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« Reply #75 on: January 09, 2017, 12:12:16 am »

1) If you are a member of the loyalty program (not even with any status) you get free internet.
Right, this is one reason I like to stay in Warwick hotels (like the Allerton in Chicago) when I'm in cities they serve.  Not only are they very nice hotels in good locations, but they also give free internet if you enroll (which you can do 30 seconds before you make your first reservation, and they're going to have all your contact info anyway so why not?) and their AARP discount is often quite steep. - DvF
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« Reply #76 on: January 09, 2017, 1:23:30 am »

I don't know what kind of hotels y'all stay at but it's been a very, very long time since I encountered a hotel that did not have free internet.  The last time I recall that happening was at a casino hotel in Nevada, and you'd have to have been pretty addicted to have paid the fee ($12.95 a day IIRC), given that they had free wifi in all the public areas.  That was three years ago.  In the past couple of years I have been all over the US, Canada, Europe, and Central America and every single hotel I stayed at had free wifi.  So this seems very odd to me.

Now, when I was at Lake Atitlán I stayed in some places that didn't have internet, but no place charged for internet.  $20 a night hotel in Antigua, Guatemala, free internet (but I had to open the door to the room to get the signal).  $30 a night hotel in Pärnu, Estonia, free internet.  Motel in the middle of nowhere in the Yukon, free internet.

I think I would take the Nancy Reagan approach to staying at hotels that charge for internet.
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« Reply #77 on: January 09, 2017, 4:33:31 am »

I stayed at a Holiday Inn last year that did not have free internet.
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« Reply #78 on: January 09, 2017, 8:31:25 am »

I don't know what kind of hotels y'all stay at but it's been a very, very long time since I encountered a hotel that did not have free internet. 

Most brands of the major chains (eg IHG, Marriott) charge, unless, again, you sign up for their loyalty program.  You're right that it tends to be free at independent places.  I only stay at the major chains either on someone else's dime or gaming some promotion, so it's probably the case that I get free internet more often than I wouldn't without membership.
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« Reply #79 on: January 09, 2017, 9:56:33 am »

I'm surprised about the Holiday Inn. It's usually the expensive hotels that have internet charges, because travelers putting everything on a corporate expense account don't care.
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« Reply #80 on: January 09, 2017, 10:06:43 am »

I'm surprised about the Holiday Inn. It's usually the expensive hotels that have internet charges, because travelers putting everything on a corporate expense account don't care.

Holiday Inn is part of IHG.  While the HI isn't the IC, I wouldn't say it's an inexpensive brand.  In my former city, the HI cost the same as the Crowne Plaza a couple of blocks away.
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« Reply #81 on: January 09, 2017, 12:26:12 pm »

Joined AARP today. Gotta support the organizations that fight to keep SS and MediCare alive.
This.

As to the original point of the thread, we have always been advised to plan our retirement with the expectation of NOT having SS.  Therefore, if it is around (which the financial planners think it likely will be but the age to receive it will continue to rise) it will be a very nice supplement. If it disappears, we'll still be able to make it.

Having a state pension via teaching at a state univeristy or college is a good thing. Add to it, when you can, your own IRA investing and you should be okay (especially if you have a spouse with retirement...and you state together).

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« Reply #82 on: January 09, 2017, 2:19:36 pm »

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Having a state pension via teaching at a state univeristy or college is a good thing. Add to it, when you can, your own IRA investing and you should be okay (especially if you have a spouse with retirement...and you state together).
.....  and your state is funding its pension plan.
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