Red car on the road in Arizona. Photo: Aliaksandr Nikitsin/Dreamstime.com
Aliaksandr Nikitsin/Dreamstime.com

Travel Deals: 11 Hotels With Free Gas Cards

Road Trip Tips: How to Save on Gas this Summer
By Carrie Havranek

Americans love their cars. But with the price of gasoline exceeding $4 per gallon in some cities, your summer road trip may end up costing more than you'd like.

Before you hit the road, consider booking one of these budget-friendly hotel packages that include gas cards or gas rebates, resort credits, and more.

Photo Caption: Book a hotel package to save money on your road trip in Arizona this summer.
Calypso Resort & Towers in Panama City Beach, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Sterling Resorts
Courtesy of Sterling Resorts
$50 Resort Credit from Florida's Sterling Resorts
What: Tanks for Staying
Where: Panama City Beach, South Walton & Destin, Florida
Provider: Sterling Resorts
When: Through June 30, 2011
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Rates:
From $199 per night for a one-bedroom resort condo (or from $597 for the required three-night stay)
The Details: If you stay three or more nights at any participating property, you'll receive a $50 resort credit upon check-in. If you stay seven nights or more, the amount jumps to $100. Pack up the whole family, because these properties are resorts and condos that range from beachfront cottages to three- to four-bedroom suites with kitchens and washer/dryers.
More info: tel. 877/418-0430; www.sterlingresorts.com

Photo Caption: Calypso Resort & Towers in Panama City Beach, Florida. Courtesy Sterling Resorts
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photo Courtesy of Myrtle Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Courtesy of Myrtle Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
$25-$50 Gas Cards from Courtyard by Marriott
What: Fuel Your Stay
Where: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Provider: Courtyard by Marriott
When: Through June 19, 2011
Book By: June 18
Rates: From $109 per room per night
The Details: The longer you stay, the higher your rebate. Spend one night and receive a $25 gas card; spend two nights and get a $50 card. Use promo code CSE when booking.
More Info: tel. 800/228-9290; www.marriott.com

Photo Caption: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Courtesy Myrtle Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Yosemite National Park landscape.
Swati Gunale
$25 Gas Gift Card from California's Madera Valley Inn
What: $25 gift card
Where: Madera, California
Provider: Madera Valley Inn
When: Through Dec. 31, 2011
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Rates:
From $69 per room per night (or from $207 for the required three-night stay)
The Details: Poised at the gateway to Yosemite National Park, Madera Inn is also well-positioned for trips to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. For every three-night stay, you'll get a $25 gift card that is redeemable at gas stations or other businesses in town. The nights do not have to be consecutive -- you can start your exploration of Yosemite here and then return. When booking and checking in, mention this promotion to receive the savings.
More Info: tel. 559/664-0100; www.maderavalleyinn.com

Photo Caption: Yosemite National Park.
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French Quarter street scene in New Orleans.
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
$25 Gas Card from Hotels.com
What: Summer Sale Giftaway
Where: Select hotels across the United States, Caribbean, and Canada, and a few places in Europe
Provider: Hotels.com
When: Through July 31, 2011
Book By: June 27
Rates: From $45 per room per night (or from $90 for the required two-night stay)
The Details: Choose from more than 350 properties, such as the Scottsdale Villa Mirage in Arizona (from $45 per night) or the Chateau Bourbon Wyndham Hotel in New Orleans (from $77 per night). In order to receive the $25 gas card, you need to book two consecutive nights at a participating Price Match guarantee hotel. Enter code ROADTRIP when booking.
More Info: tel. 800/246-8357; www.hotels.com

Photo Caption: French Quarter street scene in New Orleans.
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa in Orlando, Florida. Photo courtesy Sky Hotels & Resorts
Sky Hotels & Resorts
$25-$50 Gas Card from Orlando's Sky Resorts
What: Fuel Fanatic
Where: Orlando, Florida
Provider: Sky Resorts
When: Through June 16, 2011
Book By: As soon as possible
Rates: From $69 per night at the Enclave Suites (or from $207 for the required three-night stay)
The Details: Guests receive a $25 gas card with a three-night stay or a $50 gas card for a four-night stay or longer. Participating hotels include Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Universal Orlando, and five others.
More Info: tel. 866/455-4062; www.staysky.com

Photo Caption: Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa in Orlando, Florida. Courtesy Sky Hotels & Resorts
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Punderson Manor State Park Resort and Lodge, Ohio. Courtesy of Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers
Courtesy of Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers
$25 Gas Card from Ohio State Park Lodges
What: AAA Gas and Go
Where: Ohio
Provider: Ohio State Park Lodges/Xanterra Parks & Resorts
When: Through Dec. 30, 2011
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Rates: From $242 for a two-night stay
The Details: The package requires a two-night minimum in order to receive a $25 gas card, breakfast daily for two, and a local activity (such as golf, paintball, boat rentals, horseback riding, or a cheese-making tour). You can book the AAA package through your local office or through the websites of each property. Use code AAGASNGO when booking.
More Info: tel. 800/AT-A-PARK; www.ohiostateparklodges.com

Photo Caption: Punderson Manor State Park Resort and Lodge, Ohio. Courtesy Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers
The pool at the San Diego Del Mar Hilton. Photo: Courtesy of the San Diego Del Mar Hilton
Courtesy of the San Diego Del Mar Hilton
$25 Gas Card from Hilton San Diego del Mar
What: Gas and Go
Where: San Diego, California
Provider: Hilton San Diego del Mar
When: Through Dec. 31, 2011
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Rates:
From $149 per room per night
The Details: Spend one night and you'll get a $25 gas card, free parking, and breakfast for two. The hotel is near San Diego Zoo, the city's famous beaches, and the Gaslamp Quarter.
More Info: tel. 800/833-7904; www.sandiegodelmarhilton.com

Photo Caption: The pool at the San Diego Del Mar Hilton. Courtesy San Diego Del Mar Hilton
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Luxury suite at The Palazzo, Las Vegas. Photo Courtesy IHG
Courtesy IHG
$75 Rebate from InterContinental Hotels Group
What: Vacation Pay
Where: Destinations around the world
Provider: InterContinental Hotels Group
When: Through Aug. 31, 2011
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Rates: Vary by brand -- the company has 4,500 properties worldwide; the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas each start at $149 per room per night (or from $298 for the required two-night stay)
The Details: Stay for two nights, and you'll get a $75 mail-in rebate. IHG's brands include Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn, InterContinental, and more.
More Info: tel. 877/424-2449; https://vacationpay.ihg.com

Photo Caption: Luxury suite at The Palazzo, Las Vegas. Courtesy InterContinental Hotels Group
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Innisbrook, Florida. Photo: Courtesy Innisbrook A Salamander Hospitality Golf & Spa Resort
Innisbrook A Salamander Hospitality Golf & Spa Resort
A Resort Credit Worth Up to $75 from Florida's Innisbrook Golf Resort
What: Pass on your Gas Charges
Where: Innisbrook, Florida
Provider: Innisbrook Golf Resort
When: Through Sept. 5, 2011
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Rates: From $189 per suite per night (or $567 for the three-night minimum)
The Details: Get a resort credit worth up to $75 when you show a receipt of your travel fees (gas or airfare) that is dated within 48 hours of your arrival. The package at the 900-acre resort includes breakfast daily for two people.
More Info: tel. 800/492-6899; www.innisbrookgolfresort.com

Photo Caption: Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Innisbrook, Florida. Courtesy Innisbrook A Salamander Hospitality Golf & Spa Resort
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The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photo Courtesy of the Charles Hotel
Courtesy of the Charles Hotel
$25 Gas Card from Cambridge's The Charles Hotel
What: Smart Moves: Refresh and Refuel
Where: Cambridge, Mass.
Provider: The Charles Hotel
When: Through Dec. 31, 2011; based on availability
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Rates: From $279 per room per night
The Details: Stay on Harvard Square at The Charles Hotel, and you'll receive a $25 Shell Gas card, valet parking, plus free access to the nearby Wellbridge Athletic Club.
More Info: tel. 800/882-1818; www.charleshotel.com

Photo Caption: The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Courtesy the Charles Hotel
Inn at Thorn Hill, Jackson, New Hampshire. Photo: Jumping Rocks Photography
Jumping Rocks Photography
Gas Cards & Credits from B&Bs in North America
What: B&Bs Kick Gas!
Where: Hundreds of inns and B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada
Provider: Better Way to Stay
When: Through Labor Day weekend; check with each property for travel dates
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
Rates:
From $199 per room per night at Inn at Thorn Hill (or from $398 for the required two-night stay); from $139 per room per night at Shafer Baillie Mansion (or from $417 for the required three-night stay)
The Details:
Offers and valid travel dates vary by property but include everything from free gas cards, gas credits, tune-ups, and rewards for those who carpool or drive eco-friendly cars. Most properties are offering at least a $25 incentive with a minimum stay. In New England, staying two nights or more at select inns will give you a gas card or credit worth at least $25 or other incentives. In Seattle, this means you'll get public transit vouchers (worth $25) if you go carless.
More Info: tel. 800/468-7244; www.betterwaytostay.com

Photo Caption: Inn at Thorn Hill, Jackson, New Hampshire. Courtesy Jumping Rocks Photography
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