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Crunch time! Final pre-Marriott/SPG merger checklist

It’s crunch time… This coming Saturday, August 18th, Marriott, SPG, and Ritz will combine their separate rewards programs into a single unified program. Now is the time to take advantage of opportunities that will soon be gone. Take a look at the following checklist items to decide which you should do before it’s too late: Table of Contents Merger Overview Screen grab your point balances, lifetime status, and certificates Transfer all household points to one…

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Mapping old to new Marriott Travel Packages

Marriott travel packages are awards in which you exchange Marriott Rewards points for airline miles plus a 7 night stay certificate.  You do not have to book your actual stay right away.  These packages currently offer great value when you select the options that earn 120,000 airline miles (or 132,000 United miles).  On Saturday, though, the new combined Marriott / SPG program goes live and travel packages become a poor value. So… I’ve been encouraging everyone…

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Marriott Warning About Outages From August 15-19

With the launch of the new Marriott Rewards program on August 18, it’s not surprising that they might have some systems issues along the way. Marriott is proactively sending out warnings that outages could be somewhat extensive, with disruptions expected from August 15-19. In typical fashion, the issues are dressed up as something good with the heading: New benefits are worth the wait. Manage your account and reservations before planned, temporary disruptions starting August 15.…

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Leaked Marriott T&Cs: off-the-chart properties still off the chart?

Via Flyertalk, phltraveler posted what appears to be Marriott’s new terms & conditions.  If these terms are correct (not yet verified), then there’s a bit of good news and bad news… Good News: Marriott Elite Benefit Guarantees continue and extend to Starwood properties.  This is a great benefit that I’m happy to see extended.  See: Marriott pays up when they fail to deliver elite benefits. There also appear to be select benefits for Platinum Premier members…

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Marriott Travel Packages won’t turn into points, but will go into 1 month limbo

Marriott 7 Night Travel Packages

Many of us have been waiting until August 18th to learn what will happen to the travel package stay certificates that we acquired prior to August 18th.  This afternoon, we finally got some information from Marriott.  For background on this topic, please see: What will happen to existing Marriott Travel Package certificates? We learned the following: New travel package pricing begins August 18th (yes, we already knew that) Existing travel package stay certificates that have…

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Up to 450K on the table and a short window of opportunity with Marriott & SPG

When I published “Navigating Marriott’s Byzantine Credit Card Rules,” a week ago, I had resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t be able to get the new SPG Luxury card and its expected 125K welcome bonus because I already had the Ritz card.  The new rules that begin on August 26th mean that I can’t qualify for the SPG Luxury Card bonus without getting rid of my Ritz card and then waiting 31 days…

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It’s time to shelve your SPG card

Starting today, August 1st 2018, your SPG credit card will earn 2 rewards points per dollar for base spend.  Previously, the same card earned 1 Starpoint per dollar.  If you haven’t been following the details of the Marriott & SPG transition to one rewards program, it might sound like the card has gotten better.  It hasn’t. Each Starpoint is worth 3 rewards points.  So, the transition from earning 1 Starpoint per dollar to 2 rewards…

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Marriott Choice Benefits revealed

We’ve known for a while now that the new combined Marriott and SPG program (to take effect August 18th) was going to adopt SPG-style Choice Benefit awards for members who achieve elite status through nights.  Specifically, we knew that at 50 nights there would be an option to get 5 Suite Night Awards; and at 75 nights there would be an option to get 5 more.  But that’s all we knew.  Now, thanks to a…

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New Marriott / SPG card restrictions

As has been rumored for a while, View from the Wing has confirmed new restrictions coming on the Marriott and Starwood credit cards. In a nutshell (more details to follow), those who have opened new Marriott, SPG, or Ritz credit cards in the last 2 years or who had one within the 30 days prior to applying will not be eligible for most new Marriott/SPG welcome offers. This is going to effectively lock most of us out from these bonuses for…

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