Hello Carol and everyone else
I now have lots of results when I search hotels for my dates using booking.com. But now, I experience sticker shock. They are expensive. I heard Amsterdam was expensive but I was not expecting the prices given the neighborhoods I desire and the amenities that are important to me.
We will see. I have 11 months and I will search daily. Eventually I book one place with free cancellation and no prepayment. And then I keep looking and you know how it goes. Sometimes I find a much better deal with the hotel that i already have a booking so I rebook and cancel the reservation that I have. It is almost like a treasure hunt.
I really like the Grand Hotel but for right now, it is out of budget. However, I plan to keep watching. I could probably get it for less going directly to the hotel website but I like dealing with booking.com and am at the Genius I level.
Carol, I have 5 credit cards with travel rewards. I do not need 5 but I got those great travel promotions with each one. Now I have too many that I seldom use. I can use my Citi American rewards to book a hotel and I did so for one night in Copenhagen. I can do the same with my Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards.
When I went to Copenhagen in 2019, I called each credit card to ask if I needed a pin and they did not even offer one. I had no problem using my credit cards in Copenhagen without a pin. I do remember having one credit card with a pin that i established. I believe that it is my Barclay's card partnered with American Airlines.
One reason that I am so anxious about getting from airport to hotel is my experience in Copenhagen. I booked a nice hotel at a good price that was supposedly convenient and supposedly so easy to find from the train station. Well, I found it difficult to find and it was a long walk from the train station. Persons took pity on me and one very nice gentlemen even walked me to my hotel. it was not all that difficult to find once I found it but the first time was very difficult.
That is why I stress about getting to the hotel from the airport. But I think this time is going to be easier. My trip to Copenhagen was to take a cruise and it was my first time overseas since the 1960's.
I have a small brokerage account with T D Ameritrade which has been bought by Charles Schwab. I will eventually give T D Ameritrade a call and see if they offer any kind of travel perks.
I never had much opportunity to travel until my later years. I was taking one cruise a year until COVID. I spend all year planning my one cruise right down to a T and then everything goes wrong anyways. Well not everything but I make a lot of mistakes. I wish that i could do Copenhagen all over again.
I think that I have responded to everyone. If anyone wants to share the hotel(s) they have stayed at in Amsterdam, I am listening or reading.