Extra! Extra!

With occupancy down 10 percent in the U.S., hotels are opting to sweeten their deals rather than slash prices.

The W Hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Jeff Zaruba/courtesy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide)

GOOD
Reward-point payoffs

Choice Hotels Bonus reward point promos typically pop up in the off-season, but through August 13, you'll earn double points at participating hotels of brands such as Rodeway Inn and MainStay Suites.

Marriott Through September 7, redeem points for two nights at a resort and get a third thrown in for that stay. Book whenever, too: Marriott no longer has blackouts for reward stays.

BETTER
Rooms for half off

Hyatt Families snag a second room at half off, along with free breakfast and 15 percent off spa services.

Starwood Second nights at all brands—Sheraton, Element, Westin, and so on—are half off through September. (Use code ZBT when booking.)

Wyndham Book the Weekender promotion and get 50 percent off an additional room or a second consecutive night.

BEST
Plain old free nights

Marriott Breakfast and fourth nights are free at properties in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Book with code S29.)

W Hotels Third nights are free until September 30. (Use code TNR.)

Wyndham At resorts in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, receive two free nights for every two nights paid for—plus a $100 credit for food and beverages.

BANANAS!
Free cash! Booze! Hula hoops!

Choice Hotels Stay three separate times at participating Comfort Inns, Clarions, and other brands by August 13 to earn enough points for a $50 cash card.

Kimpton Hotels Free wine, sangria, ice cream, appetizers, and Wii tournaments daily at most locations. At check-in, land a room upgrade by picking a lucky number from a deck of cards or (no joke) hula hooping for 20 seconds.

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