but I will know if I have a problem with Marriott rewards if the envelope in which the card comes reads occupant! or if the expiration date on the card is 2008! I sure hope the card arrives the next couple weeks. Even though front desk personnel never ask for it they have a way of checking on their computer screens to see if in fact I have made the grade. I want to ensure that the cards in my wallet and then I can in fact yank it out to show that I am once again legal :-)
dear Shoman, always better to assume that these systems are incorrect. I find that I am checking over all of my electronic accounts on a weekly basis just to be sure that everything is okay.That's one of the reasons that I signed up for what is called triple advantage credit reporting, just to keep my credit rating above water.
I got mine in the mail a couple of weeks ago. I'm just curious though. Does anybody actually carry those cards with them anymore? If there's ever a question, can't the hotel just look it up on their computer system? I haven't carried mine probably since the first year I got one.
Yes, I do carry my card in my wallet, because while I have both an American and a European cell phone, the latter is not an Android or IPhone, just a basic Mobalphone. It is also useful to get a 20% discount on hotel meals and in gift shops (if I remember to use it). But most importantly, when used abroad, it is a reminder to the employee when you check in that you are a PP, Platinum, Gold or whatever member. I whip it out along with my Marriott Rewards Premier VISA card, my passport and my reservation. So there's really no excuse when in that case I am not recognized. Usually I am, but there have been instances...
It doesn't fit the context, but there is a cool song by China Crisis called Understudy. And, no, I have not received my card yet. But I'll annotate the lyrics:
Do you wear a smile [when you first check in]
dress up all the time [when you first go out]
feel real satisfied [when you got an upgrade]
always by my side [well, let's hope not too close]
I do believe your mine [Marriott thinks so]
want you for all time [prove it]
Do you wear a crown [a BW Gold Crown card?]
reigning over me [prove your merits]
feel real confident [when I get that upgrade]
always on my mind [will my points show up?]
I do believe your mine [Marriott, you can make me so]
want you for all time [but you have to try]
Baby, now I see it well [is the writing on the wall?]
maybe time and time will tell [I guess it will]
for the understudy [all of us, waiting, listening, hoping for enlightenment]
Do you count the days [yes, each time I don't get my points and have to call]
knowing my indecision [should I go elsewhere?]
promises I have made [but you have too]
fueled with deep suspicion [indeed!]
I do believe your mine [I'd like it to be so]
want you for all time [just bring back the good stuff, we're not an old married couple]
Baby, now I see it well [too well?]
yes it's true that time will tell [yes, indeed]
for the understudy [to become Pl, PP, or SS's Plutonium]
Quoted from, with horrible annotations:
All about China Crisis: http://www.musictory.com/music/China+Crisis
How about this catchy number.... Sung to the tune of "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelletes.
Oh yes, wait a minute Mister Postman
Wait Mister Postman
Please Mister Postman, look and see
If there's a letter in your bag for me
(Please, Please Mister Postman)
Why's it takin' such a long time
For me to hear from that FAVORITE HOTEL CHAIN of mine.