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Marriott, Emirates Form Mutually Beneficial Partnership

On the heels of Hyatt’s new partnership with American Airlines, another pair of loyalty programs has coupled up: Marriott Bonvoy and Emirates Skywards.

Marriott Bonvoy Elites

As part of the Your World Rewards program, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador elite members earn 3x hotel points when flying with Emirates. Additionally, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members can take advantage of such perks as priority check-in and priority boarding.

Emirates Skywards Elites

Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn 1x Skywards Mile on qualifying room rates at all Marriott Bonvoy brands worldwide. On top of earning redeemable miles, Emirates Silver, Gold and Platinum elites can check-in via an elite queue, request a 4 p.m. checkout (when available) and use complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

To link your Marriott and Emirates accounts, go to this page, sign in and enter your Skywards membership number in the blank field. For the accounts to be fully linked, the names on both accounts must match.

“Marriott Bonvoy is built on the belief that travel enriches us all and has the power to enrich the world,” Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer in the Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, said in a press release. “We continue to look for opportunities that enrich the travel experience and provide endless inspiration for our members to keep traveling with passion and purpose.

“Our partnership with Emirates Skywards, enables us to deliver on our commitment. Your World Rewards is the coming together of two like-minded companies with complimentary footprint around the world and provides a unique opportunity to promote the joy of good travel and build loyalty beyond reason with our members.”

Marriott Bonvoy + United MileagePlus

As a reminder, Marriott Bonvoy already has a similar partnership with United Airlines. Marriott Titanium and Ambassador Elite members receive a complimentary Silver status with United and enjoy the perks associated with it, such as complimentary access to Economy Plus at check-in, Premier upgrades and extra miles earned on United-operated flights. This partnership isn’t affected by the Your World Rewards program and will continue to operate as usual.

In Conclusion

Of the three major U.S. carriers, Delta Air Lines is the only one not in a partnership with a hotel chain. You might remember its former agreement with Starwood Preferred Guest, but it ended after Marriott absorbed SPG. Perhaps, we’ll see something formed in the future.

In the meantime, Marriott elites can link their United and Emirates accounts with their Bonvoy accounts and earn extra miles in both programs.

What are your thoughts on the mutual benefits of the Marriott Bonvoy and the Emirates Skywards programs?


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Counsellor July 25, 2019

Unlike with United, apparently Emirates won't give even the lowest elite status to Marriott elites.