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Marriott International Announces One Set of Benefits

UPDATE- Thank you for the overwhelming feedback in the comment section. For what it is worth, I found it very useful, so I have passed on the information to my contacts at Marriott. Feel free to continue commenting!

Marriott International announced, today, that it will introduce one set of unified benefits across Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest for its members that will come into effect in August 2018.

Personally, I am very excited by what was announced today. I think that they found a way to merge many of the good aspects of all 3 programs. It’s not perfect (and I still have some question marks), but this preliminary list looks promising.

Consolidation

There are some of the general highlights when the merger comes into effect:

  • Ability to book stays and earn or redeem points across at all brands (i.e. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Starwood) comprising of 6,500 hotels worldwide
  • The Moments platform will expand to more than 110,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations
  • Members will be able to combine their separate Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG accounts into a single account
  • Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest names will continue to be used until 2019 when a new program name will be introduced
  • SPG members will see their points balance triple
  • Earn 10 points for every $1 spent (except for Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Element)
  • Earn 5 points for every $1 spent at Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Element
  • Members will earn points for food and beverage and qualifying incidentals (rather than just the room rate)
  • No blackout dates for points redemptions

Elite status

Below is the unified qualification for each level of elite status. Existing lifetime members can also rest easy!

  • Silver elite status (after 10 nights)
  • Gold elite status (after 25 nights)
  • Platinum elite status (after 50 nights)
  • Platinum Premier elite status (75 nights)
  • *Members who have achieved Lifetime status will continue to have their status recognized

Platinum and Platinum Premier

Expect to see some expanded benefits in the Platinum and Platinum Premier statuses.

  • Members who exceed 100 nights and $20,000 of spend will benefit from another level of personalized service
  • Free breakfast will be expanded to 23 participating brands, including Courtyard, AC Hotels by Marriott, Protea and Moxy, as well as resorts

Lingering Questions

I personally have some lingering questions, which may have been address internally, but was not provided in the press release.

  • I hope that we will continue to have the ability to transfer points within the same household without a fee
  • Hotel categories and the number of points required for reward redemption
  • Ability to transfer to airline partners and transfer ratios
  • Co-branded Canadian credit cards

Closing Thoughts

As I mentioned earlier, I think this preliminary list of benefits is an amazing start. I am definitely have a good feeling going forward. I especially like the expanded options (incidentals, food and beverage) to earn points, as well as eliminating blackout dates.

However, my lingering questions can still have a high impact on how valuable this new program really is.

What else are you wondering about?

UPDATE- Thank you for the overwhelming feedback in the comment section. For what it is worth, I found it very useful, so I have passed on the information to my contacts at Marriott. Feel free to continue commenting!

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