My B Connected card renews every Oct 31 and even though 60,000+ points just dropped off from a 2012 Oct trip, I just barely manged to stay above the 250,000 point level. So I'm good for another year at Emerald status. You don't get much from that but we do get triple points on my card score and it means we continue to get a suite each visit at MSS. There also is a special line at some of the restaurants for Emerald and a special parking lot at Suncoast that has a card key entry. Not a big deal. For us, the suite is the important thing.