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

By Christopher McGinnis

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

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

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