How to Get Free Breakfast at Hotels

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Starting the day with a good breakfast when traveling can mean the difference between a great day and a bummer of a day. Especially if you hit any snags like canceled flights. That’s why it’s a good idea to stay at hotels with free breakfast. Not only will you save money but you’ll be fueled for your day.

There are three ways you can get free breakfast at hotels without paying extra: having elite status, using certain credit cards, and knowing which hotels include breakfast.

But not all hotels with free breakfast are alike. Some hotels offer a free continental breakfast, others offer a limited hot menu, and some let you order anything you want.  Here’s how to get the best free breakfast at hotels.

Getting free breakfast at hotels is easy if you know these tricks. Traveling Well For Less

Elite Hotel Status Gets You Free Breakfast

Some hotels give free breakfast if you’re an elite member of their loyalty program:

  • Club Carlson Concierge status (free continental breakfast)
  • Hilton Gold and Diamond status (free continental breakfast instead of points at Conrad, Curio, Doubletree, Hilton, and Hilton Garden Inn. Some hotels give you a free full breakfast aka order off the menu.)
  • Hyatt Diamond status (free full breakfast aka order off the menu for hotels without a Regency or Grand Club)
  • Marriott Gold and Platinum (Free full breakfast aka order off the menu for hotels without a lounge)
  • Starwood Platinum status (free continental breakfast. Some hotels provide a full breakfast.)

I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t stay at hotels enough to earn elite status.” But no worries, there’s a shortcut to getting hotel elite status.

Two words: credit cards

Free Hotel Breakfast From Credit Cards

Hilton and Marriott

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Enjoy free breakfast at Hilton hotels if you have elite status

Not only do credit cards help your credit and get you free trips and lots of other benefits, you can also get free breakfast.

You get free hotel elite status with these credit cards which equals free breakfast at Hilton and Marriott hotels:

  • Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve
  • Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express
  • Ritz-Carlton Rewards

Ritz-Carlton is part of the Marriott brand of hotels. You get Ritz-Carlton Gold status from the Ritz-Carlton Rewards credit card which gives you free breakfast when you stay at Marriott hotels.

Free Breakfast at Other Hotels

You can get free hotel breakfast at other hotels as part of your American Express Platinum and Visa Signature card benefits.

American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts

free daily breakfast at hotels booked through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, Traveling Well For Less
Two people eat for free every morning by booking your hotel with American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts

If you have an American Express Platinum (personal) or (business) card, you get free daily breakfast for two people when you book your hotel stay through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.

There are no fees to use the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program because it’s a free added benefit of your American Express Platinum card.

Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection

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Use Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection and get free daily continental breakfast

Like American Express, Visa also offers a hotel program that’s free for all Visa Signature cardholders. And when you make your hotel reservation through the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection you get free daily continental breakfast.

Here’s a list of several airline miles and credit card point cards that include the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection benefit:

Hotels With Free Breakfast for Everyone

You can get free breakfast at certain hotels without having elite status, credit cards, or having to pay more for a room with a breakfast rate. All these hotels include free breakfast for everyone in the room.

But the type of breakfast varies depending on the hotel. So be sure to see which hotels with free breakfast serve the breakfast you want.

Best Western

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Stay at Best Western and get free breakfast

Free breakfast is included with every stay at:

Choice

Comfort Suites hotels offer free daily hot breakfast, free hotel breakfast, Traveling Well For Less
Comfort Suites hotels offer free daily hot breakfast

You get free breakfast when you stay at:

Club Carlson

Start your morning right with a free hot breakfast at Club Carlson's Country Inn & Suites , free hotel breakfast, Traveling Well For Less
Start your morning right with a free hot breakfast at Club Carlson’s Country Inn & Suites

Every guest at Country Inn & Suites gets free hot breakfast.

Hilton

Hilton's Embassy Suites includes free hot breakfast, free hotel breakfast, Traveling Well For Less
Hilton’s Embassy Suites includes free hot breakfast

You get free breakfast at these Hilton hotels:

Hyatt

Get free breakfast at Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt House, and Hyatt Place hotels, free hotel breakfast, Traveling Well For Less
Get free breakfast at Hyatt Ziva

Breakfast is included at:

IHG – Intercontinental Hotels Group

You get free hotel breakfast at IHG hotels like Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary , free hotel breakfast, Traveling Well For Less
You get free hotel breakfast at IHG hotels like Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary

Free hot breakfast is included at all Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites hotels.

Marriott

Hot breakfast every morning at Towneplace Suites by Marriott, free hotel breakfast, Traveling Well For Less
Hot breakfast every morning at Towneplace Suites by Marriott

You get free breakfast at these Marriott hotels:

Starwood

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Breakfast is included at Starwood Element hotels

A hot breakfast is included at Element hotels.

Wyndham

Many Wyndham hotels like Baymont Inn Statesboro give you free breakfast, free hotel breakfast, Traveling Well For Less
Many Wyndham hotels like Baymont Inn Statesboro give you free breakfast

You can enjoy free breakfast at:

Conclusion

You can save money and start your day with a free breakfast when you travel, if you know which hotels offer free breakfast.

Some hotels include free breakfast with all stays. But make sure you know what type of breakfast you’re getting. Because some hotels offer a hot breakfast while others only offer a continental breakfast.

You can also get free breakfast at Club Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood hotels if you are an elite member in their loyalty program.

All isn’t lost because you can still get free breakfast even if you aren’t loyal to a hotel, simply by having certain credit cards. The American Express Platinum (personal) or (business) gets you free daily breakfast when you make your hotel reservation using the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program.

And if you have a Visa Signature card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you get free daily continental breakfast when you book your hotel through the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection.

Which are your favorite hotels with free breakfast?

Do you know the hotels with free breakfast? Here are a few simple tricks to get free breakfast when staying at hotels. Traveling Well For Less

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle January 10, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Thank you so much for all of your great posts on saving and getting freebies when we travel. Your posts have saved me so much money. I love it!

  • Nancy January 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    The best part about travelling are free breakfasts! Love your tips here and I am surely to try some of them out.

  • Ann Bacciaglia January 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    These are great tips. I will be doing a lot of traveling this year. I always try to look for a hotel that offers a free breakfast.

  • Dogvills January 10, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I make sure to choose the hotel that offers free breakfast whenever we travel. Then, we usually go late, so we can just have a very light lunch. These are great tips.

  • Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest) January 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    What an extensive list! I love how you laid everything out. We rarely use the free breakfast, despite our efforts in booking them!

  • Wendy Polisi January 11, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Who doesn’t want free? I always looking for a hotel that has the best offer. I’m really happy to see these hotels that has free breakfast. These are such a brilliant list of hotels.

  • My teen guide January 11, 2017 at 3:32 am

    These are such a great list of hotels that has free breakfast! Mostly of hotels are not giving a free breakfast like these hotels.

  • HilLesha January 11, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I love staying at hotels that offer complimentary breakfast. It definitely helps cut down costs, because eating out while traveling can be costly.

  • Up Run for Life January 11, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Breakfast can be so expensive especially if you have to go to a sit-down restaurant. We typically book hotels that offer free breakfast.

  • Kathy January 11, 2017 at 11:23 am

    There are a lot of hotels that offer free breakfast. We always make sure to go to the ones that do. That way you are saving money by getting free breakfast, and you don’t have to go somewhere to find breakfast.

  • Shaney Maharaj January 12, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I actually assumed that most hotels gave free breakfast until I traveled to New York! This will definitely become handy when I am traveling again to the USA.

  • Chrishelle January 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    The last time I stayed in Atlanta I booked through hotel.com and we were able to get a nice room at the Marriot and it included breakfast at the bistro for one low price.

  • adriana January 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    These are such great tips! There really is so many awesome ways to save on travel. I love my travel credit card – it’s so easy to earn points for miles!

  • The Cubicle Chick January 15, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I love hotels that have free breakfast but it definitely has to be a good breakfast. I’ve seen some hotels with free breakfast that should not be served at all, free or paid. – yolonda

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