I have Platinum status with Priority Club as well as Ambassador status with InterContinental Hotels (sort of a program-within-a-program). I never read about any welcome amenity that comes with being Platinum, but I got one anyway when I checked in to a Holiday Inn Express just a few minutes ago.
Yeah… That’s two bottles of water, and the mystery grab bag included two Dum Dums and a free sample of Arm & Hammer toothpaste. Now, I’m not one to complain about the water. In fact, Megan and I got into a minor spat during the drive here when she drank both her bottle of water and mine. Living in Seattle makes just about anywhere else in the country feel dry.
The Dum Dums are okay, too. Like I said, I wasn’t expecting anything. But since when is a free toothpaste sample a welcome amenity? Are they trying to replication Hyatt, which puts a tube of toothpaste in every room, even at the Hyatt Place I stayed at last night? Couldn’t they just put it in the room and have it waiting for me? I dunno. I’m sure I’m not the only person who finds this weird. A nice gesture, but weird.
Has anyone else gotten something stranger than two pieces of candy and some toothpaste?