November 28, 2017
Changes Announced for Marriott Rewards and SPG in 2018

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It’s been over a year since Marriott first acquired Starwood. Marriott said at the time that it would combine the two loyalty programs sometime around 2019. The world’s largest hotel company has made gradual steps towards integrating the programs. Members can transfer points from SPG:Marriott at a 1:3 ratio, and vice versa. The Marriott and Starwood credit cards offer reciprocal benefits, and members can match their elite status across both programs. Marriott announced a few additional changes coming to SPG and Marriott Rewards in 2018.

  • SPG members will be able to earn Starpoints for Hertz rentals, just like Marriott members have already been able to do
  • SPG and Marriott Platinum members will receive Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star elite status
  • SPG Platinum members with Ambassador status will receive Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle elite status
  • Starpoints will never expire for SPG members with lifetime Gold or Platinum status., just like Marriott Rewards members with lifetime status
  • Marriott Rollover Nights and Status Buy Back will be eliminated for Marriott Rewards members. This applies for the 2018 elite status year, not 2017.

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These relatively minor changes are clearly another step towards harmonizing the two reward programs. The only downside is the elimination of Marriott Rollover Nights and Status Buy Back, but I don’t see that as a major cause for concern. SPG and Marriott Rewards will remain separate programs at least until 2019.

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