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.

Marriott Rewards United Airlines RewardsPlus

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).

Marriott Changes You Like (DON’T) At SPG Resorts (Lounges Closing)

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that during these “mergers” (and this was merger in name only – Marriott took over Starwood) programs usually adopt the worst aspect from both programs and then call it “one of the best”.

Sheraton Maldives

Marriott has traditionally been very stingy towards its elite members that have stayed at resorts properties. Gold and Platinum members have not been eligible complimentary lounge access even if property has had one and breakfast benefit has not been extended to guest staying at resorts ($$$).

Starwood’s Great Taiwan, China Struggle!

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Seems that Starwood’s website has quietly followed China’s orders and added the word “China” after Taiwan that has caused havoc on the website!

Starwoods Taiwan Struggles No Hotels

Now, when you execute a search for Taipei on the website, you are presented the search result above that would indicate that there are no SPG affiliated hotels in the city which obviously is false.

Reader Question: Qualifying For SPG Platinum Status By 25 Stays In 2018?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question via Facebook about qualifying for SPG Platinum status this year on stays?

Marriott CEO SPG Members Too Rabid

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SPG Hot Escapes No More!

Seems that the SPG Hot Escapes last week were the last ones before the Starwood website is replaced with the Marriott one (which has functioning issues – read more here).

The SPGHotEscapes.com currently resolves to Marriott.com and there are no sightings of this rate plan on SPG’s website.

St. Regis, W & Westin Hotels In Dubai Becoming Affiliated With Hilton

SPG’s integration to Marriott has given an opportunity to hotels to end their agreements with the chain and St. Regis, W and Westin hotels in Dubai owned by the Al Habtoor Group decided to do just that effective July 31, 2018 (read more here).

W

Now, seems that these three hotel will resurface under Hilton brands in due course based on an email that I received from a reader. St. Regis will become part of LXR Collection (resurrected brand), W will become V Curio Collection hotel and Westin is going to turn to a Hilton.

Reader Comment: SPG Member’s Take On Marriott Benefits

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A LoyaltyLobby reader who is a longtime SPG Platinum member recently tried few Marriott properties to check them out before the program merger looming next month.

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SPG Mobile Check In Bonuses Slowly Posting

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SPG run a Mobile App Check In promotion for stays between May 1 – June 15, 2018 (read more here) and, unlike with most other SPG offers, these bonus points didn’t post shortly after the stay had been consumed.

SPG Mobile App Bonuses Posting

Seems that SPG has now started to run batches to get these bonuses posted to member accounts. Over the past couple of hours, I have had four 250 bonuses posted and I am still missing quite a few.

Marriott Rewards & SPG Programs To Merge On August 18, 2018

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Marriott Rewards made an announcement today that the program merger that was supposed to happen in early August will now take place on August 18, 2018.

Marriott Merger August 18 2018

SPG members are converted to Marriott Rewards platform that many have found to be very unstable as of late (read more here). The current award charts are in place until August 17.

Reader Email: Lost 120,000 SPG Starpoints Due To Too Long Stay!

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a message on Facebook regarding a stay he had with Starwood to which he didn’t end up earning a single Starpoint even when the folio indicated 120,000!

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SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 33% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20%15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes July 25 2018 U

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

W LAS Vegas Is Now Grand Tower At SLS (Tribute Portfolio)

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Guests that have reservations for stays at W Las Vegas have received emails from Starwood this week informing that the brand of the hotel is changing to SLS effective July 20, 2018.

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Grand Tower at SLS is still part of SPG/Marriott under Tribute Portfolio but unclear for how long. Accor just bought 50% stake in SBE (read more here) that owns SLS brand among others.

Reader Question: Does SPG Starpoint Purchase Count Towards Lifetime Marriott Point Requirement?

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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question regarding SPG Starpoints purchase sale (read more here) that ends tomorrow and if points purchases from SPG will count towards the Marriott’s lifetime points requirement.

Marriott SPG Lifetime Platinum Premier

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SPG Hot Escapes For The Next 6 Weeks Up To 32% Off + Extra 5% Off For Members (Book By Saturday)

SPG releases its weekly Hot Escapes list every Wednesday. This is a selection of hotels around the world that are discounted anywhere from 20%15% (sometimes up to 70% off) + an additional 5% off for SPG members.

SPG Hot Escapes July 18 2018 U

The hotel listing has the lowest member prices for the next 6 weeks. The availability and the price can vary from date to date.

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