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may 27

Deal alert: Top hotels offer discounts, bonuses, and free nights

Marriott, Best Western, and InterContinental are among the large hotel companies rolling out the discounts to entice travelers to stay at their properties this summer.

With Marriott's Global Rate Break promotion, you get 20 percent off weekend stays at more than 2,500 of its properties, including Fairfield Inns, JW Marriotts, and other brands. You've got to book soon—by June 2—and the offer is valid on Fridays and Saturdays through September 7. Even though you must book early, your credit card isn't charged right away, and there's no penalty to cancel. Use promo code F5X when booking.

Best Western, meanwhile, has another summer promotion that must be acted on soon. If you stay two nights at any of its properties by June 14, you'll get a $50 Best Western travel card. While you must stay the two nights by June 14, the card is good for use at any Best Western through July of 2010.

InterContinental, which includes brands like Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, and Candlewood Suites, has a third-night free promotion. Here's how it works: You stay two nights at any of its properties by July 3, and then you receive a free night that can be used at any property between July 3 and December 26. The only catch is that you must select to receive either the free night or double InterContinental Priority Club Reward points—you can't get both. Either way, it's an excellent deal. To get either bonus, register at getafreenight.com before making a reservation.

We've mentioned this InterContinental hotel offer before, along with a few other fun hotel promotions. And in Budget Travel's June issue story "Extra! Extra!", you'll find more sweet hotel deals, with free nights, cash cards, and special loyalty point redemption promos.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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