Summer Vacation Relief at the Pump

Save on fuel costs with these gas card discounts and awards offered by various travel-related businesses across the county.

Rising gas prices have airlines charging customers more for what used to be free—pillows, snacks and checked bags. With the difficulty of flying, you might opt to drive to your next vacation destination instead; but how much money will that really save you? Thanks to these gas card deals, the savings may be more than you expected.

Gas Card Reward for Yosemite Vacation Home Rental

Book a vacation home in Yosemite and receive a gas card worth $100. Yosemite Places in Paradise is offering a reward to families who stay at their Oakhurst and Yosemite locations for three nights in June 2008. Rates start at $375 per night for four people. The Yosemite property is located inside Yosemite National Park, where guests are guaranteed entry. The rental includes three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, entertainment room and game room. For rates and availability, visit or call 559-683-8425 and be sure to mention the gas card special.

Branson Driving Deals 

Family-friendly Branson, Mo., is offering help to visitors who drive to and around town with two gas deals:

The Branson Chamber of Commerce asks travelers to save their gas receipts from their car trip to the city and exchange them at designated welcome centers for a discount card, good at participating local hotels, restaurants, shops, shows and attractions. Total gas receipts must amount to at least $50; for each $50 in receipts, visitors will receive a discount card of equal value. The offer runs through Oct. 31, 2008. Call 417-334-4084 or visit for promotion details.

Through the end of the year, visitors who purchase their lodging or show tickets from the Branson Tourism Center will receive a coupon, good for 20 cents off each gallon of gas or diesel at participating gas stations in Branson. The coupon is valid for seven days from the date of check-in. Call 800-785-1550 for more information, or print out your sample coupon at

Two San Diego “Cash for Gas” Deals

Stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown and receive a $25 gas card for each night of your stay at check out. Book your room Thursdays through Sundays for at least two nights and take advantage of rates that start at $114 per night through July 2. This apartment-style hotel boasts free Internet access and proximity to San Diego International Airport and San Diego Bay. Save more money on gas and explore downtown attractions like Little Italy, the Balboa Theater and the East Village on a pedi-cab. Use promotion code ZZ1 and reserve online at or call 800-331-3131.

Nearby sits the Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, which also is offering a money-saving deal through the end of September. The hotel’s “Summer Sizzle” one-night package starts at $279 and includes a $25 gas card, free valet parking (usually $30 daily), breakfast and discounts at local attractions. You will also be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 gas card. Call 800-228-9290 or visit to book; be sure to use the code EB5 for the “Summer Sizzle” special.

Sheraton Atlantic Beach Summer Gas Cards

Guests who stay at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel this summer will receive deeply discounted rates and gas cards. Families who arrive by car to the hotel, located on a 20-mile beach on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, will qualify for $50 gas cards if they stay for at least five nights and a $100 gas card if they stay seven nights. Book your stay before September 1, according to Tina Purifoy, director of sales and marketing.

The hotel features 200 guestrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness center. Chill out at Molly’s Beachfront Bar and Grill on the hotel’s private pier or take advantage of outdoor activities such as scuba diving and boating. Check rates and availability by calling 800-624-8875 or by visiting

Destinations: Atlantic Beach, San Diego, Branson, Yosemite National Park

Themes: Family Travel

User Comments

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