Vacationing in America
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A few weeks ago, I got a call from a hotel chain. I try to let marketing calls go to voicemail, but I had recently stayed at this hotel and signed up for their rewards program, so I thought there might have been a problem with the bill or something. I immediately regretted answering the call. It turned out to be a timeshare/vacation club sales call. I don’t like to be rude, so I tried to politely decline, but each time, the person sweetened the deal. “How about extra rewards points toward a future stay?”
“Plus a $100 credit.”
“And a free hotel room for the stay.”
“I don’t know.”
“And tickets to a show.”
I’d been working pretty hard, but work was finally slowing down, and I started thinking that I could put up with a two-hour presentation in return for a free hotel room and a free show in some exotic place plus $100 to cover expenses. I had earned enough frequent flyer miles to pay for most round-trip flights in the U.S. And anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection would allow me to work as well as if I were home. My wife Carrie was up for the trip, too. And I knew the salesperson would get a commission. It seemed to be a win-win-win situation for everyone, so I relented and said yes.
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