Old Jan 3, 12, 11:14 am
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Given what their competitors are doing, and how many points PC threw at me in 2010-2011 for a relatively small number of stays, I can't be too terribly upset at this change. 50k for a higher-end IC compares reasonably to 50k for a Cat 7 Hilton or 18k for a Cat 5 Hyatt. I'm happy that I have a reservation for this summer at the CP Manhattan while it's still 25k. and at the AMS IC while it's still 40k.

But for me the devil is in the details of the 15k-20k range. Most of my PC redemptions are at 15k properties when Priceline isn't a viable option for whatever reason. It's usually a choice between a 15k HIX, a 25k Hampton, and a $89+tax cash rate. If most of those 15k properties go to 20k, then I'm still better off with PC than Hilton both on earning bonuses as well as redemption, but the gap has narrowed a bit.
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