Monthly Archives: September 2009

Volunteer, Get A Free Day At Disney

A day of volunteering could get you a free day at a Disney park in 2010.  Disney will give one day’s free admission to one of its parks in California or Florida to 1 million people who fulfill the terms of the volunteer promotion, according to the Associated Press. There are more details from Disney here. Disney’s promotion offering free admission on a customer’s birthday continues through the end of 2009.


Connecticut: The Cheaper Pit Stop

When it comes to hotel prices, Connecticut ranks 18th among the states although it borders the most expensive (New York), the second most expensive (Massachusetts) and the fifth most expensive (Rhode Island) states, according to the Hotel Price Index just released by

I know. I was thinking the same thing. Rhode Island has a hotel? (C’mon, I’m kidding Ocean Staters. You got all the good beaches, so you can take a joke.)

Connecticut’s tourism authorities never tire of ignoring my suggestions for slogans, but I think this calls for another attempt to stop those tourists passing through between New York and Boston.

Connecticut: When you’re almost there, it’s cheaper here!

Some Puzzling Hotel Billing Errors

I caved to my Internet addiction and ordered 24 hours of access from a hotel in Washington over the weekend, but when the bill was slipped under the door I found that I’d been charged for two days.

Never mind that the $12.95 daily charge  is ridiculous, the equivalent of $388 a month. I wasn’t going to pay it twice.

I called the front desk to complain and the clerk promised to remove the charge. No questions, no argument. When I checked out, an amended bill was waiting for  me.

It brought to mind my husband’s experience in Indianapolis. When he checked out there was a charge for parking. Except he didn’t have a car. Oops, sorry sir. We’ll just take that off the bill.

Here’s what I’m wondering. Are hotels making more “mistakes” on room charges lately? And if they really are mistakes, are the hotels undercharging as often as they are overcharging? Or is something else going on?