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Marriott Plat Status for Matched UA Elites staring Aug 18,2018 until Jan 2019, after?

Marriott Plat Status for Matched UA Elites staring Aug 18,2018 until Jan 2019, after?

Old Jun 27, 18, 3:25 am
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Marriott Plat Status for Matched UA Elites staring Aug 18,2018 until Jan 2019, after?

It seems that there may be a downgrade to the comp Marriott status starting in August??

https://members.marriott.com/benefits/

The "new Gold" seems to have far less benefits??
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Last edited by WineCountryUA; Sep 6, 18 at 3:02 pm Reason: Title update to reflect Marriott announcement
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Old Jun 27, 18, 5:20 am
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Appears that Golds will no longer have lounge access! Also late check out at 2pm instead of 4.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 5:33 am
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Discussion here:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unit...etails-68.html
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marr...ership-68.html

IIRC there's no official confirmation on what happens post-merger, but my understanding is that current MR golds (regardless of how they obtained status) will be new "Platinums" until 2019.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by JMBResona View Post
Discussion here:

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unit...etails-68.html
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marr...ership-68.html

IIRC there's no official confirmation on what happens post-merger, but my understanding is that current MR golds (regardless of how they obtained status) will be new "Platinums" until 2019.
Yes, my understanding is that MR Gold will be MR Plat for the rest of the year. The unknown question is whether those who get MR status through United will be MR Gold or Plat next year. (Or if the program will continue at all).
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Old Jun 27, 18, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by JMBResona View Post
IIRC there's no official confirmation on what happens post-merger, but my understanding is that current MR golds (regardless of how they obtained status) will be new "Platinums" until 2019.
Not correct. Those who obtained MR Gold through an SPG match will not get "new" MR Plat. They will get whatever status was earned. See A3 in the wiki here: Official announcement See how our three loyalty programs will become one in August

Originally Posted by swiftaw View Post
The unknown question is whether those who get MR status through United will be MR Gold or Plat next year. (Or if the program will continue at all).
There is (IMO) zero chance UA Gold will match to MR Plat in 2019.

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Old Jun 27, 18, 10:37 am
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but it could be possible that UA 1k could match to Plat or something like that-- i would agree i dont see UA gold to new plat working
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Old Jun 27, 18, 10:41 am
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We're all speculating beyond these known points:
- MR Gold earned through the 'native' MR program becomes MR Platinum;
- MR Gold granted by match from SPG Gold becomes MR Gold.

It has not been clarified definitively whether or not the comp'd UA-affiliated Gold status is considered MR native, although some statements have been made suggesting it is.

Nothing has been said about what will happen for the UA/MR tie-up after this year.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 10:56 am
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This will be interesting to watch. I use Marriott hotels due to the lounge access as 1K (automatic Marriott Gold), but I now have the same benefit with Hilton through Amex Platinum, so if 1K does not provide Platinum at Marriott those reservations will go to Hilton. Pity as the Renaissance at LHR and IST are same of my favourite airport hotels, but I do like the Hilton Paddington/Hilton Metropole as an alternative LHR hotel if my flight is after 10am.

My first SPG gold experience (after the merger of SPG and Marriott) was underwhelming so have avoided the SPG hotels, but if the new program upgrades the experience may reconsider.

Really hope 1K provides Platinum benefits going forward with Marriott.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by Aussienarelle View Post
Really hope 1K provides Platinum benefits going forward with Marriott.
Same here. This alone (MR Gold) has moved my lodging to Marriott as much as possible. I have been disillusioned with Hilton and HHonor's program for some time.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by ErgoTraveler View Post
Same here. This alone (MR Gold) has moved my lodging to Marriott as much as possible. I have been disillusioned with Hilton and HHonor's program for some time.
Call me skeptical on 1K/GS getting platinum. They've widened the benefits gap between gold and plat and I don't think the latter is something they are going to hand out generously.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 11:24 am
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Originally Posted by SAN 1K View Post
Appears that Golds will no longer have lounge access! Also late check out at 2pm instead of 4.
Nor breakfast.

Back to Hilton where at least I'll get breakfast included.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Not correct. Those who obtained MR Gold through an SPG match will not get "new" MR Plat. They will get whatever status was earned. See A3 in the wiki here: Official announcement See how our three loyalty programs will become one in August
But how do I know how I got MR Gold? I had it for a few years via UA/MR RewardsPlus program. Then at some point I used my Amex Plat benefit to get SPG Gold. Then Marriott bought SPG and I linked the accounts. So essentially I have two avenues to MR Gold, but I don't know for the current year which road Marriott used to award me MR Gold.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by Portolan View Post
Nor breakfast.

Back to Hilton where at least I'll get breakfast included.
Marriott was great while it lasted, although I was underwhelmed by their premier US properties.
Hilton has been getting more of my business anyway because they have been/are treating me better internationally.
I've dropped Hyatt completely due to the massive deval for Diamonds last year.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 11:53 am
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I just finished a great stay at the Courtyard Chennai and Pune Marriott Suites. Only reason I stayed here was because of Gold benefits, and it was absolutely worth it. If UA matches to the new Gold, I’ll shift all my hotel stays to AirBnB most likely.
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Old Jun 27, 18, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje View Post
We're all speculating beyond these known points:
- MR Gold earned through the 'native' MR program becomes MR Platinum;
- MR Gold granted by match from SPG Gold becomes MR Gold.
Agreed. Starwood Lurker specifically declined to provide details as to UA matched status on the basis the information is "proprietary." It's likely that they are still negotiating with both UA and DL over the terms of a go forward relationship. I just think it extraordinarily unlikely they'll give UA Gold MR Plat.

I will add that I started staying at Marriotts largely due to the matched Gold status via UA, and liked the program enough to switch over when Hyatt kicked me out with the 60 night requirement for "Globalist." I'll easily clear 75 combined Marriott and SPG nights this year, and of course believe the door should be closed behind me
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