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Travel Deals: Credits, Cash & Add-Ons That Matter

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Hotels keep upping the ante and adding incentives for summer travel this year. It’s not just about lower rates. It’s also about the extra add-ons: free nights, free meals, cash-back vouchers, spa credits, gas vouchers, and much more. Read on for value-adds across the country.

Bring a Friend to the Spa

This summer, you can bring a friend to the Red Mountain Resort and save on the resort experience. With the Bring-a-Friend Summer Sale lets you enjoy morning guided hikes, three healthy meals daily, unlimited fitness and outdoor pool classes, wellness activities, bike rentals, and more alongside other resort guests.  Bring a friend and get a discounted rate starting at $225 per person, per night based on double occupancy in deluxe rooms through August 31, 2013. To book, go online or call 877.246.4453.

Kids Stay Free

It’s Club Med’s Semi-Annual Sale Event, where seven-night all-inclusive escapes star at only $849 per person for families and couples traveling through December 14, 2013. The deal is valid for more than 40 Club Med resorts worldwide including Club Med’s “premium sports” resort  in Florida and the exotic rainforest resort, Rio das Pedras in Brazil. The best part, Club Med has extended the age of Kids Stay Free for  up to 4 years. Click here to book.

National Parks Perks–Gas + Breakfast

Teton Mountain Range, (photo by Jon Jay)

Photo Credit: by Jon Jay

We’re heading into prime national park season. The Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa at the entrance to Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park has a National Park Explorer Package that comes with a $50 gas voucher and daily breakfast credit. The full package includes three nights lodging at Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, a 7-day park pass to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, a guidebook to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, a $30 daily breakfast credit at Spur Restaurant & Bar and a $50 gas voucher. The package runs until September 30 with rates starting at $189 a night, with a minimum 3-night stay. Click here to book.

Fourth-Night Free at Sofitel

It’s time to kick off June with a summer sale that lasts until August 31, 2013. At Sofitel hotels, if you book four nights you will pay for three at participating properties. Plus, you’ll get extra perks of late checkout and welcome amenities.

Participating properties and rates include:

  • Sofitel Chicago Water Tower: $159
  • Sofitel Philadelphia: $148
  • Sofitel Miami: $111
  • Sofitel Minneapolis: $111
  • Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile: $180
  • Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills: $203
  • Sofitel San Francisco Bay: $118
  • Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square: $181

Click here to book.

Cash-Back in Barbados

Earn money on your vacation with the latest promotion from Hilton Barbados Resort. Book before June 15, and you can earn between $15 to $200 in cash vouchers for travel until December 21, 2013 (no blackout dates!).

Here’s how the Free Spending Money offer works: Stay five nights and receive a $150 cash voucher per person. Stay seven nights or longer and receive a  $200 cash voucher per person.  The best part? Rates start at $209 per night and include free breakfast each morning.

To book the Free Spending Money offer, click here or call 1-800-HILTONS and request rate code P1.

Resort Credits You Will Use

Don’t let vacation set you back on your health goals this summer. Miraval Resorts is offering an extra $500 in resort credit when you book for two for a three-night stay. Credit can be used on spa services at the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins.  After the spa, enjoy room service with one of their healthy meal options or take part in one of their daily self-discovery activities. Offer valid from June 1 to September 15, 2013. Rates start at $349 per person.

Connecticut Credits On & Off Property

Discover a shoreline experience at The Water’s Edge Resort and Spa.  Just two hours from both Boston and New York, this Connecticut property is welcoming summer with a Fab Four Fun Package that includes four-nights’ accommodation in a Superior King or two Queen beds room, a $30 a day breakdast credit four tickets (two adult and two children) to the nearby Mystic Aquarium and a 15 percent discount off all spa services

Rates start at $980 for a four-night stay, breaking down to $245 per night (not including tax and gratuities). The Fab Four Fun package is available from now until July 25 for arrivals on Wednesday and Thursday. Blackout dates include July 3-7.

To book, visit them online or call 800-222-5901.


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