EngineerAU Supporting Member
- Feb 27, 2019
- Somewhere in Southern Ontario
Penny brings up a really good point. Even though all the frequent hotel plans have their flaws, they can be a great workaround for excessive cash rates. Choose whichever one works best for your situation and remember not only are points accrued on stays, most have credit card options like AGR and the airlines to top up your account. I prefer Marriott and Hilton personally, but there's also IHG (Holiday Inn, etc.), Hyatt and others. A case in point I'm familiar with has a low-end Marriott property in Florida going for well over $500 a night that can be obtained for 30,000 points, which at current value works out to just over $200.Hotels in Seattle tend to be quite expensive. The last time I was there, I stayed at the Embassy Suites next to King Street Station. I used Hilton points, enjoyed my stay and was extremely happy that my hotel was so close to the station.
The last sentence sums the situation up perfectly.Consumer hotel rates are reaching absurd levels these days, especially as the service we enjoyed in the past is basically nonexistent at this point. Unless you stay a week or more they're probably not changing the sheets or replacing the soap or bringing new towels anymore. In theory you can still ask for these things but good luck getting through on the phone or waiting for someone at front desk. Half the time they just tell you to use some half-baked mobile app anyway. None of this is the end of the world but if hotels are becoming a passive do-it-yourself experience why are we still being charged full service luxury hotel prices? Low tier brands have started charging high tier rates and high tier brands are busy abandoning benefits and introducing new fees for every minor kindness and convenience.