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Planning a Road Trip? Check for Hotel Promotions Before you Book

Last year we took a trip from Seattle to Kansas City to visit family. We took our time driving and seeing sites which led to multiple hotel stops along the way. Before I booked our travel, I looked at some of our favorite hotel chains for summer travel promotions. Sadly, there really weren’t any that appealed to us.

However, this year we are planning another trip, and there are some summer booking bonuses out there. Right now Best Western has a promotion that if you stay 3 separate times between June 17th and August 19th, 2012, you can earn a free night voucher. You probably won’t be able to use the voucher on the same trip you earn it (it takes 2-3 weeks to get the voucher), however you can use the free night for another trip, or even a fun weekend ‘staycation’, as it doesn’t expire until January 31, 2013. Priority Club (Holiday Inn, etc) is running a bonus points promotion as well as a $75 gift card rebate for a stay of 2 weekend nights (Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday). The Choice Hotels group is also running a gift card promotion where staying two times between May 17 and August 15 can earn you enough points to redeem for a $50 gift card.

An important thing to remember before booking is that most of these promotions require you to register for them prior to booking your travel. So the next time you’re planning a summer road trip, be sure to look for a hotel chain promotion before you make any hotel reservations.

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