Family Getaways Made Affordable All Thanks to Three Special Programs

Full of history, character, and charm, La Quinta Resort & Club is our favorite family getaway spot in Southern California.

C, T, and I got away to our favorite family getaway place the other week, La Quinta Resort & Club… and boy what a screaming deal we got away with! I feel as if we robbed the place blind. Just for booking with the Chase Card deal I explain below, we got a great rate, lots of program points, and tons and TONS of freebies by way of resort credit and free meals.

C relaxes as T checks out the main fountain in one of the several gorgeous and historic courtyards at La Quinta Resort & Club.

Summer is winding down quickly, and now’s the time to start thinking of that last weekend getaway before the school year gets underway. This is also the time to head out to beautiful Palm Springs if you can stand the heat and enjoy saving money; in general, rates stay low out there from about June 15 through September 15. That’s another reason we now have made a family tradition to head out there for Father’s Day weekend as we usually catch a great rate break just as summer starts.

T takes a time out from his busy play schedule to pose for a photo with C while at La Quinta Resort & Club.

Below are three bullet-pointed programs that C looked over when we were looking to book our last La Quinta getaway for summer 2012. Keep in mind to take advantage of these rates you MUST be a credit card holder of one of the type of card-levels listed in parenthesis next to the card name. I took the time to look up the three benefit listings for La Quinta Resort & Club as that was where we were looking to book, but do keep in mind that these three programs offer deals for several (around 700) hotels and resorts worldwide with many located in the Southern California region. Just link through the three programs below to use their search engines by entering the dates you wish to travel and where you want to go, and the deals will populate for you.

The main courtyard fountain at La Quinta Resort & Club.

Also note that all rates we looked into appeared commensurate with the discounted AAA rate offered at La Quinta, or about 10 percent off rack-rate. I think that also applies to the other properties in the program, too, but make sure to do your own homework and comparison shopping when exploring other locations. Furthermore, and since this always gets asked when there are these “too good to be true” deals making their rounds, yes, we were able to link our Hilton Honors membership to our booking and receive the appropriate level of points for the duration of our stay (La Quinta Resort & Club is a Waldorf-Astoria brand in the Hilton family of properties). However, since we used our VISA Sapphire to actually complete the transaction for the stay, no, we could not maximize the Hilton Honors points, but we can always convert those Sapphire points to miles of some sort later to buddy up with our Hilton points, so all is not lost in our “extreme mileing” efforts.

C and I started out our complimentary breakfast at Twenty 6 with one Bacon Bloody Mary each. These never appeared on our breakfast bill thanks to La Quinta Resort & Club’s generous participation in the Chase Card Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection program (we are Sapphire card holders).

This was my complimentary breakfast, a Salmon Benedict at Twenty6 at La Quinta Resort & Club. The restaurant is known for their variety of Benedict dishes so I figured I needed to try one. With about 10 on the menu, I can try another one on my next visit and that still leaves about eight more to try another eight mornings!

C’s free breakfast at Twenty6 was a gorgeous Lox Platter. I guess both he and I were in the mood for salmon! Great minds, RMT’ers!

Not only was T’s full child’s meal comp’ed along with both C and my breakfasts (a lovely surprise!), but the server was gracious enough to allow him to get some “color cereal” (AKA vacation cereal in our world) from the Sunday brunch area. In fact, the entire breakfast bill along with tax and gratuity was completely removed from our final bill at checkout (a total of around $80!). That was our “complimentary breakfast for two” so that didn’t touch any of the other $100 credit we received, which ultimately covered all of lunch the day before and most of dinner the night before.

Oh, and the program so exceeded our expectations that we’ve booked one final overnight to fill out our summer schedule – and we convinced another family to join in on the holiday heist, er, I mean summer steal, er, I mean divine deal!

Some just see this as the view from the main pool, but I see it as “my mountain” (AKA happy place) out at La Quinta Resort & Club.

Where ever you find yourselves during these last moments of summer, RMT’ers, please stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the time together as a family!

La Quinta Resort & Club Special Credit Card Program Benefits (with Links to Program Search Engines)

1. Chase Card, The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection (Sapphire or Explorer card-level holders):
–         Free Breakfast for Two Persons
–         $100 Property Credit (we used ours toward food, beverage, and retail; also applies for golf and spa purchases; credit applied to bill upon checkout)
–         room upgrade upon arrival (when available)

2. VISA Signature Luxury Hotel Collection (VISA Signature card-level holders):
–         Free Breakfast for Two Persons (limited to $25/pp)
–         $25 Property Credit (check details of what this applies toward at check-in)
–         Room Upgrade Upon Arrival (when available)

3. American Express, Fine Hotels & Resorts (Platinum and Centurion card-level holders):
–         Free Continental Breakfast for Two Persons
–         $100 credit (check details of what this applies toward at check-in)
–         Noon/Early Check-In (when available)
–         4p.m. Guaranteed Late Checkout (VERY nice perk!)
–         Room Upgrade Upon Arrival (when available)

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