A woman recently checked out of Towne Place Suites in Falls Church, Virginia after 10 years. She did apparently secure a low nightly rate for her long-term stay, her monthly housing cost is lower than mine and in the same area.
Her stay raises several questions for me that the CNN article doesn’t answer.
- I’m not familiar with Virginia law on the subject, but often long stays aren’t subject to hotel tax. Apartment rent isn’t, for instance. I wonder if that’s part of how she kept her expense down as well.
- Starwood Preferred Guest won’t away credit for stays over 30 days. Marriott Rewards doesn’t have such a rule. Was she a member?
- If so, you would expect her to be a lifetime Platinum (though it doesn’t sound like she availed herself of the benefits at too many other Marriott properties, not ever checking out of this one?). She’s not in great health and that drove her check-out, so her opportunities to benefit from lifetime Platinum going forward may be limited as well.
- How often did she have to close out her bill? Presumably the hotel didn’t run credit for her over the course of 10 years. And you wouldn’t want them to, either, since you’d certainly want them to credit your Marriott Rewards account with night credit and points along the way. What did she do with all the points? She should have earned millions.
Now that I know you can get the per night cost down to around $53 at a local hotel, including wifi and daily housekeeping service, I really ought to check this out…
(HT: jfhscott on Milepoint)