Not quite accurate. Consistent with several other programs, the points will expire following 12 months of inactivity. [As opposed to points expiring 12 months after earning them, which is an alternative interpretation]Among other things, points will expire after 12 months !!!
Eh, still looks rather soft, although they are scant with details admittedly.Maybe the top level will actually get you something now - I had a 20% upgrade success rate on a recent trip
Yes, no doubt people will be exploring creative avenues to go their activity date extended (buying points, doing surveys, book & cancel). Will be interesting to see the definition of activity!Not quite accurate. Consistent with several other programs, the points will expire following 12 months of inactivity. [As opposed to points expiring 12 months after earning them, which is an alternative interpretation]
So you need some activity on the account every 12 months to prevent points from expiring.
First views just seem to be earn or burn, i.e. if the number of points you have changes within 12 months, that's activity.Yes, no doubt people will be exploring creative avenues to go their activity date extended (buying points, doing surveys, book & cancel). Will be interesting to see the definition of activity!
Well given if you points plus pay as is well known you effectively buy points rather than the entire transaction gets cancelled (and you get your points/money back) you have to wonder if this is regarded as activity, I suspect it will be. But would rather not ask on FT, don't want there to be too much exposure.First views just seem to be earn or burn, i.e. if the number of points you have changes within 12 months, that's activity.
Too naive? I suppose someone can just book a stay with points then cancel it for free, and "that counts".....
Hilton have an inactivity clause as well which also is 12 months; for that, buying HHonors points is enough to stave it off.
Well, mayne it's a relative thing, but I would argue against other hotel programs the bar for the first rung on the elite ladder was set unusually high for IHG. Remember you get to the first level at a number of programs at the 5 or 10 night level. So, in the scheme of things it's not that 'damn low'. Moving from a system with 2 elite tiers to 3 elite tiers has let them play around a bit, but all things told, it seems ok for what you get at the level. Platinum and the new level probably need a bit of a lift in benefits though....Gold at 10 nights / 10k points is a damn low bar though (aside from getting it free with Ambassador or simply paying US$50 for it). What do Golds get again besides an extra 10% points?
Changes don't look too flash.
40 nights for Platinum and it's not the top tier? :shock:
And 300 hotels will have an increase in points required for award night by 5,000 points and 150 hotels will have a decrease in points required for award nights by 5,000 points.
It is very rare to see an upgrade for a Platinum to a suite; the only time this might work is if you have purchased the highest grade under a suite and you have a lot of repeat business at that particular property. I'm sure it has been done before, but it is very rare.Not at all impressed with this. Given our bad experiences as IHG WP, we've effectively moved loyalty to Hyatt and Starwood (esp. with double dip via Emirates and Delta). A number of times we had been refused suite upgrades as JHG WP even though there were more than 4 suites available to book online for that night at the same hotel. Plus we only received standard internet access. Were told in no uncertain terms that we should buy an Ambassador member ship if we wanted any privileges such as these. Sheesh.
So rather than improve services for members (WP takes a bit of earning) they seem to be further restricting them.
So what to do with our remaining 235K points now that they will take these off us in a year. Guess we'll have to purchase a 1000 point ebook or $5 Myer gift card once a year.
Even more reasons why IHG will most likely not be getting our loyalty back.