AUSTIN, TX – One father recently found himself in a travel pickle and was supremely impressed with himself when he was able to use his one and only travel hack in front of his family, thus saving the day.
Drew Perry, a tenured professor at Gilbert Community College in Arizona was traveling with his family of four when he spotted a news story about bad weather in Chicago, the origin of his inbound aircraft.
From coast-to-coast more than 14,500 flights were canceled or delayed in massive service disruption to the airline industry. Following an absolutely abysmal weekend of weather cancellations and delays, airports across the country were brought to a standstill. Chicago O’Hare staff rolled out cots and blankets for those who couldn’t find a place to stay or simply chose not to leave the airport.
Perry, quick on his feet, he looked at the departure board and noticed delays beginning to roll in, including his family’s flight to Austin, TX. “If we didn’t get a hotel right then and there, we would have been out in the cold or sleeping on the floor.”
He took out his phone to book a hotel room but hold times had already passed 70 minutes. “I made a round-up motion to my family with my phone pressed to my ear and caught a shuttle to the first hotel that stopped.”
At check-in, Perry put down his phone when he got to the counter and pulled out his trick. “I’m a distressed traveler.” He looked back at his family who seemed confused by this codeword.
“Yes sir,” the Courtyard by Marriott receptionist, Anita Gray, began clicking on her keyboard.
“I’ve factored in your discount, the rate will be $151.25/night rather than $178. Can I have your credit card, please?”
Perry knowingly handed his card across to Ms. Gray while making direct eye contact with his smirking wife.
When TTN spoke with Ms.Gray about this special discount program she noted, “We don’t offer that but I couldn’t do that to him in front of his wife and kids. I just put the AAA discount on – nobody checks and he leaves a hero.”
The super-secret travel hack was one Perry had been dying to try out, and this was his moment. Even his kids were a little impressed.