Most of the community already knows about the shindig planned for Marriott Rewards Insiders in Houston Sept 16-17, 2016. In case you missed it, here are a handful of the threads discussing the topic.
As we look ahead six months, I thought a little history might be in order.
A couple months ago, brightlybob reached out to me to discuss a planned business trip to the US. He actually suggested the idea for an insider meetup all the way back on December 21, 2015 in a comment on my blog post County Collecting 2015 - the Year in Review. Believe it or not, he even indicated his willingness to "tag along for a couple days on one of your county collecting trips." Check out his comment if you don't believe me.
Anyway, that's where it began. Brightly coming to visit for business and then joining me for some county collecting. We narrowed the location down to a few possibilities before finally selecting Houston. Picking dates also cause a few problems, but that was sorted out as well.
We're keeping an unofficial list of attendees and possible attendees (dubbed by Brightly as "hipsters" and "ankle-biters"). Most will be joining us as the JW Houston Galleria, though a few already have reserved rooms at nearby Marriott properties (Residence Inn being the most popular alternate choice).
The fall MegaBonus normally kicks off September 15, so assuming it will be the same this year, here's a chance to start that promotion off on the right foot. Alternately, the JW is moving from a category 6 to a category 5 property this year, so using the certificate earned during the current MegaBonus is also an option.
I know it's still 6 months away, but already around 20 folks have booked rooms and/or flights to be in Houston in mid-September. Come join us.
Message was edited by: bejacob
I'm neck deep in a trial right now so this is a quick reply, I'll have more time this evening, but a timely reminder indeed bejacob with only 183 days to go, the countdown really begins
Well done Sir, although you as far as we know have yet to be "Knighted" (is that a word?).
Come on Insiders, here is a wonderful chance to meet some of your other Insiders and share in a few laughs, quite a few beverages, some travel lies and insights as well as learning about H-Town. Sorry sport fan, the young fun Houston Astros will not be in town that weekend and we do not know of the Texans schedule as it won't be out till the middle of April. Still there are plenty of things to do/see and don't forget about The Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake and the Houston Zoo in Herman Park is great among other adventures depending on your tastes. Oh yes, food we do have some incredible restaurants all over town many of which are in the Galleria area which is where the JW is located. Don't confuse the downtown JW with the Galleria, you want the hotel located on Westheimer if you plan to stay at the venue.
Flying into Houston....you've got two airports in two different directions from the Galleria. The "big" airport or George Bush (Herbert Walker that is as in POTUS 41) Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is north of town and 28 miles to the JW Galleria while William P. Hobby Airport is south of town and 21 miles to the hotel. Which is best for you, you pick.
and a host of other International airlines. Fly2Houston - Houston Airport System
and that's it. Fly2Houston - Houston Airport System
So make your plans and let's have some fun getting to know each other in person. Other such meetings of Insiders have been great fun to read about, this will be EPIC!!
I have booked reservations at the JW for Friday and Saturday night. Senior and AAA rates were still available, only a few $ more than government rate which was not available. I am beginning to think that I wont be able to make it being so close to Balloon Fiesta which starts Oct 1 this year. But decided to lock down a good rate, just in case.
Complying with directional instructions can be a challenge. No problem with altitude. I could always try stealth mode as unless set just right, radar doesn't pick us up. But since its about 60 ft in diameter and 75 ft tall, its hard to miss visually. But since ATC and approach work in windowless rooms, all we have to do is get the controllers in the tower to look the other way.