Another post geared for the “I can’t believe I pay more federal income tax than General Electric” economy budget hotel chain frequent guest is a one-day 30% off sale for Red Roof Inn locations across America on Wednesday April 13 starting at 12 midnight ET. Rates are 30% off standard rate. No promotion code is necessary. Hotel stays must be between April 13 and May 26.

Red Roof Inn has 345 hotels in 36 states and Washington DC. Hotel locations.

Red Roof Inn was the second highest ranked hotel brand in the Economy hotel segment for JD Power 2010 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index with a four circle rating out of five. Microtel Inns & Suites was the only five circle hotel brand in the economy hotel segment and Howard Johnson was the only other four circle brand for overall satisfaction.

Two other deals are currently offered by Red Roof Inn.

RediCard loyalty program Spring Sweepstakes.

Any hotel stay in April 2011 by a RediCard member automatically enters member into sweepstakes for:

  • Grand Prize of 3 free nights per month for 36 nights in a one year period (1 prize).
  • First Prize is a week-long stay of 7 free nights (3 prizes).
  • Second Prize is one free night at any Red Roof Inn (100 prizes).
  • Drawing is May 13, 2011.

Chicago area hotels gas upgrade

  • Upgrade to superior king room for $10 per night from April 15 through June 18 and receive a $10 gas card for each night.
  • Superior room has refrigerator and microwave and in-room coffee in addition to larger work space.

For reservations, just click on the property links below, or call 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663)

This great deal is available at 9 Chicago area locations:

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La Quinta Inns and Suites are midscale limited service hotels. La Quinta Inns with 808 hotels in its portfolio are geographically widespread throughout the United States  across 46 states. There is one hotel at Vancouver Airport in Canada and several hotels scheduled to open in April and May 2011 in Mexico.

13 other hotel brands in addition to La Quinta Inns were rated in the 2010 JD Power North America Hotel Ratings for Midscale Limited Service. Drury Hotels was the winner in this hotel class and high rankings for Hampton Inn & Suites (Hilton HHonors), SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn (Marriott Rewards)  and Wingate (Wyndham Rewards) indicate the hotel market segment La Quinta Inns competes in for frequent guests.

The JD Power 2010 guest ratings also place La Quinta Inns just behind Holiday Inn Express (Priority Club), Comfort Suites (Choice Privileges) and Country Inn & Suites (Club Carlson).  

La Quinta ranked higher than

  • Baymont Inn and Ramada Inn (Wyndham Rewards),
  • Comfort Inn (Choice Privileges) but keep in mind that Comfort Suites rank higher in JD Power survey at same level as Holiday Inn Express.  

La Quinta Returns

La Quinta Inns are in a hard space for a midscale limited service brand with the majors Hilton, IHG, and Marriott each having larger numbers of hotels with Hampton Inn (1,700 hotels), Holiday Inn Express (2,000 hotels), Fairfield Inn (658 hotels) and SpringHill Suites (274 hotels).

Earn RateLa Quinta Returns members earn 10 base points per dollar at all hotels. La Quinta Returns has six airline partners and members can earn 250 miles per stay instead of points.

Airline Partners (standard earn rate = 250 miles)

  • American AAdvantage
  • Continental OnePass
  • Delta Skymiles
  • Mexicana Go (Poor partner choice since MexicanaGo members cannot currently redeem points from accounts.)
  • Southwest (earn 600 points per stay).
  • US Airways

Buy Points

Members can purchase up to 40,000 points in a calendar year at $11.00 per 1,000 points. This feature can only be accessed through member account login.

Member benefits and Elite Status

Silver is the basic membership level and includes membership benefits:

  • Late check-out

Gold

  • 10 nights in a calendar year. Benefits begin with stay following qualifying stay.
  • 20% bonus points.
  • 2 free room upgrade certificates per year.
  • Free Faxes

Elite

  • 25 nights in a calendar year qualification. (La Quinta Returns Elite uses no metal or gem adjective, just Elite.)
  • 30% bonus points.
  • Guaranteed room availability.
  • Complimentary bottled water.
  • Complimentary room upgrades based upon availability at check-in.

 

Redemption Burn Rates

La Quinta Inns number 808 properties currently. The chain has a consumer favorable distribution of hotels in six reward tiers.

La Quinta Returns Hotel Reward Tiers 

  • Tier 1 (6,000 points) =   49 hotels (6.0%)
  • Tier 2 (8,000 points) =   279 hotels (34.5%)
  • Tier 3 (11,000 points) = 328 hotels (40.6%)
  • Tier 4 (15,000 points) = 119 hotels (14.7%)
  • Tier 5 (18,000 points) = 30 hotels (3.7%)
  • Tier 6 (24,000 points) = 3 hotels  (0.4%)

La Quinta Returns has a good distribution of its 808 hotels among the six reward tiers with 81% of hotels in lowest three tiers. 

Hotel spend for a  6,000 points Tier 1 reward night:

  • Silver members earn 6,000 points for the lowest tier reward with $600 in hotel spend.
  • Gold members earn 6,000 points for the lowest tier reward with $500 in hotel spend.
  • Elite members earn 6,000 points for the lowest tier reward with $462 in hotel spend.

Hotel spend for a  15,000 points Tier 4 reward night:

  • Silver members earn 15,000 points for the tier 4 reward with $1,500 in hotel spend.
  • Gold members earn 15,000 points for the tier 4 reward with $1,250 in hotel spend.
  • Elite members earn 15,000 points for the tier 4 reward with $1,154 in hotel spend.

La Quinta Returns may have slightly lower reward levels than comparable hotel rewards in Hilton HHonors, IHG Priority Club and Marriott Rewards. Priority Club likely has faster points earn opportunity and Marriott Rewards has a large number of hotels in its low reward categories. Hilton HHonors is likely higher reward cost than La Quinta Returns. 

Hotel Resort partner rewards 

La Quinta Returns partners with 33 independent 4-star and 5-star hotel resorts around the USA and Puerto Rico for Hotel Resort reward nights starting as low as 20,000 points per night and up to 60,000 points per night.

 

Sample resorts 

                Terranea Resort™ Ranchos Palos Verdes, California  

  • 35,000 Points (per night) through April 30, 2011
  • 55,000 Points (per night) from May 1-December 31, 2011

                L’Auberge Del Mar San Diego, California

  • 35,000 Points (per night) through April 30, 2011
  • 55,000 Points (per night) from May 1-December 31, 2011

 

                The Stonebridge Inn Snowmass Village, Colorado

  •             25,000 Points (per night) through April 30, 2011
  •             50,000 Points (per night) from May 1-December 31, 2011

 

                Bahia Mar Beach Resort Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  •             20,000 Points (per night) through September 30, 2011
  •             40,000 Points (per night) from October 1-December 31, 2011

 

                The Reach Resort Key West, Florida

  •             30,000 Points (per night) through April 30, 2011
  •             60,000 Points (per night) from May 1-December 31, 2011

 

                El Conquistador Resort Fajardo, Puerto Rico

  •             30,000 Points (per night) through April 30, 2011
  •             60,000 Points (per night) from May 1-December 31, 2011

 

La Quinta Returns Points-to-Miles Exchange 

American, Continental and Delta exchange at 6,000 LQR points for 1,000 miles.

Southwest = ? The website appears to have omitted the exchange rate for Southwest Rapid Rewards.

La Quinta Discount Room Rates 

La Quinta has  several group discount categories in addition to AAA including 10% for small business members (must apply for business membership), 10% AARP, 10% Sam’s Club members, and possibly even greater discounts for seniors 65 and older. 

Weekend Deals

La Quinta has a website calendar showing discount rates for the next three weekends with sale rates for hundreds of hotels around the country.

Loyalty Traveler impressions

La Quinta Returns is a good program for those times when you find yourself wanting a lower priced midscale hotel with a good hotel rewards program. The benefits of La Quinta Returns rival Choice Privileges, Best Western Rewards and Wyndham Rewards. You may want to maintain Priority Club, Hilton HHonors or Marriott Rewards as your primary program for better developed loyalty programs, more extensive geographic coverage and greater opportunities for upper-upscale hotel stays. But when price matters and that Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn wants $159 compared to La Quinta at $89, then rest assured you will get decent redemption value from points earned in La Quinta Returns.

La Quinta Airline Miles Promotions

Triple Continental OnePass miles = 750 miles per stay February 7 to April 30, 2011.

Double Delta Skymiles = 500 miles per stay through September 30, 2011.

Triple US Airways miles = 750 miles per stay through July 31, 2011.

Best Island Retreats has six category-7 hotels resorts. These are the kind of hotels that go for as high as 140,000 points per night in peak season.  This is the last entry round of the Starwood Resorts Pack Your Bags Sweepstakes for five hotel nights at the resort you pick and 150,000 points. There are six hotels out of 12 with resort value ($17,500) in Best Island Retreats round 9 of Starwood Resorts “Pack Your Bags” sweepstakes

SPG members can have three entries total for this round with one entry each day Tuesday April 12, Wednesday April 13 and Thursday April 14 before 11:59pm Eastern time (New York City).

Any entry into the first 9 rounds makes you eligible for the Grand Prize drawing on Friday, April 15.

The Grand Prize is the same 5 nights and 150,000 points, except you get to pick your hotel stay from any hotel that was offered during the 9 rounds of the sweepstakes.

Basic Rules (Pack Your Bags sweepstakes FAQ link)

There are 9 resort categories for the sweepstakes and one final prize on April 15 for a total of ten grand prize giveaways over the next month.  Every Tuesday and Friday during the promotion period there will be a different set of hotels offering a grand prize package. 

  • You can enter once every 24 hours, once each day. Each entry is unique and you may choose a different resort within the choices of the Starwood Resort category with each entry.
  • You can only win one prize during the promotion period.
  • Prize is not transferrable.
  • Winners are chosen from member entries within the posted time frame for each category.

Starwood Resort Categories for Pack Your Bags Sweepstakes:

Sweepstakes Period Rounds:

ROUND 1 – Best Exotic Escapes

* Photos posted: 3/15/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 3/17/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

ROUND 2 – Best Winter Adventure Resorts

* Photos posted: 3/18/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 3/21/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

ROUND 3 – Best Family Adventure Resorts

* Photos posted: 3/22/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 3/24/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

ROUND 4 – Best Beach Resorts

* Photos posted: 3/25/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 3/28/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

ROUND 5 – Best Spa Indulgences

* Photos posted: 3/29/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 3/31/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

ROUND 6 – Best Golf Getaways

* Photos posted: 4/1/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 4/4/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

ROUND 7 – Best Romantic Paradise

* Photos posted: 4/5/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 4/7/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

ROUND 8 – Best Small Wonder

* Photos posted: 4/8/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 4/11/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

ROUND 9 – Best Island Retreat

* Photos posted: 4/12/11 @ 12:00:01 a.m. ET

* Submission deadline: 4/14/11 @ 11:59:59 p.m. ET

 

The 10th grand prize winner will be picked April 15 from the entrants for each of the previous rounds. The Grand Prize winner has the choice of any Starwood Resort in the SPG members’ favorites list.

Resort stays must be completed by December 31, 2011.

Who can enter: Anyone age 18 or over from

  • fifty (50) United States (including D.C.),
  • Canada (excluding Quebec residents),
  • Argentina,
  • Australia,
  • Austria,
  • Brazil,
  • China,
  • Indonesia,
  • Ireland,
  • Finland,
  • France,
  • Germany,
  • New Zealand,
  • Portugal,
  • Singapore,
  • South Korea,
  • Switzerland,
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom.

Important Promotion Term to Note:  Winner member may substitute a different resort from the one originally chosen. For this reason you should pick the most expensive resort stays since you can always trade down, but you can’t trade up.

What if I win, but then decide I don’t want to go to the resort I had originally chosen?

Members may substitute a resort of equal or less value from the resort options originally provided to the member during the Giveaway.

Check the Pack Your Bags Terms and Conditions link to see the tables of hotels and prize value for each of the nine Starwood Resort categories during the Pack Your Bags sweepstakes.

 

150,000 Starpoints Component of Grand Prize

The points are yours for whatever purpose you choose. Air travel to the Starwood Resort prize is totally left up to the prize winner.

150,000 Starpoints are available for conversion into airline miles if you choose to use points for air travel.

150,000 points = 185,000 miles for most airlines with 1:1 point-to-mile exchange.

Loyalty Traveler Analysis:

Remember to enter every day through April 14.

Choose the most expensive resort for each entry. If you win, then you can always change to any other resort in the list for each resort category prize. You can always trade laterally to an equally expensive resort or trade down later, but you can’t trade up to a more expensive resort.

Air travel to the resort is left up to the member. In general, 150,000 Starpoints will have more value used for hotel nights rather than air miles.

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