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.
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.
One of the inner struggles I have when booking any type of travel is the desire to pay as little as possible and understanding that paying a little extra would be incredibly more convenient. It became such a problem for me that I made a rule for myself about decisions less than $15. I’ll always pay the money if it will make our lives easier.
I was presented with an interesting dilemma when booking a Courtyard by Marriott. The hotel is a category 3, which is a perfect place to use up some of our free night certificates.
That was, until I checked the room rate.
The major hotel chains love to promote how environmentally friendly they are. Some of the ways they can save energy are by using smart building techniques along with not wasting energy in the rooms. Now, some of these energy savings have led to customer annoying trends like hotel thermostats with motion sensors or ones that are programmed to lie about the temperature settings, power outlets that turn off with the light switch and the removal of individual toiletries in favor of larger, refillable containers. Hotels also remind their guests to try and save on the waste of water by rehanging towels instead of asking for new ones every day.
There’s even one hotel chain that will pay you to help the environment. Continue reading “Would You Like The Points Or A Tree?”
One of the great perks of the Marriott co-brand credit cards from Chase has always been the free night certificate you get every year at your account anniversary. When Marriott Bonvoy finally consolidated the credit card portfolios of American Express and Chase to only offer one type of card in each category (entry level, premium, luxury and business), it left in its wake a number of no longer available cards with varying benefits.
I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have to all the changes. I knew that I’d have a bunch of free night certificates. Probably more than I’d like to have and that’s something I’ll need to take care of in the future. But for now, I just need to figure out how to use all of these free night certificates.
Herein lies the problem. All of the certificates are for different point levels. Continue reading “How Did I End Up With Three Different Point Value Marriott Free Night Certificates?”