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Are You Missing Out on Free and Valuable Points by Not Speaking up?

Are You Missing Out on Free and Valuable Points by Not Speaking up?

Million Mile SecretsAre You Missing Out on Free and Valuable Points by Not Speaking up?Million Mile Secrets Team

Million Mile Secrets team member Keith recently spent 4 nights at the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica.  The stay didn’t start off so great.  But the hotel more than made up for it.  I’ll let him tell you what happened!

Keith:   My wife and I wanted to take advantage of the recent Marriott free night promotion, so we booked a staycation at the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica.  This hotel was recently built and opened in February 2017.  Given it’s so new, we were expecting a pleasant experience.

Are You Missing Out On Free And Valuable Points By Not Speaking Up
The New Courtyard by Marriott Santa Monica Is Only a ~5 Minute Walk to the Famous Pier!

Unfortunately, within a few hours after check-in, we experienced:

  • Limited water pressure in the bathroom sink
  • No hot water in the shower
  • Loud air conditioner rattling noise
  • Heavy leak under the bathroom sink
  • ~11:00 pm fire alarm

Rooms at this hotel cost $300+ per night.  And given it’s essentially brand new, I wasn’t expecting any issues.  That said, the hotel staff was incredible and quickly addressed them.

Don’t Check-Out Empty Handed!

My wife and I travel frequently and understand issues can arise.  But I do like to provide feedback to hotels in hopes that future guests don’t have similar negative experiences.

So during my stay, I spoke with the hotel’s Assistant Manager.  I learned that most of the issues we experienced related to the “efficient” construction design of the hotel.  For example, the water pressure is consistently low (I mean really, really low) because there are special valves installed to avoid excessive water usage.

And the fire alarm was caused by an electrical issue with the air conditioning system.

The Assistant Manager was kind and asked what she could do the make up for the negative experiences.  Of course, I asked for points!  So she offered to give me the points equivalent of a free night, which was 40,000 Marriott points.

Are You Missing Out On Free And Valuable Points By Not Speaking Up
I Was Grateful to Get 40,000 Marriott Points for the Inconveniences During My Stay!

I definitely wasn’t expecting such a generous offer.  The large amount of points certainly offset the inconveniences we experienced.

My wife and I typically prefer to stay at Starwood hotels.  So we can convert the 40,000 Marriott points to ~13,000 Starwood points (3:1 transfer ratio).  That’s enough points for a free night at The Westin Dublin, which is on our travel bucket list!

Are You Missing Out On Free And Valuable Points By Not Speaking Up
I’d Love to Convert the Marriott Points We Received to Starwood Points to Book a Free Night at The Westin Dublin!

Rooms at this hotel typically cost $350+ per night if you pay cash.  This makes the points we received extremely valuable!

Bottom Line

After a negative airline or hotel experience, it never hurts to voice your concerns.

Recently, team member Keith spoke with a hotel manager after several room issues.  And he was pleasantly surprised to receive 40,000 free Marriott points as compensation for the inconveniences.

What’s the most compensation you’ve received following an airline or hotel inconvenience?

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I just had a terrible experience at an IHG hotel in Indianapolis that I didn't even end up staying at because of the interaction even before that. I wrote the manager a long letter. We'll see if they take any action to remedy the situation.
You'll love Ireland!! Be sure to eat some banoffee pie!!

Sorry to hear about your IHG hotel experience. I do hope they make it up to you. Thanks for sharing the Ireland tip!

They did not. Just the general "Sorry you weren't happy, hope you try us again in the future".