First off, Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! Rather than buying Dad a cheesy neck tie or having dinner at an over-priced and crowded restaurant, my family decided to spend Dad’s day together a little differently than usual: by doing our very first mattress run. You see, this crazy points and miles lifestyle is really starting to get contagious. First it was Dad’s quirky obsession, then I got the itch… now Mom, my brother, and Kevin have all been sucked into the
bizarre wonderful world of points and miles as well. With that all out on the table, it’s safe to say that my family has reached a new milestone together.
For those who are points and miles veterans, I’m sure you’re already familiar with the art of mattress running. For the more “normal” folks out there, mattress running is to hotels as mileage running is to air travel – simply booking a hotel room, checking in, and then leaving without actually spending the night. Usually the sole purpose of a mattress run is to take advantage of a significant hotel promotion (such as bonus points or free night certificates). Although the idea of sounds crazy, the benefits are usually substantial, making it “worth it”.
In our case, we hopped in one car for a two-hour drive to la la land, NJ, where all five of us each got our own room for $59.25 (we also used TopCashBack to get 10% back) at the Country Inn & Suites in Millville, NJ. That $59.25 room will get us close to 50,000 Club Carlson points each that we can redeem at any Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza, or Country Inn & Suites world-wide. That’s a pretty significant ROI if you ask me!
When we arrived at the hotel, we hung out for about an hour or so and then hit the road again. In all honesty, this property was the perfect choice for a mattress run because I’ve definitely seen better Country Inn & Suites before. Not that there was anything “wrong” with this place in particular, but it was very dated (at least 20+ years), stale, and lacked the “cozy-component”. Oh, and I was a bit turned off that 2 out of our 5 rooms were stocked with obviously-previously-used bath products… yuck. However, the staff were friendly, and this hotel could work as a good basic stay for those in need of one [and that’s about it].
After leaving the hotel, we made a quick stop in Philadelphia because it was [sorta] on the way back home. Dad was craving a famous Philly cheesesteak, so we headed on over to south Philly to grab a few. We couldn’t collectively agree as a family whether to go to Pat’s or Geno’s, so we decided to make it a little fun and have our own taste-test face-off. Since both rivals are located directly across the street from one another, we ordered steaks from both places.
Granted, I believe there are better cheesesteaks in Philly (especially the place inside the Amish market… yum), but I personally preferred Geno’s over Pat’s because I thought the meat was more tender, it was cheesier, and the onions were sweeter and tastier. Mom also has good taste and liked Geno’s better, but all 3 of the guys chose Pat’s as their favorite. So there you have it – the conclusion of our very scientific study proves that females prefer Geno’s and males prefer Pat’s. Anyone care to chime in? Or am I opening up a can of worms?
In the end, it’s safe to say that the Aucello family (plus Kevin) had a great Father’s day together. The best part about it all was that we collectively earned close to a quarter million points in one shot. Seeing the words “quarter million” and “points” in the same sentence excites me. =)
How did your family spend Father’s Day today? Did anyone else use this day to earn points and miles too? Please share!