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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 7, 18, 3:36 am
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
The "objective" measure I use in my case is if I can extend my legs up fully horizontally. If we want to put this into a measure I'd say the pitch should be 40 inches or more. Another benefit of E+ seating is access to a power outlet.
There are only a smattering of E+ seats in the fleet that offer 40” of pitch, and they’re all situations where there’s no seat immediately in front of the passenger. E+ is 34-36” in most cases; exit rows may be closer to 38”.

In-seat power is not available in all planes (although, in planes where it is available, it’s universal within E+).

Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
In my experience flying them, there's usually an emergency exit row that provides a respectable amount of leg room
The exit row seat on the CRJ-200 is not sold as E+. I think it does offer a bit more legroom, but all seats on the CRJ-200 are pretty awful.

Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
Joking aside, those E+ seats really do make a difference on the longer haul flights (i.e. EWR -> SFO or ORD -> NRT). In particular on the 777 there are emergency exit rows that allow you to have a window seat and literally be able to get out of your seat, walk into the galley without having to wake anyone or (or wait for them to wake up for that matter) which makes a huge difference on a 15 hour flight!
No question (although it helps to peruse the “Where to sit on a XXX” threads .
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Old Aug 2, 18, 2:45 pm
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From Marriott Insiders announcement:

As a valued United MileagePlus® Premier® member who is currently receiving complimentary Marriott Rewards® Gold Elite status through RewardsPlus, you’ll be elevated to Platinum Elite status in August 2018 through January 2019, as a result of Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) becoming one Loyalty Program.* Platinum Elite benefits will include lounge access (restrictions apply), 50% points bonus and more.

Starting in August 2018, RewardsPlus offers members the following benefits:

United MileagePlus members receive:
  • Complimentary Gold Elite status in Rewards and SPG (open to MileagePlus Premier Gold members and above, registration required***)
  • Conversion of MileagePlus award miles into points at a 1:1 ratio (open to Premier Silver members and above, registration not required)
  • 10% more MileagePlus miles when converting points into MileagePlus miles (open to all members, registration not required)
  • 10% more MileagePlus miles when redeeming points for RewardsPlus Travel Packages (open to all members, registration not required)

https://insiders.marriottrewards.com...rogram-changes
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Old Aug 2, 18, 2:52 pm
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This, buried in the footnotes, is why as of February 2019, Marriott will be no more desirable to me than Hilton or Hyatt, where I also hold "mediocre tier" status:

In February 2019, all registered MileagePlus members who requalify for RewardsPlus for the next program year will receive the updated Gold Elite status benefits for a full calendar year with Rewards and SPG.
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Old Aug 2, 18, 3:46 pm
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Being August now, has anyone seen this happen? My Marriott account is still showing Gold. Got my RewardsPlus renewal email in February as a 1K.
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Old Aug 2, 18, 3:48 pm
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I guess that devaluation continues for all programs including RewardPlus for MP elite members. There is no reason to stay at Marriott after Feb. 1, 2019. Lounge access has been the main reason for booking Marriott hotels. This is a sad news, indeed.
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Old Aug 2, 18, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by tcp1 View Post
Being August now, has anyone seen this happen? My Marriott account is still showing Gold. Got my RewardsPlus renewal email in February as a 1K.
August 18 is listed as the official conversion date for Marriott so you should see the benefits from that date onwards.

Good to see they're doing the right thing and keeping us at Platinum till end of January as I have several stays booked at SPMarriott properties in the coming months. However, I'm bummed out about getting merely Gold in the new SPMarriott program as I really made use of the 4 PM and lounge/breakfast benefit at JW's & Marriotts. This makes it equally difficult for myself as an HHonours Gold (through 2020) since I'm more or less guaranteed Comp'd breakfast as a YourChoice reward (but don't have the guaranteed late check out). Pricing being equal and supposing I don't have a need for late checkout I'll probably opt for Hilton now to retain Gold status through 2021 (only need 20 nights @ Hilton to get the status supposing you are like me and ensure you never stay at the same Hilton twice ).

Safe Travels,

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Old Aug 2, 18, 9:27 pm
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Bye-bye!

Thanks for everything Marriott/SPG/Ritz!

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Old Aug 2, 18, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by JMBResona View Post
Thanks for everything Marriott/SPG/Ritz!

I'm in the exact same boat as you, unless I need that 2 PM late checkout I don't quite see the point in staying loyal to Marriott. I'll use up the Platinum benefits this year then go by whatever is the cheapest and includes breakfast!
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Old Aug 2, 18, 9:37 pm
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
I'm in the exact same boat as you, unless I need that 2 PM late checkout I don't quite see the point in staying loyal to Marriott. I'll use up the Platinum benefits this year then go by whatever is the cheapest and includes breakfast!
Exactly! Although if I didn't have stays at the Hilton Odaiba/Conrad Tokyo coming up in early August, I would've liked to wait to do the status match until the program change occurred.

Who knows, if Hilton are matching current SPG Golds to Hilton Gold, maybe they would've matched me to Hilton Diamond after August 18 as a new-ly minted (devalued) Marriott Platinum! But alas...
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Old Aug 2, 18, 9:42 pm
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Originally Posted by JMBResona View Post
Exactly! Although if I didn't have stays at the Hilton Odaiba/Conrad Tokyo coming up in early August, I would've liked to wait to do the status match until the program change occurred.

Who knows, if Hilton are matching current SPG Golds to Hilton Gold, maybe they would've matched me to Hilton Diamond after August 18 as a new-ly minted (devalued) Marriott Platinum! But alas...
I will say this about Hilton properties, their breakfast leaves much to be desired in comparison to Marriott breakfasts at the lounge/restaurant. So far I've stayed at several Hiltons & HGI's and found their continental breakfast to be around the same quality as a Best Western. I've stayed at several Marriotts & JW's as a Gold and found both the quantity and quality of items were far superior to the point where I left the Executive Lounge feeling satisfied. If ever I could hit Platinum without having to stay that often at a Marriott I would do it in a heartbeat!

Safe Travels,

James
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Old Aug 2, 18, 10:20 pm
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
I will say this about Hilton properties, their breakfast leaves much to be desired in comparison to Marriott breakfasts at the lounge/restaurant. So far I've stayed at several Hiltons & HGI's and found their continental breakfast to be around the same quality as a Best Western. I've stayed at several Marriotts & JW's as a Gold and found both the quantity and quality of items were far superior to the point where I left the Executive Lounge feeling satisfied. If ever I could hit Platinum without having to stay that often at a Marriott I would do it in a heartbeat!

Safe Travels,

James
it really does depend on the individual property. For example the Hilton London Bankside has a fantastic breakfast in the lounge, or you have the option of the even better offerings in the restaurant as a Hilton Gold/Diamond.
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Old Aug 2, 18, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
Good to see they're doing the right thing and keeping us at Platinum till end of January
Very interesting and completely unexpected. Will this count as a year of Platinum status toward Lifetime?
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Old Aug 3, 18, 1:47 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Very interesting and completely unexpected. Will this count as a year of Platinum status toward Lifetime?
Actually this was pretty much expected as Marriott didn't want to 'downgrade' those who had lounge access in 2018 and suddenly take those benefits away. Come 2019 though....

All indications point toward yes.
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Old Aug 3, 18, 2:35 am
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
Very interesting and completely unexpected. Will this count as a year of Platinum status toward Lifetime?
If you're Gold now you have already qualified 1 year toward new Plat (50 night level), assuming, of course, that RewardsPlus matching counts at all.
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Old Aug 4, 18, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by j2simpso View Post
I'm in the exact same boat as you, unless I need that 2 PM late checkout I don't quite see the point in staying loyal to Marriott. I'll use up the Platinum benefits this year then go by whatever is the cheapest and includes breakfast!
2PM is subject to availability just like Hilton.
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