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Annual Category Change Announcement 2014 [effective March 4, 2014]

Annual Category Change Announcement 2014 [effective March 4, 2014]

 
Old Feb 20, 14, 10:10 am
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Wow. The Sheraton Waikiki and the Sheraton and Westin Maui up to Cat 6. Coupled with the category increases a year or so ago of the St Regis Princeville and the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas to Cat 7 and the Sheraton Kauai to Cat 5, I guess I'm "priced out" of the Hawaiian market for quite a while.

Glad I stayed at most of those properties when they were a notch lower.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:15 am
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Seems like a reasonable list. Not much impact to me this time around.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:16 am
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not bad, changes actually benefit me. good deal!

question (thats undoubtably been answered before) - i have a may trip booked in a hotel thats moving down... should i rebook in march, or can i email spg and have them credit me the difference in points?
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:16 am
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Anyone else not able to load the PDF with the list of changes?

EDIT: Seems to be an issue with my provider, works on cell phone.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:17 am
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Originally Posted by KENNECTED View Post
The Four Points Sheraton Miami Beach moves up?

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Well, in recent years they've had unreasonably high rates for the unsuspecting...

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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:18 am
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Nice to see SPG properties in Croatia and Bulgaria going down. Opens up the possibility for a quick and painless mattress run
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by KENNECTED View Post
The Four Points Sheraton Miami Beach moves up?

Giant ...!
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:23 am
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For me, all my favorites remain as is or down, including a couple nice scores in Canada. So this is great news for me personally.

For everyone else, it seems to me a few of our more cynical FTers need to step up and admit their predictions/fearmongering/negative posts were dead wrong!

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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by beltway View Post
As always, thanks for giving us some advance notice of the changes, Lurker IV. Based on a quick skim of the change list, this seems pretty mild compared to previous years.

Noteworthy:
  • Sheraton Shanghai Waigaoqiao Hotel drops 2 levels, from 3 to 1
  • Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort jumps 2 levels (4 to 6)
  • Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel - BWI jumps 2 (2 to 4)
Wonder if the bwi change has anything to do with the four points going away and fewer options local to the airport?

Otherwise seems like a pretty reasonable change this year
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:34 am
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Happy to see no changes in Manhattan (well, down would have been nice ), but glad the carrot wasn't moved further out, I'm almost there saving points for our next trip.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:37 am
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Originally Posted by remymartin View Post
Thanks for the heads up, Christopher & co!

I'm happy to see:
- no Cat 8
- more properties going down than up
- a lot of Japanese properties going down
- a lot of Balinese properties going down

I'm surprised to see:
- no changes in Thailand
- properties in Athens and some Greek islands going UP

I'm sad to see:
- some nice Portuguese Spanish properties going up
- St Regis Rome jump to Cat 7
- Schloss Fuschl going up to Cat 7
+1. Especially Greece. Also surprised -- Sheraton Waikiki and other Cat 5 up to 6 in Hawaii. Don't see people paying 25K points for Sheraton Waikiki if you could stay at Royal Hawaian for the same
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by yoshapman View Post
Eugh, not happy with Hawaii changes.
Did you notice that the Oahu hotel is in the city of Honolulu, but the Maui hotels are in the city of Maui?

Not surprised by these at all.
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:41 am
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For the Lurkers, if the hotel has not loaded award nights in 2015 but has standard rooms available for sale, are we able to make Platinum Concierge convert them into award nights?
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:50 am
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Yeah majorly disappointed with the Hawaii changes. Was looking to go to Maui or hnl when time permitted, but this looks like it might not happen this year
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Old Feb 20, 14, 10:50 am
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Not terrible by any means but I am bummed about:

Sheraton Waikiki (as mentioned above, not terribly surprising but going to a cat 6 is a 67% jump in points per night, yikes)

The Nines (also not terribly surprising, always thought this was a good value as a Cat 4, but this move is only a 20% bump in points per night)
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