Friday, August 31, 2012

Reader Bruce Shares His Rejection E-mail from Choice

Reader Bruce sent me this email - a response from Choice in regards to his most recent claim. Now we know what all the hype has been about lately! ..

The e-mail reads as follows:

Thank you for your interest in participating in our Best Internet Rate Guarantee program.

I am unable to approve this for the Best Internet Rate Guarantee. The cancellation policies do not match. Our reservation allows cancellation by 4pm local hotel time on the day of arrival. The third party website requires cancellation by 24 hours in advance.

The reservation and cancellation policy must be the same on the competing website as the reservation you made at www.choicehotels.com.

If you find lower rates at this hotel on a competing website that is a cancellable rate, within the 24-hour time frame, please resubmit your claim form and we will be happy to begin processing your request at that time.

If you have additional questions please see our
terms & conditions page.


Thank You

Wade
Best Internet Rate Guarantee


This pretty much confirms it - Choice is taking our otherwise valid claims and tossing them in the trash! So what about those other claims we sent in for all those months? (you know, the ones with non-matching cancel policies that got approved) Ooops! .. their mistake I guess!

Well, okay then, it may be a little tougher to get a free night but many will still succeed.

As one of our readers so brilliantly stated, get ready to be matching the menu items at the continental breakfast .. "I am unable to approve this for the Best Rate Guarantee. The continental breakfasts do not match. Our breakfast offers hot waffles with your stay. The third party website offers only assorted pastries with bacon and eggs" .. seems far-fetched, doesn't it? .. maybe not!

Please note that many of our "archived" BRG deals for Choice may not work now. Compare those cancel policies before attempting any of them!

Macon, Georgia - Quality Inn & Suites Macon


This Georgia hotel is located off Interstate 75 and only a 10-minute drive from downtown Macon. The hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool and provides a 32-inch flat-screen TV in every room.

Quality Inn and Suites Macon rooms include a *microwave and *refrigerator. The rooms are also equipped with cable TV and a coffee maker.

Macon Quality Inn provides guests with a daily hot *buffet breakfast and weekday newspapers. The hotel also offers coffee in the lobby.

Hotel Address: 115 Riverside Pkwy, Macon, GA 31210

Property phone #: (478) 474-4000

BRG claim valid for:

Chi 120x60

Lower rate(s) found on:

Booking.com

Valid Dates: Many dates found in November and December!

Samples: 11/7, 11/10, 11/25, 12/5, 12/22, 12/31

Search all sites for your preferred dates

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

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for November sample dates shown):

Booking.com - $54.00 / ChoiceHotels.com - $57.00 BAR (Standard King)

Booking.com - $54.00 / ChoiceHotels.com - $59.00 BAR (King Suite)

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews - Good Ranking!

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Chi 120x60

Thomasville, Georgia - Comfort Inn Thomasville

This pet-friendly hotel features an outdoor pool and a hot *breakfast with waffles.

Each room at the Thomasville Comfort Inn has red accents and is equipped with a *microwave, *refrigerator and coffee maker. Cable TV and *free Wi-Fi are provided.

The on-site gym boasts floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a mounted TV. There is a business center located off of the lobby.

Hotel Address: 14866 US Highway 19 South, Thomasville, GA 31757

Property phone #: (229) 228-5555

BRG claim valid for:

Chi 120x60

Lower rate(s) found on:

Booking.com

Valid Dates: 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8 .. (others?)

Search all sites for your preferred dates

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

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for valid dates shown):

Booking.com - $69.99 / ChoiceHotels.com - $99.00 BAR (1 King)

Booking.com - $74.99 / ChoiceHotels.com - $99.00 BAR (2 Doubles)

Easily visible by searching Hotelscombined

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

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Chi 120x60

Thursday, August 30, 2012

St. Robert, Missouri - Alliance Inn & Suites


Located off Interstate 44, this hotel is 2 miles from the Fort Leonard Military Base. It features a 24 hour convenience shop, fitness room and daily *continental breakfast.



A cable TV, *mini-fridge and *free Wi-Fi are offered in each room at Alliance Inn and Suites St. Robert. Rooms are simply styled with light colors and include a work desk and coffee maker.


* = common amenity matches


Hotel Address: 562 Old Route 66, St Robert, MO 65584

Property phone #: (573) 336-7705

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on:

Sample Dates: 9/19, 10/20, 11/17, 12/4 (and various others)

Search all sites for your preferred dates

Room Details: 1 Queen Bed

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates shown):

Travelocity - $55.99 / Orbitz - $53.32 / Expedia - $64.99

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

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Cedar City, Utah - Comfort Inn & Suites Cedar City


This hotel is 2 miles from Cedar City and within a 5-minute drive of Southern Utah University. The hotel offers an indoor pool and hot tub.

Comfort Inn and Suites Cedar City rooms include a flat-screen TV, *microwave and *refrigerator. Guests can wake up with a cup of coffee from the in-room coffee maker or work with the *free Wi-Fi access.

The Cedar City Comfort Inn provides guests with a business center, laundry room and a daily *continental breakfast in the breakfast room.

Hotel Address: 1288 S Main Street, Cedar City, UT 84720

Property phone #: (435) 865-0003

BRG claim valid for:

Chi 120x60

Lower rate(s) found on:

Booking.com

Valid Dates: Many dates found in October, November and December!

Samples: 10/6, 10/17, 11/3, 11/14, 12/7, 12/19

Search all sites for your preferred dates

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

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates 11/3, 11/14 & 12/7):

Booking.com - $83.00 / ChoiceHotels.com - $95.00 BAR (Standard King)

Booking.com - $95.00 / ChoiceHotels.com - $105.00 BAR (2 Queens)

Easily visible by searching Hotelscombined

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

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Chi 120x60

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada - Gold Spike Hotel and Casino


This BRG deal may not last long!

Within one block of the Freemont Street Experience, this downtown Las Vegas hotel and casino offers table games and over 200 slots. It has 2 restaurants and an outdoor swimming pool.

Gold Spike Hotel & Casino features a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station in each modern guest room. A telephone and full private bathroom are also included.

The Golden Grill at the Gold Spike serves American and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can also enjoy the Oasis Pool Bar.

The famous Las Vegas Strip is within a 5-minute drive of the Gold Spike Hotel. The Las Vegas Convention Center is 5 miles away.

Daily Resort Fee: $7.95, plus tax

Hotel Address: 400 E. Ogden Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on:

Valid Dates: Dates between 12/9-12/13 and 12/16-12/20 (Sun-Thu)

Room Details:
Deluxe Room (offers choice of bedding)

Rate Variation (for valid dates shown):

Orbitz.com & Travelocity.com - $14.99 / Expedia.com - $17.99

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

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Las Vegas, Nevada - MGM Grand Hotel and Casino



This 5,044-room hotel on the Las Vegas Strip offers several restaurants, nightclubs, world-class entertainment, and premier special events.

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino features a 7-acre pool complex. A sunbathing area has 5 pools and a lazy river.


Daily Resort Fee: USD 25

Hotel Address: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on:

Valid Dates: First half of December! .. (others?)

Samples: 12/1, 12/3, 12/5, 12/8, 12/12, 12/13, 12/17, 12/18

Search all sites for your preferred dates

Room Details: Petite King (and other types)

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample dates 12/17 & 12/18):

Orbitz.com - $60.94 / Expedia.com - $64.99 (Petite King)

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

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Las Vegas, Nevada - Treasure Island Hotel - TI



This hotel is on sale for only the next few hours. Orbitz sale prices appear to be lower than Expedia's!

(The chance to file a claim may be over later in the day when the sale ends.
)

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino is connected to the Fashion Show shopping mall by bridge as well as The Mirage by tram, and within short walking distance of Wynn/Encore, the Sands Expo, and Venetian/Palazzo.

Designed for high-energy adults, TI Las Vegas offers a tropical outdoor pool and cabanas, luxurious spa, multiple bars and lounges, the Sirens of TI pirate battle, and the salient Mystère by Cirque du Soleil.

Daily Resort Fee: USD 25

Hotel Address: 3300 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

BRG claim valid for:

Expedia.com!

Lower rate(s) found on:

.. plus maybe other sites?

Valid Dates: Many dates found in December .. (others?)

Samples: 12/8, 12/12, 12/17, 12/26

Search all sites for your preferred dates

Room Details: Deluxe Room / Strip View Room

Room Occupancy: 2 Adults

Rate Variation (for sample date 12/17):

Orbitz.com - $53.97 / Expedia.com - $58.47 (Deluxe)

Orbitz.com - $65.97 / Expedia.com - $71.47 (Strip View)

Official Hotel Website

Tripadvisor Hotel Reviews

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