The new hotel amenity is the gas card. That seems to be the trend as regular gas in California hovers around $4 a gallon and hotels seek an incentive that will resonate with guests. Gas up with these deals the next time you belly up to the pump.
Marriott Hotels is offering a California Road Trip Package that includes a $25 gas card with a stay at 10 locations in Bakersfield, La Jolla, San Bruno, San Diego and San Francisco. When I tested this deal at a few locations, I found package prices slightly higher than the hotel's best available rate.
For example, I found the "Road Trip" rate for $159 a night on April 22 at Residence Inn San Diego La Jolla -- $10 more than the best available rate for the same room on the same night. Still, that's $15 of free gas when you crunch the numbers. The offer is good through Sept. 6; use the code TRS when making a reservation. Contact: California Road Trip Package, (800) 834-7260
Riviera Palm Springs offers a "Free Gas Pass" package that includes a $25 gas card and free valet parking for visitors paying the best available rate. (I checked random midweek and weekend dates and found best available rates starting at $239 plus tax a night.) Mention "freegaspasspromo" when checking in to receive the extras. The offer is good through May 26, with some blackout dates. Contact: Riviera Palm Springs, (866) 588-8311