Yesterday, Marriott and Starwood Preferred Guest programs have official became one company and is now called “Marriott International Inc”
Marriott did a great job of not only closing the deal, but also offering the reciprocal benefits and transfer option between the accounts from the day one.
Here are some of the highlights of the reciprocal benefits.
- You can now link your SPG and Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards account and transfer points between the accounts at a transfer ratio of 3 Marriott Reward points for 1 SPG point and Vice Versa
- You can get the highest elite status matched across all the accounts.
- At this time, the 3 loyalty programs operate independently apart from the above features.
- You cannot redeem SPG points for reward nights at Marriott properties and vice versa
- Elite night credits can be combined.
Note that the transfers and status match are instant. You could read the complete details here.
How could you take advantage..
If you have a stash of SPG points and looking to transfer them to a participating airline frequent program, you would be better of transferring the SPG points to Marriott Rewards at 1:3 ratio and then transfer them to airline frequent flyer program through the Marriott travel packages and earn an additional 7 nights.
For example: You can transfer 90,000 SPG points to Marriott Rewards and get 270,000 points. You can convert 270,000 points to 120,000 AAdvantage miles and get a 7 night stay at a 1-5 category hotel in Marriott Portfolio.
If you had transferred 90,000 SPG points directly to AAdvantage, you would only get 110,000 AAdvantage miles .
Another potential benefit is, Marriott Platinum status requires 75 elite nights vs. 50 nights or 25 stays with SPG. Assuming you are starting from scratch, you may look for SPG platinum status rather than Marriott Platinum status and get matched automatically.
Marriott and Starwood have completed the merger and is now officially one company. You can now link your loyalty accounts and transfer points between them match the elite status.
There could be some sweet spots with this change and one of them being transferring SPG points to Marriott Rewards and use them for Marriott travel packages
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