Why I Get 2 Room Keys, and Southwest to Surpass 4000 Flights a Day

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  1. I used to insist on two room keys, since yes, eventually one would fail, usually 3-4 days later.

    My friend (another frequent traveller) suggested putting the cards inside those “credit-card RFID blockers”. I didn’t think that would work, but apparently it deflects the magnetic field that erases the cards. I ordered a pack of 10 (to make sure I’d always have one), and in the two years I’ve been using them, I’ve had a fail only once, instead of once a week.

  2. I get 2 keys not because cards fail or I lose them but so that the room can be cool when I return from dinner, especially in Southeast Asia.

  3. Another reason to get two keys is so that you can leave one in the slot by the door that powers up the electricity, for rooms that are so equipped (often in Europe, but seem to be running into more in the US too).

  4. «Another reason to get two keys is so that you can leave one in the slot by the door that powers up the electricity, for rooms that are so equipped (often in Europe, but seem to be running into more in the US too).»

    I always carry a few spare hotel cards from previous stays for that. Works for all the mag-card readers, but has failed on a few that require an RFID chip.

  5. We have the block piece of a Jenny propeller that my Grandfather watched crash in San Antonio at flight school toward the end of WWI. Those planes really changed the face of aviation!

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