Location: Highland PArk,IL,USA -- AA Lifetime Platinum, Starwood Plat, Holiday Inn Plat, NW/DL Plat, CO Plat, Hilton Silver, Hyatt Plat
I just booked two nights for points at the Sheraton Luxury Hotel Excelsior for 10,000 points each night. I think that hotel used to be 12,000 points. What a pleasant surprise. The agent told me my point total and it matches what I had as SCI.
Location: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale AA 2MM Lifetime Platinum, Starwood Gold
One thing I do know is this much: I called Sheraton and told them not to not to charge my credit card to renew my membership. They said there is no charge in the new program. You can no longer "buy" an elite membership and as with most programs, you now have to earn it with a required amount of annual stays.
Programs: AA Gold, UA Premier Exec, Starwood Gold, Marriott Silver
I guess that I'm pretty lucky then, the hotel I've been staying at was a Hilton and I was Gold VIP and when it was switched over to Sheraton, they paid my fee for my SCI Gold status. I think you DO deserve a refund, Catman.
On my SCI statement yesterday, it said my gold qualification was good until August, the anniversary date of my gold membership (obtained as a part of through American Express SCI Optima). Therefore, it is likely that you will get the gold level this year as well.
No words yet on the fate of the SCI card.