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Massive changes coming to Marriott, Starwood, and Ritz Carlton Rewards Program

 

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Yesterday the hospitality giant Marriott International announced the final step in merging Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz Carlton Rewards into one giant rewards program. The new rewards program which does not currently have a name will give its members a chance to earn points and redeem those points in 6,500 hotels in 127 countries. Marriott said it is a huge deal even if you are not into earning points.

Now that all the programs are merging into one, it is a great time to get into the game of earning points when you travel. The new program will change the way you earn points when you stay at one of Marriott’s thirty brands, simplify the elite ranks for frequent guests, and lay out new rules on how you can redeem your points for free stays.  Marriott’s new program covers so many hotels, including some of the best resorts in the world says David Flueck, who is the SVP of global loyalty at Marriott International.

“Right now almost one in four hotels being built anywhere in the world is one of the Marriott brands,” says Flueck. “We build hotels in order to cater to where our guests want to travel. It really is our guests’ aspiration that is our inspiration.”

Below I will be sharing with you how the new mega rewards program will change August, and what else to expect from Marriott during the next few months.

How you can earn points

Guests who stay in most Marriott brands, including Ritz Carlton, will earn ten points for every dollar spent for your stay. If you are staying at an Element, Residence Inn, and TownePlace Suites which is all considered long-term stay hotels, you will earn five points per dollar in the new program.

If your an SPG member (Starwood Preferred Guest) then you will be moved to the new rewards points which is a three to one ratio which means if you have 10,000 SPG points, then it will be 30,000 points in the new Program.

New Credit Cards

If you want to earn more points than you should apply for Marriott’s new credit card from American Express. Using this card for everyday purchases will earn more points. Starwood also released a new credit card from American Express that makes it simple to earn points and get you closer to earning a free night in any participating hotels. For more details on the new credit cards click here.

Elite Tiers will change

If you are a frequent guest, it will be easier for you to earn elite status then in the past. Elite status gets you all kind of advantages like late checkout, room upgrades, bonus points, and if you are a higher tier member then you also get access to hotel lounges and multi-night stays in suites. If you want to earn Elite Silver status then you would have to have stayed ten nights, for Gold Elite status you would have to have stayed twenty-five nights. If you sign up for the free rewards program you will receive some key benefits such as free WiFi, member-only rates, and the ability to check in with your mobile device.

How you can redeem points

Once you build up all your points it will be easier to redeem them then in the past. All hotels in the rewards program will have no blackout dates for points redemption. Marriott ever announced a Free Night Award Chart with a peak, standard, and off-peak pricing will be applied to all hotels. This chart will launch in August and peak and off-peak pricing will take effect in 2019.

 

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Other minor changes

The company is expanding its collection of Marriott Moments from a roster of 8,000 experiences that you could book with your points, like World Series tickets or tickets to a Broadway show. There are 110,000 different things to do globally.

I was nervous for what Marriott was going to announce but im happy with what they are doing, it is a big leap for the company and all its amazing reward members.

 

Disclaimer: I did not attend this event, i have written this post from reading multiple articles and watching the event online.

 

Quote from― J. Willard Marriott

“Make today as perfect as I can and tomorrow will take care of itself and yesterday will be another memorable event.”

Thanks for reading- The Hotel Fanatic

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