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This past weekend I had a friends bachelorette party in Philly. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately depending on how you look at it) I wasn’t part of the planning committee and had no say on hotel, restaurants, cost of anything, etc. Let me preface this story first. I did not know the girl organizing the whole weekend so she had no idea how crazy I was, thus I could only push so far. They had picked a hotel in Philly and I was so proud of myself by not trying to suggest another hotel. The Westin was right there, but I restrained myself and behaved! I did, however, offer up my corporate rate at the selected hotel as it would have saved $100 on each hotel room. She declined the corporate rate offer because “it was just easier to work with the sales manager to book the four rooms.” So yes, this is what I was dealing with. A sales manager for 4 rooms, are you serious!
While realizing I wasn’t going to earn any points over the weekend sorta killed me, I got over it semi quickly. It is what it is, right?! Or at least I kept on telling myself that. I was spending $25 more than I should have for the night (since 4 people to a room) and earning no points, awesome!
So Saturday night we go to dinner and I pull the typical move. Everyone is putting in cash for dinner and of course I ask if I can take the cash and put it on my credit card. I used the excuse that I didn’t have that much money on me and it was a great ATM opportunity. It actually would have worked, but it was a cash only place. And trust me, none of the other girls would have wanted to put it on their credit card so I was okay. They actually thought it was hysterical of me! Little did they know… After dinner we went to a club (so not my thing!) and I sorta overheard the girl in charge saying there was some issue with her credit card for the super overpriced bottle service we got. I tried to listen to the conversation she was having with the manager and nicely offered up my credit card. I was doing her a huge favor, right?! Instead I think she was embarrassed and her credit card ended up working. Strike two. Oh well.
Now the HUGE issue was the next morning when we were checking out of the hotel. The rooms were about $250/night, with three of them being a two night stay and one of them a one night stay. I almost died when I saw a Bloomingdale’s credit card being used for a $1,750 bill. We had all sent her money ahead of time so I was sorta out of luck putting at least my room on my card. What the heck is this girl thinking! Well I sorta know what she is thinking. After earning 5,000 points on the card she can get a whopping $25 gift check to use to buy that handbag she’s been eying! That $1,750 bill essentially got her $8.75 closer to her gift check, wahhooo!! Not only would that amount have helped my minimum spend it would have gotten me 3,500 points I could have transferred over to Hyatt or British Airways. I’ll value those points at about $70 on the conservative side. Looks like points for traveling can go a lot further than a handbag!
(P.S. I do have a bloomies credit card, but is ONLY used when it is required to get their sale discount!)