Dec292014

Not Really Four Points Breakfast for a Buck

A couple of blogs mentioned the Four Points Breakfast for a Buck hotel rate this past week. When I read the articles, the pieces simply posted the hotel brand’s public relations advertising. I have analyzed this offer in the past and found it to require a higher rate than otherwise offered. Here is a new analysis of the Four Points Breakfast for a Buck rate.

Four Points Breakfast for a Buck offer: valid for stays booked by March 15 and completed between January 1 and March 31, 2015 using rate FPBKPKG. Book this rate and one person receives:

  • 1 full American breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant for 1 adult. Full American breakfast includes a breakfast entree plus coffee or tea and juice, at a minimum. Breakfast for additional guests may be purchased at regular rate.
  • Hotels not offering full American breakfast may substitute with Continental breakfast.

Four Points Breakfast Buck-2

Rate Analysis

Having stayed in San Diego last week, I decided to check out Four Points San Diego Downtown for this deal next week.

Four Points breakfast buck

Traditional King Bed = $130 per night on Breakfast for a Buck rate. Total rate is $146 after tax.

AAA rate for same room = $116 and offers same one day before arrival flexible cancellation as the Breakfast for a Buck rate. Total rate is $131 after tax.

Four Points SD 116 AAA rate

Compared to the AAA rate, Breakfast for a Buck costs $15 more.

There is also a prepaid rate for $119 or $12 less than Breakfast for a Buck rate.

If you don’t have AAA and you avoid prepaid rates, then Four Points Breakfast for a Buck can be a reasonable deal for one person.

Strangely though, Breakfast for a Buck only applies to one guest’s meal. A second guest must purchases breakfast at regular price.

AAA Breakfast Rate

Even better is a AAA breakfast rate at $126 per night which offers the same room type and breakfast at a rate $4 less than Four Points Breakfast for a Buck.

Four Points SD AAA breakfast

Perhaps even better terms than Breakfast for a Buck is the AAA rate states breakfast for two.

Rate Description: AAA breakfast package Automobile Association members receive a discounted rate and breakfast for two.

Although, the AAA rate changes from a total $141.95 to $158.92 when two adults are entered on the Starwood booking site.

Four Points SD AAA-2

Still, this is likely a better deal to pay $158.92 for AAA breakfast for two rate than $146.34 for the Four Points Breakfast for a Buck deal and pay full price on the second guest’s breakfast.

Or simply pay the AAA room only rate at $131 and use the $28 savings to go to a downtown San Diego restaurant or the local grocery store.

Bottom Line is Breakfast for a Buck is not necessarily a good deal and the breakfast will likely cost far more than one dollar compared to other rates available.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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