This is what they are probably referring to:
Above is a link to the thread. Nice PDF provided.
BUT WOW! 1/3 of the properties going up in category. Including a new category 9 covering most of Paris and London. Tons of cat 4 props going to 5 and 5's going to 6. Very FEW decreases. Make your 2013 reservations now and start saving points! The value of points just went down a bit.
I don't think there's a need to get your panties in a bunch over this. If what was said is true, that 1/10 of 1% will earn Uber-Plat, that would be a small amount.
What puzzles me is, what could a new level possibly offer? "Possible" upgrades, 750 bonus points upon check-in, lounge access?
Thanks madmax for the link to the pdf. If you're interested, here's a link to the announcement from the same time: First look at 2013 hotel category changes – Book before May 16, 2013 using 2012 hotel categories within the Exclusive News blog.
It would only make sense that now that many more folks can/will qualify for lifetime platinum, there will be a need for a higher level with teeth in it for those top 1-3% of active travelers. Isn't it ironic that many of us (led by ss, I believe) pushed for a "Plutonium" level years ago only to be rebuffed (or ignored) by management. However, I would imagine that this conversation was related to the new category 9 level of properties and had nothing to do with elite status. we'll see.