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    here is an older post made by arubalisa.
    there has been much conversation about use of debit cards.
    i think i would be correct in saying that debit card use is not appropriate for your financial well being.
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    here is the post
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/debit%20card.html

    I posted this in another thread and am reposting here:

    Before traveling with an ATM card, please check with your bank's policies regarding lost and stolen cards. Rules and policies are not necessarily the same as they are with credit cards where you are normally liable for only the first $50 in charges.

    http://www.pirg.org/consumer/banks/debit/debitcards1.htm
    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre04.pdf

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/columnist/block/2005-05-09-debit-cards_x.htm Thieves love debit cards, so keep them safe here's how
    This is a very long article but spells out in detail the risks of using a debit card.

    "Mari Frank, an attorney who represents victims of identity theft, doesn't use debit cards. She uses a credit card for all non-cash purchases. She says she's heard too many horror stories from debit card holders whose checks bounced while the bank conducted a fraud investigation. "The resolution of the problem is so much harder with a debit card."

    Credit cards are widely accepted all over the island.
    Imo, I would use my credit card and have my liability limited vs. using a debit card and allowing dishonest people have access to my entire checking account.



    Quote Originally Posted by ellejeanelle View Post
    Well to save us the headache, we have upgraded our room to an Ocean View Ocean Suite across the street from the Marina part. I called and spoke to two different people who said that if we did not use a credit card, which we wont be...we dont necessarily have to put down a cash deposit. The only time you put down a cash deposit is when you want to open a line of "credit". This doesnt really make sense to me. We called the Renaissance once and they said it was a cash deposit of $100/day. Then we called again and the reservation manager, Juanita (who is soooo nice) said that no cash deposit is necessary even when you use a debit card. We called again and Juraima (spell check that) said the same thing. I am not really sure about the deposit and its seems like every other person is giving us different info. Just incase we are bringing an extra debit card with cash on it for the deposit.

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    Renaissance Island question

    I really want to see Renaissance Island, but we booked our stay at another hotel for various reasons. I am wondering if it would be better to just pay for a night during our stay than try to get a day pass? How does use of the island work on your check in and check out day? Could we go in the morning and access the island even though check in is in the afternoon? How about check out day? Do you have to be back from the island to return your key by check out time?

    My thought is to get a room for our actual anniversary night and make it extra special with dinner at Barefoot and experience the downtown area for one of our nights and get the added perk of the island. Thoughts?

    (Thanks in advance to the Ren experts Andrea and the O family)
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    by no means am i a ren expert.
    we have stayed at ren a few times (6 or 7 ) over the last few years.

    do the math.
    if it makes sense financially to book 1 night vs buying 2 day passes, then do just that.
    a day pass is approx $75pp and that includes lunch and a beverage pp.
    the passes are sold based on availability.

    so if the hotel room is $150 including tax then that would be a good deal.
    be aware that if you are a renaissance hotel guest, there is no beverage or lunch included unless you purchase a meal plan.

    yes, if you have a room reservation you will be given early access on your check in date AND you can go before check in.

    and on check out date, yes you can go and use the island too.
    just check out of the hotel, and the front desk person will give you 2 access cards to get you onto the island on your check out day.

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    Short reply from phone in work.....you could certainly get on the island for two days with a one night stay. They'll hold your luggage until check in time. Best to avoid Fridays if you plan on the suites, as that is timeshare turn over day.
    Please contact via e-mail at arubarennowner@gmail.com



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    Hi,

    What other timeshare are you staying at? I don't think you are going to book an Ocean Suite for under $300 per night. So I feel the day pass with the food, drink, and beach equipment would be the better option.

    You might search this board and get lucky with a timeshare owner. Sometimes we leave on a Thursday due to less expensive flights.

    Do you know anyone with Marriott points. That would get you a day there too!

    Good luck,
    Susan

    Next Aruba trip in

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    You are both so wonderful, thanks so much for your help! That's what we'll do then. I think since we aren't car renters, we can also get in two downtown dinners in this plan and all of this on just 1 roundtrip taxi!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    Quote Originally Posted by wnysnow View Post
    Hi,

    What other timeshare are you staying at? I don't think you are going to book an Ocean Suite for under $300 per night. So I feel the day pass with the food, drink, and beach equipment would be the better option.

    You might search this board and get lucky with a timeshare owner. Sometimes we leave on a Thursday due to less expensive flights.

    Do you know anyone with Marriott points. That would get you a day there too!

    Good luck,
    Susan
    My husband loves Holiday Inn. He really likes the location and we got a week in an Oceanfront room for $1218. I checked a few timeshares for our week which would have saved us a few bucks but just couldn't sell him on the idea. I also wanted to stay at the Ren a few nights, but since we can only go for 7 nights, he didn't want to completely change hotels. I think I can convince him of my new plan if I can get the Marina for the right price for one night.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    check out some renaissance marina tower pricing on a place like priceline or expedia or some other hotel site.

    imo.......i love renaissance island.
    my husband and i go there daily when staying at the ocean suites
    would i pay the extra $ to stay there or buy day passes just to have access?... :-( nope.
    the aruba beaches are so magnificent, that there is really no need.
    many i am sure will disagree with me.

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    I really just want to see the flamingos . Kidding, well sort of...lol. I am trying to make this trip a little different from our first two and to convince my DH that there are other places that we can stay.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    renaissance for mid november
    PRICELINE

    Renaissance Aruba Resort And Casino
    8.1out of 10 from 80 guest reviews
    Oranjestad (Aruba)
    Freebies: On Sale Now (on select rooms).
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    5 rooms left at this price
    $156
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