A very, very, fortuitous mattress run.

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  1. jfhscott
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    I live 3 miles from the Reagan Airport Radisson. To score my 50,000 points in Radisson's current promo, I booked an $80 rate for last nightseveral weeks ago.

    Late Friday night, I and a couple of million Washingtonians lost power, and we've had several 100 degree days. Well, I do not ordinarily use my MR rooms, as I have a dog. But this was celarly different. Kennels were all booked up, so I moved the dog's crate to the basement, and enjoyed the hotel's pool, electricity, and air conditioning. I did make visits home every 6 hours or so to walk the dog and feed her.

    My power is back up, and all is returning to normal.
     
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    We live in Montgomery County, and our power went out at about 10:45 Friday night. It came back on at about 8:00 last night. With all the destruction from the storm (we saw an electric pole toppled over, among other things), I thought it would take longer. Guess PEPCO can forget about that rate increase they were planning on asking for.
     
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    I had similarly booked a room at the DCA Radisson for a mattress run which I had no intention of using. I ended up letting a friend who'd lost power using it and benefit from the A/C.

    During check-in there must have been a half dozen calls/walk-ins all inquiring about availability, but the hotel was completely sold out, my pre-booked room notwithstanding. So this turned out to be very fortuitous for my friend!

    Out of curiosity, I used the Kayak app to price out availability in the area. I was shocked to see a Motel 6 with available rooms at $560+!! :eek:
     
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    Wow were you lucky! Too bad your pup couldn't come join you in the pool!
     
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    Motel 6 should be sued for usury! LOL
     
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    In some states, there are laws specifically prohibiting this behavior, known as "profiteering." Police in Upstate NY during ice storm of 1998 were not amused by retailers price gouging generators, etc.
     
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    That is just sickening.
     
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    Unfortunately, not all states have such laws.
     
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    Gee, that is a bit steep. But that may be the "rack" rate. Under the circumstances, it has the hallmarks of profiteering. Somehow, however, the thought of a Washington hotel extracting what it can when, every four years, there is an inauguration, is not so troubling. As for legality in Virginia, I suggest that Virginia is a strongly free market jurisdiction, and if even only a handful of jurisdictions permit this, Virginia would be among them.
     
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    During the RNC in Minnespolis in 2008, at least one downtown hotel posted a rack rate of about $3000 per night for an ordinary room in a rather nice hotel. A friend of mine stayed there over a weekend several months ago for $89 per night and most weekends they have rooms under about $150. Current prices during a normal business week are probably $200-300.
     
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    As long as said Motel 6 (and others) did not exceed their published innkeeper's rack rate, there's no repercussions. I just stayed in four different suites in Las Vegas and the least expected -- from the Best Western chain -- had a published $699 maximum rate. The other three were listed at just under $400.

    * Why stay in a Best Western one night? An ordinarily expensive weekend night is a lot cheaper when it's $80 with $100 back from a Best Rate Guarantee.
     
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    Great Idea. I just booked a night at the EWR Country Inn & Suites to take advantage of their pool for tomorrow's 100 degree day.
     
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