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Turning 40 this year? Red Roof Inn has a $19.73 room for you

February 15, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The pool at the Red Roof Inn Palm Springs, which is located in Thousand Palms, Calif.
The pool at the Red Roof Inn Palm Springs, which is located in Thousand Palms,… (Red Roof Inn )

It's good to be turning 40 this year. Red Roof Inn, which also marks its four-decade anniversary this year, offers 40-year-olds a room for $19.73 when they stay at one of the budget motels on their birthday. 

The deal: You have to show a valid ID to take advantage of this offer at more than 300 motels in 36 states and Washington, D.C. Besides the discount, the chain launched a 40 & Fabulous Sweepstakes with prizes of a seven-day trip for a family of four or a 1973 classic car.

The first inn opened in Columbus, Ohio, and charged $8.50 a night. What's new after four decades? For one thing, NextGen rooms at some sites that have been renovated and feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a workspace.

When: The offer is good through the end of 2013.

Details: Most inns in this chain are in the Midwest and East Coast; California has 14 locations, including Fresno, Monterey, San Francisco Airport, Lompoc, Santa Ana, San Diego and near Palm Springs.

I checked availability for March 15-17 at the Red Roof Inn Palm Springs (72215 Varner Road, Thousand Palms) and found a room with two queen beds for $89.99 plus tax. Soon-to-be 40-year-olds should put pride aside and announce their age to receive the $70 discount. 

Contact: Red Roof Inn, (800) 733-7663
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