By Mary Forgione
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
11:45 AM EST, February 15, 2013
It's good to be turning 40 this year. Red Roof Inn, which also marks its four-decade anniversary this year, offers 40-year-olds a room for $19.73 when they stay at one of the budget motels on their birthday.
The deal: You have to show a valid ID to take advantage of this offer at more than 300 motels in 36 states and Washington, D.C. Besides the discount, the chain launched a 40 & Fabulous Sweepstakes with prizes of a seven-day trip for a family of four or a 1973 classic car.
The first inn opened in Columbus, Ohio, and charged $8.50 a night. What's new after four decades? For one thing, NextGen rooms at some sites that have been renovated and feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a workspace.
When: The offer is good through the end of 2013.
Details: Most inns in this chain are in the Midwest and East Coast; California has 14 locations, including Fresno, Monterey, San Francisco Airport, Lompoc, Santa Ana, San Diego and near Palm Springs.
I checked availability for March 15-17 at the Red Roof Inn Palm Springs (72215 Varner Road, Thousand Palms) and found a room with two queen beds for $89.99 plus tax. Soon-to-be 40-year-olds should put pride aside and announce their age to receive the $70 discount.
Contact: Red Roof Inn, (800) 733-7663
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