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Old 08-21-2012, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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We have to travel to Chicago and stay 5 nights for Mom's funeral. Has anyone had any luck finding lower rates in any hotel due to a funeral? If so, did you contact the hotel directly or the corporate office? Thanks everyone.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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We have to travel to Chicago and stay 5 nights for Mom's funeral. Has anyone had any luck finding lower rates in any hotel due to a funeral? If so, did you contact the hotel directly or the corporate office? Thanks everyone.
I have never tried to get a lower rate due to a death. However, whenever I have tried to get a lower rate, in general, I contacted the hotel directly. Sometimes talking to the manager instead of just a clerk at the front desk works better. Sometimes it worked and I got a slightly lower rate and sometimes it didn't work.

Sorry for your loss.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:53 AM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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When my husband died, I knew people would come from out of town, so I booked six rooms at a local hotel for a bereavement discounted rate for relatives. I would contact the hotel directly and talk with a manager. Corporate never knows what's happening at their hotels on a local level. I'm really sorry about your mom, Barb.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I have been in the hotel industry for about 7 years. Whether a hotel has a bereavement rate or not depends on the specific property.

I recommend contacting the hotel directly and speaking with either the Front Desk or In House Reservations as they are better able to assist you than a 1800 number for reservations.

Oftentimes, bereavement rates aren't listed amongst a hotels 'generic' rate codes (which include things like AAA, Best Flexible, Advanced Purchase, Military, AARP, etc) and the person making the reservation for you will have to put the details in manually although again it depends on the property.

The last hotel I worked at also asked that you provide the name of the funeral home and deceased- not out of disrespect but for verification purposes as the bereavement rate was less than half the 'Rack' rate.

I hope that helps!

My sincere condolences on your loss!
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: WA
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Barb,

So sorry to hear the loss of your Mom. Prayers for you, travelin' mercies.

Have seen you Post on other Forums and wanted to offer my condolences.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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Again, I'm sorry about your loss, Barb. I am interested in hearing what you have decided about the luncheon, as we had quite a discussion about this a month or so ago. Let us know how it all turns out. Thinking of you.... xxxxooo
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: California
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the funeral home that handled a relative's funeral recently gave me a lot of stuff about their corporate partners to get discounts on hotels and airfare. It's minimal, like 10-15% but still worth checking if you're not a member of any other reward program. So I'd call the funeral home first to ask them, then you will have to provide a memorial program or maybe another form of proof for the funeral you're attending. I was pretty impressed with this perk.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Just an update to let you all know I was really a mess the whole time. Being an only, no one else made any decisions except me and I had not slept or eaten right for days. The luncheon was not necessary, as not enough of Mom's friends knew she had passed. Unfortunately, I did not call people, and the obituary in 2 papers was late so I just took my kids and their spouses out to Maggiano's for lunch afterwards. I did ask for a bereavement rate at LaQuinta, and got 10percent off, which was the same as my AAA rate !! Am back home now, glad its over.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:49 PM
 
Location: SWFL
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Thanks for the update, Barb. Isn't it amazing how things can and will go wrong? I'm glad it is over for you. Now you can start to mourn for Momma. God Bless and be good to yourself.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Thanks Tami. Today I was at Target and immediately thought I better get gum and ensure for Mom. Hope I get over this soon. The memories and recent events are still so painful.
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