Marriott combines rewards programs under one scheme
Marriott International will unify perks across its three loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest.
Earlier today, Marriott International announced it will unite the benefits members can enjoy across Marriott Rewards, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest in August 2018. The new program is predicted to help members earn and redeem points faster. In fact, the consolidation will result in an average increase of 20% more points earned for every $1 spent.
Although Marriott is consolidating the perks of the programs, the three separate schemes will continue to exist until a new program is launched in 2019. If you’re already a member of more than one of the Marriott International programs, you can combine your separate Marriott Rewards into one account from August this year. From August, travellers can also book stays across the entire Marriott International portfolio on Marriott.com, SPG.com and the Marriott and SPG apps.
By combining the three programs, the biggest changes will impact how cardholders earn and redeem points, achieve elite status and take advantage of exclusive experiences. As members can now earn points with the participating hotels across all three programs, it will be easier to pick up points. From August, all members will earn 10 points per $1 spent with participating brands. You’ll also start earning points for food, beverages and other qualifying costs rather than just room rates.
The Marriott International Rewards program will also include new elite tiers. You can compare the requirements to reach each tier below:
|Tier||Number of stays|
|Platinum Premier||75 nights|
If you already belong to a status tier in one of the specific programs, this will cross over to the new program once it's launched in August.
To make it easier to redeem points, there will be no blackout dates for points redemptions. Marriott has also increased the experiences that members can buy and redeem with points, with VIP experiences ranging from tickets to the Super Bowl and Coachella to hands-on master classes with top chefs. Marriott is also launching Moments Live, which will give members exclusive access to events with Universal Music Group.
These are just some of the changes that Marriott International has announced, but it will inform members of more changes and how they can begin combining their loyalty accounts over the next few months.