If you're on this website, there's a good chance that you like playing the game. It's been such a rewarding game for people like us for years, but in 2013 the powers that be told us that it was about to get harder. So next year we see the advent of Medallion Qualifying Dollars on United and Delta, significant devaluations in United, Delta, and Hyatt, the merger of AA/US (and whatever that might bring), and the demise of the DC-9. Okay, the last part shouldn't matter much. And so my question is, have your plans changed at all? Are you playing the game differently? I am in two different ways. Number one is that I've given up on the legacy carriers as my primary mode of domestic transport. I love flying Delta, and I love(d) earning United miles, but I'm a schoolteacher who travels with his wife. There's no way the two of us are going to spend 2500$ each on either airline in order to requalify for Silver on one airline, let alone two. So I'm earning the Companion Pass and heading to Southwest. Living near BWI makes this easier, though I'll certainly miss the domestic upgrades and fun aircraft variety. Thankfully I'll have literally thousands of dollars in savings to ease the pain. My other change is my hotel points strategy, particularly with Hyatt points. I used to use them exclusively for top-end hotels and aspirational redemptions, but I've changed that plan for 2013. I never spend more than 200$ for a hotel, so it occurred to me that if I use 30k points on (say) the Park Hyatt Milan, I'm only getting a functional value of .6 cents per point. Whereas if I use 5k points on the Hyatt Place Birmingham when it would otherwise cost me 100$, I earned 2 cents of value per point. Now admittedly it's not always that simple: my stay at the Park Hyatt Vendome was an *experience* that I never could have gotten otherwise. I'm not going to give up on the idea of the awesome redemption (Tokyo/Kyoto booked for next summer, albeit before the devaluation) but there's a lot of value to be had in the lower Hyatt categories. So those are my changes. Do they make sense? Are you also approaching the game differently any for next year?