Best Western Offers Money-Saving Tips to Beat Rising Cost of Summer 2005 Travel

PHOENIX, April 21 /PRNewswire/ — According to recently released research from the Travel Industry Association, the cost of taking an annual summer vacation is on the rise, with some predicting 2005 to be the priciest season in years. Between sky-high gas prices and increased airfares, families will have a tough time getting away without breaking the bank this summer.

To help alleviate the impending cash crunch, Best Western International, a leader in the mid-market segment and the world’s largest hotel chain with more than 4,100 properties worldwide, is offering the following money-saving tips to budget-conscious vacation travelers:

* Book hotel rooms around the world directly at www.bestwestern.com,
rather than through online agencies. You are guaranteed to get the
best rate if reservations are made through the company’s central web
site.

* Join loyalty programs such as Best Western’s Gold Crown Club
International, which allows you to earn points that can be redeemed
for a variety of awards, including free room nights with no blackout
dates. In the past, frequent guest programs were mostly used by
business travelers, but Best Western provides perks for leisure
travelers as well, with special offers for families and even NASCAR
racing fans.

* Check out package deals. Today, nearly every newspaper, popular
travel magazine and web site lists package deals. The most reputable
sources will list the specific amount of savings. Some of the email
deals are especially smart, such as Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot Deals
and National Geographic Traveler’s A-List, which go out to more than
100,000 travelers each week. Also, hotel web sites often list
“Internet-Only” packages that bundle activities and special amenities
together for one low price.

* Consider staying slightly off the beaten path. Not only does Best
Western have many hotels in the best locations around North America,
it also has properties in suburban areas and near airports. Staying
just outside the main centers of activity can save a bundle on the
cost of accommodations and parking fees. Some Best Westerns even have
complimentary shuttle service that will drop you off and pick you up
after a day of shopping and sightseeing.

* Focus on complimentary family-friendly services. Hotels that offer
free amenities such as on-site breakfast, on-site parking, putt-putt
golf, swimming pools and water parks, as well as high-speed Internet
access, also provide added convenience, while keeping the family
entertained and in touch with friends and loved ones back home. The
money saved can be used for a nice family dinner, a special
souvenir — or perhaps even an extra day of vacation.

About Best Western International

Best Western International is THE WORLD’S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN(R) with more than 4,100 hotels in 80 countries and territories. It is a membership association of independently owned and operated hotels that provides marketing, reservations and operational support to its members. For more information, please visit: www.bestwestern.com.

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