We Are Travel Monsters

This weekend we are away in Florida celebrating T.’s birthday, our anniversary, and me getting US citizenship last week 🙂 Normally we celebrate locally, most of the time at home, but this time is different. T. has a few meetings and his employer is paying for a hotel here in Palm Beach. Spouses can tag along so we are making a weekend out of it. 🙂 And while we had to purchase our own flights, it’s turning into the most frugal vacation we’ve ever taken.

Let me start from the beginning. So we are sitting on a plane on Friday at 8 AM at JFK and hear the announcement that our fuel tank needs to be refilled. Then, an hour later we hear that there is an issue with the engine. After that, the wings needed to be de-iced. To make a long story short, we got to sit six hours on a plane without moving. Frustrating?  Sure. But after we called  Delta and complained, we got $400 each to make up for it. I shall also say that we only paid $97 per person per ticket. We made $606 right there in flight credits and still made it by 4pm not missing a thing. :)! This will be a return flight somewhere for the both of us.

If you ever get delayed for more than 3 hours (or possibly even less, depending on airlines), make sure to check what compensation you are entitled to.

The hotel suite and taxes are fully covered but we found out that the parking is not so we parked five minutes away and took an Uber for five dollars instead of shelling out $30 per day to valet our rental car at the hotel. That’s how we roll.

During the drive from the airport to the hotel, T. called the concierge and asked if they can offer anything complimentary for our anniversary, you know ‘to surprise the lady’. Chocolate chip cookies on a bed of chocolate crumbles is what we found upon arrival. Yum!

This is absolutely the most beautiful hotel suite I have ever stayed in. Well, this is the FIRST hotel suite I have ever stayed in. We actually wish this was our apartment. We would trade, as we loved the layout and the set up too. Yes, this is the bathroom door opening into the bedroom.

I am getting some much needed FREE sun after freezing in NYC for the last few weeks.

Have you watched that episode of “Friends” where Ross stays at a hotel and takes basically everything that is complementary? Well, Ross has met his match! That’s me, baby 🙂

Between two bathrooms and two coffee & tea set ups as well as complementary slippers and flip-flops I am ending up with a bag full of goodies.

3 tea bags I am also taking are not pictured 😉

We are enjoying free meals and I am also grabbing either an apple or a banana every time we are in the lobby. They will be a perfect snack for the plane back tonight.

Can you blame me? Would you be also stocking up, or is it just me? I mean it’s already included in the suite’s crazy price anyway so I don’t even feel bad about it, should I?



    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      😉 I shall also say that I took (not pictured):
      – 4 teeny tiny jars of jam and honey
      – several cotton pads, razor, toothbrush, cotton swabs and some tea bags

      I am sure they purchase in bulk though so not much loss 😉

  1. Becky says:

    I just love the ocean, although I’m used to the colder Pacific.

    Congratulations on your citizenship! I had the privilege several years ago of attending a ceremony for a friend who was getting hers. I enjoyed it very much.

    How fun to be able to stay in that lovely hotel! The soaps and shampoos are for people to use.

    One place we stayed had little tiny spice packets to use in the kitchenette. I’ve used them for camping and loved having them. That was my favorite thing I ever got at a hotel.

    • Becky says:

      I forgot to say==great thing about the tickets. We have had times when we got complementary tickets, but it’s been a long, long time. We rarely fly anymore and the few times we have, the planes were not over-full. (Which is why we got them before)

      • SimpleIsGood4U says:

        Thank you, Becky. The road to citizenship was long and a bit rocky. It took several visas (all costing me approximately $20,000 in lawyer and application fees), then I got a green card and now finally I am a proud Polish American.

        I feel lucky and blessed to have the peace of mind I not always had. I have the freedom to live in this wonderful country and I have the freedom to work. I have never taken it for granted.

  2. Cindy Brick says:

    Complimentary means just that — they expect you to take these items! So why not… we use a lot of hotel soap for bath and shower use. Some items are good for Christmas stocking stuffers, too.
    (And grab a packet or two of hot chocolate mix and oatmeal too, if you get a chance.)

  3. Bethany says:

    Wow, GREAT deal on the plane tickets/refund!! Sounds like you had a great time.

    When I was in my teens, I had a “discussion” with one of my friends on whether or not it was right to take the complimentary stuff. He took the moral high road and said “If I don’t need it, I don’t take it and leave it for someone else to use.” Boy, was I mad! Up to that point, I never thought twice about collecting all of the shampoos, soaps, and even the plastic laundry bag from hotel rooms. In fact, it was one of my favorite things to do as a child. As an adult, I can see how much it costs to stay at a hotel, and those little complimentary items probably cost pennies when purchased in bulk. Plus, if you use just a little bit of the soap and leave it there, the next person is not going to use it. The hotel staff is going to throw it away. So I always take the complimentary stuff if we have room in our bags, and don’t feel bad about it.

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Haha, yes, I did take the plastic bags as well. 🙂 I used them for brining dirty clothes back home.
      I also took all the half used soaps as well. We literally took everything that we agreed on being complimentary.
      We did not pay for the suite (T.’s boss did) but we knew it was NOT cheap.
      The plane ticket vouchers will be used on our trip to Cabarete, Dominican Republic, which is our most favorite place on earth. Beautiful beaches and beautiful people,

  4. Margaret @ Live Like No One Else says:

    Hi Mariana, congrats on your citizenship. I came to the US from Poland when I was a child at almost 7 years of age. I’m 42 now, but got my citizenship in 1998. My cousin (also my BFF/more like a sister) got hers earlier this week. I can’t believe it’s taken her this long to finally get it done. I’m kind of bummed that I can’t threaten her with deportation any more. LOL

    • SimpleIsGood4U says:

      Haha, yes, my girls would ‘threaten’ me as well. The game is over, I guess!
      I am Polish as well 😀 Do you still speak Polish? Ja mowie oczywiscie as I came to the US when I was 23, now I am 37. It does take forever to get all the ‘papers’. I feel so happy and blessed, it is finally over. I can travel back and forth without fear, it really brought so much peace to my heart.
      I am off to check out your blog now! So nice to meet a fellow Polish blogger, with a frugal mindset. I love all my girls but oh boy, they all love to spend $$, so I am always the only one declining all the group restaurant dinners and drinks and movies.

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