Friday, August 7, 2009

Cash for Clunkers, Perks on a Booking

Economists agree that the Cash for Clunkers plan is likely going to lift the auto industry substantially, with Joseph Carson, chief economist at AllianceBernstein commenting that "It's having an intended, if not larger, impact than people expected." The Senate passed a $2 billion extension on the deal after the program ran through its $1 billion allowance in a week, and the Obama administration continues to support the Cash for Clunkers program as a viable and reliable option to get things up and running in Detroit. Car dealers across the States reported that the program has substantially improved traffic on their lots, and Obama said in a statement that “Businesses across the country – from small auto dealerships and suppliers to large auto manufacturers – are putting people back to work as a result of this program.”

If you've taken advantage of the Cash for Clunkers plan, you've got yourself a nice new car, and a lot of new-found freedom. Why not book a stay in a luxury hotel located a drive away, and get that car broken in on the highway? Turn on your GPS and head out to the hotel of your choice, because there's plenty to be done once you get there, but to take advantage of all the fun, you've got to get there promptly. What's a better compliment to your luxury vacation—marked as a special through WhataHotel!--than a brand-new car humming along the road? From the Four Seasons to the Fairmont, everything falls right into place—and you can book in a snap, too. If you access the specials page of, you'll see that you can scoop up a deal with one night free with a three-day booking, 30% off, and the Upgrade Plus! deal as well. All of these plans are exclusive to, too, so get shopping to save yourself some time.

Now that you've probably decided that you're going to drive to a hotel break somewhere nearby, we've got specific suggestion for your East- or West-Coast stay. You simply can't go wrong with the Four Seasons, for example, because you'll find them dotted across the States, the service is luxurious and consistent, and you'll never have to wonder about the room you're facing for the night after your drive: they are comfortable, well-furnished, equipped, and serviceable. Midwesterners will enjoy the Four Seasons St. Louis—located in the “hub of the Midwest”--but will still get the special perks like spa-time, sophisticated gaming, and exciting new dining experiences. The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach has racked up the recognition around the hotel world, and it has a great collection of art and artifacts around the lobby that will impress casual art collectors as well as those needing a little something to gaze at post-trip. There's a new 9,000 square foot spa for working out back kinks, and there's even a “Man Room” dedicated to guy's grooming. Three restaurants and a complimentary kids program round out the deal and make it extra tempting. Alternately, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle gives you great views of Puget Sound and mountain peaks, and you're still close to destinations like the Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, or Pike Place Market. Lastly, New Englanders and New Yorkers might want to aim for the Four Seasons Boston, with its classic yet contemporary design and its award-winning restaurant, Aujourd'Hui.

It's time to hit the road, wouldn't you say?

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