available Rate". While I was initially concerned about Choice Hotels "Advance Purchase Rate" playing into this Guarantee somehow, I noticed that this rate requires membership with their website. The Guarantee only applies to rates that are bookable by the general public (a.k.a. the BAR)!

Fresno, California - Quality Inn


Conveniently located off Highway 99, this hotel in California is 12.2 miles from Fresno Yosemite International Airport. It features a seasonal outdoor pool and guest rooms with *free Wi-Fi.

Each room at the Quality Inn – Fresno provides cable TV and coffee facilities. These air-conditioned rooms also include ironing facilities and free local telephone calls.

A sundeck and a courtyard are available at the hotel. Fresno Quality Inn offers free newspapers and coffee in the lobby along with a pool table.

Brooks Ranch Restaurant and Lounge is on site and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can also find snacks at the convenience store located at the Quality Inn Fresno.

Hotel Address: 4278 W Ashlan Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722

Property phone #: (559) 275-2727

BRG claim valid for:

Chi 120x60

Lower rate(s) found on: Booking.com

Valid Dates: Many dates found, at least into March!

Some random samples: 1/17, 1/31, 2/18, 3/3, 3/24

Room Details: 2 Doubles (non-smoking)

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates 1/17, 1/31 & 2/18):

Booking.com - $69.00

Choicehotels.com - $73.00 Best Available Rate

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

Book this BRG here:

Chi 120x60

Monday, December 26, 2011

Choice Hotels FREE NIGHT Guarantee!

I like the sound of this one! ..

Direct from Choicehotels.com ...

"Simply book your room here on Choicehotels.com and if you find a lower published rate for the same hotel and accommodations for the same dates at any other qualified online source, we will match that rate plus give you a free night for that stay. For example, if you book the room for $100 per night and find it for $90 elsewhere, you get one night free and pay $90 per night for the duration of the stay. It’s our guarantee to you! Just complete the Best Internet Rate Guarantee claim form within 24 hours of your booking and the best rate plus a free night is yours."

The Best Internet Rate Guarantee applies to reservations made at all Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Cambria Suites, Ascend Collection, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand hotels worldwide.

All of this is found right here.

Frequently-asked questions about this Guarantee.

Has anyone tried this yet?

Onalaska, Wisconsin - Microtel Inn La Crosse Onalaska


This Microtel Inn is conveniently located at I-90 and Highway 16 and adjacent to Woodman's Food Market. It is easily accessible to the Mississippi River attractions, Great River Bike Trail, and the La Crosse and Onalaska Convention Centers.

Microtel Inn offers clean, comfortable rooms at a great value. Each room features free local phone calls, data ports, interior corridors, expanded cable TV, pay per view movies, chiropractic approved mattresses, and *complimentary continental breakfast.



Hotel Address:
3240 N Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska, WI 54650

Property phone #: (608) 783-0833

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on:

Sample Dates: 2/22, 3/21, 5/5, 6/20 (and various others)

Room Details: 1 Queen / Accessible 1 Queen / 2 Queens

Common amenity matches: free breakfast

Rate Variation (for sample dates shown):

Travelocity.com - $55.00 / Expedia.com - $55.68 (1 Queen)

Travelocity.com - $60.00 / Expedia.com - $60.75 (2 Queens)

(Orbitz & Microtelinn.com also show these slightly lower rates.)

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

Book this BRG here:

Expedia.com!

Quincy, Illinois - Quincy City Center Hotel


The Quincy City Center Hotel is situated near Oakley Lindsay Center, Villa Katherine Castle, and Quincy University. Another attraction in the area is Quincy Mall.

A *free continental breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool and a fitness facility. Quincy City Center Hotel also offers coffee in the lobby, laundry facilities, a 24-hour front desk, and *free parking.


The hotel offers 154 guest rooms in a four-story property. Guestrooms feature cable TV with premium TV channels and HBO. Business-friendly rooms are equipped with *high-speed Internet access, desks, and free local calls.


* = common amenity matches

Hotel Address:
201 S. 3rd Street, Quincy, IL 62301

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on:

Orbitz- 120x90

Sample Dates: 1/4, 1/11, 4/20, 6/6, 7/28 (and many more!)

Room Details:
Standard King (non-smoking)

Rate Variation
(for sample dates shown):

Orbitz.com - $65.00 / Expedia.com - $70.00

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

Book this BRG here:

Expedia.com!