Marriott Reveals How a Starwood Merger Will Affect Loyalty Programs

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Marriott has finally answered a doubt that’s been on a minds of a total 78 million people who go to a Marriott Rewards (which includes Ritz-Carlton Rewards) and Starwood Preferred Guest faithfulness programs: What will occur to my points?

As it finalizes the partnership with Starwood Hotels Resorts


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today, Marriott International


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says it skeleton to continue handling both programs during slightest by a subsequent dual years, before eventually phasing out SPG.

“Obviously there’s a lot of work to do as it relates to mixing a faithfulness programs,” pronounced Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott’s Executive Vice President and Global Chief Commercial Officer, in an talk with Travel + Leisure. “But a good thing for consumers is that right out of a gate, they will be means to couple their accounts and compare their standing from day one.”

“The beginning that we would mix a dual programs will be 2018. You can suppose all of a complexities concerned with a particular partners [for any program],” she said.

Starting today, faithfulness members will be means to couple their Marriott Rewards and SPG accounts by going to members.marriott.com, where they’ll also be means to send points and compare their chosen standing on possibly platform. Reward points can be redeemed for giveaway stays opposite a company’s stretched network of 5,700 hotel properties.

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Members can also elect to send points during a 3-to-1 ratio (three Marriott Rewards points are equal to one SPG Starpoint) between both programs. Points can be redeemed for hotel stays, disdainful experiences, party and sports events, and to squeeze sell in a company’s online selling mall.

By joining accounts, guest can book prerogative stays during an stretched series of properties that were formerly not accessible to members of only one of a faithfulness programs. For example, a Marriott Rewards member can now book prerogative nights in a Maldives, Bora Bora, or Santorini, and a SPG guest can haven a prerogative stay in Aruba, Tuscany, or Kruger National Park in South Africa.

With a freshly-inked merger, Marriott is now a world’s largest publicly-traded liberality company. The tellurian hulk manages and operates a immeasurable tellurian portfolio of 30 graphic brands in 110 countries. Marriott had been available capitulation from Chinese regulators, who finally concluded to a partnership progressing this week.

“Marriott’s and Starwood’s guest have shown extensive faithfulness to a brands, and now that we are one company, we are seizing a event to strengthen a faithfulness to them,” pronounced Linnartz.

For a time being, Marriott Rewards will continue to partner with JPMorgan Chase for a credit label module and SPG will hang with American Express to offer a Starwood Preferred Guest Card.

To applaud a execution of a deal, Marriott is hosting a Global Travel Day on Friday, Oct. 14th by rising a amicable media sweepstakes to win one of 30 transport packages. Loyalty members can enter by pity their dream end with @MarriottRewards and @SPG on Twitter or Instagram, along with a pin emoji and a #YouAreHere #Sweepstakes hashtags.

Christopher Tkaczyk is a Senior News Editor during Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram during @ctkaczyk.

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