Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Have I Got A Deal For You!
Okay, so my husband and I are heading over the mountains tomorrow. He has a school counselors conference in Seattle, so I will go with him and lounge around in bed all day reading while he is learning how to meet the needs of the ever growing number of elementary school children who need counselors. Sad, I know. That elementary school-aged children would need a counselor. Anyway, that's a subject for another day.
I have another topic for today. The hotel. For the conference. It's a nice hotel near Seatac (the airport, for those of you who were wondering). The hotel always gives the conference participants a good rate on rooms and it always fills up quickly. So, my husband made reservations a couple of months ago for two nights. The deal they gave us was $137 per night. You know, when you hear "deal" you kind of get excited. And although we're never excited to pay $137/night for a hotel room, still . . . it was a "DEAL."
Anyway, last night I got to thinking (and looking at our budget) about the $137/night we were about to pay for a hotel. Although it seemed like a good idea at the time, now reality was beginning to sink in and $137/night might as well have been $1,370/night. So, I decided to do the "Priceline" thing. Just to see what kind of deal we might get. So, I bid $55/night. Of course, when you bid you never know what hotel may accept your price. It could be the Bates Motel, or worse. Wait, could it be worse than that?? Or maybe it won't be accepted at all. I clicked the button and waited, with anticipation, for either a picture of Norman Bates or the "reject" apology to pop up. I always do that, by the way. I always prepare for the worst outcome. I guess I should be more optimistic, huh?
To my surprise, no Norman, no "reject" - - rather a "Congratulations!!" found its way to my screen. A hotel accepted my $55/night price. And since Norman didn't pop up, at least I wouldn't get hacked up while taking a shower. That's always a plus. So, although I was happy for the $55 price, I was also a little sad that we would not be staying in the "nice" hotel, but staying in the "cheap" hotel instead. Then I scrolled down to see the name of the hotel that accepted our bid. To my surprise, IT WAS THE SAME HOTEL!!! The $137/night hotel turned out to be the $55/night hotel!!
So, the natural question that comes to mind is this - - WHAT KIND OF A DEAL IS $137/NIGHT??!!!! The natural answer that comes to mind is this - - NO DEAL AT ALL!!!! So, what's the deal here? Their deal was $82 more per night than the price we will be paying by NOT taking their deal.
And that kind of makes me mad.