As of 2022, Players Circle membership is divided into three distinct tiers, each with its own perks. Membership tier is determined by yearly points total. If you joined prior to 2022, your 2021 yearly points total was used to determine your starting membership tier.
Yearly points total is the sum of every point you earn during a year and does not diminish if you use those points to purchase, donate, or anything else. They will still count towards your yearly points total and determine your membership tier.
New members and anyone who earns less than 1000 points in a year are in General Admission. They can move up to VIP (1,000-4,999), then All Access (5000+), by earning the required point totals during the year. When you earn enough points to move up, you are immediately in the new tier and will stay there for the remainder of the year, as well as the following year.
Your yearly points total is tracked on your account dashboard, so you know exactly how many you need before you reach the next level.
Tiers reset at the beginning of each calendar year, so if you want to maintain your current tier or progress to a higher tier (if possible), you have to register the required number of points to achieve that tier again, within the current year.
Jim signed up for Players Circle in March 2021. He began with 0 points and started out in the General Admission tier. He earned 1,000 points in November and immediately moved up to VIP. Even though he spent 500 points on D’Addario gear in December, that does not affect his yearly points total of 1,000.
In 2022, Jim begins as a VIP member. However, his 2022 yearly points total is now back to 0 and he will have to earn over 1,000 points again to be in VIP in 2023, otherwise, he will be back to General Admission when 2023 starts. He can also earn over 5000 points in 2022, immediately becoming an All Access member, and retaining that status in 2023.