As expected our next sit due to start in under three weeks has just been cancelled. Not really a surprise but the disappointing thing was the owners didn’t bother to contact us, we messaged them to touch base and see how the situation was and they just replied ‘oh yeah, the trips off now’. Very disappointed that we weren’t even thought about. More expensive accommodation required I guess …
So sorry that this happened and you were not notified immediately. Good luck finding accommodations.
@Jon-JWalking so sorry to hear about this cancellation. Membership Services are messaging owners with planned sits to remind them to update and stay in touch with their sitters should arrangements change …
@Jon-JWalking so sorry to hear about your cancellation and how you have been treated. It makes me so angry when people don’t think of others, especially at this difficult time.
Really hope you find somewhere you are able to stay for a while.
Really bad manners
You have our empathy. It’s tough enough to have a sit be canceled, let alone the way the news was delivered.
Since unless you find another sit you’ll have to find alternative lodging, have you considered staying with a branded hotel to make the most of the current promotions and reward points? We’ve started to plan out a Hyatt ‘mattress run’, where we’re essentially staying at a lower cost Hyatt ($40-50 a night in Las Vegas, Denver, or Chicago) earning double elite night credits and bonus points during the stay because of current lucrative promotions. By the end of it (9 nights), we’ll have top tier Hyatt Globalist status until 2023 and a nice surplus of reward points for future ‘free’ nights.
So do we. Struggling bigtime to find somewhere to go now.
Sounds like a great plan but we probably have 80 - 90 nights to cover now which would cost a fortune. Bit out of our budget.
Yes, certainly would be costly for the entire period to be at a hotel. It is an opportunity to explore the option for a portion of the time, or consider other unique, out of the box opportunities
Our fingers are crossed for you that you find an alternative sit!
They should be helping you someway
I am into that too with Marriott Hôtels… Not using it now but usually active .
I love the fact that paying with points gives you the 5th night free. And some of Marriott hotels like the Residence Inns, all have kitchenette and gives you access to a laundry room. Some of them includes breakfast. Residence Inns do anyway.
If you get the Platine status, you have access to breakfast on all Marriott brands plus meals in lounges. But many longes are closed now.
I was able to get the Platine status by staying many nights in South Africa Protea Hôtels. Catégories 1 & 2 , so very affordable but beautiful. Nice way to travel. Picture of a Protea Marriot hotel in Capetown
Hi Brigitte! We also have Platinum with Marriott and very much enjoy the free breakfast and room upgrades! We haven’t had the fortune of staying at any of their South Africa Protea Hotels, but definitely have them on our list! Marriott is also a great brand for Category 1 and 2 properties in Spain.
Since we supplement full time house sitting with travel hacking, we’ve done ‘mattress runs’ with Marriott, Hilton, and soon with Hyatt. As you mentioned, the best deals are on category 1 and 2 hotels, so we keep a map of all the big brand hotels within the 1-3 category hotels to plan out our travel. Happy to share it with you if you’re interested
Sorry to hear that your sit was cancelled in such a way. I agree it is very ill mannered and inconsiderate of the HO. We are not all like that! I have sitters booked for the end of April and with all the uncertainty surrounding the ever evolving lockdown restrictions I have been in regular contact with my sitters.
I was supposed to sit in Paris from the 16th of april until the 22th (1 dog, 2 cats) but from now on and during 4 weeks Paris and the region Ile de France are under lockdown… So it’s forbidden to travel from a region to another one with high rate of Covid.
Too optimistic, I had already booked my train tichets !
Another sit, shorter, only cats, has been cancelled too in my region. The lady does not need to leave to see her son, her son comes to see his mother. I’m not needed anymore.
Another sit in France next june depends on vaccines. The owner wants to be vaccinated before traveling. Problem, the country is late and not enough doses are in hands of hospitals, doctors or chemists…
Shall I be vaccinated before june ? I doubt. My husband has been but he is older than I
We are so sorry to hear about the cancellations @Provence it just demonstrates how the COVID situation still varies, underlining the need for good communication and flexibility. We will get back to a more stable situation soon, the signs are getting stronger in many places, just not everywhere unfortunately.
If you are a carer for you husband
You should be getting vaccine.
In the UK you need to contact NHS
Not to sure how it works in France.
But its worth asking.
I’m not a carer for my husband. He is 76 but in perfect shape.
It’s the government decision : medical staff could be vaccinated above 55. Now anybody. Nurses Doctors
People over 75 are allowed to be vaccinated or people in nursing homes But not yet under 75 unless you have some diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity.
I prefer to be healthy and have to wait…
Keep checking Provence.
Let them know your are his carer.
You might not think of yourself carer but you certainly are.
Finally my turn here in Québec. Appointment for vaccination on April 1st for 65 years +. No April fool please !
My husband and I have both received ours.
We didn’t have any side effects.
Just a sore arm .
Similar to flu jab