Follow the Sound of the Ice Machine to my Hotel Room!

Travel with a disability - even occasionally - and you will learn to observe certain patterns much more quickly than other casual travelers. This article  by Christopher Elliot up at Frommers digs into some observations shared by frequent travelers. What connections can you make to your experience traveling with a disability?:

If those red-carpet boarding areas at the airport annoy you, as well as the way elite fliers are treated like royalty while the rest of us in the back of the plane suffer, just wait. Travel companies are actively looking for new ways to segment us, giving their best services to their top customers and leaving the scraps to the ordinary tourists. It won't be long before there's a completely different set of rules: one for the haves and one for the have-nots.

Peter Hansen, a former elite-level customer, doesn't want to live in that kind of world. He believes that companies aren't really loyal to their customers, something he found out the hard way when he retired.

"It was truly amazing how quickly the preferred status turned into forgotten status," he said. "The loyalty simply evaporated."

I appreciated the unintended irony of describing the worst that could happen to you this way:

...you're doomed to spend the rest of your flights stuck in economy class, and at hotels, you could end up with the worst room in the house -- you know, the one between the elevator and the ice machine.

You, know, the one with the wheelchair-accessible bathroom in it.

The full article:

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