Just got an email from the Wyndam loyatly program about their gold status program. Sadly it contains an idea that might take hold in other programs: paying more on average per night gets more!
Here's the details:
I'm really afraid you're right. In the not-too-dstant-future, I can see showing up at a Marriott and being given a choice of platinum welcome gifts of 25 cents or 25 points, and being thanked for my continued loyalty.
If that much!