Here in LA (southern CA) and environs, the average price of gasoline is nearing 5 bucks a gallon. At COSTCO it's still $4.07 and the line looks like a per-hurricane rush at a southern seaport. So the public should be off the roads, storming the Hybrid car salerooms, getting in line for a bus ride, breaking out the bikes, etc. Nah, business and traffic as usual! Huge land yachts cruising the always congested freeways, parking lots at malls filled to the brim, life is unaffected.
So what if there are going to be nine categories of hotels? With gas at this price and no one seeming to care, the chances that most of us will not be using points seem very remote.
Just today, the Virginia legislature passed a bill to finance highway development. It lowers gasoline tax (already relatively low) and raises sales tax; why does the skeptic in me thinks that gas prices will crawl back up and all we'll end up with is a higher sales tax? Fun times ahead, for sure. As part of my 'lodging diversification' strategy, I've been studying Vacation rentals, private rooms, sublets by the night - Accommodations on Airbnb all day long, a buddy told me about. Pretty interesting stuff. My other idea is to apply to housesit chrisf 's house next time he goes on a journey. Good night all, off to a cul de sac poker game (another tactic, love thy neighbor ).
I'm doing my share, got rid of the land yacht for a nice 4 cylinder ride, retired so my gas bill has dropped from $75 every 10 days down to about $50 every month at $3.50 a gallon!
I only hope a category higher than 10 doesn't come around, if so I'll have to take my shoes and socks off to figure out how many that is, then maybe gas will be back to .25 a gallon.