recieved this in the mail yesterday..."Thank you for your character transfer request. We appreciate your patience with the character transfer process. We are happy to announce that automated character transfers are now available, however Turbine points are no longer offered as a payment method. If you would prefer to pay with one of our other available Payment methods, please visit here to purchase your transfer tokens and here to use the automated system. However, if you prefer to use Turbine Points as you requested, we will be happy to manually process your request. Please reply to this message and we can process your request using Turbine points. Please note as this is a manual process completion may take 1 to 2 weeks."
To sumarize: VIP means even less now as you may no longer accumulate monthly stipends to use for transfers.
I had paid TP transfers waiting to go through for the past 2 weeks....and now, I have to wait another 1-2 weeks if I want to use TP or pay cash and get instant gratification (derp!). I understand paying a premium $$ when an employee actually had to do some work/time to get your transfer through but to increase the price for an automated process??
Transfers are the new profit center, cha ching....yet an "automated" process cost $$??? Rift and GW2 does this for free and it's a fast, automated service.
Be that as it may, my transfers are going through this new system and I'll bag my TP and use all those points towards any future xpaces.
But hey, all good, we'll get catapults soon huh.