Offers Three and Four-Star Properties for $99 Or Less 2010 Hotel Price Index Reports 2% Global Increase in Average Hotel Room Rates

Oct 18, 2010, 09:30 ET from

DALLAS, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotels are making a comeback this year, but the® $99 or Less promotion offers a luxurious break on three and four-star hotels for a fraction of the rising prices seen this year. Featuring nearly 2,000 hotels in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean, travelers who book by November 1 and travel by November 15 can enjoy deluxe accommodations on a tight budget. According to the September 2010 Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®), released last month by, hotel room rates illustrated a 2% global increase in average hotel room rates paid in the beginning half of this year for the first time since the end of 2007.

"We love doing the $99 or Less promotion to help travelers save, especially now that hotel room rates are slowly rising year-over-year according to our latest HPI findings," says Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations for "The promotion, which features three and four-star properties, offers substantial savings that will be harder to find as the hotel industry makes a comeback."

Islands in the Sun

The Palms Resort in Negril, Jamaica, a three-and-a-half-star property, is situated near a beach and offers guests ocean or garden view rooms. With rooms starting at $85 a night, guests can stay a little longer while saving money and accumulating welcomerewards® credits to earn a free night as a member of the loyalty program.

For a taste of the high life, guests staying at the San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico can find rooms starting at $95 a night. Recommended by 79% of past guests, this three-and-a-half-star property is pet friendly, has an outdoor pool, a spa, and is within walking distance to the San Juan beach.

Sin City

Las Vegas continues to be the second most popular destination for U.S. travelers according the HPI report. The average price paid per room in the second quarter of 2010 was only $91 - an 8% increase from the same quarter last year. Rooms at four-star properties like Treasure Island Hotel and Casino start at $60 a night. Recommended by 88% of past guests, the property is centrally located on The Strip. Stay a little longer and collect more welcomerewards credits for a second visit to Sin City.

Southern Hospitality

Guests staying at The Hotel Allandale, in Austin, Texas, not only can relax in comfort and style but enjoy the daily hot buffet breakfast, join in on social hours Monday through Thursday and be greeted by freshly baked cookies in the lobby every evening. Rooms start at $85 a night at this three-star property with four-star service that has been recommended by 92% of past guests.

Set on a 100 acres, Westlake Lakes Resort & Spa Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, the resort features a lake, seven heated outdoor pools with spa tubs and tennis courts. Recommended by 85% of past guests, this three-and-a-half-star hotel offers 40% off. Rooms start at $69.

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About the HPI

The® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) is a regular survey of hotel prices in major city destinations across the world. The HPI is based on bookings made on and prices shown are those actually paid by customers (rather than advertised rates) in the first half (and particularly Q2) of 2010.

Now in its seventh year, the HPI is respected as the definitive report on hotel prices paid around the world and increasingly used as a reference tool by media, analysts, tourism bodies and academics.

About welcomerewards®

An industry leading loyalty rewards program, welcomerewards members earn a credit for every night they spend in any hotel chain, boutique hotel or bed and breakfast booked on the site.  Members earn a free night for every 10 credits. Credits can be redeemed at over 60,000 partner hotels, with no restrictions or blackout dates. Members can also redeem credits at independent hotels that do not have loyalty programs of their own.  Members can accumulate credits faster with welcomerewards than any other hotel loyalty program since a stay at each property is credited the same despite its star rating, location, rate or lodging type.

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