(Disclaimer - this is meant to be comical)
My daughter is applying to colleges!
Am I the only "idiot" who immediately went to the Marriott site to see if Marriott's.
s were in close proximity?
What is a father to do if the closest property is 30 minutes from campus should I check into a competitor wearing a trench coast and dark glasses?
Please don't take iahflyr's advice or do either as I'm afraid if you were wearing that you might be questioned by the local authorities about any past history of deviant behavior on NY subways...
Of course depending on which college we're talking about, it might behoove you to wear a sweater and cap with the university's mascot on it and hire a 250 lb 20 year old to follow you in and say "Hey Coach... What time is practice this afternoon?" In some parts of the southwest, that might get you a comped suite!!!
You are wise well beyond your years for that advice about who not to listen to!!! LOL, awesome post and an even better idea about the sweater and hat.
We actually have some Virginia schools that do allow you to charge (George Mason for example) but of course they tack on an extra % to cover the credit card fee.
I had a colleague who got an Executive MBA from BYU - Marriott School - MBA Program, but no points (I think they said he could have breakfasts at Fairfield Inns whenever he stayed there).
(I started this by saying this subject was comical)
It shows you where our priorities are - we spend thousands sending our kids to school and the first question we have is...."where is the closest Marriott !!!!" (a person can NEVER have too many points)
MORE COMEDY (This is true and happened a few weeks ago): My daughter was with her school visiting colleges in the Northeast - I receive the following text: " Dad, YALE won't be a problem - there is a Courtyard across the street from campus" - I HOPE ALL INSIDERS USE ME AS A ROLL MODEL FOR TEACHING HIS DAUGHTER THE PROPER VALUES (lol)
Be sure and tell the admissions office that you'll only consider those schools with the big M nearby, not Mickey D's, but Marriott. I think that and a one million dollar endowment normally works for most schools. We sent our daughter to Linfield College, which ois located in McMinnville OR, and within a 45 minute drive of four Marriotts.
The hotel provided limo service to and from Campus made up for the distance however. Who knew they had that kind of thing? Maybe I imagined that.
Anyway, good luck to her, and remember it's not the points but the status that matters most!!!
I have my fingers crossed that she will choose one of two schools that she's been accepted to already in Oregon - Lewis and Clark, and Willamette.
Stayed at a wonderful Residence Inn in Portland - but finding a Marriott brand near Salem isn't as easy.