SPG (and others) point devaluations

Seems like the recent theme is hotel point devaluations.  Hilton,  Marriott, Priority Club, and Wyndham have all undergone some change.

We are avid followers of SPG and they too have done what they call their annual category adjustment devaluation of their points. SPG went to Milepoint and posted their list of properties moving up and down in categories. SPG categories dictate how many points you have to redeem for a particular stay.

For instance, all hotels in Hawaii are moving up one category. So a stay at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa Ka’anapali would go from 12,000 up to 20,000 points per night. The Westin Imagine Orlando would go from 7,000 up to 10,000 points per night.

On the other hand, there are some good hotels that are decreasing in category, such as the Westin Resort & Casino in Aruba, which is a great location to visit, and the Westin Valencia in Spain. Those two hotels would go from 12,000 down to 10,000 points per night.

Actually this is a good for me as I have a stay planned for later this year in Valencia which I booked at the higher rate.  Come March 5th, I’ll be jumping on the phone with SPG to get the rate adjusted and the point difference refunded.  So, in the end it’s not all bad!

The current category levels are in place until March 4, 2013, which means that any reservations at the old rate will be honored if you book before then.  If you have points and a trip you were planning, consider booking your stay before the change if your hotel happens to be one that increased in category.  Actually, today I made a reservation for the Westin in Puerto Vallarta for dates in 2014 to avoid the rate increase.  Worse case you cancel the stay and your points are credited back to your account.

The moral of the story is to never sit on points or miles for too long. They tend to significantly devaluate over time, so if you earn them, take time off and travel!

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