The comedian Jerry Seinfeld has an amusing bit about how the entire airport industry is a racket to sell overpriced sandwiches (the airlines and planes are just there to distract you from the outrageously high mark-ups). If you swap the aviation angle for pillow mints and swimming pools, the joke could just as easily apply to hotels — especially when it comes to club sandwiches.
One of the perks of working at Lifehacker is staying in a lot of different hotels, around Australia and around the globe. Hotels have a lot in common, but it’s the little differences that stick out, as this video of the Four Points By Sheraton LAX proves. Actually, maybe that should be flush out . . .
Coughing up a chunk of cash for 30 minutes and a 63-byte download limit is no one’s idea of a fair deal, unless you’re the operator of a hotel offering such an irresistible package. That said, change may be on the way… if Tourism Australia gets its way. The body is reportedly urging the industry to not only dump the price tag, but the wires as well.
I’ve worked in hotels for more than a decade. I’ve checked you in, checked you out, oriented you to the property, served you a drink, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&M’s out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes and taken your money.
Most hotels will charge you a fee if you cancel your room booking less than 24 hours before you’re supposed to check in. Ideally, that shouldn’t be a problem — if you’re not going to make a trip or holiday, you’ll usually know it ahead of time. However, if your flight is cancelled, re-routed or there’s another emergency, Redditor drwired has the solution: don’t cancel the room, push your arrival time out by a few days, and then cancel it, once you’re safely more than 24 hours from your check-in date.