Miles and Points in 60 Seconds: New PointsBreaks, Unannounced Devaluation, and More!

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Here is a quick recap of some miles and points news from the past couple of days…

  • A new Priority Club PointBreaks list will be active on Monday.  PointBreaks can be a really great deal if the cities available line up with your travel plans since they are available for just 5k Priority Club points per night.  This next round will be valid from January 27 to March 31, 2014 (subject to availability). I was sent a sampling of the 140 properties that will be on the PointBreaks list (shown below), but will post the full list when it becomes available on Monday...though it seems like a full preview site will be available tomorrow, so stay tuned.

    • Hotel Indigo University Area, Athens, GA
    • Holiday Inn Johannesburg, South Africa – Sandton-Rivonia Road
    • Holiday Inn Sao Luis, Brazil
    • Holiday Inn Express Shanghai, China – Shanghai Jinsha
    • Holiday Inn Berlin, Germany – Berlin City East-Landsberger
    • InterContinental Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Potentially get 100 free Hyatt points by clicking here It says you must be a recipient of the offer to participate in this promotion, but it also acts like it is working for anyone who tries.  Not a bunch of points either way, but I did it just for the heck of it.  Thanks to Loyalty Lobby for sharing this info!
  • Looks like Wyndham Rewards was a little stealthy and created a Category 9 for their award redemptions (again – they did this last year and then backed off a little and promised “better communication” on future changes) Category 9 properties will go for 50,000 points per night when the previous top tier Category 8 goes for 30,000 points per night.  So far there has just been one hotel identified in that category (Koloa Landing in Poipu), but if this is the case, I’m sure it won’t be the only hotel in that category for long.  They don’t even have Category 9 listed on their own website yet, however the property is coming up at that rate when you do a search.  Devaluations are bad, but devaluations that take place without warning are the worst.  Wyndham Rewards is not a program to be trusted with more points than you have to have with them due to their history of changes like this without warning.

Wyndham Devaluation

Hope you are staying warm, and let me know if I missed any big miles and points news and I’ll get it added!

 

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  1. Thank you for sharing this from my post. I can assure you my name is now well known there in the Wyndham Rewards office. When my husband emailed them asking them to clarify the tier levels they provided him with a list with up to Tier 8. When he asks them “what about Tier 9?” they said there wasn’t one. When he said “yes there is” the rep came back and said “Our staff has already addressed and resolved this with your wife”!!

    When he wrote back he asked them to please put it in writing what I was offered. They agreed to let me book one additional night at 30K and they would give me the 20K in my account so I could get one more night at 50K. Both my husband and I emailed back and asked if we could have this in writing vs a verbal agreement over the phone should I have issues later. We got no responses back at all. No word in 24 hours.

    Hence I am holding a club room at the Grand Hyatt instead! We have stayed there before and loved it. We like the space of Koloa Landing but not at 50K a night!

  2. Thank for the Hyatt tip! It seems to have worked, will wait and see if the points post. I actually needed that 100 points 🙂

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