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Early 2019? Category 8 and off peak redemption timing?

Question asked by fuzzybass on Dec 5, 2018
Latest reply on Dec 12, 2018 by o0o0o0o0o0o...points!

I had originally posted this as a response to another question but figured as 2019 fast approaches others will have this question too. So I am posting it as it's own question.


From the following link:   

  • Hotels slated for Category 8 will be placed temporarily in Category 7, until Category 8 is introduced in early 2019. This means even greater value – a savings of 25,000 points per night!
  • In early 2019, we’ll also introduce peak and off-peak redemption rates


Anybody have an idea what time frame "Early 2019" equals.  


Anybody looking to book a category 8 for next Christmas (like me) will not want to see a January 1st start.  Similarly, folks that would be booking any category peak times, will want to see this delayed.

But, folks that want to start booking off peak rates will want this conversion to take place ASAP.