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Free home-cooked breakfasts, free Wi-Fi access, local calls and more, add up to big bucks in B&B bonus travel savings

Austin, TX - Fed up with hotel charges of $5 for a bottle of water bottles and $7 for a phone call? Consider the valuable money-saving bonuses you can enjoy at thousands of B&Bs. recently surveyed more than 5,200 innkeepers and heard from almost 1,400 of them about amenities ranging from free local and long distance phone calls to complimentary afternoon refreshments, wine and cheese and/or evening desserts. B&B travelers save with free parking, free Wi-Fi, and tip-free bellhop and concierge services like restaurant recommendations and reservations and insider sightseeing advice. Add in a $50 Vacation Bonus from for a two-night online reservation, and travelers begin to see that B&B bonuses can add up to savings of hundreds of dollars on an unforgettable getaway. In fact, estimates the following daily savings for travelers who choose B&Bs:

  • Free breakfasts for two (all B&Bs): $25
  • Free Wi-Fi access and/or guest computers (nearly 90% of B&Bs): $10
  • Free afternoon refreshments, wine and cheese and/or evening dessert for two (94% of B&Bs): $20
  • Tip-free help with luggage and concierge services (over 65% of B&Bs): $5
  • Free local telephone calls (75% of B&Bs) plus free long distance calls (25% of B&Bs): $5
  • Free parking (over 95% of B&Bs): Up to $25

Include the $50 Vacation Bonus for those who book a two-night stay online at (through September 1), and savings add up to over $175 for a two-night B&B stay. offers these myth-busters to demonstrate the value of B&Bs for price-conscious travelers:

MYTH: I'm going to have to share a bath or walk down the hall to my bathroom.

SURVEY SHOWS: The survey shows that more than 97% of B&Bs offer private baths. Nearly 53% have whirlpool tubs, and nearly 16% offer multi-jet or steam showers.

MYTH: I'll have no privacy; I'll have to eat with the preacher or the innkeepers.

SURVEY SHOWS: Nearly one in two B&Bs (45%) offer guests private tables for breakfast and/or the option of having breakfast served to guests' rooms.

MYTH: B&Bs are like sleeping at Grandma's house.

SURVEY SHOWS: Au contraire, unless Grandma is into luxury amenities. The survey showed that 70% of B&Bs offer high thread count sheets, and over 85% have feather beds, down comforters, or pillow libraries for guests. More than 76% offer in-room TVs; 56% have complimentary in-room DVD or video players and fee-free movies. Nearly 40% have iPod docking stations and/or computers for guest use.

MYTH: B&Bs are not for business travelers

SURVEY SHOWS: The amenities offered by B&Bs for business travelers may come as a big surprise. Beyond the in-room TVs, iPod docking stations, alarm clocks, and free phone calls, more than 80% of innkeepers will make breakfast available early for road warriors on a tight schedule, and many will permit business travelers to invite clients to join them for breakfast. Nearly 60% of B&Bs offer fax and copying services, and one in three B&Bs has corporate or government rates for business travelers. One in four B&Bs even have frequent stay programs. Nearly 50% of B&Bs offer stocked guest pantries or guest refrigerators eliminating outrageous mini-bar fees. Add to that free Wi-Fi access at most B&Bs plus the complimentary breakfast and upscale amenities, and it's clear that B&Bs make a cost-effective choice for business travelers. Frequent travelers insist on online reservations, and nearly half of B&Bs offer this option.

While travelers lament high gas and airline prices, is pumping out vacation relief. B&B travelers who book a two-night stay online at through September 1 will receive a $50 bonus rebate check. An economic stimulus for B&B travel, thinks travelers should spend a couple of nights -- not a fortune -- on travel. Knowing that travelers are looking for shorter stays, reservations need only be two nights or longer to receive the vacation bonus; there are no hidden booking fees. Go to for details. is the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide, listing nearly 7,000 B&Bs and inns. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inngoers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase The Getaway Gift Card from, welcomed at nearly 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada, subscribe to free newsletters, read and write independent reviews, and post questions on expert-hosted message boards.

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