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“Special rates” at hotels are a mixed bag, rightly viewed with skepticism by savvy consumers.
The Auto Club rate, for example, is often truly the lowest rate available. On the other hand, rates that include meals or massages or other perks will never be rock-bottom.. And often, they will be significantly higher than is justified by the value of the extra benefits they deliver.
Through September 30, Delta SkyMiles members who book the Bed & Breakfast for Two rate at participating Radisson hotels in North and South America will earn triple Delta miles and receive two breakfast coupons for each night. Coupons may be used either at the hotel restaurant or for room service.
Deal or No Deal
SkyMiles members normally earn 500 miles per stay. Assuming an airline mile has an average value of 1.2 cents, that amounts to $6.62. Tripling that brings the value of the earnings up to just under $20. For a cheap one-night stay, that could represent a decent rebate.
But this bonus is tied to a required rate, which also includes breakfast.
A quick check of Los Angeles-area Radissons showed the Bed & Breakfast rate to be $20 higher than the lowest-available rate ($175 versus $155) at the Radisson Whittier, and $52 higher ($213 versus $161) at the Radisson Airport hotel.
If you use the breakfast vouchers, they’re certainly worth more than $20, making the Bead & Breakfast rate worth paying. But paying $52 extra for breakfast for two? That’s a stretch.
Bottom line: Because the surcharge for the special rate varies among hotels, you’ll have to check hotel by hotel to be sure you’re not overpaying for breakfast and extra miles.
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