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Traveling Sept. 3-12? Win Free Lodging!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

CheckINN Direct members who use the CheckINN Card Sept. 3-12 will have each stay count as an entry to win free business lodging for the rest of the year.

Because CheckINN Direct caters to workforce travelers, we’re calling this special promotion our Free Lodging Labor Day Celebration!

To enter and have a chance to win, you must complete these 2 easy steps:

1. Log in to your CheckINN Direct account and register for the contest. You’ll find the registration link on the My Account page and the Hotel Search page.

2. Use your CheckINN Card at any of our 10,000 hotels starting Friday, Sept. 3, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 12.

That’s all there is to it! Register and then stay with us as many times as you want between Sept. 3 and Sept. 12. Every room night counts at one entry.

Of course, you have to be a member to participate. If you haven’t yet joined CheckINN Direct, don’t wait any longer to sign up.

The more you stay, the more chances you have to win our free lodging prize.

After all, you work hard for your money – and CheckINN Direct is working hard to save you money on your business lodging.

Register now!

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Business Breakfasts On The Road: What’s Your Favorite?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Many of CheckINN Direct’s 10,000 hotel locations offer the convenience of breakfast onsite (members can check the amenity list for the network hotels that do when you log in to your CheckINN Direct account.)

But if you’re a workforce traveler on a long road trip or extended stay in one area, there may be times when you want to start the day with breakfast fare that’s a little different.

So, how do you discover the hidden gems that the locals know about? Here’s a tip: USA Today offers 25 breakfast “finds” in major metropolitan areas across the country courtesy of Zagat, a survey company that provides consumer-based information on where to eat, drink and stay. 

Zagat’s recommendations on these local breakfast spots are even mapped, complete with names and phone numbers.

What’s your favorite local breakfast spot around the country? Let us know.

 Meanwhile, among the out-of-the ordinary offerings from USA Today that won’t break the budget:

  •  A D.C. restaurant with two pork chops, two eggs, biscuits and grits for $8.50.
  •  A Dallas spot with scrambled eggs and feta on top of marinated nopales, complete with black beans and corn tortillas.
  •  A Chicago restaurant where $8.95 gets you these interesting flavors: cinnamon roll or jelly doughnut pancakes.

When your job responsibilities keep you to a tight schedule, take advantage of the CheckINN Direct hotels that have on-site breakfast service – many offer it at no charge.

Members simply log in to their online member account, go to Hotel Search and use the Find A Hotel tool for the area where they are traveling. At the top of the resulting list of hotels, select Breakfast and click Apply to see which hotels offer breakfast service.

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New Software Blocks Cell Phone Use When Vehicle Is Moving

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Any workforce traveler who’s wondered why the car ahead of them can’t stay in its lane or why the truck making the turn is veering too close for comfort – and then seen the driver’s cell phone in hand – is going to like this latest technology news.

Automotive Fleet reports that the days of texting while driving may be undergoing a major shift soon, thanks to new, innovative software.

A company called WebSafety.Inc. offers CellSafety to keep drivers safe – with eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel.

The new software takes advantage of proprietary software that can detect – electronically – when is vehicle is moving more than 10 mph.

At that speed and higher, the software blocks the driver’s ability to send or read text and e-mail messages. It also blocks use of a phone’s Web browser.

 Who can use it? Word is that it works on the U.S. four major wireless carriers and is applicable for the Android, Blackberry and Symbian wireless operating systems.

Sure, texting or e-mail while driving might seem like the height of convenience, but there’s little question that it’s a distraction that can have big consequences in terms of safety and keeping a driver’s focus on the road.

Keep your texting and e-mailing to those times when you’re pulled over or at a stop – or in for the night at any of the 10,000 hotels where you simply show your CheckINN Card when you register at the front desk to get your deeply discounted rate.

Your CheckINN Direct Member Rate gets you 20% to 40% off hotel’s Lowest Published Rates on every business lodging stay.

 Of course, we always welcome your calls at CheckINN Direct, too: 1.866.857-9747.

 Press Option 1 if you want to sign up for CheckINN Direct, Option 2 if you have a question about your account, or Option 3 if you want to get your Member Rate from our 24-hour Traveler Support Center.

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First Save On Hotels, Then Save on Phone Calls

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

If you like saving money – and CheckINN Direct members do! – you’re going to love the latest from Google. As David Pogue of the New York Times reports on his blog, Google is opening the door to free phone calls from your computer.

The way Pogue explains it, Voice Calls from Gmail are even easy to use.

For those who thought Skype and VoIP and other devices linked to computers and telephones sounded too tricky to navigate, Google’s innovation appears to be changing all that.

Granted, the freebie phone calls only are for calls to U.S. or Canadian phone numbers, but who is going to quibble about that? If it works, it’s simple to use and it’s free, there’s plenty to like.

And evidently calls on the service to other countries aren’t going to be very expensive, either.  So, more to like.

The name isn’t too catchy, but again, who’s quibbling? We’re talking free phone calls from a computer to a phone.

As Pogue postulates in his posting, Voice Calls from Gmail makes the future of telephony a whole new ballgame – and the Internet looks like it’s going to be the star.

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Here’s To Safe Cars For Workforce Travel

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Toyota is in the news again, and it’s for another automotive recall. This time it’s a voluntary safety recall of more than 1 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles from model years 2005 through 2008, according to a news report on the Automotive Fleet Web site.

If you’re using CheckINN Direct to get deeply discounted rates on your workforce lodging, it’s likely you pay just as much attention to getting a good deal on your transportation. So Toyota’s recalls may be hitting close to home.

This year Toyota has issued recall notices for various models of its Lexus, Sequoia, Sienna, Prius and Camry automobiles.

The latest recall is related to a potential crack along some solder points in the vehicle’s engine.

Many budget-minded workforce travelers have depended on Toyota for reliable vehicles with great fuel economy through the years, factors that mean a lot when you’re on the road for business travel.

Toyota, Honda, and Nissan long have been watchwords for reliable service and savings, with smaller vehicles from Ford, Chevy, Saturn and others making strong gains in the same areas in recent years.

If you own the affected vehicles, expect to be notified next month by Toyota. Owners will be told when parts will be available for the repairs.

Earlier this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it was investigating more complaints of stalled engines affecting Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks. The agency began studying similar complaints for 2006 Corolla vehicles last December.

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Workforce Lodging: Even Better With the Conveniences of Home

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

If workforce travel is a big part of your job, you know what a difference it makes if the hotel amenities are tailored for your travel preferences. Make your hotel stays even more convenient by bringing some custom amenities just for you.

Consider packing these items the next time you head for your CheckINN Direct workforce lodging:

  1. Power strip – If you travel with a laptop, digital audio device, cell phone and other electronic devices, bring your own power strip. Once you plug it in your hotel room, you have all the outlets you need right when and where you need them.
  2. Clip-on book light – Like to end your day with a good book or magazine? With a clip-on book light, it doesn’t matter how the room lighting suits your bedside or armchair reading. They’re easy to tuck in your bag and inexpensive.
  3. Coffee – If your favorite brand is what starts your day off right, bring it along. Brew it up in your hotel room and fill a thermos. That familiar aroma will a smile on your face first thing. (The decaf version is nice way to have the comforts of home at the end of the day, too.)
  4. Nightlight – Every room is different and who wants to stumble in the dark? Pack your own nightlight and make getting up in the dark easy.
  5. Anti-bacterial wipes – Cut down on germs on TV remotes, door handles, light switches and more.

It’s true. Little things make a big difference – like CheckINN Direct’s 10,000 participating hotel locations, 24-hour traveler support, and Member Rates that save you 20% to 40% off hotels’ Lowest Published Rates.

Plus, when members log in to their online accounts, they can check for  specific amenties available at each hotel  location. Member Rates and how  much you save off each hotel’s Lowest Published also are displayed online for each hotel (familiar  brands and leading independents like Best Western, Ramada, Hampton Inn, Super 8, Holiday Inn and more).  

It adds up to convenience that makes arranging business lodging quick and easy for you and your company travelers.

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Drunk Driving Crackdown Under Way

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

As you head toward your workforce lodging, you likely have business – not drunk drivers – on your mind. But there may be more impaired drivers sharing the road with you than you think.

How many? At least 17 million people have taken the wheel after drinking, according to a new report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

That translates to 8 percent of drivers. The research indicates one in five Americans has driven within two hours of drinking.

The report coincides with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s crackdown on drunk drivers. The annual effort began Aug. 25 and continues through Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Thousands of police agencies across the U.S. take part in the law enforcement crackdown. That’s a good thing, because the statistics are sobering:

  • Someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes
  • About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point
  • Nearly 12,000 people  died in drunk-driving crashes in 2008

The DOT campaign means there will be greater scrutiny of potentially impaired drivers as we head toward the Labor Day weekend. That’s good news.

But our advice for workforce travelers heading toward CheckINN Direct’s discounted hotel rooms holds true week-in and week-out, any time of the year: Drive defensively. Watch out for the other guy. And, don’t drink and drive.

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On the Road for Business Travel? Win Free Lodging

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Registration officially is open for the Labor Day Free Lodging Celebration for CheckINN Direct members. (Not a member? Join here.)

Any workforce traveler who stays at hotels with our CheckINN Card could be the winner of free lodging for the rest of the year.

Here’s how it works: Register for the celebration and then stay often with CheckINN Direct Sept. 3-12. Once you’re  registered, every room night during that period counts as an entry. The more you stay, the more chances you have to win!

 The lucky winner  gets $6,000 in CheckINN Dollars deposited in their CheckINN Direct account to be applied to CheckINN Direct stays through Dec. 31, 2010.

Registration is required – but it’s quick and easy. Here’s how to register:

  1. Log in to your account at www.CheckINNcard.com.  
  2. Click on the Labor Day promotion shown on the My Account page or the promotion shown on the Hotel Search page.
  3. Verify or update the information shown on the registration form.

 That’s it! Your company is officially registered to take part in the Free Lodging celebration.

Once you’re registered, every CheckINN Direct room night charged to your company CheckINN Card Sept. 3-12 counts as an entry in the Free Lodging giveaway. More room nights with CheckINN Direct = more entries.

Don’t forget that you can plan your business travel now by searching for CheckINN Direct hotels online. Log in to your account and use the Find A Hotel tool on the Hotel Search page. Choose from 10,000 locations, knowing that you’ll save 20% to 40% off hotels’ Lowest Published Rates for all your workforce lodging. 

Choose from Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, Ramada, Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt  Place, Residence  Inn by Marriott, Super 8, Best Western and  more.

 

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Check Out Our Partners Who Love Saving On Business Lodging

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Check out our new Partners page. We’ve added it to showcase just a few of the thousands of members who regularly depend on CheckINN Direct to save on business lodging.

Right now you’ll find descriptions and links for these 5 partners:

But keep watching. We’ll be adding more workforce lodging partners!

How Our Partners Save With CheckINN Direct

Our partners find that they benefit from CheckINN Direct advantages like:

  • Savings of 20%-40% off every business lodging stay
  • 10,000 hotels across North America that accept the CheckINN Card
  • 24-hour Travel Support Center for assistance
  • Walk-in availability (if there’s a room available, you get it)
  • Lowest Rate Guarantee

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Free Hotel Rooms For the Rest of the Year!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

4 days and counting until CheckINN Direct members get a shot at winning free hotel rooms for the rest of the year!  If you’re not a member and you travel for business, Join now.

It’s our Labor Day Free Lodging Celebration, and you have to register your company to be able to participate. Registration opens to members on Sunday, Aug. 22, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 12.

How To Get Free Hotel Rooms

Just log in to your account to register. Then, every night you and your company travelers stay with CheckINN Direct Sept. 3-12 counts as one entry for the free lodging drawing. But  you have  to register first!

One lucky entry will be drawn around Sept. 30. We’ll deposit $6,000 in CheckINN Dollars in the winner’s CheckINN Direct account to be used for CheckINN Direct stays between now and the end of the year.

Don’t forget: Once you register and the more you stay with CheckINN Direct Sept. 3-12, the more chances you have to win.

Make Your Travel Plans, Pick Your Hotels Now

Make your workforce travel plans now with our online Hotel Search tools, where you can see your low, discounted Member Rates at more than 10,000 hotel locations across the U.S. and Canada.

Plus, we’ve added 1,600 new hotels in recent months so you’ll find even more of your favorite familiar brands and leading independents like Hampton Inn, Super 8, Residence Inn, Ramada, Best Western, Days Inn, Hyatt Place, Red Roof Inn and more.

As always, no reservations are required with our walk-in availability – it’s there’s a room available, you get it. Plus, enjoy 24/7/365 traveler support when you’re on the road.

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