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RewardsPlus - Comp'ed matched Marriott/UA status {Awaiting SPG/MR Merger Details}

RewardsPlus - Comp'ed matched Marriott/UA status {Awaiting SPG/MR Merger Details}

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Old Apr 21, 18, 8:12 am   -   Wikipost
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Q: If I registered and was granted complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status through RewardsPlus and have re–qualified for MileagePlus Premier Gold® status or higher for the following year, will I need to also re–register my request for complimentary Gold Elite status for the following year?

A: No. Members who have already registered for and received complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status through RewardsPlus in a calendar year and who qualify for MileagePlus Premier Gold® status or higher for the following calendar year will have their previous registration with RewardsPlus automatically renewed and will receive complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status for the following calendar year.


For the United elites who are new to Marriott Rewards, here are the benefits you receive as Gold. Please familiarize yourself with what you are and are not entitled to as a Marriott Gold.


Also, please be nice to the Marriott 'newbies' who come to this forum to figure out what UA Silver gets (or doesn't get) them.

And here is a thread with some details for the newly-minted UA Silvers:


RewardsPlus combines the best of MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards

United MileagePlus® and Marriott Rewards® are excited to announce that the exclusive travel benefits of our RewardsPlus program will continue into 2016. Once registered for RewardsPlus, MileagePlus members with Premier® Gold status or higher are eligible for Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status, and all of the benefits that come with it. This year’s status offerings will be effective through January 2017.

Go places you’ve dreamed of in 2016 and elevate your experience everywhere.

• MileagePlus Premiers who are already registered: If you qualify for Premier Gold status or higher for 2016, we’ll automatically renew your benefits in Marriott Rewards for another year, until January 2017
• If you qualify for Premier Gold status or higher for 2016 and have not yet registered, sign-up now. Registration is easy and complimentary, and you’ll enjoy a year of great benefits with an upgrade to Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status
• Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members who are already registered: If you qualify for Platinum Elite status in Marriott Rewards for 2016, more good news – we’ll automatically renew your benefits in MileagePlus for another year, until January 2017
• All members of both programs: You’ll continue to enjoy a 20% discount every time you convert Marriott Rewards points into MileagePlus miles as well as 10% more miles when you redeem points for RewardsPlus travel packages

Continue to take your benefits above and beyond.

For United MileagePlus members with Premier Gold status or higher, Marriott Rewards will offer Gold Elite status, which includes:

• Lounge access and complimentary continental breakfast at participating JW Marriott®, Renaissance Hotels®, Marriott® Hotels and Autograph Collection® Hotels (Resorts are excluded)
• Room upgrades, based on availability and limited to Member’s personal guest room
• Complimentary in-room enhanced Internet access at more than 3,800 hotels globally
• 25% point bonus on all Marriott stays
• Priority late check-out, based on availability
• Gold Elite customized offers and awards
• One-to-one transfer of MileagePlus miles into Marriott Rewards points, a benefit United’s Premier Silver members will also receive

For Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members, United MileagePlus will offer Premier Silver status, which includes:

• Complimentary access to Economy Plus® at check-in for you and a companion (when available)
• Complimentary Premier Upgrade confirmation as early as day of departure
• Premier Access® priority airport services, including check-in, baggage handling, security screening (where available) and boarding
• One complimentary checked bag, standard size
• 7 award miles for every dollar you spend on United flights*

Elevate your travel experience with another year of RewardsPlus. For more information about RewardsPlus and to learn how to register, visit united.com/rewardsplus or mrrewardsplus.com.


While not publicly stated, in 2017, Marriott Platinum Premiers were matched as United Premier Gold (Marriott Platinum Elites are matched as Premier Silver)
and United Global Services members were matched as Marriott Platinum Elites (appears this was for 2017 only and will not be offered in 2018)
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:01 am
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: LHR (sometimes CLE, SFO, BOS, LAX, SEA)
Programs: UA 1K
Posts: 5,739
Correct guess that this announcement would be a hotel partnership: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/21093193-post305.html

Originally Posted by 777lover
My guess is a partnership with a hotel chain (mc maybe?) a la DL and Starwood.
Correct guess that the partner would be Marriott: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/21094850-post317.html
Originally Posted by milesmuncher
If it's going to be a hotel partnership, my bet would be on the mediocrity of Marriott. I'd like to think Hyatt, but I think that's too much of a stretch.

I'm guessing (/hoping) it's more along the lines of AA's Elite Rewards though. Which would be somewhat ironic, as I JUST wrote a post about how nothing happened when I hit 40K PQMs on United
I don't really share the sentiment about "mediocrity"; this is a nice deal for a bunch of travelers and it's great to see UA doing it. I also am not a very good Hotel Experience Maximizer (am much better at air travel).
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:03 am
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: NYC / YUL
Programs: UA 1K, Marriott Plat, Hilton Diamond, Hyatt Courtesy Card
Posts: 1,970
Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
Except for UA silvers will not be happy
Maybe? I guess the bad part is more competition for E+ seats because a Silver shouldn't be expecting upgrades anyway. In my mind, the only benefits that would affect other silvers is access to E+ (more competition at T-24) and a few more people in the Premier Access line which affects all elites. The other benefits of silver like checked baggage and whatnot doesn't really impact my travel experience. In addition, I'd speculate that high level elites in hotel programs likely have reasonable status on some airline, so may be significant overlap.

We'll see what happens.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:03 am
Join Date: Mar 2013
Programs: DL PM, MR Plat/LTG, Hilton Gold, UA Silver, AA Gold
Posts: 6,217
This is some welcome news to see walking off the plane Monday morning. I was fearing the worst and this is solid. The only thing I would've liked to see is the crossover earnings a la DL and SPG, but apart from that I'm happy not to need to go out of my way to re-earn Marriott Gold and to have a nice transfer rate.

The scariest thing about this new partnership was the fact that upon entering my MP number to register it already knew my Marriott number even though I've never done any cross promotions between the two. Oh well big data at its best.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:12 am
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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Area
Programs: UA 1K; SPG Plat, Marriott LT P; Nat'l EE; Hertz PC
Posts: 2,180
Color me surprised! A great enhancement for those that do not already have Marriott elite status and for those of us that do, the points earning/transfer opportunities are a nice benefit.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:14 am
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: SFO
Programs: United 1kMM; AA EX Plat, Hilton Diamond and SPG Plat
Posts: 1,879
Announcing RewardsPlus

Not much I can say, except this is a nice perk. I don't have Marriott status, but in case I stay at one of their hotels I now will. It may, make me stay at one now too.

One thumbs up to UA for adding a benefit, unlike taking them away, as we suspected when the vague twitter announcement went out last week.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:17 am
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: PHL
Programs: UA 1K, Marriott Gold, IHG Gold, Global Entry
Posts: 2,928
Nice, but not that nice. I was at 49 nights with marriott this year anyways.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:23 am
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: New Jersey
Programs: UA MM 1K, AA MM Gold, Marriott Platinum, Hilton Gold
Posts: 2,421
I would expect Marriott to make some changes if lounge overcrowding gets worse, such as limiting to one guest per member, or reduced food offering (no more hot breakfast). Room upgrades (rare for Golds anyway) will be even less likely.

Probably the best benefit for me has been the free WiFi. which can be very expensive, particularly at urban properties.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:24 am
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Boston, MA
Programs: AMEX Centurion/Platinum, SPG Platinum, ICH Platinum, UA 1K, Delta Gold, Hilton Gold
Posts: 408
A change I actually like?

I am a loyal SPG customer, but I can see myself staying at Marriott here and there a little more often now. At the least, have it as my secondary hotel chain choice after the Hilton devaluation debacle.

Let's hope this positive news isn't superseded by worse bad news.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:27 am
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: New York
Programs: UA GS, Hilton Diamond, Marriott & SPG Platinum
Posts: 1,905
Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
Except for UA silvers will not be happy
I have to imagine that anybody who travels enough to make Platinum on Marriott already has a high likelihood of being Silver on United, except I guess if they're mainly traveling on DL, AA, or WN already but will take advantage of a lower fare and silver status on occasion. I wouldn't expect a large impact.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:30 am
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Anywhere but home
Programs: UA 1K, AA EXP, DL 1MM/GM, HH Diam, AClub Plat, PC Plat, SPG/MR G
Posts: 4,081
A very nice enhancement, more generous in my mind than the Delta-Starwood partnership. I won't take much advantage of these perks though since I'm primarily an SPG/Hilton/Accor customer. But I'm sure I'll get some stays in over the years and will appreciate the perks. Who knows, maybe I'll ditch Hilton for Marriott next year.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:45 am
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: MCO, DCA, IAD
Programs: UA GS 1MM, Marriott Platinum Premier, Starwood Platinum, Hilton Diamond
Posts: 2,108
Doesn't do anything for me as I am already a Marriott Platinum with 200+ nights for the year so far.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:47 am
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: DCA
Programs: UA Plat, HH gold, SPG
Posts: 1,204
maybe this is me going bye bye to Hilton....nothing was taken away, so im happy
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:49 am
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: NYC
Programs: UA Silver, AA Gold, Marriott Plat, Hilton Gold, Hertz PC
Posts: 37
As Marriott Platinum I already have a tough time with upgrades. Now I'm going to be fighting to get a cot in the parking lot...
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Old Jul 15, 13, 7:52 am
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Since the BoSox and ChiSox won it, now it is the Cubs turn to take the Series. Go Cubs Go!
Posts: 3,685
I appreciate this offer from United & Marriott. Gold status will provide me another good option for booking hotels away from my regular hotel loyalty programs.

UAInsider, these are the types of benefits United elites like to receive, a real and tangible benefit.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:02 am
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Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Programs: OWEmerald; STARGold; SPGPlat; PCPlat/Amb; HiltonDiamond; CarlsonGold; A|ClubPat; AirMilesGold
Posts: 37,933
Interesting after the Starwood/Delta tie-up. Wonder who AA will be "partnering" with...Hilton I suppose (they did that movie together).
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