In todays edition of USAToday, there was a 'Snapshot' poll of 'Which type of travel reviews do you find most helpful?'
The consensus was 1% said they didn't know....18% said travel sites gave the most helpful reviews......and overwhelmingly the most helpful travel reviews came from ....'other travelers'...!
So, let's keep posting those travel stories because they really do matter!
Happy travels and here's to a follow up on your travel posting!
It's a good question and the answer wasn't part of the survey. My point is that the contributors to this site with their travel stories are certainly of beneficial interest to those who read them....especially if the post is regarding a location they plan on visiting. It always best to get the info straight from those who lived it!
I usually research an upcoming trip by reading sites like this. I get most of my information from Tripadvisor. They have the information organized and easy to find and many opinions. I would like to see better organization of this site. If I ask for help, MIs respond and I have found their help great.
The other great value of Insider's input to me, is that for the most part we all have relatively similar evaluative criteria. I have often read many Trip Advisors (which granted does provide an excellent - for me, at least - overall feel) where an entire review has been negatively/positively influenced by whether a property has vegan offerings or spa body wraps or something singularly similar. Here on Insiders the reviews and insights are more broad based with specific preferences (like slippers) highlighted, but not used to impact the rating of the overall service. Keep on keepin' on Insiders.
I am with you. If I get information from this site I know I can trust what I read. My point is to truly be valuable, it needs to be organized so I can find it. If I use TripAdvisor, there are usually enough comments that I can find the information that I need. Most often, it is good but I have gotten some bad also.
I'm guessing that everyone has seen that Marriott is offering up to $200 for future stays at select sites. I've never seen this before, but I imagine it's to get longer stays at slower sites. $200 for 4 nights is pretty good to my way of thinking, as long as they aren't charging a lot more for the room, which they sometimes do over non-promotional rates that one can choose at the same time. Great for someone traveling on business to one of these places, though.
erc and nuhusker,
Easier to edit than to try to post to your questions since I keep getting a gray bar that says to post to original questions.
erc, I agree about their sometimes being hard to use.
There are actually 2 different deals using the $50bonus bucks.
I was going to call the CS to see what I can find out before I change my reservation from a $76 room to one for $99 with the $50 rebate usable later at a CY and a 15% NFL discount, which I don't need. I just called and upgraded mine to the NFL package. It's a $50 bonus bucks good towards a 2 night weekend stay at a CY good until Aug 15 or 13, 2013.
The one I upgraded to was the NFL package.
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