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Jump for joy at these leap day hotel deals

- Harriet Baskas

Leap year offers an extra day – and extra perks for travelers.

Like the U.S. presidenti­al election, leap year spins into view once every four years. And 2020 is it. Adding an extra day – Feb. 29 – to this month not only helps keep our calendars in sync with the astronomic­al seasons, it creates an excuse to offer bonus perks to travelers.

Poke around and you’ll find many hotels offering leap daythemed packages and discounts to all travelers. Look closer, though, if you’re a “leapling” – someone born on Feb. 29 – or are traveling with someone who is because there are some extra deals just for you.

29% off on Feb. 29

A long list of hotels and hospitalit­y brands are celebratin­g leap year by offering some version of a 29% discount. Some are bookable only for a leap day stay; others have a wider window. Be sure to read the fine print.

Here are some examples: Graduate Hotels across the country are offering 29% off all stays from leap day through March 6 with a bonus $10 daily food and beverage credit thrown in. (Code Leapyear; bookable between Feb. 28 and March 6)

Guests can get 29% off room rates at Moxy Hotels in New York City (Moxy Chelsea, Moxy East Village and Moxy Times Square) that fall on Feb. 29, plus two glasses of prosecco.

In Washington, D.C., the art-focused Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle will be offering a Leap Year Sale on Feb. 29 only. Two offers will be available that day. The first is for 29 rooms available at a $29 rate (Sunday nights only); the second is a 29% discount on reservatio­ns for select dates between April 1 and Dec. 31.

And Viceroy Hotels, with properties in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, is waiting to roll out some special leap year hotel offers on Feb. 29.

Proposal package

A woman may certainly propose marriage any day of the year she chooses. But there’s an Irish tradition that promises a bit of bonus luck if a woman schedules the proposal for leap day.

To help out, Chicago’s historic Palmer House is offering a Leap Day Proposal Package. Starting at $2,290, the package at this Hilton hotel includes a consultati­on with the catering team to plan an on-property proposal and a photograph­er to document the proposal. Also part of the deal: a private dinner for two, with two cocktails; a proposal-night stay with Champagne and rose-petal turndown; and discounts on a return stay on the next leap day (in 2024) and the wedding if the couple holds nuptials there.

Just for leaplings

In addition to discountin­g leap day stays, Moxy Hotels in New York City (see above) will give leap day babies born on Feb. 29 a free night on their birthday, plus a celebrator­y bottle of prosecco. (Be sure to show a valid license at checkin.)

Conrad New York Downtown is offering leaplings a compliment­ary stay on their birthday (Feb. 29), when they present a valid ID at check-in time and stay Feb. 29 and March 1 (or longer.) Guests and the public alike who have Feb. 29 birthdays can enjoy a compliment­ary bottle of house wine in Conrad New York Downtown’s Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant (Valid ID and purchase of two entrees required.)

For 29 hours, from 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 28 until midnight on Feb. 29th, the Kimpton Taconic in Manchester, Vermont, will offer a 29% discount and a $29 food and beverage credit per night for stays between March 1 and June 30. As a bonus, every package booked during this brief window will be entered in a drawing to win 29,000 IHG bonus points.

 ?? ANDREA BEHRENDS ?? Graduate Hotels across the country are offering 29% off all stays from Leap Day through March 6.
ANDREA BEHRENDS Graduate Hotels across the country are offering 29% off all stays from Leap Day through March 6.
 ?? CONRAD HOTEL NEW YORK ?? Conrad New York Downtown is offering leaplings a compliment­ary birthday stay on Feb. 29.
CONRAD HOTEL NEW YORK Conrad New York Downtown is offering leaplings a compliment­ary birthday stay on Feb. 29.

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