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As many of you know, we are planning another large Insider Gathering, colloquially known as TIPPLE 2. For new folks (or just those who haven't been paying close attention) TIPPLE is name coined by our very own brightlybob. It stands for The Insiders Points, Pints, & Liquor Extravaganza. We held our first such even in at the JW Marriott

It took almost 12 years but I finally earned Lifetime Platinum Status at Starwood. Marriott was always my second choice but I loved the Starwood brand and I stayed loyal to my choice. Now, with the Marriott merger, I found that my hard earned Lifetime Platinum status will not be recognized by Marriott. I will continue to have to EARN Platinum
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I am planning a trip to Aruba for our 5th anniversary this November from 29th to 3rd for 4 nights. I have already made a reservation at the Renaissance mainly because of the private island and the price. We already have a big trip planned in December to Arizona for my birthday - hence the price factor.   The Aruba Surf Club is roughly the