This past weekend I was in DC for the semi annual Boarding Area conference i.e. “BACON” we had a chance to hear from some of the top VPs from Marriott and SPG. I am still in shock that the Marriott rep calls you loyal when you stay 100 nights a year with them! I guess someone like me who stays about 30-ish nights a year is just not worth that much to them. But that is not what this post is all about. It is about room keys.
Most times when you check in to a hotel the representative asks you if you want “one or two keys”. Much of the time I am on my own when I travel and I have said “just one is fine, it’s just me”. I am from now always defaulting to two keys and the reasons are many. See if you agree with me.
A miscoded key card. Maybe it is the metal plate in my head (just kidding) but it seems like at least every few stays this year I have to go back down and wait in line again to get my key programmed over as the only one I had did not work. Then, it seems, they give you two just in case. Duh, I should have asked for two to begin with!
Then there are breakfast perks or at least club perks. Depending on your status — sometimes included with hotel co-branded credit cards — you can get into the club room. If you have a friend on another floor who is joining you (or even outside the hotel and joining you in the club) getting a second key saves you the time of having to meet them at a firm set “minute” in time.
Another reason is one key going into your wallet (or your purse etc.). I always try to grab the key card inside the key wallet (is that what they are called) but have at times walked out and forgot it. Normally I remember just as the door closes. A spare key in your wallet fixes this “ooppssiee”.
What about an extra key for the pool, beach or workout room. When you are going to most of these places it is very simple to drop, misplace (or wash out to sea in your suit) a key card. Having a second one somewhere else just saves you a trip to the front desk for a replacement when you are not looking your best or really ready to get a shower.
Then there are the times a key is required for access to elite floors. If you have someone joining you, even if staying at the same hotel, they may not be able to get access to elite floors that could include things like clubs or a business center for elites only and so on.
Lastly, we have keeping a key card as a souvenir. Now I am NOT telling you to start collecting key cards. I don’t do this and always turn them in or leave them in the room. However, at one hotel in Hawaii as I was turning them in and commenting on how nice the photo on the key card was I was specifically directed by the staff member to keep it as a memento of the visit. Never thought about that but I do have the card to this day.
What do you think? Smart idea to always get two keys even when it is just you in the room? Any other reasons I missed why a second key is a smart move? You tell me – René
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