What better way to honor those who serve our country than by making vacations more affordable for them? Several hotels and resorts are doing just that, offering up to 60 percent off regular rates exclusively for military personnel. From Los Angeles to the Caribbean, here are the best options for military families this Memorial Day weekend.
Military members and their families can enjoy complimentary upgrades to an ocean view room at The Westin Resort & Casino Aruba, with prices starting at $179 a night. Select "Government Employee" when booking online—or mention the "GO" rate plan if you prefer to call 877/782-0149 and book by phone—then present a valid government ID during check-in to get your upgrade and discount.
If blue Bahamian waters are haunting your daydreams, take advantage of the military rate at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino, where military members pay from $190 a night and get complimentary daily breakfast for one. Call 877/716-8106 and mention promo code "GO" or select "Government Employee" when booking online.
Finger Lakes Region, New York
Belinda and Pat McElroy have two sons in the Marines and want to share their appreciation for those who serve by offering a 25 percent discount off regular rates at the Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfastnear Lake Ontario in Wayne County. Book online with promo code USMIL2013 and show a valid military ID to get the discount for active military and their immediate family. The Hampton Inn Owego has a special $100 flat rate during the week for military members. Book online or call 607/687-4600 to take advantage of this special price.
The Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport is offering specials from $99 per night including complimentary shuttle service to and from LAX, reflecting a savings of up to 37 percent off regular rates. Use promo code GOS when booking this deal online; additional hotel options include rates from $115 per night with an American breakfast buffet (use promo code GO) and $125 per night with a $25 dining credit (use promo code GOB). Deals can be booked online or call 866/716-8133 and mention the appropriate promotional code.
New York City
The Hotel Wolcott, located in the heart of New York City's Midtown close to the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden, is giving military members a 15 percent discount off regular rates through 2013—rates over Memorial Day weekend start at $170 a night and include complimentary breakfast and concierge services to help families get tickets to popular local attractions. Use promo code MIL when booking this package online or call 212/268-2900.
Book a room at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, with rates starting at $139 per night for an ocean view room, a special deal just for government workers and military members. The resort is located near the Caribbean National Rain Forest of El Yunque, and features two 18-hole golf courses, a casino, spa, fitness center, and two beachfront pools among other amenities. This deal is good through Dec. 23, 2013, and can be booked online or by calling 800/474-6627 and showing a valid ID during check-in.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
A trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands doesn't have to be astronomically expensive—you can stay at The Westin St. John Resort & Villas for from $165 a night by choosing the "Government Employee" rate when booking online or by mentioning the "GO" rate plan when calling the hotel at 800/734-7345. Simply book your special rate, present a valid government ID during check-in, and get ready to hit the beach!