The 9-2-09 Hotel Reservation Review, Round 2 (performed while consuming mass quantities of BEER NUTS - Official Snack Food of the Patrick & Alice RailRiot 2009) resulted in even greater savings than Hotel Reservation Review, Round 1 (7-30-09). For those keeping score at home, Round 1 checking, rebooking, and canceling netted $144.14 in reduced costs over original hotel reservations. Round 2 included reservations originally made by the Executive Assistant, which were not checked in Round 1. The rundown:
Portland, OR, 1 night. No change.
Chicago, 1 night. Rebooked same hotel, canceled original, saved $10.38.
Pittsburgh, PA, 1 night. No change. Booking early here saved $54 over rate increase found in Round 1 Review, which remains in effect.
Altoona, PA, 4 nights. No change.
Boston - Gathering - 4 nights. No change. I'm not including this in the Round 2 savings total, but Round 1 reduction saved $72. The rate has since gone up beyond original booking price, and RailRiot rate vs. current reserving rate represents a saving of $133.20, $61.20 more than Round 1 savings.
New York (really Long Island), 3 nights and 1 night (Adirondack turn in between). No change.
Lancaster, PA (Strasburg Rail Road), 2 nights. No change.
Atlanta, 3 nights. Rebooked same hotel, canceled original, saved $93.15.
New Orleans, 5 nights. This is the only hotel change. I made the executive decision that I could forego the convenience of stepping right outside the hotel to board the St. Charles Line streetcar if the Executive Assistant was okay with non-accessible lodging in exchange for a major cost reduction; she was. Booked new hotel, canceled original, saved $274.59. St. Charles Line only a block away, more central location is better overall for accessibility and transit options.
Round 1 Savings: $144.14
Round 2 Savings: $378.12
Combined Saved: $522.26
Other savings, too soon to total, include rebooking Amtrak NEC Regionals around Gathering at extended discount, a Long Island Rail Road 10-ride ticket (extra discount for buying online), and Executive Assistant pursuing reduced disability fares in several cities along the RailRiot route.
On the lodging front, bad times in the travel biz means good times for travelers.
EDIT: Don't touch that dial. Stay tuned for Round 3!
Edited by WhoozOn1st, 03 September 2009 - 02:07 AM.