10. 1 fun thing: A convention for Marriott points geeks
An estimated 70 million lifetime points were in the room when 50 Marriott Rewards points aficionados, who had connected through a decade-old internet forum, gathered at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View.
The N.Y. Times' intrepid Alan Blinder, who covers the South:
- "They spend hours freely doling out ideas and recommendations online, and they affectionately call their in-person gathering 'TIPPLE,' shorthand for 'The Insider Points, Pints and Liquor Extravaganza.'"
- Roger Nicholson, a 49-year-old operations executive from Texas who has more than 3 million lifetime points: "It’s a bunch of Marriott loyalists, a bunch of Marriott travel geeks."
- "[T]hey act as screen-named guides to a lucrative world governed by 'Megabonus' promotions and fine print, category changes and free night certificates."
Blinder notes: "Since I joined the National desk of The New York Times in 2013, I have amassed more than 2 million Marriott points, the bounty of about two dozen sunrises at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport, several nights at the Courtyard near Interstate 20 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and hundreds of nights elsewhere."