Epic Failures Of The Travel Industry: Greyhound And Motel 6 Top My List

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The GOAL: 183 Straight Days (every single day at least 1 gm) Of ALL 30 MLB Parks Trip In 2015 (216 Games) view full year schedule.

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I have a projected budget of $22, 500 for this year long journey.  $300 of it went to Greyhound and $300 of it went to Megabus, but here is the difference.  I ended up doing only 16 journeys for Greyhound compared to 120 from Megabus.

Sure there is a built in advantage for those awesome $1 Megabus rides that I purchased yes, but another facet of Megabus that kicks ass would be their exchange policy.  I will divulge that in one moment. Lets just check out Greyhound’s archaic system.

If you have a 7 - Eleven nearby, you can receive the cheapest method to buy tickets via Greyhound on their website.  It is their WEB ONLY FARE, and you must pay in cash.  The receipt given at the till acts like your ticket onto the bus.  But don't lose your ticket. and by golly, don't switch your travel plans - otherwise you will eat your money on travel with these guys,

If you have a 7 – Eleven nearby, you can receive the cheapest method to buy tickets via Greyhound on their website. It is their WEB ONLY FARE, and you must pay in cash. The receipt given at the till acts like your ticket onto the bus. But don’t lose your ticket. and by golly, don’t switch your travel plans – otherwise you will eat your money on travel with these guys,  For if this happens, there is no way to trade exchange or replace your ticket

Greyhound

– Charges $20 for changing your ticket (and only to the same destination).  If your travel plans change, you simply eat the ticket.

– If you bought your ticket at a place like 7-Eleven (or at a depot), and lose your ticket, you are out of luck for a replacement.

– They check ID’s for the ticket when you buy tickets like just mentioned above.

Since their switching out tickets, you are basically screwed out of cash if your plans change.  All of us know that can happen frequently on a baseball trip – where many travel factors may occur from other transportation methods.

For instance, last Saturday night, I inquired about switching a bus from Pittsburgh – to Baltimore – to Philly – for the $8 in difference the two cost.  There was a direct bus to Philly, arriving 2.5 hours earlier, and would have set up me up perfectly for my trip to New York.  I normally will sacrifice time to save dough on this journey, but I this time I had an epic day planned.

Greyhound said they would do it for the $20 transfer rate, plus cost of the ticket difference, which was $8, for a total of $28…No way I was going for that.  Luckily I had a led foot driver – and made it into Philly 35 minutes early, which coincided with me making it to Citi Field (in order to be there for the Curtis Granderson fathead).  But I was bitter at the Bus line for making me rely on sheer luck.

My tolerance for the carrier has hit an all time low.  I just re-worked a schedule where I changed my trip to Toronto for the date.  My original plan was to drive to Buffalo, take Greyhound from there to Toronto and back (Roundtrip ticket cost $28). Well now that I am driving with my buddy Scott, I don’t need that ticket.  But because of their dumb policy, I will eat the ticket.

I have several more games in Baltimore this year, and as such, could have used the credit this trip would have created for a couple of tickets to and from Philly. The Greyhound station on Haines St. in Baltimore is only about a mile away from Camden Yards.  But no.. I will eat the damn ticket. Which is just three Yards of dumb.

Just in contrast.  Out of the 100 journey ticket I bought with Megabus l,  I created 20 new trips I wont use in the next 3 weeks, by switching some games.  I was able to peg all 20 trips and trade them in for a customized $27 special time Megabus trip from Washington to Philly on Aug.09, 2015.  Megabus allows you to trade in any journey for only $1.  That is friggin incredible!

To add to my frustration more on Greyhound. I lost a few 7-eleven tickets I bought from them, and there was just no way to recover from it.  I feel ripped off by these guys to no end.

Just because Megabus is a sponsor of my trip doesn’t mean I will bad mouth any travel industry method.  I am also still in favor of Amtrak trains (even though they are just too expensive to do all the time), they are fair in letting you transfer out credit in fares if your plans change.

I am so glad I found Megabus to help me thwart of the disgust I have had in Greyhound this year.  Do not travel with these guys if you can avoid it.

THE RIGHT WAY….

Megabus has mobile entry on you tablet or smart phone (or printout from a computer paper.  They individualize your entire journey (should you purchase multiple trips, or just use one) with a reservation code for your entire purchase – couple with a reservation number for each single journey.  You can break it up however you like to switch the value on these later should your plans change.

They are my heroes of the travel year!

megabus allows you to switch all itineraries (whether it is one journey or 20, for a $1 fee to trade in for other fares.)  I traded 20 trips - not to be used for $27 credit towards a new fare that was a peak trip.  It cost me just $3.00 to pull off the maneuver after a small booking fee was added.  These guys also don't require paper tickets (although you can use a computer printout of your reservation0.

megabus allows you to switch all itineraries (whether it is one journey or 20, for a $1 fee to trade in for other fares.) I traded 20 trips – not to be used for $27 credit towards a new fare that was a peak trip. It cost me just $3.00 to pull off the maneuver after a small booking fee was added. These guys also don’t require paper tickets (although you can use a computer printout of your reservation.

Motel 6

Gone on the days when hotels charge for internet fellas, and of course there is no breakfast or extras provided by the hotel chain.  Once upon a time, they were perfect for the 12 pm check in time, which was better than other places, but a lot of that can be erased with a good demeanor as a traveler.

My buddy Scott and I have had many hotel rooms we have purchased through hotwire.com or priceline.com  Of course they state the check in time is 3 PM, but we have found that if you arrive early, more often than not the hotel will try to accommodate.

We found the best tactic is to say it is the “First time you have tried the hotel chain, or visited the city and are curious to see how good the hospitality can be”, which is a polite way of you challenging them to rise to the occasion to meet your expectations. It works 75 – 80% of the time.  Therefore you don’t need Motel 6’s early check in time as a pro in your debate where to stay.

Motel 6 also charges an additional fee for 2 people as opposed to one.  So the cost mounts up.  While it is still not the worst place in the world to stay, it is no longer on a ‘preferred’ list for this guy.

Trip Stats AS OF July.31/2015:

Projected budget – $22500 , I am plus $125 as of right now where I thought I would be financially.)

Hot Dogs eaten – 52

Beers Consumed – 55

Energy Drinks – 127 (including coffee)

Miles traveled thus far by all modes (51550 Miles).  Before you say that is a lot, I did that many by air in my 2012 World Record Streak.

Interviews TV.Radio.Internet.Podcast.Newsprint – 73 total interviews (70 since June.01.)

Home team record is now astoundingly good at 78 – 59 (.569 win %).  Not bad when you consider that CBP in Philadelphia has the most games watched so far.

Stadium Count after July.31, 2015 (26 of 30 parks,  finished for year with Angel Stadium, Comerica Park,  Busch Stadium, Fenway Park, Great American Ball Park, Progressive Field, Marlins Park, Globe Life Park, Minute Maid Park, Petco Park and Kauffman  Stadium.)

Games Per Park Breakdown – 138

CBP – 22 (Philadelphia)

Nats Park – 17 (Washington)

Yankee Stadium – 15 (The Bronx)

Camden Yards – 14 (Baltimore)

Safeco Field – 8 (Seattle)

Wrigley Field – 8 (Chicago)

Fenway Park – 6 (Boston)

Citi Field – 5 (Flushing Meadows, NY)

AT @ T Park – 4 (San Francisco)

Busch Stadium – 4 (St. Louis)

Angel Stadium – 3 (Anaheim, CA)

Chase Field – 3 (Phoenix, AZ)

Minute Maid Park – 3 (Houston)

US Cellular Field – 3 (Chicago)

Globe Life Park – 3 (Arlington, TX)

PNC Park – 3 (Pittsburgh)

Miller Park – 3 (Milwaukee)

O.co Coliseum – 2 (Oakland)

Kauffman Stadium – 2 (Kansas City)

Progressive Field – 2 (Cleveland)

Great American Ball Park – 2 (Cincinnati)

Marlins Park – 2 (Miami)

Tropicana Field- 1 (Tampa Bay)

Petco Park – 1 (San Diego)

Comerica Park – 1 (Detroit)

Coors Field – 1 (Denver)

Still Left to see

27.  Target Field, Minneapolis, MN (Aug.13)

28.  Rogers Center (Aug.14) Toronto, Ont, Canada

29,  Dodger Stadium (Aug.30) Los Angeles, CA

30.  Turner Field (Sept.29) Atlanta, GA

Makes 138 Games in 118 through July – featuring 25 Doubleheaders, 1 missed and 1 madeup doubleheader, and one outright miss (Apr.07, that was cancelled and now rescheduled for July.07, 2015, in which I attended anyways. There was also a four day break for the ALL – Star Break).  I have 80 Games Left in 66 Days..

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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