Why Do Hotels Put Bibles In Their Rooms? And Why Is That Changing?

If you stay in a hotel room in the U.S. or many other countries of the world, you’ll find a “Hotel Bible” or sometimes more commonly known as a “Gideon Bible” in the nightstand. Most people know that “the Gideons put it there” but really…what’s up with that? How did it start to be and why is it not always the case nowadays?

Well, I found out! 🙂

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Here’s The Most Comfortable Way To Spend A Long Layover

I was super thrilled when I managed to find award flights for my dad and his wife for their adventure in Indonesia and Thailand. The only U.S. city that had award flights available was Seattle, WA, which is pretty much as far as you can get from Florida. When we got to book positioning flights, meaning getting them to Seattle, we hit a bit of a snag.

There was a decently priced non-stop flight on the day of departure but it left at 7AM and arrived in Seattle at 11AM. Their flight to Taipei wasn’t leaving until 1:30 AM the next morning. There were other flight options arriving later but they all had connections and were more expensive so the early flight was the best, most affordable option.

What to do?

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This Change To The Citi Prestige Would Have Cost Me $150 On A Single Hotel Booking

I received an email today from Citi detailing the changes coming to the Citi Prestige card. These changes weren’t a secret as it was less than three weeks ago when I wrote about the five reasons I was happy I kept my Citi Prestige Card when I first heard about the changes. If the changes I knew about were going to be the only ones, I was OK with that. However, thanks to some sleuthing from One Mile At A Time, there was one more change to the Fourth Night Free benefit that wasn’t announced, and it makes a huge difference.

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History of the Fourth Night Free

Originally with the Prestige card, to make a fourth night booking you needed to contact the Citi Concierge. They would take your information, look up the hotel and book the room. You were able to take advantage of all your benefits, like earning hotel loyalty points, complimentary upgrades and all the amenities that status with a hotel provides. You were also able to book AAA rates and special rates (as long as you didn’t have to log into an account to see them, so no member-only rates allowed). While hotels don’t allow you to get any perks when staying on a rate booked through a third party site, the Citi Concierge wasn’t considered a third party site but more like a corporate booking agent.

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Our Hotel Touted A Turbo Chill Fridge. WTH Is A Turbo Chill Fridge???

People often make strange requests from hotels. Heck, we have a whole article full of them. The one request Sharon and I have most often isn’t that unusual, but we’ve been known to pick one hotel over another just because of access to this single amenity.

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That’s right, a refrigerator.

Now when we’re traveling to Texas, we prefer to have a full size fridge/freezer combo to bring home all that wonderful barbecue. This trip was different. I was headed to New Jersey for one night for my grade school reunion and Sharon had two requests. Bring home pizza and bring home pierogi.

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Rare 1958 Era TWA Plane To Be Used As Retro Hotel’s Cocktail Lounge

If you’ve been paying attention to travel/points/miles/hotels/airlines/planes hobbyist news, you may have heard that the iconic 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK airport is being restored and reimagined as a first-class hotel. It sounds awesome and Joe and I hope to be able to stay there once it’s open to the public.

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Rendering of the TWA Hotel. Photo via TWA Hotel

One thing the hotel still needed was a cocktail lounge. And what better thing to use as a bar at a hotel at an airport?  A plane, of course!

But not just any plane…

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