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Why Choosing Extended Stay America Can Stretch the Vacation Budget

Over the spring break vacation, my family partnered with Extended Stay America and they hosted our stay at one of their properties in Dallas. During our stay I noticed some features and perks that helped to extend our vacation budget. So I wanted to share my reasons why choosing Extended Stay America can stretch the vacation budget.

I’m all about stretching that budget!

Want to stretch your vacation budget? Here are some reasons why choosing Extended Stay America can stretch the vacation budget

Why Choosing Extended Stay America Can Stretch the Vacation Budget

In room kitchenette: Food is a huge part of a vacation budget for us as a family of five. With the fully equipped in room kitchenette, we were able to prepare a hot breakfast most mornings. Even when we didn’t have a hot breakfast, we were able to enjoy a bowl of cereal thanks to the cold milk in the refrigerator. Although the appliances are miniature versions of what you probably have in your home, they get the job done.

Want to stretch your vacation budget? Here are some reasons why choosing Extended Stay America can stretch the vacation budget

Affordable Room Rates: Depending on where you stay, lodging can take up a huge chunk of your vacation budget. We stayed in a two bedroom suite with two queen beds and one sleeper sofa. It was large enough for all five of us, plus the dog. The room goes for about $135/night. If you can forego some of the luxuries of some of the higher priced hotels, you’ll save quite a few bucks by booking your stay at Extended Stay America.

Extended Perks: Extended Perks is Extended Stay America’s loyalty program. Member benefits include 15% off next stay sign up bonus (so make sure you sign up before you book your stay), exclusive weekly hotel offers, preferred hotel status, plus discounts on hundreds of other top brands.

Free WiFi: During our down time I was able to sneak in some work. Normally I would pay around $10/day or more for access to WiFi. I was able to save that money so that I could stretch the vacation budget even further.

Free Grab and Go Breakfast: If you don’t have time to prepare breakfast in the room, there is a small selection of grab and go breakfast items in the lobby. It includes options such as your choice of fresh fruit, a variety of breakfast bars and muffins, hot cereal, coffee, and tea.

Pet Friendly Rooms: We have a 2 year old Black Lab and it was nice being able to bring him on vacation with us. With the pet friendly rooms available at the hotel, it’s easy to bring your furry friend along for the fun. There is a small charge for pets, but it’s considerably cheaper than we have had to pay when we board him at a local kennel. The hotel staff will place a magnet on the door that notifies all cleaning personnel that there is a pet inside. We opted out of cleanings when the dog was there alone by notifying the staff each morning.

Want to extend your vacation budget? Here are some reasons why choosing Extended Stay America can stretch the vacation budget

Shuttle Service: Depending on the property you choose, you may be able to use the hotel shuttle for back and forth trips to local stores and restaurants. This can cut down on the amount of gas you use, therefore stretching the vacation budget just a bit further.

We love to travel and we like traveling often. That means we have to watch our budget carefully to ensure we get the best experience possible each and every time. Traveling gets expensive, but with planning and research, you can enjoy a fabulous vacation while still staying within your vacation budget.

Do you have any tips that help you save money while you’re traveling?


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18 thoughts on “Why Choosing Extended Stay America Can Stretch the Vacation Budget”

  1. Kristen says:

    These are great ideas! We always stay at hotels that have loyalty programs. It’s nice when the points add up and we get free stays!

  2. Jen Epstein says:

    I’ve always wondered about Extended Stay America. Thanks for the post and shedding some light on the benefits! Cute pics too ?

  3. Adelina Priddis says:

    That’s a fantastic deal for a 2 bedroom suite! We love having the in room kitchenettes

  4. maria says:

    Any time we have a chance to have a kitchen on vacation we go for that option. It saves you money in the long run.

  5. Dawn Lopez says:

    Wow! So many features and amenities! I love that your doggie was able to go along. That’s a huge plus in my book. It really looks like a great place to stay.

  6. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide says:

    I LOVE Extended Stay Hotels! We had family stay in one during our wedding and it was a total hit!

  7. Lisa says:

    I hadn’t heard of extended stay hotels until now – thanks for the info! We love taking advantage of hotel perks to help us save for the rest of our adventures.

  8. Sabrina says:

    It’s important to keep to a budget when you’re traveling! You don’t want to risk spending more than you can afford!

  9. Eileen says:

    I have a large family and this is a great idea for us. It is always a huge expense when we travel for food and the puppy, costs a fortune to board. I need to do this on our next trip

  10. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Our family usually vacations for no more than 6 days. I really love this though just on case we needed a more lengthy vacation getaway.

  11. Donnica says:

    I love that Extended Stay is pet friendly. Boarding costs can get out of hand, so it’s nice that you’re able to bring your furry family member along. I’ll have to take that into consideration for my next vacation.

  12. Ryan Escat says:

    So glad you shared good tips and ideas, never thought that extended in a hotel can stretch the vacation budget.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Extended Stay sounds perfect for frugal traveling. I’m always on the go, and I’m always looking for great deals! Thanks!

  14. Kristi says:

    Great ideas! We like Extended Stay hotels also, more room for our family. Another tip is to ask the hotel staff for recommendations on things to do and what to see. Sometimes they have great off the beaten path ideas.

  15. Aubrey says:

    Great advice. We are looking to travel this summer and I need to start looking into hotels. I’ll have to check and see if there is one of these around where we’re going.

  16. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says:

    I really prefer to have a suite like this when we travel. It allows more room to spread out and the ability to use a fridge and microwave is a must.

  17. Ellen Christian says:

    I like that they offer grab and go breakfasts. That’s handy on a busy trip.

  18. Brandy says:

    This is really neat, I want to take my kids on a vacation this Summer, it would be super cool to be able to afford it. Loving this post!

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