phctourist, this is a great question! I have never seen any amount other than 40K points for platinum, but what you are suggesting makes all the sense in the world! Oh my gosh, they might have to make change for a $40,000 bill! That would require an IT fix! Would love to know if anyone has gotten it less expensively....
Search capability for Insiders - this is one of my biggest headaches about the structure of Insiders. Their search function is anemically weak (here, it is difficult to honestly say "search is your friend"). If we had effective search, IMO,over time it would reduce the duplicate threads and Q & As of newcomers.
I have searched topics I had seen from a few days previously, could not remember the exact thread title, and could never find the thread using virtually 80-90% of the words; here's a classic example;
tker's superb explanation of Marriott's excellent Travel Package
Search Travel Package - nope
Search Travel Package Review - nope
Finally, Travel Package Overview - thar she blows Travel Package Overview
But, I agree with the point about more descriptive titles, whereas still a potluck chance, it increases the odds.
I remember when we used to have hotel reviews - "Excellent stay at Paris Marriott Champs Elysees" would put five reviews in the More Like This column - Excellent Waffles at Ohio Fairfield Inn, Excellent Views at New Orleans Marriott, Excellent Check In Experience at Treasure Island Residence Inn etc etc
and in closing while talking about excellent, excellent observation and point phctourist, it would make sense to have the cost somewhat prorated, (but it would also make sense to upgrade certs and suites award stays w/points), nor have I seen it throughout the blogs at any different price either.
Hey phctourist! The Platinum Buyback offers a discounted rate of 40000 points between February and April. The rest of the year its 60000.
Good stuff my Portland pal, that's a worthwhile warning, although I've never seen the 60k implemented, nor discussed quite frankly, so I hope you're not breaking news with a going forward price , but it's good to know. Thanks
2014 - 40k
2015 - 40k
Until April 1, 2016, you can retain your status at an exclusive rate:
foxglove good to see you tapping the keys again.
Free beer for you and the Mrs. next time you're in the nation's capital (observing democracy at work )