Hotels offer free gas to summer travelers

Free fill up

A good old-fashioned deal: a free fill up. Image: foshie/Flickr/CC BY

Planning on a  road trip this summer? Not only are gas prices going down, but many hotels are sweetening the pot with a free fill-up.

Gas offers lure in guests

When gas prices begin to rise, many hotel and motels offer free gas cards with lodging. Some major chains, like Comfort Inns, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Quality Inn & Suites, and Radisson are offering such deals this spring and summer.

And now that gas prices are on the wane, some of those deals still remain in effect, saving you all the more.

Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for, said:

“The deal will go even further now. That card is going to give drivers more value in the tank.”

Search for deals, compare

These deals can be found all across the nation. If a quick Internet search doesn’t yield a plethora of offers in the area you want to visit, try referencing such ad-friendly monikers as Gas It Up and Park, Fuel Fun and Fuel Friendly Deals.

The deals differ greatly from venue to venue, so you’d better check specifics before booking a room. For some, the offer is good only on certain nights of the week, or if you stay a minimum number of nights. Price comparison, as always, is a good idea.

Sometimes the “deal” comes with hidden surprises. Mary Forgione of the Los Angeles Times reports:

“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.”

Various regions

If the northwest is your style, the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Spokane, Washington is offering $50 worth of fuel, plus a $20 food credit.

If the southeast sounds more inviting, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a $25 gift card with a two-night stay before Sept. 30.

If drive a Volt and southern hospitality is on your agenda, Loews Hotels in Atlanta, Annapolis and Nashville will give you a free charge-up as part of its “Go Green, Save Green” program.

Or how about sunny California? Marriott Hotels are offering a $25 gas card to lodgers in Bakersfield, La Jolla, San Bruno, San Diego and San Francisco.

More deals to come

Rich Rodriguez, a spokesman for, said:

“We’re anticipating more offers. Gas prices have come down, but they’re still high.”

Although AAA says travel will be light this summer, maybe lower gas fares coupled with free fuel from some carefully-chosen lodging venues will be enough to coax you onto the road this summer. Remember what your mother told you. Don’t waste the sunshine. Go get some fresh air.


Los Angeles Times
Chicago Tribune 

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