Four unexpected hotel deals

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Major hotel companies and travel websites are piling on the savings. Here's a look at some of the more creative promotions we've recently seen.

Kimpton Hotels gives free upgrades. As part of its Summer Playground promotion, Kimpton is doling out complimentary room upgrades if you hula-hoop for 20 seconds at check-in, or play Rock, Paper, Scissors (and win). For travel from May 22 to Sept. 7, the Summer Playground package starts at $199 per room per night and includes a $25 credit, plus a free in-room movie with popcorn. Use promo code PLGD. ( Memorial Day promo. Get up to 50 percent off and a $50 prepaid MasterCard card if you book a three-night stay or longer by May 25 for travel between May 21 and May 27. ( is giving away a free BlackBerry or other smartphone or music phone (but not an iPhone) with any booking on its website. To get the deal, reserve a flight, hotel stay, travel package, or car rental, activate a new line of mobile phone service, and sign up for a new 2-year subscriber agreement through one of the top four providers (


InterContinental's Biggest Free Nights program. If you stay at any IHG property for two nights from now until July 3, you'll also receive a free night at one of the 4,000-plus hotels worldwide. The two qualifying nights don't have to be consecutive or within the same brand (choose among InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and the Crowne Plaza). The free nights are redeemable from July 3 to Dec. 26. Register at


The entire Real Deals section of Budget Travel's May issue is devoted to packages that are exclusive to our readers. Use our special promo codes for upgrades and bonus sightseeing tours—no hula hooping required.

Sample deals:

Costa Rica (upgraded car)

London & Paris (upgraded Eurostar ticket)

Lombok & Bali (upgraded ocean-view room)


In Paris, a pair of new "designer hostels" for $40 a night

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