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Last week I had an out-of-town work trip. I hate leaving The Man and I REALLY hate leaving Little C. Okay, if I am TOTALLY honest, leaving for a night every now and then isn’t that bad. I mean it is hard to tolerate a totally quiet four-star hotel room, full control of the remote, not having to pick up after myself, room service, living on per diem, etc…… I mean, rough life?! Not to mention the points I am usually able to earn by registering for hotel bonuses, earning hotel stay points, and using my credit card to pay and rack up the miles. Best part is since they are work trips, my expenses get reimbursed and the miles are mine to keep. The credit card I use for travel gives me 2x points for hotel, car rental, and airfare expenses so the points rack up quickly.
Anyway, last week my work trip was unique in that it was being direct-billed to a 3rd party. That meant several negative things to me.
#1. They picked the hotel. It was not a chain that I frequent anymore, so I wasn’t earning points toward programs I often use. Also, it was not in a location that I desired, at all. Yes, that is me being a bit “prissy”, but hey if I gotta go out of town I want to at least sorta enjoy it. 🙂
#2. It was a direct-bill situation. That meant that the 3rd party was billed. Easier logistically for me, but it meant no credit card points since I wasn’t paying and I feared it meant no hotel points. See, hotel points are typically based on how many dollars you spend at the hotel. Sometimes in direct bill situations I have received 0 points since I didn’t actually pay anything. Thankfully, that turned out not to be the case this time! Lesson there was never assume no points – always give your program number to the front desk……just in case.
I was pleasantly surprised to see 1000 Priority Club points added to my account the day after my two night stay ended for staying at a Staybridge Suites. I have received some “bonus offer” emails in the last week from them that have “welcomed me back” and offered 1500 bonus miles if I stay again at one of their hotels in the next 90 days. Priority Club has many bonuses going on this summer, so if I have additional travel to plan this summer I will at least consider them. I used to heavily use their rewards program, but I have just sort of fallen in love with Westin hotels so I don’t use it as much as I used to. It is a pretty good program though.
Two of the additional Priority Club bonuses I registered for this week are: Stay 3 Nights and get 5000 bonus points and Double Bonus points on every stay starting with your second stay. Click here to register for their offers!