The details of the deal are not yet clear. But we know it should be complete by mid-2016.
Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Tony for giving us the heads-up early this morning!
I’ll share what I know and what this deal might mean for you!
What’s Going On?
Link: Marriott Hotels
Link: Starwood Hotels
Marriott will buy Starwood in a deal worth $12.2 billion, and the purchase is expected to be complete by mid-2016.
Starwood has been in talks with potential investors for several months. Many folks (myself included!) were hopeful when news leaked a few weeks ago that Hyatt was the likely buyer.
The new, combined hotel chain will be the world’s largest, with:
- 5,500+ hotels
- 30 brands
- 100+ countries
- Over 1.1 million rooms
Marriott hotels include:
- AC Hotels by Marriott
- Autograph Collection Hotels
- Bulgari Hotels and Resorts
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Delta Hotels and Resorts
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
- Gaylord Hotels
- JW Marriott
- Marriott Executive Apartments
- Marriott Hotels
- Marriott Vacation Club
- Moxy Hotels
- Protea Hotels
- Renaissance Hotels
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Springhill Suites by Marriott
- TownePlace Suites by Marriott
And Starwood has these brands:
- Design Hotels
- Four Points
- Le Meridien
- St Regis
- The Luxury Collection
- Tribute Portfolio
There is no information available yet about what the new award program will look like or if they’ll even be merged.
Starwood’s loyalty program is generally known for having better elite status, and their points are worth much more than Marriott points. So it will be interesting to see how they combine the 2 programs.
What Should You Do Now?
We do NOT know what will happen to existing Starwood points after the merger. They may be combined with Marriott points under 1 program. Or they could be kept separate.
And there’s no information if you’ll still be able to make the most of Starwood’s best deals, like:
- 5,000 mile bonus when you transfer 20,000 Starwood points to airline partners
- 5th night free on award stays
- Cash & Points and Nights & Flights bookings
That said, it’s a good time to consider applying for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express or the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Because after the merger, these cards will likely be discontinued. Or how you can use Starwood points might change.
I do NOT have any information about this. This is my thought based on other mergers we’ve seen.
I wouldn’t jump to transfer Starwood points to airlines until Marriott and Starwood tell us more. It’s very unlikely they’d remove these perks without giving customers advance notice.
I’ll keep you posted and will let you know as soon as I find out more.
Marriott will buy Starwood hotels and create the world’s largest hotel chain with over 5,500 hotels in 100+ countries. The deal should be complete in mid-2016.
This is big news, but it’s not clear yet how it will affect folks who collect points with either hotel chain. Or how they’ll merge the Marriott and Starwood loyalty programs.
I’ll update y’all as soon as more information is released!