Those who are looking to earn free hotel nights would do well to sign up for La Quinta Inn's Returns program. La Quinta is offering a Play and Stay game that is like a slot machine. Any user can get five free spins per day through January 31. I've already earned over 2,400 points in just three days. This might not sound like much, and it's really not, but free nights at La Quinta start out at just 6,000 points per night. A hotel in Cancun runs only 11,000, but there are some nicer resort-style properties that run well over 20,000 points per night. I'll likely try to use any free nights on cross-country trips.
I have to give a hat tip to the Frugal Travel Guy and Mommy Points blogs for posting this information that is quite beneficial. I'm hoping to play every day for the next six weeks and see if I can get a few free nights out of it. The link to the La Quinta Play and Stay site is here. You will either need to sign up for the La Quinta Returns program ahead of time or allow the site to sign you up via Facebook. I've never stayed at La Quinta, but I'm definitely up for free nights.