Jump for joy at these leap day ho­tel deals

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE - 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.


Grad­u­ate Ho­tels across the coun­try are of­fer­ing 29% off all stays from Leap Day through March 6.


Con­rad New York Down­town is of­fer­ing leaplings a com­pli­men­tary birth­day stay on Feb. 29.

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