Running in the sprinkler. Playing baseball in the evenings. Talking long walks. Family vacations. These are all the signs that summer is officially here. If you’re like the average American family, one thing you’ll be doing this summer is taking a vacation or going on a road trip to visit family. Most of the major hotel brands know that this is a prime travel and vacation time, so they’ve tried to help us out by offering some discounts to entice us to stay in their hotel brand. While there are a lot of current hotel discounts, below are some ways to get free hotel nights . If you like traveling, why not plan to travel cheap ? The Best Summer Hotel Promotions Choice Hotels – Stay Two Nights Get One Free The Offer: If you book a hotel at choicehotels.com or their 1800# (1800-4CHOICE) and stay between May 19th and August 11th, you’ll receive 8,000 points (enough for a free night at 1,500 hotels). The important thing to note about this promotion is that it is not a certificate for a free night, but enough points (8,000) to book a hotel at one of their lower end hotels. As an example, if you were to visit Brisbane, Australia, you wouldn’t be able to find a hotel for less than 25,000 points a night. As such, the 8,000 points would only translate into a 1/3 of a free night. To be eligible for the promotion, you must register here . Choice Brand hotels include Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Collection. Choice hotels typically offer very clean locations at good value prices. Starwood Hotels – Stay Two Consecutive Nights and Get One Free If you book two consecutive nights at participating Westin, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton or W Hotel (all Starwood brand hotels), you’ll get your third night free. In order to be eligible for this promotion, you must arrive on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and stay for three nights. You can take advantage of that promotion here . If you won’t be staying at any location for a total of three consecutive nights or you won’t be arriving on one of those days, then you might be interested in the promotion that gives you a $40 gas card after staying two nights. The offer is for participating Four Points, Aloft, and Element hotels. Get details here . Marriott Hotels – New Members Stay Two Times Get One Night Free If you are not currently part of the Marriott Rewards program, you can join now to get a free hotel. If you are already a member, you are not eligible for this promotion. You’ll need to have two stays between May 1, 2010 and July 31, 2010. Remember, this is two stays – not two nights. That means you’ll need to check into two different hotels no matter how long you stay at each location. The free hotel certificates can be used at Category 1-4 hotels. This basically means you can’t stay at their top end/most expensive locations with the free certificate. You can get all terms and conditions here and join here . Remember, registration is required. If you won’t be able to take advantage of any of these promotions, then be sure to Google the hotel brand + discount (or coupon) before you book. That one simple search might save you a few hundred dollars. Enjoy your summer travels! Are there any other good hotel promotions of which you’re aware? Photo by UggBoy♥UggGirl Related Articles: 11 Discount & Budget Travel Websites 10 places kids can eat for free $50 TradeKing Promotional Bonus 20 free stock trades from Zecco Get paid from ePinions.com How to get free shipping Craig is a fulltime missionary in Papua New Guinea who writes Money Help For Christians and Help Me Travel Cheap , a frugal family travel blog. He is the author of Money Wisdom From Proverbs, has a Masters of Divinity degree, and (most importantly) eats homemade pizza with his family every Friday night. The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .
Hotels Offering Summer Promotions for Free Nights