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The ins and outs of: The Marriott and SPG Merged Scheme

The Marriott and SPG Merged Scheme

Marriott and Starwood have finally announced their new merged programme. From the 1st of August (2018), Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest will cease to exist in their current forms. Instead being replaced with a currently unnamed, combined programme.

As such, you will be able to book all 29 combined Marriott and Starwood brands on both the Marriott and Starwood websites.

Elite Status Tiers

The new program will have the following 5 elite tiers:

  • Silver - earnt after 10 nights.
  • Gold - earnt after 25 nights.
  • Platinum - earnt after 50 nights.
  • Platinum Premier - earnt after 75 nights.
  • Platinum Premier (elite) - earnt after 100 nights and $20,000 spend.

Existing lifetime status benefits will continue to be honoured. However, you will no longer earn status based on stays.

New Earning Rates

You will earn 10 base points for every dollar spent at all brands. The exception to this is Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites and Element which will all earn 5 points for every dollar spent. Having elite status will earn a points bonus as follows:

  • Silver members will earn 11 points per $1.
  • Gold members will earn 12.5 points per $1.
  • Platinum members will earn 15 points per $1.
  • Platinum Premier members will earn 17.5 points per $1.

From August, all members will earn points for food and beverage and qualifying incidentals on their folio, rather than just the room rate.

Existing Marriott status tier will be ported to the new programme on the following basis:

  • Silver (10-24 nights) = Silver.
  • Silver (25-49 nights) = Gold.
  • Gold = Platinum.
  • Platinum = Platinum Premier.
  • Platinum with 100+ nights and $20k spend = Platinum Premier with Ambassador.

Existing Starwood status tier will be ported to the new programme on following basis:

  • Preferred Guest = Silver.
  • Gold = Gold.
  • Platinum = Platinum.
  • Platinum with 75+ nights = Platinum Premier.

As Starwood Gold is currently equivalent to Marriott Gold (giving lounge access or breakfast) the new scheme will continue to honour these benefits until the end of the year.

The benefits for each status level include:

  • Silver – Only points bonus.
  • Gold – 2pm check-out, welcome gift, preferred room.
  • Platinum – 4pm check-out, lounge access, welcome gift, suite upgrade certificates for 50 nights.
  • Platinum Premier – additional suite upgrades for 75 nights
Redeeming Points

In total, there will be eight categories of hotels to redeem your points, and three different levels, off-peak, standard and peak. The off-peak and peak awards won’t come into operation until 2019, along with category 8.

Category Off-Peak Standard Peak
15,0007,50010,000
210,00012,50015,000
315,00017,50020,000
420,00025,00030,000
530,00035,00040,000
640,00050,00060,000
750,00060,00070,000
870,00085,000100,000

Peak and off-peak will not be set globally. Instead hotels will set approximately 20% of their days as peak, 20% as off-peak and 60% as standard. There will be some standardisation, i.e. all hotels in a specific city or country will likely be showing the same level of pricing.

Credit Cards

Creation is set to launch a new credit card for the scheme in August, currently there are no plans announced to remove the SPG Amex card so it is likely that this will continue, at least until the new-year.

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Ross Slater

Dr Ross Slater

Ross is Expert with Points' main contributor. Sharing his knowledge of various travel reward schemes, to help your travelling go further.

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