Alright, this really broils my cheese:
I purchased the Belgium/Holland tour (May 17-27) back in August when it became available as an anniversary gift for my long-suffering wife. Apparently, I was just about the only one who did for those dates because it went on sale today. I would have saved $600 -- money which seems paltry actually means a great deal to me.
So I called the nice folks at Rick Steves' Tours and asked if I could get the discount as well. I figured being a return customer and all that maybe they would cut me some kind of break. Nope. I was told, very politely, that the discount is for new sign-ups only.
Yeah, I know -- it's their business to run as they please. My big $7.5k is a spit in the ocean of money that Rick Steves skinny-dips in. $600 should mean nothing to a guy of my means. I know, I know. But this whole experience has certainly soured me on purchasing any future tours with the company. It feels like the fine folks in Edmonds just gave me the finger and a hearty, "Thanks for the money, SUCKER!", complete with guffaw and self-congratulatory back-slapping.
I need go now: my cheese is burning.