Why loyalty is critical when traveling
Upon arriving at a Marriott property several guest are checking in as I walk by them toward a special carpet and velvet rope section Marriott Elite members. I’m greeted and thanked for being a loyal Marriott guest then awarded a free upgrade to an ocean view suite (I booked the most cost effective city view room). I’m also earning a 50% bonus on all points earned during this stay as well as 500 bonus points for being a platinum elite member in addition to a free cocktail or beverage of my choice because of my loyalty to Marriott. I’m also then informed that I’ll be staying on an Elite member floor and that there is an elite member lounge where I can enjoy cocktails in the evening with appetizers and that in the mornings I’ll be invited to have breakfast in the elite member lounge as well.
These perks and benefits are all FREE and are offered or provided because of the status level I have with this certain hotel brand. Travel companies reward customers for loyalty unlike any other industry. From hotel points & airline miles to car rental points if it’s travel related you should be earning something that you can cash in for free at a later date. I have accumulated millions of airline miles, hotel points, car rental points, and booking engine or agency points. These reward points & miles have afforded me the ability to travel all over the world for pennies on the dollar. For example trips like circumnavigating the globe by plane with stops in 6 countries during the christmas and new years holidays all for under $1500.00. It may seem unbelievable especially when I mentioned I stopped in Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, Qatar, Dubai (for New Years), & china. I was able to keep my cost low and use the loyalty I had with certain airlines & hotels to reduce the cost of my trip.
That loyalty is the reason they will go out of their way and make sure their staff members understand that everyone who travels to a hotel or on a flight or picks up a car isn’t equal in the eyes of these companies. A privileged few have, those who are loyal will enjoy upgrades and perks and an overall experience designed to make them want to return. Don’t you want that treatment, don’t you deserve to be part of the privileged, aren’t your dollars just as green? Then follow Live Retired Now on social media and join our newsletter and special email list to learn the shortcuts and secrets to gaining access to a travel lifestyle like I described above.