Whine Wednesdays: Marriott’s Stabilized Platform?

Well. This must be the whine topic of the year if not the entire decade that we have covered extensively (unfortunately) ever since Marriott has tried to (unsuccessfully) merge and stabilize its loyalty program platform from August 18th.

Marriott Rewards & SPG Stabilized Platform

The screenshot above is from my attempt to sign in to my Marriott Rewards account about an hour ago that was unsuccessful. I just presented with an error message “Please try again later”.

Marriott Rewards Terms & Conditions Updates November 2018

Within the past seven days, Marriott Rewards has now twice revised the Terms & Conditions governing their guest loyalty program.

JW Marriott Lima

There are changes from participating properties (addition of Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach) to Platinum member lounge access, Rewarding Events elite qualifying nights, F&B spend without stays and quite a number of other aspects that members should be aware of.

What Did You Win From Marriott’s (SPG) 29 Ways Sweepstakes?

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Marriott Rewards and SPG launched the 29 Ways Sweepstakes four weeks ago to celebrate the latest MegaBonus promotion (read more here) and the 29 brands that the hotel company now has.

Marriott 29 Ways Ended U

There were some issues with the sweepstakes first that ended up delaying it by a week (read more here) and then the T&Cs were updated allowing members to participate and win a prize daily (read more here).

Marriott Rewards Legacy SPG Brands Free Nights Offers For Middle East & Africa Through December 31, 2018

Marriott Rewards has now brought back the popular third, fourth and two nights free on a six night stay-offers in the Middle East and Africa (no longer available in Europe) for stays at legacy Starwood brands through December 31, 2018.

Marriott Rewards Legacy SPG Brands Free Nights Offers For Middle East & Africa For Stays Through December 31, 2018

The offer offer is theoretically only valid for Mastercard holders but this has never been enforced (based on my own experienced) by the properties (just carry one in case).

Marriott Third Quarter Disappointing Results & Lower Fourth Quarter Guidance

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Marriott International today released their third quarter results and the markets were not impressed. The stock was down 6% in after-hours trading at the time of writing this piece. It seems that hotel customers were not booking with Marriott at the level Mr. Sorenson was hoping for while the Marriott platform was being “stabilized” (read more here).

Marriott Revenue Falling & Stock Falling

Marriott did not meet their revenue target and lowered their guidance for the fourth quarter. Profit for the quarter was up however. Basically fewer people were booking Marriott rooms in the quarter (did this come as a surprise to anyone?).

Reader Email: Shambolic Marriott Rewards Customer Service

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us an email about an issue that many Marriott Rewards & SPG members are currently facing – customer service that has basically collapsed.

Marriott Where To

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LAST WEEK: Marriott Rewards & SPG 29 Ways Sweepstakes With More than 2,000,000 Instant Win Prizes!

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Marriott Rewards & SPG’s launched 29 Ways sweepstakes three weeks ago to celebrate all the brands brought together and is now on its last week.

Marriott SPG 29 Ways Last Week

The sweepstakes that have more than two million instant win prizes from 50 points to 4-night stay at Ritz-Carlton will end on November 8, 2018. After T&Cs change, you can win daily instead of only once.

Marriott Rewards (SPG) & “Emirates & China Eastern Miles” Mystery Deepens

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Yesterday, I wrote a piece (access here) about weird deposits made to my Marriott Rewards account under “Emirates & China Eastern Miles” headline over the weekend.

Marriott Rewards Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Emirates Your World Rewards

SPG had airline partnerships with Delta, Emirates and China Eastern of which the latter two survived the Marriott takeover. A reader noted that these lines on the account statement were actually mile deposits to the airline and he was correct..

Marriott Rewards (SPG) Points & Stay History Gone For A Week?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped us a screenshot of his Marriott Rewards/SPG account with a note that his stay and points history had been now gone for a week?

Reader Email SPG History Gone

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Mystery Emirates & China Eastern Miles Deposited To Marriott Rewards & SPG Accounts?

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Starwood Preferred Guest had airline partnerships with Delta, Emirates and China Eastern of which the latter two survived the Marriott takeover (merger officially – I know).

SPG Weird Activity

My SPG account was register with both Delta and Emirates (and Uber too). Over the weekend, I had some mystery points deposited to my account and I have no idea what for?

Reader Question: SPG Lifetime Issue After 25 Stays And/Or 50 nights?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question by email about an issue with SPG Lifetime status after reaching the required 10 years of Platinum status with the program.

Marriott Rewards Lifetime Status

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Marriott CEO Sorenson: “(Program Merger) Little Bit More Bumpy Than We Anticipated”

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Marriott CEO Sorenson has been on a tour in the Middle East and had opened up about losing the former Starwood flagship properties to Hilton in Dubai (read more here) and the state of program merger.

Marriott CEO SPG Bumpy

This is the same CEO that called SPG members (read more here) rabid (too fanatical about their program) and most recently asked members to stick around while they try to stabilize the platform (read more here).

UPDATE: St. Regis Princeville Resort Exits Marriott System On November 16, 2018

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Starwood Capital purchased St. Regis Princeville and nearby resort in Hawaii and the hotel employees were already telling guests early this month that they are exiting Marriott system in mid-November. Marriott has now confirmed this.

St. Regis Princeville Resorts Exits Marriott System In November 2018

There is nothing yet on Marriott’s website indicating that the hotel is soon gone and they are happily allowing guests to book stays through November 15, 2018 the last date the hotel is under St. Regis branding. 

Reservation Management Function On SPG App & Website (Marriott Skin) Now Entirely Useless

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In the last couple of days Marriott has tweaked the SPG App as well as the Marriott website when logged in under the SPG account even more and managing your reservations (especially same day ones) became pretty much impossible.

It’s now also impossible to enter any additional information during the booking process such as preferences or messages to the hotel when using the SPG App.

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