Is this a trend?
Does anyone care? I do.
Thoughts on this?
Agree with both of you!
However, I think it will be more like a "Tax" on certain aspects of room features. There may be a "Discount" keeping the rate the same, when you book it, but amenities will cost you more.
Have you seen what United Airlines is offering to their customers? The ability to buy pay for one bag on all of your flights with them for one year at around $350!
Don't rule anything out!
Agreed! Room service is a luxury/convenience that should be a part of any full service hotel. If they have to cut something, what about doing room cleaning every other day or something. I really don't need to have my room cleaned every single day of my stay.
How hotels don't make money on room service is beyond me as well. Room services often seems to be select items from the restaurant with a 20% or so premium + a delivery fee + an automatic 18% gratuity.
To the tune of Master of the House from my favorite play - Les Miserables
Welcome Rewards, sit yourself down
See Freddie's winner, the best in town
As for the rest, all of them tools
Trailing our lead, and following the rules
Seldom do you see
Anything for free
A plan of such design
That's content to be
Master of your perks, doling out the charm
Giving you improvements, that might do some harm
Spin a juicy tale, creates a little fuss
F & B credit, makes a purchase a must
Likes to always change the bennies
Doesn't cost us to be nice
Enhancements get you little
As we often jack up your price
Master of your perks, keeper of your stays
Ready to raise categories any day
Take away your wine, giving you some points
Bistro coffee costs and you now must pay
Everybody loves a resort
Everybody pays the fee
Strap the title on the building
And it raises our P.E.
Master of the perks, quick to take your cash
Better book 'em now, because the deals won't last
Lodger to the loyal, courter of the new
200 nights a year and it's premier for you
That's unless we just decide not to
That's unless we change our mind
But don't you dare save points
Holy cow, they've lost value, you'll find !
Not to be outdone, start the revolving stage, cue the orchestra....
There was a time when hotels were kind
When their voices were soft
And their rooms inviting
There was a time when upgrades were fine
And the rooms went for a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When rewards were high
And travel worth making
I dreamed that loyalty would never die
I dreamed that some would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no points to be displayed
No amenity unsung, no free cheese and wine untasted
The Courtyard in Downtown San Diego gives you 250 points for your stay if you opt not to have housekeeping clean your room. What an ingenious way to incentivize guests not to utilize services and help the hotel save money! And what does giving guests 250 points really cost the company vs. the cost of the housekeeping. Where else could hotels implement a program like this I wonder?
I would probably opt for the points vrs. cleaning of room, if I was by myself!
Another area that could be in future "Extra charges" is "Swimming pools". They must be extremely expensive to maintain, and seldom do I really see them used. They also must represent a large "Liability" for a hotel.
Just some thoughts.
So if Hotel guests chose the points every time, how are they saving money other then laundry costs? They still have to pay the people to clean the rooms. Now they would be standing around doing nothing! Remember most cleaning staff's are union employees, so they still get paid!
This may be becoming a standard practice at the Marriott hotels. I recently stayed at the Renaissance in Novi, MI and though we were only one night...there was a tag on the door to skip your cleaning and you would be deemed Marriott Rewards (the tag read...we are Making Points...or something like that) And not sure how many points it was....but.....then THIS weekend we stayed at the Fairfield in Traverse City, MI and we we there 2 nights and had a card in our key folder offering Points for skipped cleanings..and we did just that for 250 points and they were deposited into our account this morning, and an email was sent to us confirming that. I don't think I would skip a whole week...but surely would for some of them.
The desk said if we needed anything to come to the desk and they would hook us up with extra bathing supplies, coffe and such and probably towels too!
I am proud to be a point *****.....oops...did I say that!