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Free Audiobooks for Workforce Travelers On The Road

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

We know CheckINN Direct members  like to save money, like the 20-40% discounts you get on hotel rooms whenever you travel for business.
So we’re passing along this tip, courtesy of the June 2011 AARP Bulletin, about how you can access free audiobooks when you’re behind the wheel for your job. 
Here are three sources where you can download free audiobooks that help the miles – and the nights – go more quickly when you’re on the road: audiobooksforfree.com, verkaro.org, and LibriVox.org.
 Granted, you won’t find today’s bestsellers since the free novels, non-fiction and poetry works available are those in the public domain. Still, you can find all sorts of literary works that may suit your fancy when you’re driving or settling in your hotel room after hours. 

Many books are from the classics. Such sample books include “Great Expectations,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Tale of Two Cities” with others featuring authors including Jack London and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writer of the Sherlock Holmes Tales. Some sites feature biographies (Nancy on her father, Frank Sinatra, for example) or longstanding favorites like “The Secret Garden” and P.G. Wodehouse’s “Jeeves Takes Charge.”

In addition to the great price – free, remember? – there’s the convenience of being able to listen to the books on your computer, phone or MP3 player. Or, make a copy on a CD to play on your vehicle’s CD player.

Enjoy your free audiobooks, just like you enjoy your CheckINN Direct savings  on more than 10,000 hotels. 



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Getting the Lowest Hotel Rates for Workforce Travelers

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

 If your company wants to reduce its travel budget, take a minute to check out the hotel cost-cutting tips that CLC Lodging executive Kyle Rogg passed along to small businesses this week.

In his “Top 5 Ways to Lower Your Workforce Lodging Costs” webinar, Rogg shared insights the company has gained over 30 years of privately negotiating hotel rates for its thousands of business clients.

CLC specializes in serving companies with workforce travelers. They’re the crews, drivers, field service reps and other “windshield warriors” who hit the road on construction, installation, delivery and other jobs with frequent travel to work sites.

The discounted rates that CLC provides its clients come from volume. In fact, as Rogg noted in the Webinar, CLC typically books 25,000 hotel rooms a night – annually, it’s more than 9 million.

Rogg’s pointers are particularly relevant given that demand is going up for hotel rooms nationwide these days. That is seriously limiting the bargaining power for lower rates that companies had in the past three years. 

You can watch the webinar conducted for the National Federal of Independent Business (NFIB), a CLC Lodging partner.


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Photos Show Hotels with 20-40% Room Discounts

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

 Want to save money on your company’s workforce travel, but want the security of seeing the hotel before you check in? Now you can at many CheckINN Direct hotels.

CheckINN Direct’s online hotel directory has added photos and virtual tours of the lodging locations where members always save 20-40% off hotels’ lowest published rates.

With the new photo and virtual tour feature, you can check out photos of rooms, exercise areas, breakfast bars, hotel exteriors and more from CheckINN Direct’s online hotel directory.

Simply log in to your account www.CheckINNcard.com. Then go to the Hotel Search page and find a listing of all participating hotels where you or your employees will be traveling. 

Haven’t heard about how CheckINN Direct’s hotel savings card program works? Features include:  
  • No annual fee 
  • No minimum usage requirements
  • Stays are billed to the credit card registered when you sign up
  • 10,000+ participating locations from leading brands such as Best Western, Hampton Inn, Ramada, Holiday Inn, Hyatt Place, Super 8 and more
  • Great for companies with seasonal and per diem travel 

Find out more about how the hotel savings card program works, no matter whether your company has one, five, 50 or 500 hotel stays a month. Sign up now and start saving tonight on all your workforce travel. 



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