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Okay, I’m not sure this made someone’s day, but it doesn’t hurt! Traveling is great, traveling on points is greater, but knowing someone at home is thinking of you while you are away is the greatest. A couple months ago The Man was out of state for a few days for a conference and we were not happy about being apart that week (though the Hyatt points he earned were pretty nice), so I called up the Hyatt he was where he was staying and arranged for milk and cookies to be delivered to him right after check-in. He was going to be getting in pretty late, so it sounded like the perfect good-night treat. It was a bit of a PITA as they wanted a signed credit card authorization form so faxing and scanning back and forth after putting the baby to bed wasn’t my favorite. Then finding out they didn’t get delivered for unknown reasons wasn’t my favorite, but all was rectified the next day and they delivered some to The Man’s room for free. Not quite the same as upon arrival, but The Man appreciated the effort.
Fast forward to this weekend……..my dad is away on a “bucket list” trip in Washington DC for the US Open and it just happened to be Father’s Day. I like to help with as many logistics as possible while they are traveling to make things go as well as possible, so I got the idea of arranging something special for them when they checked into the Days Inn Connecticut Avenue on Father’s Day. I wasn’t quite sure what they could help me arrange at that hotel, but I sent an email in and within a couple days got a very nice phone call back from a lady who worked there. My idea of buying them breakfast at the hotel didn’t work out as this hotel doesn’t have breakfast, but Jennifer (most fantastic Day’s Inn employee ever) helped me come up with the idea of buying them tickets to the Newseum. They had been planning on going there anyway, and this way it would be free to them. Jennifer also agreed to help put together a little gift bag with Days Inn waters, some snacks, and she printed out the tickets I bought and emailed to her as well as a little note I wrote.
When my parents checked in they thought there had been a mistake as they couldn’t figure out why there were getting a gift bag! When they figured it out they seemed pleasantly surprised and my dad had to ask me how I got it all set-up. If Days Inn hadn’t been so helpful there is no way I could have pulled it off, but they were awesome and helped give a great Father’s Day present from thousands of miles away. It’s the little things that help turn a good trip into a great trip. So when you have loved ones off earning or using points, it doesn’t hurt to arrange some nice surprises for them along the way. The best way to start is usually by calling the hotel and seeing if they can help you set something up. I have found that most the time they are more than willing to help – while Days Inn was willing to help for free, setting up these type of surprises sometimes comes with a price attached, just FYI .
Here is a video of my dad sending a “thank you” for his Father’s Day surprise!