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CheckINN Direct Saves Your Company Time, Money on Hotels

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Got employees who travel to do their work in boots, not suits? Construction crews, tower erectors, drivers, field reps, installers, inventory teams and others who stay in economy and mid-scale hotels?

 If so, expect rough road ahead if your company still is trying to negotiate discounted hotel rates on its own this year.
As the hotel industry rebounds, here’s what you’re up against this year if you aren’t booking with CheckINN Direct:
  • Higher occupancy — Forget recent years when your travelers could bargain for a cheap rate at the front desk. Now the lodging industry recovery is well under way. According to Smith Travel Research, hotel occupancies rose to 67 percent last year from 2010 occupancy of 64 percent.
  • Steadily climbing rates — 2012 is on track to continue last year’s rising occupancy trend, and higher rates go along with it. Last week the U.S. hotel industry saw average occupancy gains of 5.5% to 51.7%, reports Hotel News Now. Last week’s average daily room rate across the country went up 3.1%.
  • Possibly exceeding your travel budgetTravel  planners surveyed by Carlson Wagonlit Travel admit to worries over ever-increasing costs, especially since many travel planners found they’d exceeded their travel budgets before 2011 was over. Business demand was mandating travel, but costs were higher than many companies planned for. This year they want to optimize their hotel spend to stretch their lodging dollars, more than 50% of respondents told Carlson pollsters.

If your company is ready for an easy way to save time and money on workforce travel, there’s no need to wait.

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Discount Hotel Prices Beat Super Bowl Rates

Thursday, February 9th, 2012


CheckINN Direct gives workforce travelers great hotel discounts If your company’s workforce travels took you anywhere near Indianapolis last weekend, you know what we’re talking about when we say the hotel business was booming!

Like an occupancy rate of 95.5% for Friday & Saturday nights alone, representing 60,500 rooms sold around the region. And how much was the average daily rate for those rooms? How about $294.55?

That’s according to Hotel News Now, which reported that the Super Bowl boosted hotel prices up 338.1% from the same days last year.

Now that the football extravaganza is over, CheckINN Direct members can find plenty of workforce lodging in the CLC Hotel Network that’s priced for your business travel budget. We’re talking member rates in the $30-$90 a night range for Indianapolis for the rest of this week (and every week), depending which participating network hotel your employees choose.

You can expect similar savings of 20-40% off hotels’ lowest published rates in any of the more than 10,000 hotels you can choose across the country (Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Ramada, Super 8, Motel 6 and other familiar brands and leading independents are included.)

Find out how much you can save with CheckINN Direct no matter where your company travels take you this year.


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Save on Hotel Costs as Gas Prices Climb Higher

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Fight higher gas prices with deep hotel discounts from CheckINN DirectHold on to your wallets – USA Today reported today that gas likely will get back up to about $4 per gallon or more by this summer. Some oil industry experts predict even higher prices in some parts of the country.

Better make sure you’re saving on your workforce lodging with CheckINN Direct to soften the hit on your company travel budget.


What You’re Paying for Gas Across The Country

Today’s figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that gas prices went up all across the country in the past week. It also is up from where it was a year ago at this time, also in every region of the U.S. The nationwide average is a dime higher than it was two weeks ago and a hike of 35 cents from a year ago.

Better News for Diesel Fuel

Diesel fuel hasn’t risen quite as much although its nationwide average is $3.85, up just 0.006 from a week ago. While diesel prices show an increase in most regions of the U.S., there was a slight downward trend in the Lower Atlantic, Gulf Coast and West Coast states outside of California.

Save 20-40% On Hotel Rooms

CheckINN Direct can help you beat the higher costs of fuel as well as the higher hotel rates your employees will be seeing on the road this year. When you sign up for the program, you pay rates that are 20-40% less than hotels’ Lowest Published Rates.

Your company gets the protection of deeply discounted rates that are backed by a Lowest Rate Guarantee. Check out how it can work for you, and know that there are never any contracts or minimum usage requirements.



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Rx for Workforce Travel Health Emergencies

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Workforce travelers, it’s American Heart Month. Would you recognize the warning signs of a heart attack in yourself or others? What about CPR – can you perform it?

It’s smart to be prepared for medical emergencies on the road, and the American Heart Association (AHA) offers a variety of tools to help you. CheckINN Direct provides these tips to help keep you safe and heart-healthy wherever your workforce travel takes you.

Put Your Smartphone to Work

The Pocket First Aid and CPR App not only helps you know what to do if someone isn’t breathing, but also if they’ve been biten, bruised or burned. The app includes videos from the American Heart Association to show you how to do CPR and handle medical emergencies. It is available from the iTunes App store for the iphone and from Android Market for Android phones, and costs $3.99.

Learn To Perform CPR

AHA offers an online tool to help you find CPR training that’s convenient for you. Find a CPR class.

Start Thinking Healthy

Or, if hearing about American Heart Month serves as a timely reminder about eating better and moving around more, check out the Getting Healthy section of the AHA website.

Go Red for Women

You may be seeing “Go Red for Women” banners around your travel areas all across the country this month, too. That’s the AHA’s annual focus on heart health for women, who often suffer heart symptoms that are different from the classic heart attack signs seen in men. Find out more.

Get Heart-Smart & Hotel-Savvy

With your job keeping you on the road frequently, you know it’s smart to have a company lodging plan (like joining CheckINN Direct). Now you can be just as savvy about overcoming – or better yet, preventing – health emergencies on the heart health on the road as you are about using CheckINN Direct to save you 20-40% off hotel room rates.

Not yet a member? Sign up today.





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Cheers for CheckINN Direct — the Super Bowl of Hotel Savings

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Hotel rooms are booked at 91% occupancy Sunday night in Indianapolis, where this year’s Super Bowl takes center stage. No doubt at premium prices, too.

But your company can score the best hotel deals for your workforce travelers 365 nights a year with CheckINN Direct from CLC Lodging.

20-40% Discounts On Hotel Rooms & More

When you sign up for CheckINN Direct, it’s game on with these features:

  • Hotel room rate discounts that are 20-40% lower than hotels’ published rates.
  • More than 10,000 hotels in the CheckINN Direct network (familiar brands like Best Western, Super 8, Holiday Inn, Red Roof Inn, Hyatt Place, Hampton Inn and many more)
  • A convenient online hotel directory that lets you know where you’re staying before you stay (unlike some other online hotel deals).
  • You can choose the kind of hotel – and the price range – that works for workforce travel needs and your company’s travel budget.
  • A Lowest Rate Guarantee that ensures you won’t find a lower rate for the same room. (If you do, CheckINN Direct will pay you the difference and give you $30 in CheckINN Dollars for your next stay).

The Best Room Rates for Your Company Travelers

CheckINN Direct rates are privately negotiated for companies like yours, thanks to CLC Lodging’s purchasing power in the lodging industry.

CLC Lodging clients use more than 10 million room nights worth nearly half a billion dollars a year for their company travelers. CLC translates that buying strength to negotiate low rates that drive your room prices far below what’s publicly available.

Find out how it works, and then sign up today.

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