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JK Sep 22, 16 10:50 pm

Marriott/Starwood merger closed; FAQs; Status Match; MR & SPG accounts can be linked
 
It's a wrap folks...

Marriott completes acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/marriott-international-completes-acquisition-of-starwood-hotels--resorts-worldwide-creating-worlds-largest-and-best-hotel-company-while-providing-unparalleled-guest-experience-300333101.html

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tbm13 Sep 22, 16 11:02 pm

Starwood and Marriott Merger Update: Linking SPG and Marriott accounts
 
It's possible to link SPG and Marriott accounts now: http://www.spg.com/linkmarriott

You will get an instant status match in the other program.

You can also transfer points in both directions: 1 Starpoint transfers to 3 Rewards Points; Conversely, 3 Rewards Points transfer to 1 Starpoint

See http://members.marriott.com/

bhrubin Sep 22, 16 11:07 pm

Looks like 3:1 MR to SPG
 
The deal is done: Marriott acquired Starwood.

According to the WSJ (http://www.wsj.com/articles/marriott...rts-1474605000), it appears that it will be a 3:1 transfer ratio between MR-SPG:


Marriott said the two loyalty programs would remain distinct for now and participants would be able to transfer points between the two programs, which together comprise 85 million members.

Each would match the gold, platinum and other status of the other program. But each member must transfer three Marriott points for each Starwood point, a sign that Marriott values the Starwood loyalty program more highly.
Tranfers officially are 3:1 as evidenced by the linked SPG-MR/RC accounts that allow transfers between MR and SPG. Unfortunately, transfers are experiencing "technical difficulties"...probably because so many MR members are now transferring their MR points to SPG!

lcpteck Sep 22, 16 11:20 pm

Added FAQ to wiki.

myko85 Sep 22, 16 11:21 pm

Thanks!

reuthermonkey Sep 22, 16 11:22 pm

As an SPG Gold (via cc spend, no less), I just got a nice little bump there. Dead simple to link the accounts.

kauppias Sep 22, 16 11:24 pm

That was easy ����

philemer Sep 22, 16 11:26 pm


Originally Posted by UA-NYC (Post 27249737)
I think most of "us" would be pretty happy with 3:1 given that 2.5:1 or even 2:1 was a possibility

I'm happy. :)

webmarks Sep 22, 16 11:30 pm

....and the site's down. Don't envy them having to merge tech etc. :)

gooselee Sep 22, 16 11:32 pm

When I go to the link site the language makes it seem like it's not live yet?

ETA: nevermind. Marriott link not working but SPG link was fine. Nice little shortcut to MR Plat and UA silver!

uscjeff Sep 22, 16 11:34 pm

Had to reset my Marriott PW to find out I had...zero MR points. oh well

reuthermonkey Sep 22, 16 11:35 pm


Originally Posted by gooselee (Post 27250553)
When I go to the link site the language makes it seem like it's not live yet?

I just went to https://www.marriott.com/rewards/myAccount/ and there was a box offering to link accounts.

JK Sep 22, 16 11:52 pm

From the press release:


Beginning today, Marriott will match member status across Marriott Rewards – which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards – and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), enabling members to transfer points between the programs for travel and exclusive experiences when they link their accounts later today.

Marriott will launch a microsite later today, www.members.marriott.com, for all members of the combined company's loyalty programs to learn more about the reciprocal benefits now available and to link accounts.
Couple of bits from the FAQs, that I am sure many will be immediately curious about:


I have attained Lifetime status in one of the loyalty programs already. Will that be recognized in the Status Match to the other program?
Don’t worry; you’ll continue to enjoy all the benefits of Lifetime status in the program in which you earned it. We are initially matching your tier status between programs, and when the programs are combined in the future, we’ll consider ways that preserve the continued recognition of our most valued lifetime customers.

What’s the conversion rate between SPG Starpoints and Rewards points?
We’ve developed a conversion rate that brings the value of the points in each program on par with the other. Here’s the breakdown:

1 Starpoint transfers to 3 Rewards Points

Conversely

3 Rewards Points transfer to 1 Starpoint

For example, if you transfer 9,000 Rewards Points to your linked SPG account, 9,000 Rewards points will be removed from your Rewards account and 3,000 Starpoints will be added to your SPG account.

SanDiego1K Sep 22, 16 11:58 pm

Nice job breaking the news, folks. I wasn't expecting to learn this til a few hours from now. Thank you.

Johnny Rocket Sep 23, 16 12:08 am


Originally Posted by gooselee (Post 27250553)
Nice little shortcut to MR Plat and UA silver!

Where is the link to get United silver?


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