OK, I hope I don't sound like a complete idiot here. DH and I are going to Napa for Thanksgiving. (We don't have kids and all our relatives are in the midwest or east coast, so we're on our own.) So why slave over a hot stove all day for just two people? I made a reservation for a hotel in Napa (the Villagio) for Thanksgiving night with my Amex. I just looked at my Amex account online last night, and they have already charged me for the room! Is this standard procedure? I can't imagine any other time where I booked a hotel and they charged me for it weeks beforehand.