Reader Barry writes,
In the midst of living at [a hotel and] I happened to notice if you book a series of one-day award reservations, you get a new fruit plate and bottle of wine each day. By the time I leave I’ll have a fully-stocked cellar.
This doesn’t actually have anything to do with award reservations per se.
Whenever I stay at a hotel where I have elite status and I book multiple rates during the stay even if it’s the same reservation number I will wind up with multiple amenities.
Say that I book cash and points one night, a paid room the next night, and full points the following night. Invariably the hotel has three separate bookings for this (Marriott may be different — in July 2012 they deceptively introduced ‘cash and points’ which is really just combining paid rates and reward nights into a single booking, so not what you think cash and points is).
I’m frequently asked for each ‘stay’ which is really just a separate reservation in their system whether I would like ‘the amenity’ or ‘the points’.
While I almost always take the points, the correct answer to this question is ‘the amenity’.
That’s because if you select points, no matter how many reservations the hotel attaches a points amenity to the hotel chain will in my experience only give you the check-in points bonus once. But if the hotel gives you a new in-room amenity each day of your stay, they don’t come looking to take it back.