Taken by surprise, but pleased with its crisp orange-and-blue star turn on Sunday’s episode of Mad Men, Howard Johnson is looking to extend its moment in the spotlight. Several properties in the hotel chain are offering a free night this summer to anyone legally named Don Draper. (For those of us named Roger, Sally, and anything else, the hotel will lop 20% off stays of three nights or more.) For more information on participating hotels or to book, please visit Wyndham Worldwide.
(The Mad Men episode was filmed at a former Howard Johnson near L.A., which through the digital magic of television, was revived to its snappy signature colors and placed amidst upstate NY late spring greenery instead of palm trees.)
Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.
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Tingo (the name derives from travel and bingo) is not the first site to offer a refund if the rate drops. Orbitz, for example, has a Price Assurance policy, but it requires that another Orbitz customer book the same room type at the same hotel on the same travel dates at a lesser rate. Not so with Tingo. According to the company, if the rate for your reservation drops, you qualify for a refund, credited to your charge card after you have checked out of the hotel, regardless of whether another traveler has also booked the lower rate.