Most of the travel I write about is pretty glamorous, at as far as flying goes. But that’s not what most of my travel is like. It’s just most of the travel that’s worth talking about.
Today is one of those days.
- Business travel took me to Mobile, Alabama.
- There’s no Starwood or Hyatt property. The folks I was visiting put me up at the Battle House Renaissance — they had a $99 rate and it was right by my morning meeting.
- I booked United home, because they had the best schedule and I didn’t want to spend an extra 3 hours at the airport.
I have no status with United. Star Alliance Gold used to get economy plus but that benefit is long gone. I didn’t want to buy up, and it wouldn’t have been reimbursable. So it’s not just coach, but economy-minus. At least I get a free checked bag, which I don’t need for a one-night trip.
Which is all just to say that today I’m traveling just like anyone else. I think it’s cool, I get home three hours earlier than if I flew a carrier where I’ve got status. There’s not a single complaint here at all.
Truth is, except for the part about not having airline status, and staying at Marriott (hey, I earned silver with them last year!), this is what most of my travel is like.