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Postby jeffysdad01 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:10 pm

Amex Everyday (MR points, meh)
Amex Hilton (no free wifi unless you're gold or better; screw that)
Barclay Best Western (like I'll ever stay there and get asphyxiated by a bad pool heater vent job. google it)
Barclay Wyndham
And I cut up the extra Discover It card in the dark red color.

And I stil have nine cards left.


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Postby Nixon » Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:13 pm

jeffysdad01 wrote:Amex Everyday (MR points, meh)
Amex Hilton (no free wifi unless you're gold or better; screw that)
Barclay Best Western (like I'll ever stay there and get asphyxiated by a bad pool heater vent job. google it)
Barclay Wyndham
[color="Red"]And I cut up the extra Discover It card in the dark red color.[/color]

And I stil have nine cards left.


I actually like the dark red!
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Postby Brad Bishop » Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:56 am

Re: Best Western

Wow - those owners just sat on that one.

You'd think that the owners would have put in carbon monoxide detectors as a basic precaution in at least the rooms around the pool heater but, hopefully, in all of the rooms. We're talking about basic $10 alarms here, one of which you have to have, anyway (smoke detector) and they're often built into the same unit. Maybe the hotel industry has to buy stupid prohibitively expensive alarms because of regulations - in which case that is dumb (the regulations).


The important thing to note about Best Western is that it is a consortium of individually owned and operated hotels and motels. In order to join you, as the owner, are required to meet a basic criteria of cleanliness, amenities, etc.

So, when you stay at a Best Western, and until ownership has changed it sounds like you ought to avoid that one in Boone, you're really just staying at a locally owned hotel/motel with "Best Western" on the sign out front.

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Postby Nixon » Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:20 am

Personally and to this day, I've only ever had one truly bad experience at a BW that was failed to be rectified. :p
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Postby Vattené » Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:13 pm

I like the dark red, too! If I didn't have the copper that is what I would be carrying.


[quote="jeffysdad01"]Amex Hilton (no free wifi unless you're gold or better]

Is that across all Hilton brands? My previous job involved a lot of travel and we always stayed at Hilton properties, usually Hampton Inns (or is it Hamptons Inn?). I know I got free wifi there, but can't remember if it was complimentary or because I was gold status.

There is no excuse for a hotel NOT to offer complimentary wifi in 2014, particularly a higher end brand. I have stayed at much worse hotels with free wifi.
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Postby Nixon » Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:56 pm

Vattené wrote:I like the dark red, too! If I didn't have the copper that is what I would be carrying.




Is that across all Hilton brands? My previous job involved a lot of travel and we always stayed at Hilton properties, usually Hampton Inns (or is it Hamptons Inn?). I know I got free wifi there, but can't remember if it was complimentary or because I was gold status.

[color="Red"]There is no excuse for a hotel NOT to offer complimentary wifi in 2014, particularly a higher end brand. I have stayed at much worse hotels with free wifi.[/color]


Vegas hotels are NOTORIOUS for this crap. "Resort fee" Pfttttttt.
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Postby Vattené » Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:02 pm

What?! I thought they were supposed to pamper you with cheap freebies to keep you pouring money into their casinos!
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Postby Nixon » Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:35 pm

Vattené wrote:What?! I thought they were supposed to pamper you with cheap freebies to keep you pouring money into their casinos!


Oh, The rooms are some of the nicest you're gonna get for the money. But if you stay a week then the resort fees add up to as much as an extra night would have cost.

However If you have a host like I do at MGM properties, then they will in fact give you lots of love. Such as being able to stay for 8 days in a Mirage top level, 2BR Penthouse which is about 1,800sqft, for $1,400 OTD bill. This is with occasional room service, and some irresponsible use of minibar. :p
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Postby Brad Bishop » Thu Nov 06, 2014 5:26 am

Vattené wrote:There is no excuse for a hotel NOT to offer complimentary wifi in 2014, particularly a higher end brand. I have stayed at much worse hotels with free wifi.


I hate free WiFi. I don't hate it's existence like, "BAN ALL FREE WIFI!," but I do hate how incredibly crappy it is. The problem: no one wants to pay for it so no one properly maintains it.

Normally Free WiFi is:
- incredibly slow
- maybe you can connect (WiFi) but you can't get out to the internet
- maybe you can't even connect
- (annoying) Let's connect and it work but then force me to view some legal mumbo-jumbo and accept it before I can continue.

I just use LTE. It's fast. It always works (sure, you may have a dead tower but they seem to be few and far between). I don't even screw with free WiFi.

I do like hotels that offer it as service you pay for. The reason? You can complain and they'll send someone to fix it + all of the upper issues listed with free WiFi (excepting for the annoying legal bit - even then, though, once you're in, you're in and you don't have to re-accept) go away. It's typically fast and it works.

With free WiFi when I've reported problems in the past no one seems to care. It's like, "Yeah, I'll try to remember to get Herb on it when he pays us a visit next month."

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Postby jeffysdad01 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:24 am

I'm not a frequent traveler, but I've stayed at several Holiday Inn (IHG) properties and used their free wi-fi. It worked perfectly each time and was lightening fast except for one property where it was intermittently slow.

In the case of Hilton, I was at a conference the other day at their big, nearly new downtown hotel. The conference organizer opted not to pay the hotel for wifi in the meeting room, so I had the option of paying Hilton to use theirs, or at least I thought I did.

Since I'm not gold or better, I couldn't get it for free. Surely I could just pay them $12 bucks and use it for a few hours right? No. I wasn't a guest staying in a ROOM. They want your damn room number, even if you're giving them your c card to pay for the service. Stupid.

LTE would be great, but I myself would not use it nearly enough to justify the cost.



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