On Sunday I am flying back to New Orleans to resume my route. It was nice going home for a few days. I completed a timeshare shop Saturday - Monday. The fee and reimbursement for mileage just about pays for the rental car I am using while in Clearwater. I managed to pick up a few shops while in Florida, mostly what I refer to as “lifestyle shops.” By that I mean shops I do not for the fee but instead mostly for fun. We had lunch at a tapas bar one day, went to the movies another day, and had a free dinner one night. In addition to the lifestyle shops, I did three grocery store audits and shopped a bonused college bookstore. The bookstore paid $50 and took 20 minutes. Sweet!
This next week I will travel east from New Orleans along the Gulf Coast, then to the Atlantic coast of Georgia and South Carolina. Next weekend I am in Myrtle Beach. I added several gas station audits for Sunday since I can’t shop the dealer service centers on Sunday. Not realizing at the time that Monday was a holiday, I will only be shopping 4 full days and one half day (Saturday) this week. On Sunday night I am staying at the IP in Biloxi. It’s a Boyd casino. I am loyal to Boyd and concentrate my spending there when convenient.
It looks like this second leg of my route is going to cost more, at least for hotels. I have booked all my hotels through September 19th, which is when I go home again. I was disappointed at the prices I found most nights. As an example, one night there were four hotels in the town where I needed to stay. The cheapest, a Super 8, was $81 plus tax, so close to $90. For a Super 8! The Hampton Inn was $30 more, tax included. Hilton is doing a double point bonus on weekdays and trip bonus on weekends through September, plus I would much prefer a Hampton over a Super 8, so that’s what I booked.