SOURCE: Wyndham Worldwide

December 15, 2008 08:53 ET

Wingate by Wyndham Hotel Brand Shares Travelers' Best Tips

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - After receiving nearly 3,000 submissions, the Wingate® by Wyndham hotel brand today announced the winners of its online travel tips contest.

The contest encouraged "road warriors," to submit their best travel tips at for the chance to win one of three all-inclusive weekend trips to New York and a grand prize: being featured in a Wingate by Wyndham commercial on XM Satellite Radio.

The grand-prize tip was submitted by Andrew Gold of Tampa Bay, Fla., who recommended investing in a multiuse power supply that allows travelers to charge all of their devices from one source, eliminating the need to carry around separate power supplies for each device.

The first-place tip was submitted by Dan Sutton of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who advised travelers to always check tire pressures before heading off on a long road trip. In addition to keeping vehicle safe, correct tire pressure ensures maximum gas mileage while increasing tire life.

Bryan Parker of Washington, D.C. submitted another winning tip, encouraging travelers to use credit cards that offer free hotel stays and rewards to add to the value of their travel investment.

Three second-place winners received XM Pioneer Inno® portable satellite radios with one-year XM Satellite Radio subscription. Three third-place winners received TomTom® global positioning systems. Twelve $50 gas cards also were awarded.

Travel tips were judged by the Wingate by Wyndham marketing staff, who considered each tip's cleverness and appropriateness for travel.

"With their millions of miles and decades of experience, we consider our guests to be experts in the area of travel," said Bill Hall, Wingate by Wyndham brand senior vice president. "Who better to offer advice on travel than those who are constantly on the road?"

All of the submitted tips may be viewed by going to and clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

Wingate by Wyndham hotels, members of the Wyndham Worldwide family of hotel brands (NYSE: WYN), cater to business travelers by offering the services and amenities they expect at no additional charge, including a hot breakfast with freshly made Belgian waffles, copying and printing in 24-hour business centers, wired and wireless Internet service, meeting space and exercise facilities and whirlpools.

Wingate by Wyndham guest rooms are designed to function both as a bedroom and an office with a desk and cordless speakerphone with voice-mail and conference-call capabilities. Each room is equipped with a safe, iron and ironing board, in-room coffeemaker, in-room movies and pillow-top style bed.

Wingate by Wyndham hotels participate in the Wyndham Rewards® loyalty program -- formerly the TripRewards® loyalty program -- the largest in the lodging industry based on the number of participating hotels. For more information or to book a room, go to or call (800) 228-1000.