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How to get free gas cards from hotels on your next road trip

March 28, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Riviera Palm Springs has a gas card offer that's good through May 26.
Riviera Palm Springs has a gas card offer that's good through May 26. (Christopher Reynolds /…)

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

Personality Hotels include three San Francisco properties -- Hotel Diva, Hotel Union Square and Kensington Park Hotel -- where the Get Pumped Up! package applies. The offer includes a $10 gas card and free valet parking with rooms that start at $169 a night plus tax. The offer is good for stays through Dec. 30 but must be reserved by April 16. Contact: Personality Hotels, (800) 553-1900

Comfort Inns, Quality Inns and other brands from Choice Hotels offer a"Free $50 Gas Card" for two stays by accruing points through their free rewards program. Check out this prior Daily Travel & Deal blog for details about that deal, which applies to stays through May 4.

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