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10 hotel chains on sale: Book 2 nights, get 1 night free

By Sean O'Neill
October 3, 2012
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Courtesy Choice Hotels

The amazing hotel deals just keep on coming. But this one is particularly neat. Book two separate room nights—as brief as one night apiece—between now and the end of April, and you'll be rewarded with a free night's stay at any time between now and the end of 2011 at any one of 1,500 properties anywhere in North America (including in Mexico and the Caribbean).

Well, that's exactly what you can do. For the first time ever, all Choice Hotels—including Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, Econo Lodge, and Rodeway Inn—are running a free-stay special discount at the same time: Book two separate stays at choicehotels.com or 800/424-6423 for arrival now through April 30 and—if you're a member of the free Choice Privileges rewards program—you'll be able to redeem a free night at any of the other hotels under the Choice Hotels brand for a stay until Dec. 31, 2011.

For a list of participating properties state-by-state, visit this page of the Choice Hotels website.

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