I’m trying an experiment today. A big thing in this time of COVID-19 is to provide some extra support to your independent local businesses. Well, MVT isn’t exactly local, but I figure between all the cancellations costing them commission revenue and the re-re-re-bookings for the folk not cancelling, their revenue is certainly down and effort per dollar of revenue keep way up!
I just mailed two checks to my agent, one to her personally, and one to MVT proper. I’m not asking permission up front (it would be awkward), so going down the “beg forgiveness” route instead. There are dozens of ways this might not work, but hoping that even if the exactly way I chose doesn’t work initially, it will with some tweaking after my agent gets the letter.
MVT has saved me hundreds on just the few trips since I started using them, and probably thousands for others that use them a lot more than me. Seems only reasonable to support them back a bit extra right now when things are likely pretty tough for them.
I doubt my plan will fully work on the first attempt. I can see things like policies against gifts from customers, our agents understandably using aliases, or even MVT not knowing how to deposit a check not related to a reservation. I’ll report back once the process settles in case others might want to consider something similar. I figure a week or so for the letter to get there and get whatever reaction back.