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On your next trip, let your hotel pick up the tab for extras.

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This story appears in the August 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

With more hotels competing for fewer travelers these days, you can expect more bells and whistles--some of them free.

Meal Ticket: Trim your travel expenses, and get your days on the road off to a good start with a free breakfast. Interestingly, the least expensive hotel chains are the ones you can always count on for a free breakfast. Check out the chains with limited service like Baymont Inn, Comfort Inns, Country Inn, Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn Express for a continental breakfast, usually including bread and pastries, cereal, fresh fruit, coffee, milk and juice. More expensive chains, such as Embassy Suites, offer a free full breakfast cooked to order-eggs, bacon, toast, the whole deal. Also, be on the lookout for specials at full-service hotels. If they're hungry for your business, they might offer to pick up your breakfast tab at the hotel restaurant, so always ask about this when making your reservation.

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