Marriott Bonvoy 15 Elite Qualifying Nights From American Express Bonvoy Cards Have Now Posted!

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Marriott Bonvoy Members should check out their accounts as the 15 Elite Qualifying Nights from their American Express Cards (and possibly Chase cards too?) have just posted for 2019.

U.S. Credit card customers of the new Marriott Bonvoy products issued by American Express and Chase are entitled to a whopping 15 Elite Nights per year which is a huge advantage.

Marriott Rewards Award Category Changes March 5, 2019

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Marriott Rewards today announced award category changes that will take place on March 5, 2019.

Scrub Island Resort

There are 258 hotels moving up one category and 37 that will move down. Marriott currently has 6,900 hotels open. These changes thus affect roughly 4.3% of properties.

LAST CALL: Marriott Rewards & SPG Choice Benefit Based On 2018 Activity (Choose By February 7)

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Marriott Rewards & SPG Choice Benefit that went dark unexpected in early January and was reactivated in mid month. Marriott then extended deadline until February 7, 2019 for members to make their choice.

Marriott Rewards Choice Benefit

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) launched Choice Benefit first for those staying 50 nights and later introduced second gift at 75 nights. Marriott Rewards incorporated this into the combined program last year.

Marriott Rewards Japan Up To 30% Off Advance Purchase Rates

Marriott Rewards has launched an Advance Purchase Rate for stays at select hotels in Japan.

Marriott Rewards Japan Sale

Members that book anywhere 14 to 90 days in advance can save up to 30% off of their stay.

Any Marriott Rewards Lifetime Status Issues?

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Marriott Rewards yesterday processed Lifetime Platinum Premier (soon Titanium) statuses to those that qualified under the legacy rules that were in place only for 2018.

Marriott Rewards Lifetime Status

When I wrote a piece yesterday morning (read more here), Marriott had at the time processed the status for my legacy Marriott Rewards account but hadn’t for my SPG one (had qualified under both). Now, the status is correctly applied to both.

Compensation Clinic: Aloft London Excel

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a Compensation Clinic-case from a stay at Marriott affiliated Aloft property in London that had rented out their pool to “Waterbabies”.

Compensation Clinic Aloft Excel

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover a Compensation Clinic case here once a week, every Sunday.

Marriott Rewards Lifetime Platinum Premier (Soon Bonvoy Titanium) Status Posted!

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A LoyaltyLobby reader alerted us that his Marriott Rewards (soon Bonvoy) account has changed today from lifetime Platinum to Platinum Premier (soon Lifetime Titanium) and so had my Marriott Rewards one as well.

Marriott Bonvoy Lifetime Titanium

Members had until the end of 2018 to qualify for this Platinum Premier lifetime status that is no longer available. Going forward only Silver, Gold and Platinum ones are.

SPG American Express Cards Moving Under Marriott Bonvoy Branding

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American Express today announced changes to its SPG card portfolio that is moving under Marriott Bonvoy branding effective February 13, 2019.

SPG Amex Refresh

Card design is changing among some of the benefits. You can information about available cards below.

Marriott Has Finally Updated SPG Members 2019 Status Based On Legacy Qualification Criteria

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Marriott Rewards has finally managed to update former SPG members accounts with the appropriate status extension and lifetime status appropriation if they qualified with 25 stays at SPG brands in 2018.

SPG/Marriott has previously implemented an exception that allowed SPG members to qualify for their 2019 status based on legacy criteria of the original program which allowed qualification based on stays instead of nights.

W Beijing Chang’an Exits Marriott System On January 31, 2019?

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Seems that yet another legacy Starwood property is heading for Marriott system exit on January 31, 2019.

W Beijing

W Beijing that opened its doors back in October 2014 no longer accept reservation past January 31 on Marriott’s website. There is no note on the website that the hotel would be leaving the system or being reflagged.

LAST CALL: Marriott Rewards Japan, Korea & Guam Up To 25% Off Flash Sale For For Stays Through April 30, 2019 (Book By January 20)

Marriott Rewards & SPG launched on Monday a 7-Day up to 25% off Flash Sale for stays at participating hotels in Japan, Korea & Guam that is about to end.

Marriott Rewards Japan Korea Guam Sale

The sale is valid for stays through April 30, 2019 and must be booked by this coming Sunday January 20.

Starwood SPG App Will Be Deactivated On 13 February 2019, Requiring To Download Marriott Application!

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The SPG App is now displaying a warning notice upon login that it will be discontinued on February 13 when Marriott’s new BonVoy program goes live.

Customers who wish to use the app functionality for their Marriott accounts will have to download their app in order to use that one instead.

Reader Question: Buying Hotel Or Airline Status From A Website? Is this For Real?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a link to a website that appears to be selling airline and hotel status for cash.

Reader Question Status For Sale

Remember that you can always email us, send a message via Facebook or use Twitter and include photos too. We’ll try to cover Reader Questions & Comments here several times a week.

Marriott Bonvoy Officially Launches On February 13, 2019

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Marriott today finally made the official announcement of the combined name for the existing programs (Marriott Rewards, SPG & Ritz Carlton Rewards) Bonvoy that we have known already since late November (read more here). The logo that was published previously on trademark applications (read more here) was unveiled too.

Marriott Bonvoy Logo

The new program name will replace the existing ones on February 13, 2019. Marriott will also replace Platinum Premier Elite with Titanium and Platinum Premier Elite with an Ambassador just with Ambassador.

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