Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
And in the blink of an eye, we’re already well into the first week of September. Time goes by so quickly! Anyway, here are our most popular posts for August 2019. Some of them were actually written before August (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older posts are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
Earlier this year, Dana Holcomb, of Killeen Texas, was flying home from his birthday celebration in Las Vegas. He was flying first class and had a connecting flight in Phoenix.
While waiting for his flight from Phoenix to Austin to take off, Holcomb, who is allergic to dogs, began showing allergy symptoms due to the medium-sized emotional support dog that was on the lap of the woman seated next to him.
“As I sat there for a few minutes my eyes, my face, everything began to fluster, so she looked over at me and she asked me if I was allergic to dogs,” he said in an interview.
He admitted that he was, and the kind woman attempted to find another seat but the request couldn’t be accommodated. A flight attendant and pilot then became involved in the conversation and told Mr. Holcomb, who is African-American, to move to a seat in the back of the plane.
When you think of iconic places, the name goes with the location. Be honest, do you call it Willis Tower or do you still call it the Sears Tower? Names tend to stick even when they’re no longer accurate. I still will call the Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World by its old name, Disney-MGM Studios.
When a place changes names, it’s confusing. There are times when it’s understandable to rename a location when re-branding because you’re trying to leave behind the past and start new. I don’t see anyone complaining about them changing the name of the Milford Plaza in New York to the Row NYC.
But iconic hotels don’t change names often. The name is part of the history of the location. There better be a good reason to mess with that.
And a lawsuit isn’t a good reason.
Resort fees are almost universally unpopular. No one likes searching for a hotel and finding a good price, only to find out the price is actually more than you thought because this fee will be added to your bill. We’ve written about resort fees before, what they are and how you can try to avoid staying at a hotel that charges them.
These fees are in the news because of a lawsuit filed against Marriott by the DC Attorney General, claiming the fees hide the true price of a hotel room, which they do. No matter how much the hotels say the fees are disclosed, there’s no reason why you book a room and you’re told you’re going to pay X but you actually are going to pay X + Fee.
It’s no surprise that Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson was asked about the lawsuit and the fees during an interview with LinkedIn. He said the fees aren’t going away but they’re a good value for what you get in return. He also defends that the fees are well disclosed when booking a room. There’s one part of his comments that has everyone shaking their heads.