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The Deal: Hotels.com’s “Summer Giftaway” sale features steep discounts on hotel stays in addition to a few enticing bonus gifts for travelers — including complimentary e-readers. Save up to 45 percent on accommodations around the world, plus receive extras like a $25 gas card or a free Kindle with select bookings. Kindle e-readers normally cost $139 (that’s the going rate on Amazon.com).
The Catch: To get the Kindle, you must book a stay of at least three consecutive nights at a participating property, and spend a minimum of $450 (a price that won’t be difficult to reach, really, with a three-night stay). For the gas card, you’ll have to book a minimum two-night stay at select hotels.
Don’t expect the front-desk receptionist to pull out a Kindle and hand it to you when you arrive at your hotel. Yes, that would be ideal. Especially since you could use the thing on your trip. But, as is the case with most free-gift offers from travel providers, you’ll receive your bonus in the mail weeks after your completed stay. Look for the $25 gas card or Kindle to show up in your mailbox within 14 days of your return date.
The Competition: We haven’t found any other travel deals featuring complimentary e-readers (please, correct us if we’re wrong). But you can grab a free gift card from InterContinental Hotels Group, which is offering $75 prepaid MasterCards with summer stays of at least two weekend nights at participating properties around the world. Additionally, Wyndham Resorts is giving away $100 American Express cards for guests who stay five nights or longer.
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— written by Caroline Costello