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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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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.

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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.

http://www.marriott.com/rewards/member-benefits/gold.mi

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:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...riences-q.html




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.

https://hub.united.com/en-us/news/lo...t-rewards.aspx

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, 8:03 am
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Join Date: Jun 2012
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wake up and find out United program becomes better
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:03 am
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Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: ORD-LAS
Programs: UA MM Gold, WN Companion,Hyatt Diamond, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Gold
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If I was a Marriott guy, I would be upset!
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:05 am
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Originally Posted by tarheelnj View Post
Stay tuned for responses from existing 50+ night Marriott Golds (and higher) who already experience overcrowded lounges and aren't going to like this at all.
I'd be one of those with that concern. I'd also ask when I can comp my Marriott Platinum to UA Platinum.

I'm certainly happy that it sounds like travel packages should convert 156K miles instead of 120K miles (20%+10%).
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:16 am
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Originally Posted by 787fan View Post
I'm sighing in relief that UA didn't partner with super8

are we seeing a new trend - instead of just airline rewards or hotel rewards or car rewards, we'll unify around "travel rewards" ? UA partnering with Marriott and some car rental company or cruise company ?
or formally become a part of Chase?
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:18 am
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Does this effectively mean that MMs and their significant others will have "lifetime" Marriott Gold/Platinum status as well?
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:18 am
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Marriott Plat here so no real benefit (again, it would be nice if being plat could put you up one level with MP, eg Silver to Gold or Gold to Plat)

The easy transfer will be nice!
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:19 am
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Originally Posted by mecabq View Post
(I would have expected United to partner with Choice Hotels, actually.)
UA and Westin used to be part of the same company (along with Hertz) so one might have thought Starwood approached them first before doing its deal with DL. However, since UA's management is CO, suppose the historical link wasn't even in anyone's mind.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:21 am
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: DCA, EGE, IAD
Programs: MR LTPP, BA Gold, AA LTP, UA Silver
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This is great for UA elites, great for Marriott (if replies in this thread are any indication). Bad for MR elites, especially MR Golds. As MR Plat, UA Premier Silver is a joke. A more equivalent relationships would have been giving UA 1Ks given MR Silver; or giving MR Gold and Plats UA Premier Gold.

While the 25% bonus miles will be nice, the other benefits are a joke with the possible exception of free bag for those that check bags. Upgrades will never happen (I buy F or J on UA when I fly them anyway) and I don't know about E+ availability but the benefit is at check-in so my guess is middle seat at best on today's full flights.

So for 25% extra UA miles, we are once again degrading Marriott lounge experience by adding more elites to already crowded domestic lounges. I must say that UA management was very adept in negotiating this relationship and Marriott only looked at the quantity of customers at the expense of their elite experience. JMHO.

BTW, for those of you unfamiliar with MR: MR and RCR are identical except for the promotions each programs' members receive. The redemption rates for MR and RCR members are identical at Marriott and RC properties. The lounge access policies are identical, which means no elite access to RC clubs if anyone is salivating. Rules and benefits are identical.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:23 am
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Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: New York, NY
Programs: SPG(PLT), Hyatt(Exp), Hertz(PC), UA(1K)
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with the current tie up between MM and HHonors, i'm actually surprised it's with marriott. i'm not displeased with it, just surprised.

so spg is my primary which gets me priority boarding and check in. hyatt is my secondary so i get status there. and now this will get me gold on marriott.

last year i randomly just got a hilton gold card as well saying that as a "valued UA flyer" they sponsored me without even asking. again, still surprised it didn't go hilton. i guess hilton (and AA) are the only two places i don't get anything. i'm guessing that'll change somehow.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:24 am
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Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs: UA 1K (1MM), AA P, Marriott PP (LT PP), SPG P (LT P), HH G, and Hertz PC
Posts: 130
Originally Posted by shttrdrvr View Post
Marriott keeps those programs completely different. Can't redeem points from Marriott to R-C.
That's not true. I redeem Marriott Rewrds all the time for RC and earn Marriott Rewards points when staying at Ritz-Carltom all the time. As Marriott Platinum I get full Ritz benefits (which are not much....).
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:25 am
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Join Date: Dec 2005
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This is great news, I mainly stay at SPG but will be nice to get status treatment on my Marriott stays. Thanks UA !
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:29 am
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Great news! True enhancement.

I hope UA Insider can clarify if MR Gold match is a one-time deal or is it annual, as long you remain UA Gold? MR Gold needs to be re-qualified every year.

EDIT: Found answer. It is a one-time match.
5. Complimentary status offerings are valid through January 31, 2014.
https://secure.unitedmileageplus.com...tusMatchTC.jsp

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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:31 am
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Originally Posted by Shareholder View Post
Wonder who AA will be "partnering" with...Hilton I suppose
AA and HH only makes sense. If for no other reason than the stupid double-letter thing.
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:32 am
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Join Date: May 2009
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As a Marriott Plat and nearing lifetime Gold with a ton of points in both programs I can't say this helps me that much. However I think it is a good partnership and certainly much better news than we spent the past 4 days fretting over
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Old Jul 15, 13, 8:38 am
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Originally Posted by flyerdude88 View Post
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.
I suspect in negotiations, both companies swapped databases of their elites and did a match, identifying how many newbies it would actually result in, as well as the increased demands this would generate on each partner. Likely there was a high degree of elite overlap. Once the agreement was signed, these elite databases were merged and yours was pretty much merged and awaiting your buy-in (as would be required under commerce and anti-trust regs).
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