not sure where you are going with your questions. The "consequences" of the adjustments to the program will only be known years from now. Any guesses at this point are simply that, guesses. I am wondering what YOUR specific concerns are. Maybe if you spelled them out, we could have further discussion on the merits of your concerns. There is always room for discussion.....
Sorry to disagree with you, showman. However, the consequences will be felt immediately as new LTs are aware of their new status.
Don't get an upgrade now? Forget about them completely with all the new LTs!
I haven't received an upgrade since the points Redemption change and 'no blackout nights' debacle back in 2009 (2008?)!!!!!! I've hated the program ever since. And don't even get me started again on the no blackout dates lie. Keep getting screwed every year, if not by point redemption increase then by hotel class reclassification!
All Marriott does is take away from loyal customers.
And, now, apparently, is wildly rewarding their new customers.
I do not know why, but 2012 has been a very good year for me in regards to Upgrades. I have been upgraded more times this year than the last 5 combined. I really think it is hit-and-miss and this year I got a lot of Hits. I would prefer that we each had a specific number of upgrades guaranteed each year and take the drama out of the equation.
With the easing up of requirements to attain Platinum, it is my opinion that you will see a deterioration in getting suite upgrades...I hope I am wrong!!! And I would expect getting requested extra towels and pillows should be close to 100%. Interesting that you are more successful getting suite upgrades than extra towels and pillows...I think I would take the upgrade to suites over pillows and towels 100% of the time..If I would run a poll on that I would guess we would get the upgrade to a suite 99+% of the time!!!
Just to stir up trouble suite upgrades are not part of MR except in Asia. Its the next category-which can simply be view. Honestly, status to me is best for breakfast/lounge access, bonus points. Upgrades are nice-I only ask when traveling with my wife. I feel I have a finite number of upgrades due to upgrade karma. I don't really need them traveling alone.
I do a lot of FFIs...on most of those stays, if they have suites, they bump me up. I stayed 18 nights at FS Marriotts this yr. All but 3 nights was upgraded to a suite. Courtyards, not sure on hard numbers, but I'm guessing they were close to 33% suite and 20 % other. Of all the chains, Marriott and Fairfield came through close to 100%, Renaissance (small amount of stays) 50% and CYs 50%. The all Suites places, Springhill, Residence Inn, and TownePlace upgraded regularly, but I already had a suite.
I was going to reply direct to Pained on this, but if he is upgraded at checkin, its POSSIBLE that the other items on his list-extra towels or pillows-are not in the room he is upgraded to. They might need to be requested. If you are upgraded in advance, I would submit they should be there-except if the upgrade means you get a different floor selection. (Low floor vs high preferred floor).