Old Dec 11, 17, 8:10 pm
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Originally Posted by travelinmanS View Post
What is cool about SPG hotels? They generally seem exactly the same as Marriott hotels to me. But the author is right to be concerned, of course the revised MR program is going to be worse than either of the current programs today.
I think the coolness shows at the resort level. As far as the other brands, they're not much different, and I'd take a Marriott over a Sheraton about 80% of the time. Sheraton = Marriott, Westin = Marquis, etc. Maybe those aren't exactly the right matches but the idea is right.

I don't think anyone is leaving because of the brands or properties though, as the author seems to imply may happen. Marriott customers got some nice resorts in the deal and SPG customers now have a decent hotel where they get benefits and earn points pretty much anywhere they want to go in the US and many international locations. But as you said, if the new Rewards program is devalued, Hilton better be ready to handle the influx.
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