The letter from Hilton said: “We’ve opened the doors to Gold status just for you.” There are doors open just for me! Under normal circumstances I would have been thrilled, especially as they said: “after enjoying four stays between July 1 and October 21, 2011 (what if I don’t enjoy them? Will I get more points?) you’ll receive 50,000 HHonors Bonus Points, which you can redeem for two free nights in a standard room at participating hotels.”
But after checking the rate at the Hilton Hotel in the city to which I travel every week, I discovered that the price is twice as much as what I pay (actually my company pays) for my current hotel. It would be impossible to be fully reimbursed for staying at the Hilton. The only reasonable option would be to check in for just one night (the promotion is per visit and independent of length of stay), then to switch hotels and pay the difference out of my own pocket.
But I’m not sure that makes much economic sense not to mention the hassle and what would the accounting department think?
Will they frown upon it? Will I have to provide a lot of explanation?
Unfortunately, even though the doors have been opened I will not be able to step into this new world, however exciting it seems.
Now ironically, the letter from Marriott (actually the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott), which I found on the desk in my room said among other things: “We realize you have many options for lodging when you travel and we sincerely appreciate your business.” (One of my colleagues didn’t receive the letter, so I offered him mine, but he declined.)
Actually, that’s not strictly true. I do not have any options: I check in where the company tells me to. After all, he who pays the piper calls the tune. They might as well have said: “Perhaps you would prefer not to worry at all about the hotel.”