Why Would A Hotel Offer A Benefit That Doesn’t Exist?

Back when Sharon and stayed at the Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, the hotel was nice enough to extend my Hilton Gold status to our reservation, even though the reservation was made under Sharon’s account.

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The hotel lobby and public areas were beautifully designed a style I’m going call “Old Money’s Concept Of A Tropical Resort” vibe. While I had to go through a bit of a back and forth, I finally received our letter with the Gold Benefits.

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We didn’t plan on using most of these benefits, like the discount massages or watersports. I asked about upgrading our room ahead of time and I was told the hotel was almost fully booked. The only things we would use on the list were the two bottles of water (which they even replenished after the first night and never charged us for them) and the Complimentary Continental Breakfast for Two. We usually don’t eat breakfast at the hotel but “our” Starbucks was on the other side of the island┬áso the idea of sitting outside and having a coffee, juice and a muffin didn’t sound that bad.

The Casa Marina’s breakfast restaurant is called Sun Sun and is located just behind the lobby.

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This May Be The Funniest Map Of Walt Disney World That You’ll Ever See

WARNING: If you’re serious about your Walt Disney World fandom and can’t appreciate some dark humor when the Magic Kingdom is the topic, then by all means, PLEASE skip this post! But if you have an open mind, and can appreciate a little satire, irony and a gleam in an artist’s eye, even when it’s at the expense of The Most Magical Place On Earth and its surrounding areas, then, by all means, keep on reading!
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Our Stays In Haunted Hotels

If you search the internet enough, you can find a ghost story about almost anywhere. I try to avoid these stories if I can. I’ve talked about how I feel about ghosts before, so I’d prefer to avoid spending the night with them if I can.

As it turned out, without knowing so, I’ve apparently stayed at several haunted locations in my travels. I didn’t know these places were haunted before we stayed there, but who knows…maybe was I drawn to stay at these places by the spirits????

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Touring the Key West Cemetery

We’ve visited Key West many times and have done most of the “touristy” things around the island. During our last visit, we checked out one of the last places we hadn’t visited yet, the Key West Cemetery. The cemetery isn’t a typical tourist attraction; there isn’t even anywhere for you to pay to get in. That is, if you can manage to find the entrance in the first place…

It’s important to remember this is a real cemetery, still used by the people of Key West. While you are walking around following your map looking for gravestones, keep in mind that these plots are all the resting place of someone’s loved ones. Try to keep the conversations down and be respectful.

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Why Do Loyalty Programs Act Like The Grinch?

You know the Dr. Seuss story about The Grinch Who Stole Christmas? He was the grouchy grump who lived up on a mountain and was so mad about the people below having a good time that he devised a way to take away the thing he thought was making them so happy. I think that some loyalty programs should adopt The Grinch as their unofficial mascot, cause I’m sure they’re too cheap to pay for the official rights to the character.

So what do the programs do to keep us from redeeming our points for what we really want to use them for? Here are the four things loyalty programs do that make me think the people who run them have hearts that are two sizes too small.

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