r/churning Jan 03 '22 Silver 2

Weekly Off Topic Thread - Week of January 03, 2022 Anything Goes

This is the Weekly Off-Topic thread

There's more to this hobby than just credit cards - it spreads out into travel aspirations, what luggage or wallet you're using, or what flavor kombucha your local WeWork is serving. Please use this thread to talk about all things even tangentially related to churning. Memes, jokes, and off-topic content are allowed (and encouraged) here. Please use our regular threads to ask basic questions, ask questions about what card to get, or talk about MS. But if it's off-topic elsewhere, you're on-topic here.

Regular rules still apply.

Have fun!

Note: Posting and soliciting referrals are still not allowed.

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u/MemersParadise Jan 06 '22

I just tried to book a Saturday night stay at the Hyatt in Portland ME but it is showing no availability through the entire summer, Sept and Oct. There is no way they could be booked entirely? Does any know if they block off dates far in the future?

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u/dennis_the_menace253 ATL, DEN Jan 06 '22

Just did a quick search for 2/3 nights for dates in July/Aug. 18k or $460/night. Try to search again.

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u/churnate Jan 06 '22

And important note about what he’s done here — it’s 2/3 night search, not 1. You may not be able just to book a Saturday night, you might have to book Friday + Saturday for a points rate, though that may not be explicit.

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u/MemersParadise Jan 06 '22

Thank you both! It looks like you do need 3 nights to book on a Saturday for the summer for points or cash.

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u/Creative_Accounting Jan 06 '22

In other news, just got an email from Citi congratulating me on my fourth anniversary with a card I opened in 2010.

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u/KingfisherDays Jan 06 '22

I called BoA and they thanked me for being a customer with them for 8 years. I got my first credit card (capital one) in 2016...

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u/churn_and_burn17 Jan 05 '22

I will soon be traveling for work quite extensively. Which hotel brand(Hilton,Hyatt, Marriott) should I focus on for status/points building/etc... I will note that I won't be able to churn CC's for this since all of the expenses will be put on a company CC.

I guess the same goes for the three major airlines but I will say that Delta has the most direct flights out of my airport so I would assume to just go with them? Thanks so much!

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u/chrumbles Jan 05 '22

Which hotel brand(Hilton,Hyatt, Marriott) should I focus on for status/points building/etc

This is highly dependent/subjective on which hotels will be available at the destinations to which you're traveling, which hotels you prefer when you go on vacation, where you want to travel in the next few years, etc. it's otherwise difficult for anyone to tell you which one is "best" for you.

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u/[deleted] Jan 05 '22 edited Feb 23 '22

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u/jatan1986 ORD Jan 06 '22

What did the charge post as?

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u/happilytravel Jan 05 '22

Wondering what the best practice is for this scenario. For the AA connection to JFK for a qsuite to Doha, is 1 hour 45 minutes layover in JFK enough? Or should I choose an AA flight to land in JFK the night before? If the AA flight is delayed, I don't think Qatar will automatically rebook me, right? I think if the entire itinerary is with one airline, then it's safe. So how do you normally handle similar situations?

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u/findmepoints Jan 05 '22

is it all on one record locator or is it a separate purchase for repositioning at JFK? if it's all one itinerary/record locator they should accommodate you.

if it's separate then you're out of luck. i would book the night before...especially with all the recent cancellations/delays.

side note: really enjoyed staying at the TWA hotel when i was in a similar scenario

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u/happilytravel Jan 05 '22

It’s one AA record locator, but the Qatar segment has its own PNR. I really haven’t flown enough to know what Qatar will do if the AA flight is delayed. Good to hear you enjoyed the TWA. A little pricey for me, so I have my eyes on the new Hyatt, not as convenient but I could use a fnc there

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u/findmepoints Jan 05 '22

free is hard to beat! it sounds like it was a itinerary that was purchased as one ticket. if that's the case then you're ok. keep in mind if the flight is coming up in the next month or two then snow storms can unpredictably change things

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u/liquor_in_the_front CIP, PPK Jan 05 '22

if you're booked all through AA on ONE TICKET, yes Qatar will automatically rebook you.

If you're positioning to JFK on a separate ticket, I'd do the night before or at least 6-8 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart, as a CYA

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u/happilytravel Jan 05 '22

Oh ok cool!

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u/manlymatt83 Jan 05 '22

Any recent experience with Alliant checking? Good/bad?

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u/replykindly Jan 05 '22

I've had them within the last year. I have always liked them and thought they were one of the better CUs around. Ultimately I stopped using them because I preferred Ally as my hub. Ally tended to be a little more updated / quicker to make changes. They were easier to contact about any issues. I also got turned off by Alliant being clearly anti churning and them continually changing things (especially the CC).

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u/yiggity_yag Jan 04 '22 edited Jan 04 '22

Might be better suited for r/personalfinance but this pertains to how “we” think around here.

I got into heavy reselling in 2021 and decided to completely separate personal and business banking, besides when I take owners draws (profits) every few months and put them into whatever savings/investment vessel I want.

Because of this, I don’t really churn cards using personal/organic spend that much. Basically any new card I get I’m just using as part of my reselling business. My organic spend is minimal anyways. Because of this, I’m fine throwing all my organic spend on one basic card.

In fact, not having to worry about optimizing my everyday spend has been great for me mentally. No longer do I have to carry 8 credit cards for whatever category I’m presented with (“oh this is my gas card, this is my dining card, this is my fast food card, this is my grocery card, etc.). I don’t lose sleep over losing 1-2% of my personal/organic spend since it’s minimal at best. (I’m maxing out my Amex Gold each year for my Biz anyways, so I don’t sweat getting only 2% on my weekly grocery runs, for example).

This led to me analyzing how I do my banking. I want to simplify as much as I can. Right now, I have a handful of savings accounts. Multiple 5% netspends, DCU, etc., as well as 3% accounts like Porte and ETFCU—all whom offer high interest rates (but are capped at varying balances). This leads me to having my savings spread quite thin.

My lovely wife is on board with my reselling but despises how I bank. She thinks it’s crazy that I do what I do to squeeze out a couple hundred bucks a year in interest, when I could have piece of mind keeping all my savings in one location.

I shrugged off this attitude for a few years, but now with our first child on the way, I am beginning to think I need to stop overoptimizing my banking similar to what I did with my organic CC spend. Having almost a dozen savings accounts (and thus, my money spread so thin) is the equivalent of carrying 8 CCs in my wallet. Plus, if I were to ever suddenly die, do I really want to put my wife through the annoyance of collecting various $1k+ balances from multiple banks?

As a churner, this got me looking into programs that can reward me for keeping a large amount of funds with them, like BofA. Moving my savings and investments to unlock increased CC rewards seems like a good deal to me. It is of course at the sacrifice of those few hundred dollars of interest each year—but I’ll finally have a banking app that I can open and see all my money in one place (rather than managing a spreadsheet).

Sometimes, it’s about less headaches, even if what I’ve been doing has seemed routine and easy, it might not be the wisest choice for my family in the event something ever happens to me. Sorry for the blog, but does anyone else feel this way? I know someone will respond “it’s math, you’re sacrificing hundreds in interest for only $XX/year in CC cashback”—but I’m curious what others might value peace of mind and simplicity at.

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u/autoturk Jan 05 '22

I 1000% agree with you, but despite that I literally just started churning (as of last month). Why? B/c eff credit card companies, that's why.

I've always had great credit, never carried debt on a card with a >0% APR, but I'm (we're) likely the minority. They specifically design and optimize the rates, terms, benefits, etc. of these pieces of plastic to leverage as much of humans' cognitive biases as possible.

So if I can get a SUB every 3 months and take P2 out to a few destinations that we would've never gone to otherwise then the added complexity is worth it to me.

To be frank though I don't think I'll be juggling a ton of cards once we get SUBs, unless there is a crazy benefit to doing so like with 15x Shop Small on Amex Plat.

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u/URtheoneforme Jan 05 '22

It is of course at the sacrifice of those few hundred dollars of interest each year

Investments count for the $100k, too, so you could move money into the brokerage and keep checking elsewhere

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u/liquor_in_the_front CIP, PPK Jan 05 '22

Once you get to a point of scale, the interest "forsaken" is a rounding error. I stopped category chasing a while back and since I handle all MSR, I just give P2 a BBP and a CIU.

We keep it rather simple regarding cash. Main Checking Main Savings Travel brokerage account

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u/walnut100 Jan 05 '22

In agreement with a lot of this. Kudos to all here that still optimize every purchase with a different card but now I only carry my CSR and newly added United Club. Now I’ll just get a new card when a great SUB is up and I have a large purchase to make. Then it gets the sock drawer and cancelled a year later.

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u/Churnobull SNA, KEE Jan 05 '22

On the same wavelength. Waiting for my Ally securities bonus hold ending in Feb, then moving it over to BofA/Merrill for this same reason.

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u/ne0ven0m OMG, BOO Jan 05 '22

Similar boat, man. When I combine my own flipping, BG, and GC arbitrage, there's a lot of opportunity for "MS" type spend. I've stopped the VGC/MO completely after last year. I still manage to max out most categories, so trying to get % on my meager monthly spend just seems like a silly pursuit. Plus, P2 and I are finally combining finances, so I'm just going to pick a random CC with a large CL, make her AU, and call it a day. Keep it simple.

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u/QueenofDeeNile Jan 05 '22

That's kind of you to think of your wife. But so long as your records are in order, and you have the account numbers handy for her, it's not that big a deal. Having acted as an executor- trust me- a bunch of bank accounts would be the least of her worries.

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u/beer68 Jan 05 '22

There are a variety of possible emergencies that might need a spouse to be able to access your cash quickly. Good records are a start, but I’m careful to make sure my spouse has direct, immediate access the important accounts.

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u/Econ0mist CSH, OUT Jan 05 '22 edited Jan 06 '22

Is it necessary for your heirs to have your account numbers? SSN/DOB and the name of the bank aren't good enough?

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u/QueenofDeeNile Jan 06 '22

Yes, you are right- but definitely important to have that master list of all the names of the banks and type of account.

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u/pothchola Jan 05 '22

What are you reselling?

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u/nxlinc TUS Jan 04 '22

I keep a minimum in cash outside of my regular checking and sweep the rest to my brokerage account and put it in SCHD, there is risk involved but much easier for me than jumping through hoops and still losing value to inflation.

I also find myself not sweating the category spend regardless, unless it's an easy one, like paypal.

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u/Econ0mist CSH, OUT Jan 06 '22

put it in SCHD

It's more tax efficient to own a total market fund and sell shares as needed to create your own "dividend"

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u/JohnCalvinCoolidge Jan 04 '22

For some reason, the Hyatt House I stayed at for NYE had a photo spot.

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u/btr5017 BWI Jan 05 '22

The brand new one in Columbus OH had one too.

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u/findmepoints Jan 04 '22

doubt it needs any reminding but motley fool is a waste of money. the $150 back from amex is probably the most you'll ever gain following the advice found on motley fool

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u/puns4life ATL Jan 05 '22
  1. Subscribe to Motley Fool
  2. Do the opposite of what they say
  3. ???
  4. Profit?

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u/happilytravel Jan 04 '22

A little bit of sanity check here - has anyone recently traveled to the Maldives and then onward to Europe? I have a trip planned in April and the itinerary is US-MLE-ATH-VCE-US. I looked up Greece and Italy's travel restrictions but they don't list Maldives as an allowed country. I am a US citizen but will be traveling to Europe from the Maldives. US is allowed by both Greece and Italy. Am I good?

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u/da_huu Jan 04 '22

If Maldives is not an acceptable country to originate travel from to enter Italy/Greece, you will not be allowed in regardless of your citizenship.

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u/suiris Jan 05 '22

Greece does have entry exceptions by nationality and the U.S. is actually one of them. The IATA page is a great resource since this is what airline staff will review when determining if you can board a flight.

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u/da_huu Jan 05 '22 edited Jan 05 '22

Yes, but that’s independent of what I’m talking about. Any entry restriction based on country that travel originates from would likely supersede that.

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u/suiris Jan 05 '22

Ah, yeah, I see what you mean now. I didn't realize you were referring to the blacklist for origination countries in there.

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u/happilytravel Jan 04 '22

Maldives is not listed as not allowed, but is not listed as allowed either. Technically, we will fly via Doha into Athens, and Qatar is specifically allowed. So confusing...

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u/joimintz Jan 04 '22

Anyone find a good way to use the eUpgrades from the Air Canada status match? I know a lot of people with Southwest Companion Pass did the match to Aeroplan 50k and got 40 eUpgrades. I am having a hard time understanding how it works - just from reading the limited information online it seems like the upgrades can only clear a certain number of days prior to departure…

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u/Globalist1 Jan 04 '22

I used them on a trip to Toronto. With 75k elite status matches from SW CP it upgraded us at 12 days out. I believe 50k clears at 8-10 days out.

The number you need depends on miles flown. MCO to YYZ required 6 per person one way.

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u/Memotome Jan 04 '22

I also got 75k and did not get a chance to use it in 2021. Before the year ended I booked a flight for August 2022. I upgraded my son and I to premium economy on LIS-YUL and to business class from YUL-DEN. All in at 42 credits. I could not use eUpgrades if my wife was on the reservation so I gifted her 35k status and she booked the tix and upgraded to premium economy with her own eUpgrades.

You can also clear the upgrade immediately but you have to have the most expensive economy or premium economy fare which may or may not be worth it. It wasn't worth it to me to pay an extra 10k points per person just to clear immediately.

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u/joimintz Jan 04 '22

Am I correct that out of all the eUpgrades half of them are going to expire in literally 10 days?

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u/Memotome Jan 04 '22

I had 75 eUpgrades on my account. Only 20 are set to expire this January. I don't know if that has to do when you select the benefits. Also as a counterpoint, my wife's base 20 eUpgrades were set to expire 1/2023. I didn't have enough time to select more eUpgrades as a benefit.

You probably won't be able to use them as your flight has to be prior to the expiry of the eUpgrades.

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u/mthduratec MSY Jan 04 '22

Planning a getaway this summer to NYC for the wife and I without the kids. Anyone have a strong preference between luxury hotels there? I’m looking at JW Marriott Essex House, Andaz 5th Avenue or Park Hyatt but let me know if there’s a better suggestion.

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u/joimintz Jan 04 '22

Besides comparing the hotel service/amenities another thing to consider is probably location, especially nowadays when taking public transit is risky. JW/Ritz/Park Hyatt is quite nice if you get a high floor view of central park. Andaz and St. Regis are on 5th Ave which is more convenient for shopping but can get busy right outside the hotel lobby. A somewhat less picked option is EDITION which is right next to Madison Square Park in a really nice residential neighborhood, while still close to good spots like Union Square and Koreatown.

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u/POINTSmetotheMILES Jan 04 '22

Both Conrad’s are very nice.

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u/SurvivinginLA Jan 04 '22

Essex House is a little tired, but you have a great view of the park if you get one of those rooms. My stay was pre-pandemic, for what it’s worth. Have not stayed at the others.

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u/anteedum Jan 03 '22

booked LAX-ARN on Swiss in J with the return trip in Premium Economy in the fall. Excited to say the least to finally try their J product. Question is, is worth spending a bit to upgrade the return flight in J as well? Apparently the premium economy product is brand new so I'd imagine itd be a nice experience as well.

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u/Thelement ELF, KNG Jan 04 '22

I have a similar dilemma where I booked a speculative trip (7+ hours) on AA where economy was 30k and premium economy was 40k. I have exactly like 44k miles and I was not sure if it was worth The cost difference, but leaned towards PE mainly because I do not anticipate being able to accumulate a significant number of AA miles in the near future.

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u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Jan 04 '22

10K AA is definitely worth it for the PE product. Its significantly better than Y on a long haul flight like that.

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u/echen1024 Jan 04 '22

Don't get your hopes up too high.

The seat is okay if you're in a throne seat, but on my JFK-ZRH flight last month an elite-heavy load meant no throne seats left at check-in. Sharing one of the groups of 2 is suboptimal and reminded me of the old UA/CO 2-2-2 J product. UA, AA, and DL are all much better hard product-wise.

The food is competent and pretty good, but certainly no culinary experience like OS. Drink list is serviceable, I had an interesting Swiss red wine.

Service can best be described as competent, if not particularly personal/friendly. That's alright given the size of the J cabin.

On a LAX-ZRH flight, I think the lie-flat alone would be worth the upgrade. I would not have too high expecations for anything else though.

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u/xfortune Jan 04 '22

Staying just in Sweden for the trip?

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u/anteedum Jan 04 '22

Only planning a day or 2 in Stockholm. After I’m planning to take the train further north to get a glimpse of the northern lights!

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u/Isavethings DTW Jan 03 '22

I flew LX in J on an A330 a couple years ago . We had center aisle, which is perfect for couples. But overall, their J was uninspired.

The seats were ok, but don't offer much privacy. The food was meh. If I could get J with points, or if the flight was long enough, I'd so it. I definitely wouldn't pay much to upgrade and would rather check out PS, again depending on the length of the flight.

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u/hythloth Jan 03 '22

Must suck to have a vacation planned for this month given the sheer amount of flight cancellations. And omicron, of course.

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u/walnut100 Jan 05 '22

It’s a complete crapshoot right now. No issues through DFW, FRA, WAW, or ARN over the past week for us but two of our Norway flights next week got the axe and Italy is looking to be an issue next month too.

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u/Sohighsolo Jan 04 '22 edited Jan 06 '22

My wife and I are going to Florida next week and yesterday just found out that her sister who was here this weekend at our place is positive for COVID. Feeling the impending doom on this vaca.

Update: never got sick so this baby is happening!!!

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u/jsea747 GOA, AAL Jan 03 '22

P2 and I leave for Vegas in less than two weeks. That'll probably be around the time omicron peaks in the US. It'll be the first time since we got married 20+ years ago that we're away overnight without kids. I have no plans to cancel the trip.

Edit to say we're both vaccinated + boosted

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u/Isavethings DTW Jan 03 '22

I'm sure nobody wants to hear this, but we flew DTW-CDG 12/25-1/1 and didn't have any problems. Actually, both airports were empty. We were lucky though. Not sure I'd be trying my luck if I were booking a trip in the next couple weeks.

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u/trilogy-09 Jan 03 '22

Cancelled a New Years trip to HOU because of Omicron

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u/HawaiiRandall Jan 03 '22

Guaranteed that the omicron variant is wreaking havoc across offices this week. Coworkers split up to visit friends and family then bring it back together at the office as a big melting pot of exposure.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Jan 03 '22

My kids school should be fun this week. They actually passed out free at-home tests for them to take before going back, though I have little faith in people in our community using them. We are all clear, despite traveling through the break. I’m expecting lots of “your kid was exposed” emails in the next week though.

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u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Jan 03 '22

Are most people back in the office?

I'd have thought schools would be more of a vector.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Jan 03 '22

I was lucky enough to have planned a trip to Seattle from 12/26 to 12/30. That was fun.

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u/maxthedrummer SEA, lol/24 Jan 04 '22

Yikes. Sorry.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Jan 04 '22

Could've been a lot worse. Kudos to Alaska for cancelling our return flight the afternoon prior. We were able to do a pivot and rented a car and drove to Portland ahead of the incoming storm, and added a day to our trip wine tasting in the Willamette Valley before flying home from PDX instead.

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u/imnion LGA Jan 03 '22

The risk of getting stranded internationally right now is terrifying.

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u/reddit_user_2016 Jan 04 '22

Non US carriers are more restrictive with their airline staff in an effort to reduce covid transmission. I'm international and have no concerns with my return flight. Only hiccup I had was a reduction in leisure destination flight from 2x to 1x daily, and that was due to flight load and not covid

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u/imnion LGA Jan 04 '22 edited Jan 04 '22

I think the bigger concern is catching it yourself and being stuck there for 10 days.

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u/bananaboat2569 Jan 04 '22

Just got back from overseas, brought laptops and bought travel insurance specific for Covid just in case. If you’re fortunate enough to work from home, that’s probably the best you can do.

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Jan 04 '22 edited Jan 04 '22

I can work from home but have to take a freshly formatted loaner laptop if I'm going out of the country with a work computer, and for the work I do that's a nonstarter because of various software licenses and stuff. Although it just occurred to me as I was typing the first sentence that with the second computer I got recently that sits in my office maybe this could be tolerable, I mostly just RDP into it from my laptop anyhow (even if I'm sitting right next to it in my office) so maybe being stuck with a loaner laptop and RDPing into the desktop once abroad might be okay...

Maybe I should start looking at international trips once the flight cancellations start easing up.

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u/bananaboat2569 Jan 04 '22

Yeah if you’re able to access everything you need while out of the country, it may be okay. For my work, I only need an internet connection and occasionally have to connect to a VPN. Obviously, I couldn’t test if the VPN worked overseas beforehand. I just assumed it would but if it didn’t I had other coworkers that could help out with that piece of the work. I do agree though that the flight cancellations are a whole separate issue in itself and a very big one. I think we got lucky making it back with no delay/cancellation but I’d probably be a lot more nervous if the trip was this week/month ahead.

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u/joe-movie SLC Jan 03 '22

Interesting. We chose HI over international specifically because we weren't worried about getting stuck there (due to Covid) - since HI is being strict about letting in, but not out we went ahead. That doesn't speak to flight cancellations at all which is a completely different issue that started right around Christmas - we returned a few days before that.

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u/joimintz Jan 04 '22

Lucky - you also left just in time before the nonstop rainy weather hit.

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u/jaktf Jan 03 '22

This was my exact concern during the delta spike

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u/BleedBlue__ Jan 03 '22

It’s infuriating that BA charges you to choose your seats in business class before check in.

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u/Memotome Jan 03 '22

I hope at least you are not on their old business class. That 2-4-2 is cramped! I flew on the 747 and at least got to sit next to P2 in their more private upper deck.

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u/BleedBlue__ Jan 03 '22

It’s tentatively scheduled to be their new 1-2-1 config, but obviously that could change. If I do get an equipment swap, I have backup seats in economy as I’m not willing to shell out 57.5k AA + $400 a seat for the 2-4-2 config

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u/TheChronoCross Jan 04 '22

Don’t they charge cancellation fees?

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u/BleedBlue__ Jan 04 '22

Not anymore

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u/TheChronoCross Jan 04 '22

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u/BleedBlue__ Jan 04 '22

Using AA points

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u/TheChronoCross Jan 04 '22

My reading comprehension is apparently poor, I'm sorry.

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u/iyse2k Jan 03 '22

yeah especially if you want to sit next to your fiancée

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u/elmosworld37 Jan 04 '22

you just wanted to flex that you have a fiancée

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u/iyse2k Jan 04 '22

i’m just trolling /u/BleedBlue__ who posts 4-5x a week about his Maldives trip with his fiancée

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u/elmosworld37 Jan 04 '22

Lmao hell yeah

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u/BleedBlue__ Jan 04 '22 edited Jan 04 '22

I've posted about in once in churning, and it was in response to someone else booking Maldives, but nice try bud. The other times were questions I had on the length of stay, and alerting the sub Reddit on Qatar withholding award availability for the World Cup.

https://www.reddit.com/r/churning/comments/rie63s/daily_discussion_thread_december_17_2021/hoyurfa/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3

Also trolling from your Alt account is pathetic. You’re 34 years old. Grow up.

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u/Parts_Unknown- Jan 03 '22

Sometimes I read r/awardtravel sweet jfc is that a painful read.

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u/sexy_kitten7 PWM Jan 07 '22

Yeah I had to stop years ago bc it was just too stupid. And then people give wrong answers and I'm like am I the dumb one or is he. At least on FT the justice is swift!

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u/jennerality BTR, CRM Jan 04 '22

Haha these are starting to look like the stuff I hear in real life. “I’m signing up for the CSR so that I can get 2 first class tickets to Japan for my girlfriend and me!” Eh… I don’t think that’s gonna happen buddy.

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u/trilogy-09 Jan 03 '22

It is very, very bad right now. It’s been shit for a while but the last 2 weeks have been the laziest most long winded posts ever.

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u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Jan 03 '22 edited Jan 03 '22

I often wonder how travel concierges are in business these days with all the information out there and accessible, then I look at that sub and see why. People are lazy as hell, "I have 30k UR, does anyone have any tips/tricks to get wife and kids and dog to HNL in lie flat F RT?".

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u/ctexas15 Jan 03 '22

Definitely gone downhill over there. Occasionally I learn something, but mostly just a bunch of newbs who signed up for all the elevated bonuses recently and want to be spoonfed

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u/thekingoftherodeo BOS, MAN Jan 03 '22

I think there's only 1 moderator and that's the problem imo. The sub needs more cover to delete the zero value efforts.

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u/ne0ven0m OMG, BOO Jan 04 '22

No wonder! I actually enjoy reporting the spoonfeed posts.

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u/Parts_Unknown- Jan 03 '22

The impossible ones are what make me laugh 'looking to book my honeymoon in first for next month to the Maldives, we have 53k Cap1 & 80k UR kthanx'

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u/PDX_douche_bag PDX Jan 03 '22

I literally laughed out loud.

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u/I_live_there Jan 03 '22

Does anyone have a preferred disposable mask brand? I generally just buy some at home depot or costco but the quality is really hit or miss. Looking for something I can order online that would arrive by thursday.

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u/Teaquilla Jan 04 '22

My favorite are masklab, not cheap but breathable, good filtration and seal to my face well with the little strap adjusters to tighten. My local home Depot seems to have 3m auras in stock - those are good N95s and might be easy to pick up in store .

Check out masknerd on Twitter and you tube he tests masks and publishes all the data on a shared Google sheet.

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u/blandfruitsalad 4/24, LAX Jan 03 '22 edited Jan 03 '22

I recently bought some from Project N95 (https://www.projectn95.org/) and I'm happy with what I got. It's nice having the peace of mind that they're vetted and far less likely to be fake than a random Amazon listing.

Specifically, I bought a 50-pack of these (now out of stock): https://shop.projectn95.org/aegle-flat-fold-n95-respirators-aep-f100-20-count-11134-/p

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u/nxlinc TUS Jan 03 '22

I try to avoid made in China PPE since there was issues with fakes early on. I buy Korean made KF-94 masks. I have Soomshi-go brand (I think that’s the correct name). Not sure if they’d arrive by Thursday.

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Jan 04 '22

There's a white LG KF94 mask that I really like, it's got an extra loop in the ear strap so you can tighten the mask against your face. It's an enormous help with getting a good seal.

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u/GiraffeGlove SFO, 3/24 Jan 03 '22 edited Jan 03 '22

Maskc KN95s are pretty good and reasonable price for good masks. I was annoyed with my P2 for buying so many last summer when covid was waning, but now I'm thankful they did. If you're serious about not getting omicron use an n95 or kn95.

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u/stillwaters23 LAX, SFO Jan 03 '22

I really like the FLTR brand disposable medical masks from Costco. They were selling them in boxes of 600 for $65, I was buying them for my employees to use. I haven't been able to find them for a bit though. Nice tight fit, and still comfortable and breathable.

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u/wearytraveler44 Jan 03 '22

Yes! With Omicron you really want to move away from cloth and medical masks, it's all about KN95s now. I've really like powecom masks direct from manufacturer here https://bonafidemasks.com/powecom-kn95/

There are resellers on amazon for a markup but you can get a 50-pack direct here for $41 plus tax.

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Jan 04 '22

I don't like KN95s because they come folded in half and the kink in the nose guard makes it hard for me to get a good fit. Also I would not buy any masks on Amazon given their rampant counterfeiting issues.

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u/normalinternetperson Jan 04 '22

We have bought direct from here several to load up on adult and kids masks for traveling and would recommend as well.

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u/TheJohnWickening Jan 03 '22

N95s are slightly better and less likely to be fake.

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u/teetertotterboy Jan 03 '22

Anyone have a 15% Dell coupon mailer they are not planning on using? PM me I can venmo you for it.

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u/ditdah2012 Jan 03 '22

I have a 10% off mailer if that helps...

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u/Creative_Accounting Jan 03 '22

I've got a Citi merchant offer for Giftcards.com. The heading says it's only available for use in store. Terms say not valid for gift card purchases. ...Oookay

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u/sg77 RFS Jan 06 '22

That offer didn't post for me, but I chatted with Citi after 2 statement periods and they manually gave it to me.

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u/Creative_Accounting Jan 07 '22

Probably because you didn't visit the giftcards.com store in your local mall.

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Jan 04 '22

Glad to see Citi isn't going crazy with any New Year resolutions.

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u/DevChatt Jan 03 '22

Happy new years all. I'm learning how to ski regionally so i can finally join half my friends who are having a blast travelling to awesome ski resorts on points and doing all the cool ski stuff. Wish there was a CC that would teach me how to not bust my ass on the slopes but I don't think any amount of churning will help with that one...

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u/michael72688 Jan 04 '22

Cool Ski Stuff? Too bad there isn't a Chase Aspen Hot Cocoa Card. :)

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u/crmagney DEN Jan 04 '22

Know that you're definitely going about it the right way. Regional hills/resorts are the best places to learn.

Where are you doing your skiing for now and where are you headed when you get up to speed?

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u/DevChatt Jan 04 '22

I'm currently based in the NYC metro area so I'm primarily looking at spots in northern NJ/ Upstate NYC/ and Eastern PA. A few of my good friends just booked a trip in jackson hole which I woulda loved to do but I just don't fit the experience rec yet. Darn shame because I hear Jackson hole is quite nice!

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u/crmagney DEN Jan 04 '22

Damn, NY metro is tough to find mountains that are worth it and not swarmed. When I lived out East I would always head up into VT or NH. But you definitely made the right call. Jackson Hole is a super tough mountain and you probably wouldn't have had a good time. My fiance and I moved to Denver this summer, and I've skied a ton but she's still a newbie. Learning on a huge mountain like Steamboat is a weird situation, and there comes with it that kind of Disney-esque "I need to have fun, I spent too much" vibe going on.

Check out the Indypass (indyskipass.com). It's ~$300 and you get 2 days at like 80 resorts across the country. Definitely gets you off the beaten path, but my brother and I had a blast with it last year in Idaho.

Shawnee, Montage, Mowhawk, and Catamount are all probably weekend-able from NYC.

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u/DevChatt Jan 04 '22

Yeah it is super packed here! We went during the holiday week and even though there was little snow/all manufactured it was packed!

Thank you for the recs! I will check out those!

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u/payyoutuesday COW, BOY Jan 03 '22

You want the Altitude Go card.

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u/DevChatt Jan 03 '22

I feel like i only get accepted for the altitude drop card tho lol

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u/rudebrew22 Jan 03 '22 edited Jan 03 '22

Would anyone here like some Delta drink tickets? Expiring 1/31

Edit: All vouchers have been claimed. Enjoy!

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u/darthbacon417 Jan 03 '22

I have a 1/22 flight if you have more!

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u/sometastymuffins Jan 03 '22

I have a flight 1/26, if you still have one available!

I have a flight on 1/22 if still available, thanks!

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u/jcarberry Jan 03 '22

I have a flight 1/26, if you still have one available!

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u/Chronic_Anachronism IAM, FAT Jan 03 '22

I have a delta flight on the 29th. Ill take it!

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u/rudebrew22 Jan 03 '22

Sent.

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u/Chronic_Anachronism IAM, FAT Jan 03 '22

Thank you kind sir

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u/teetertotterboy Jan 03 '22

Anyone try the Verizon $75 Amex offer at a local store? Any successful credits?

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Jan 04 '22

If you're talking about in store because you're thinking of buying accessories, I ordered a set of Airpods Pro online for in-store pickup and immediately got the email saying I'd used the offer. I would just go the order online and pick up in store route instead of sweating whether in-store triggers the credit.

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u/bananaboat2569 Jan 03 '22

I paid my personal Verizon bill online, credit posted just fine a few days later.

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u/isaacides JOK, STR Jan 03 '22

It affects your autopay discount though, right?

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u/bananaboat2569 Jan 03 '22

I haven’t been hit yet but I assume it will. Still net profit though.

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u/TheJohnWickening Jan 03 '22

Is this the Verizon business offer?

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u/teetertotterboy Jan 03 '22

Yes

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u/TheJohnWickening Jan 03 '22

Dang I didn’t realize this would be an option. Now I can’t find it on my cards

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u/vantablackspacegood Jan 03 '22

I was able to order a $75 GC online. Credit posted a few days later

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u/tchr619 Jan 05 '22

Do you have to go through the verizon.com/amexoffer link or will the regular verizon site work? Thank you.

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u/inig0m0nt0ya DZN, UTS Jan 05 '22

You don’t have to go through the amex link.

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u/Very_Sadly_True PIE, BOI Jan 03 '22

Did I find one of yall in the wild? Or just an enjoyer of Cheesy Italian Pizzas?

https://i.imgur.com/PN4JheO.jpeg

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u/WeMustStopKony Jan 03 '22 edited Jan 03 '22

I have a coupon for a free holiday beverage or handcrafted espresso beverage from Starbucks that is valid only through today 1/3. Pm me your email if you want it!

Edit: Taken

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u/jamar030303 MSO Jan 03 '22

My first time booking European business class was a few days ago thanks to forgetting to book one segment of a recent Nordic trip until the last minute. It was every bit as underwhelming as people online say. Finnair Helsinki to Stockholm, seats exactly the same as in economy (and since it was an E190, there wasn't even a blocked middle, although I was literally the only person in business), and the "meal service" was a pre-packaged sandwich. At least it was an Avios award, and I think I still got my money's worth from having breakfast at the lounge and checked bags (comparing cash economy fare with checked bag and a few euros on breakfast to the cost of my business Avios award resulted in about 1.2cpp, which is pretty good for a redemption I didn't have any time to plan for).

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u/ProverbialFunk Jan 03 '22

Just a friendly reminder to some people that your time is worth more when you're on vacation :)

Giving up better value in exchange for more time was one of the wisest things I've ever did in this hobby. Applies to things like club room upgrades I think as well... Unless you really love breakfast.

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u/ne0ven0m OMG, BOO Jan 03 '22

Don't tell that to the folks on FT...

Totally agree. I'm getting to an age where wasting time is pretty much automatic no, no matter what the cost.

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u/ProverbialFunk Jan 04 '22

The hardest part for me is remembering that 'free airport lounge' access is not worth a stop over, ever =P

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Jan 03 '22

I definitely don't really care about upgrades when I'm at a hotel in a city, I'm of the mindset that I'm there to see the city not just spend a bunch of time in the hotel. As long as it's clean and in a good location I'm good. I do stop by the front desk and ask about upgrades on the chance I get onto a floor that gets me lounge access when I can't get into the lounge through status, since breakfast really can be a worthwhile perk, so it's worth the 5 minutes or whatever small amount of time it takes to ask. Not just for the money saved, it can also be a time saver to be able to just quickly grab something to eat before heading out for the morning.

Plus especially outside of the US the lounge access can be great for free coffee/decent snacks/etc when you're popping back into the hotel for a minute anyhow. Even had a Marriott in Zurich that left the beer in the cooler, unlocked, 24/7 but I think maybe they weren't technically supposed to do that? Was nice being able to just grab one from the lounge coming in at the end of the night. But that same stay (which was during the window where SPG Gold = Marriott Gold) as the front desk explained to me, since I was only staying for one night and they had other parties whose upgrades they were trying to accommodate it made sense for them to just upgrade me all the way to this enormous rooftop penthouse so that I wasn't blocking the upgrades for the people with longer stays. It was my first night of my churning trip and I was still kind of ¯_(ツ)_/¯ about getting that upgrade. I could see that suite being nice if you're staying for like a month or something but I'm the kind of person who doesn't even hang anything up in the hotel closet unless I have a suit I'm trying to let straighten out on the hanger, I just keep as much as possible all right next to my bag to make sure I don't forget to pack anything (and I thoroughly check rooms before I leave them so it's nice to know I don't have to check the drawers for instance). Not complaining that I got the upgrade, it was kinda fun in its own way to get into such a baller hotel room, but but actively pursuing it would be a complete waste of time and energy for how I like to travel (and on top of that I was traveling alone, but this suite was STILL overkill even for traveling with someone else for how I like to travel).

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u/missbrowniecat Jan 04 '22

Agree with eveything you said!