I have official word on the Marriott Starwood merger details and what it means for you, your points, and your elite status! I spoke with Thom Kozik, Head of the Marriott loyalty program, and David Flueck of Starwood hotels.
Starting later today, September 23, 2016, you can link your Starwood and Marriott accounts to enjoy the perks each program has to offer.
You’ll get an instant status match between programs, be able to transfer points between your Marriott and Starwood accounts at a 3:1 ratio, and have more options for award stays around the world! I love how Marriott and Starwood let you move points between their programs from Day 1 of the merger. 🙂
As I suspected, there are NO major changes to either rewards program at this time. So thus far, the merger only makes both your Marriott and Starwood points more flexible, because you’ll be able to use them at 5,700 hotels worldwide.
I’ll show you how to combine your Marriott and Starwood accounts. And share ideas about earning & using Marriott and Starwood points now that the merger is official!