I have something that has been wearing on my conscience for a few weeks now, and I feel like I have to come clean on it. I even had a nightmare about it two nights ago, which finally caused me to take action and fix the problem.
Well, how do I say this? I… I… I… didn’t collect points for the stay. I was so lazy that I didn’t even put my Marriott Rewards number on the reservation. That’s mainly because I didn’t know what my Marriott Rewards number was and couldn’t easily find it. And I was too lazy to call up Marriott to figure out what it was, since I couldn’t figure it out through the online form.
I TURNED DOWN FREE POINTS.
Take away my blogger license (and ideally Christopher Elliott’s license to use the internet at the same time), I’m not worthy.
I don’t know why I turned down the points, exactly. Over the years I’ve done hundreds of stays at Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, and IHG properties, while I’ve done maybe two or three stays at Marriott properties. And it just seemed like it wasn’t even worth the effort.
Fortunately I corrected that yesterday since my conscience was wearing on me, and I retroactively requested the points.
To be honest it was partly motivated by the fact that I realized I have several upcoming Marriott stays, both at Frequently Traveler University in Seattle this weekend, as well as Frequent Traveler University Advanced in Chicago this summer.
It’s one thing to stay at a hotel without a loyalty program, but have you ever voluntarily not added your loyalty program number to a reservation? Make me feel better and let me know, please!