Well, guess that it's that time of the year: almost any time lately when loyalty savants up the ante (and points) for some hotels: Hyatt is the latest to do this as shown here.
If there was a commensurate increase in the quality of these hotels and the amenities they offer it would be a little easier to swallow. For me, this reinforces the notion that the good old days are going to be (or are) gone forever.
Hyatt seems to think this is a good idea, but time will tell on this and other changes to loyalty programs we know and love.
Not understanding your point... Marriott did the same exact thing in January, 2009... more points for the same hotel, certainly no value added. And, as we all know, the whole 'no blackout' policy is a total farce! Also, what about creating the new Category 8 and upgrading the most popular hotels to that category requiring many more points?
And. then again this year... we have the re-catergorizing of many hotels? I haven't had a chance to analyze this but I'm willing to bet more hotels went UP in category than went DOWN... again costing us more points.
I'm getting more than tired of Marriott pushing us to the limits.
At least Hilton really doesn't have blackout dates and they waited an extra year to hike their points.
And, Hyatt has waited even longer to up the points on some of their hotels.
Yep, and well said since every program is making changes and not for the better--check Mileage Plus to see what little you get these days, if you can find a flight.
I fear that bean counters, who have always ruled things anyway, see this as a corporate liability and are willing to reduce some things to see when we'll say "enough" and until legions of members do, those alterations will keep on coming.
To everything, change, change, change, as the good book says.