About a month ago I had reason to stay in a hotel overnight, and I signed up for the hotel’s membership rewards plan so I could get some $30 reward thing. They have a free 30-day trial period, and then charge you $12 per month for access to all of their (awesome, I’m sure) membership privileges. I don’t really have occasion to stay in hotels particularly often, and in the short term I won’t travel as much as I’d like since I’m saving up money for Chicago/grad school/whatever I do next. When I received an email about how to claim my $30 reward, it included links to forms you have to fill out and mail in, plus you need to include copies of your receipt, AND the $30 comes in the form of a gift certificate to the hotel restaurant. That’s too much work for a gift certificate I’ll probably never use (I don’t go out to eat much and am not sure I’ve EVER eaten in a hotel restaurant). I learned this a couple of weeks ago, and this morning I finally got around to calling and canceling before my free trial ends.
Since I was getting rid of stuff anyway, I decided to go ahead and downgrade my Netflix subscription. For almost a year I’ve been paying $13.99 per month for the “2 at-a-time (Unlimited)” plan, but as of 05 March I will be paying $4.99 per month for the “1 at-a-time (2 a month)” plan. I’ll write more about it soon.