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B&B Guests Earn Rewards 10 Times Faster Than Leading Hotel Chain

Mar 7, 2008
Travelers trying to stretch their dollar farther can earn free-night stays faster at a bed and breakfast. We put this to the test:

10 Times Faster Rewards than Marriott

Picking up the phone, we called Marriott Rewards with a standard request to earn a free stay. We asked about booking a $209-per-night room at the Marriott Suites, which would get us a total of 627 points per night. In order to compile enough points to get a free night at their lowest level, we would need 7,500 points. That means we would have to spend $2,500, staying about 11.9 nights in order to get that free night reward.

Let's compare this to how you can get a free night at a bed and breakfast and also look at a few other added values. When it comes to value, comfort, and individuality, it's hard to top a good bed and breakfast (B&B) or country inn. And if you really want to make your dollar go further, consider two things:

Across the nation, more than 1,500 B&B inns will give guests a free second-night stay with the purchase of the first night. They do this for a simple reason. They want exposure for their property. The typical bed and breakfast doesn't have the large advertising budget that a standard hotel does. So, they look to earn word-of-mouth exposure and added promotion through this popular program.

At iLoveInns.com, the site that runs this free-night program, travelers can save $140 on an average two-night stay. Think about the numbers above that we quoted from Marriott Rewards. How much more can you stretch your travel dollar than using it to spend 11.9 nights in order to get that free night?

Depending on the individual bed and breakfast or country inn, a traveler can save as much as $650. Plus, the buy-one-get-one promotion is an immediate reward.

Let's look at some of the additional savings. When you consider meal expense, don't overlook that the price of a bed and breakfast includes the breakfast. Additionally, inns will often offer a variety of benefits, including services for business travelers and a variety of snacks and goodies.

Memories and Dollars: More From A Bed and Breakfast Stay

Now that you know you can save more from a bed and breakfast, consider a typical inn and what it provides. For example, look at this California Bed and Breakfast, the Inn at Seventeen Mile drive located in the Monterey Peninsula.

Choose from rooms with views of the sea or garden in the main house of this three-building bed and breakfast. Or, enjoy the oak and redwoods in the chalet and cottage rooms. Unwind in the spa beneath the towering trees or the gardens whose guests also include the occasional deer and monarch butterfly. Maybe sip some champagne near the fountains and koi ponds. With the Buy-One-Night-Get-One-Night-Free program, guests will save anywhere from $145 to $290 at this lovely property.

Hard to beat an excellent experience and an excellent value. When you're trying to decide how to find that next free-night perk, take a look at a property like that California bed and breakfast. The B&B free-night program is a superb travel value.
About the Author
Jane Leisteiner is a frequent inngoer and writer. For more info on California bed and breakfasts or to discover thousands of bed and breakfast inns in the free night program, check out the American Historic Inns site.
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