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Comfort Inns
Now it's your checkbook's turn to get comfortable.

Business travelers who have been on the road more than in the skies recently have undoubtedly come across Comfort Inns and Suites. Ubiquitous along the nation's freeways, 1,301 Comfort Inns exist nationwide, with another 102 under construction. In recent years, the chain has shed older, nonperforming properties and opened hundreds of new ones. Now, almost 71 percent of Comfort Inns boast a three-diamond rating from the America Automobile Association.

What's best about a Comfort Inn is the value you'll find when paying its low average rate of $64 per night. In addition to a clean and modern room, Comfort Inns offer a free continental breakfast, a 25-inch television and a guest satisfaction guarantee. So if anything does go wrong, it's likely to be fixed, or you don't pay for your stay.

If you're a member of American Airlines AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles, Northwest WorldPerks or the US Airways Dividend Miles frequent-flier program, you can collect 250 miles per stay at any Comfort Inn. And with its Choice Privileges program, after paying for about 10 nights, you'll have earned a free one.

Remember, at hotels you truly get what you pay for. Your accommodations at Comfort Inn will be basic, but most likely new, clean and convenient to the freeway. And if you feel like a splurge, or just a little more room, consider an upgrade to a suite at properties that offer them. Suites feature an oversized room and work area, separate sleeping and seating areas, a microwave and a refrigerator, all for an extra $10 over the standard room rate.

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This article was originally published in the April 2002 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Trips Ahoy!.

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