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TripAdvisor poll: Hotel rate discounts top free Wi-Fi as No. 1 perk

Hotel owners think that travelers want a break on their room rate more than they want free Wi-Fi, according to a new TripAdvisor poll.

What do you think of that?

The Los Angeles Times this morning reports that a TripAdvisor poll of about 25,000 hotel owners and managers in North America shows that room discounts are the No. 1 perk they offer most often - despite travelers' boundless love for free Wi-Fi.

According to the poll, 58% of U.S. hotels offer room rate discounts to lure customers.

Free Wi-Fi came in at No. 2, with 44% of U.S. hotels saying they let guests log on for free.

Other perks offered by hotels in the USA

Free parking: 31%
Free newspapers: 20%
Free night's stay: 14%

Chance of rate discount varies by country

How likely you are to get a break on your hotel room, by the way, depends on where your hotel is located.

The TripAdvisor poll reveals that hotels in Mexico (63%) are most likely to offer travelers a break. That compares to 58% in the USA and 53% in Canada.