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