Hi there – I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday! Here are some travel-related stories I found particularly interesting this week:
Happy Sunday! It was a busy week for those of us who follow miles and points. I’m going to go past the most popular topics to show you some of the other articles that I found interesting this week.
Hi everyone! Here are the articles we’ve recently seen, written by others, that we learned from, made us think or maybe made us chuckle a little bit. We hope you enjoy them!
Happy Saturday, y’all! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:
This week Joe wrote about:
- How airlines have tweaked Basic Economy class so they can get even more money from you.
- If credit card concierge services are worth anything.
- The credit card that offers the best cash back categories – if you shop at Costco.
- How to earn extra IHG points for staying at a Kimpton hotel.
- If airlines treat celebrities so horribly, how do you expect them to treat you?
And Sharon wrote about:
- Sea World’s new Paradise Nights dinner & dolphin show at Discovery Cove.
- The fees for passport books & cards are going up in April.
- Gathering mementos – what people collect during their travels.
- America’s most hated travel companies.
- A weekend summer camp for grown up mermaid and merman wannabes (OUR 500th ARTICLE!)
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It’s the last weekend of 2017, y’all! Like many of you, I’m pretty much ready to let 2017 exit the building and maybe even let the door hit it on its behind as it leaves. Here’s to hoping that 2018 will be our best year yet!
Anyway, here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:
This week Joe wrote about:
- Looking at more local places to travel in 2018.
- How to use a debit card for car rentals.
- How having one particular credit card gets you whopping SECOND CLASS Treatment on United.
- The difference between a great concierge and all the rest.
Sharon wrote about:
- Her travel version of “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)
- What she and Joe think is the best Christmas travel video ever.
- The reopening of the Starbucks at MCO, now with beer, wine and small plates.
- How to NOT videotape your vacation.
- The airport restaurant designed by Walt Disney Imagineering.
- Reservations are now open for Camp Bacon®.
Like this post? We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just once or twice a day). Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!
Concierge services. I just don’t get the appeal. Maybe it’s because I’m someone who enjoys obsessively planning my trips and doesn’t need someone to tell me where to go or what to see. I also think it’s because there have been times I’ve asked them for help and the advice I received was mediocre at best. I’m not saying they’re not useful, just that the service is so inconsistent that having a “concierge desk” at your hotel really doesn’t mean anything anymore. Oftentimes what’s called a concierge is just a customer service agent standing at a different desk. I stayed at a hotel in London where the concierge just sold overpriced theater tickets to the tour groups who were staying there (Note from Sharon: Joe won’t give the hotel’s name but I have no shame. It’s the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum. DO NOT STAY THERE. It’s awful. How it gets 3.5 and 4 stars is BEYOND ME, unless they’re paying people to give them good reviews. The WiFi was slow as molasses, the rooms were last updated in 1972, the TV was about 12″ big, and the staff were no help for anything. It is an AWFUL hotel!). And don’t get me started about Las Vegas, where the “concierge” desk was the place you signed up for a tour of a timeshare to get free show tickets, and that was not the service I was looking for.
However, over the years, I’ve found that if a hotel has a Concierge, and I mean a true Concierge, that can add value to a stay more than any suite upgrade or free breakfast ever will. Continue reading “Having A Great Hotel Concierge Spoiled Me Forever”