More SPG properties fully Marriott.com enabled. Eligible for points advance and online certificates

Since the August merger of the Marriott Rewards and SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) programs, Marriott has been working towards integrating the programs onto one technology platform. To-date, the integration hasn’t been smooth, but there are now signs of progress.  I previously reported that Sheraton and Four Points hotels had been fully integrated into Marriott.com.  And now, as of November 27th, many more brands are fully integrated: Design Hotels, Le Meridien, W, and Westin.

According to an inside source, the rest of the SPG brands (Aloft, Element, Luxury Collection, and St. Regis) will be fully integrated by December 11.

The integration is great for hotel members because it means that you can finally make use of Marriott.com’s best features. For example, you can do a points advance to make an award booking even if you don’t have enough points (you must acquire enough before your stay). And you can apply free night certificates online. Here’s the W Maldives for example, where I have the option to apply a points advance (If I had any 60K per night certificates in my account I’d be given the option to use those as well):

Travel Package Implications

If you bought a travel package before the program merger and if you were hoping to use your stay certificate at an SPG property, this should be good news. People have reported lots of issues with trying to apply stay certificates to SPG properties, but I expect that applying certificates will be easy for those properties that are integrated.

Look for St. Regis and the rest on and after December 11

According to an inside source, the rest of the SPG brands (Aloft, Element, Luxury Collection, and St. Regis) will be fully integrated by December 11.

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JBTx

Absolutely perfect Timing on posting this. Thanks Greg. And a very valuable nugget of info. I am at 225,000 points and was wondering if I was going to be forced to transfer in 15,000 from Ultimate Rewards which is far from ideal (planned stay would be in June of 2019) – so thanks for that reminder as well

jan
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jan

I converted my 7 nights old category certificate (cat 6) to the new certificate (cat 1-4) in early September 2018 and it will expire in September 2019. Does Marriott allow an extension on the new converted certificate?

PCC
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PCC

I just tried to book a Design Hotel (the Robey in Chicago) and it redirected me to starwoodhotels.com – are you sure that Design Hotels has been integrated?

TheBigEasyTraveler
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TheBigEasyTraveler

Good information. Greg what intel can you provide regarding packages (certificates) used to book 7 night stays at DOE, Greece? Is Marriott allowing cancelling and rebooking at different resorts?

P-nope
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P-nope

wow! you meant they’re not done with this “integration” yet.

Joe
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Joe

Are you able to apply 7-day travel certificates online?

TheBigEasyTraveler
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TheBigEasyTraveler

Has to be called in

james
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james

Still working out some kinks on the travel certs – I have 5 night stay followed by a 2 night stay reserved on points – was told in the old system it would be no prob to combine these to apply a 7 night cert…new system doesn’t allow it, and award rooms are not available now. Marriott loyalty superv. said the property needs to block the room to create a new 7-night reservation , property manager says they can’t, call spg to do it. (what?)

Will keep you posted.

Jay
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Jay

I hope this will have a side-effect of allowing Marriott/Ritz-Carlton gift cards to be used at these properties.

Josh
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Josh

Looking forward to the luxury collection ones come December for a honeymoon 😀