Marriott & Starwood Hotels Merger Complete!
Today, Marriott & Starwood have officially merged. After months of negotiations and talks about the merger might fall apart, it’s officially done. As a very loyal Starwood member (100+ nights this year), I was afraid it would mean poor award redemptions but Marriott did the right thing and is offering a 1 SPG to 3 Marriott points exchange ratio. Awesome!
The programs won’t merge until 2018 so I still have time to enjoy the benefits. Effective today, I now have Marriott Platinum Elite and Ritz Carlton Platinum Elite status as a reciprocal benefit. This now opens up more hotels in which I can receive my Platinum benefits. I still prefer Starwood hotels but you never know if I’ll end up in a location with only Marriott or Ritz Carlton as an option.
More details will come out in the coming months but as of today details can be found here including how to link accounts which seems to be down at the moment: http://members.marriott.com