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I had two conversations during Frequent Traveler University about my upcoming hotels talk.
First was with Travel With Grant: “Don’t do elite status. I feel like it’s been done.” Indeed, it was being done in the next room.
Second was just before my talk, one attendee, deciding between my talk and “Shortcuts to Elite Status,” asked, “What does it mean, ‘Everything but Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood? Are there other chains?” My pre-planned response, “You don’t need to always sleep in shackles.” He attended the other session.
In a hobby and event so dominated by the dreary trudge of manufactured spend I felt it was time to have some fun and explore both little-promoted areas of chain hotels and their far opposites where you can have great experiences, often on the cheap.
Don’t despair: there is a bit of Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood.