Marriott Rewards & United Airlines RewardsPlus Program Changes

Marriott Rewards on Thursday announced changes to the RewardsPlus program that is has in partnership with United Airlines.

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I already reported earlier (read more here) that United Airlines Gold and higher members should link their accounts with Marriott NOW to get Marriott Rewards Platinum status through January 2019 (one-time only). In the future, MileagePlus Gold and higher members are eligible for Marriott Gold that is lower status than the current one (won’t come with lounge access and complimentary breakfast).

You can access Marriott’s page for the partnership here.

READ MORE: Marriott Rewards Rate & Bonus Points And Miles Promotions

Here’s the 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. Learn more about Platinum Elite benefits

Please note that there will be no change to the MileagePlus status offered to Marriott Rewards and SPG® members through RewardsPlus after August 2018. Eligible members registered for RewardsPlus before or after August 2018 will continue to receive MileagePlus Premier® Silver status through January 2019.

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

Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® and SPG® members receive:

  • Complimentary Premier Silver status in MileagePlus (open to Platinum Premier Elite and Platinum Premier Elite with ambassador-level members, registration required**)
  • 10% more MileagePlus award miles when converting points into MileagePlus miles (open to all members, registration not required)
  • 10% more MileagePlus award miles when redeeming points for RewardsPlus Travel Packages (open to all members, registration not required)

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)

*Marriott offers travelers a choice of three frequent travel programs: the Marriott Rewards® Program, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Program and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Program. Effective August 2018, the Marriott Rewards Program, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Program, and the SPG Program will keep their separate names for the time being but will function as one program operating under the same terms and conditions.

**Platinum Premier Elite or Platinum Premier Elite with ambassador-level members can register for complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status at mrrewardsplus.com.

***Eligible MileagePlus members can register for complimentary Gold Elite status at united.com/rewardsplus. MileagePlus members, registered in RewardsPlus prior to August 2018 and currently enjoying Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status, will receive the updated Platinum Elite status with Rewards and SPG through January 2019. 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. To learn more about the updated Gold Elite status benefits, visit members.marriott.com.

Conclusion

Not a surprise that you need to be Platinum Premier in the combined program to be eligible for the United Silver status because this is in effect the current Marriott Platinum status.

The Travel Packages are gutted and devalued in the combined program to the point that they are not worth redeeming unless there is very good incentive from the airline (unlike now when they are the best Marriott Rewards redemption option).

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