Marriott Platinum Elite Welcome Gift List Published

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As reported in Marriott Insiders, Marriott has published the list of welcome gifts, by brand, that Platinum Elites can expect when the Marriott and SPG programs merge in August.  The list is re-published below, along with my reactions.  For much more detail about the upcoming program merger, please see: Marriott SPG Ritz Transition Guide.

Analysis

The 1,000 point per stay option is a devaluation for SPG elites since it is equivalent to only 333 SPG points.  For Marriott elites the list is pretty much as expected, but there are a few surprises.  In particular, there are several hotel brands where breakfast is not a guaranteed option when there is no lounge or when the lounge is closed:

  • JW Marriott Hotels do not offer a non-lounge breakfast option (but JW Marriott Resorts do).
  • Marriott Hotels do not offer a non-lounge breakfast option (but Marriott Resorts do).
  • Delta Hotels do not offer a non-lounge breakfast option (but Delta Resorts do).
  • Autograph Collection Hotels do not offer a non-lounge breakfast option (but Autograph Collection Resorts do).
  • Renaissance Hotels do not offer a non-lounge breakfast option (but Renaissance Resorts do).

In each of the above cases, as long as a lounge is open and available, this isn’t a problem, but it could be an issue on weekends when some lounges close.  See this Flyertalk thread for a list of lounges that close on weekends.

One surprise is with Courtyard hotels.  We were expecting free breakfast, but this chart shows that Courtyards without lounges (which I expect is most of them?) offer $10 food & beverage credit for member plus 1 guest daily.  That’s probably enough for free breakfast at many Courtyards but I doubt it would cover the full bill in expensive cities.

Moxy Hotels, like Courtyards without lounges, offers $10 food & beverage credit for member plus 1 guest daily.

Not surprisingly, brands that always offer free breakfast (like Fairfield, Springhill Suites, etc.) don’t include a breakfast welcome gift.

As expected, Ritz, Edition, Design Hotels, Gaylord Hotels, and Marriott Vacation Club do not offer a breakfast or lounge option.

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