New Marriott Rewards Changes Start August

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Marriott announced today that, “STARTING IN AUGUST, MARRIOTT REWARDS®, THE RITZ-CARLTON REWARDS® AND STARWOOD PREFERRED GUEST®(SPG®) WILL COME TOGETHER AS ONE POWERFUL PROGRAM.” “Individual program names will stay the same until 2019, but we’ll consolidate everything else into one set of benefits to give you easier access and more opportunities.”

New Marriott Rewards Changes Start August

The Details

Starting in August, you can combine all your Rewards and SPG nights back to January 1, 2018, to achieve one of our six Elite status levels.

  • Silver Elite: 10-24 nights
  • Gold Elite: 25-49 nights
  • Platinum Elite: 50-74 nights
  • Platinum Premier Elite: 75-99 nights
  • Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador service: 100+ nights plus $20,000 of qualifying spend


  • Starting in August, you’ll be able to qualify instantly for one of our three Lifetime tiers:
    Lifetime Silver Elite, Lifetime Gold Elite and Lifetime Platinum Elite.
  • Platinum members (and above) will receive complimentary suite upgrades subject to availability at all properties.
  • Hotel categories will be announced in June.

Bottom Line

There are a lot of changes here to digest but, for the most part it looks pretty good. What are your thoughts or concerns with the merged programs?

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  1. The question now is..for United Premier Gold & above members, which Marriott level would they get comp’ed at? Right now it’s at Gold (defined as 50 stays and over).

  2. “Starting in August, you’ll be able to qualify instantly for one of our three Lifetime tiers:
    Lifetime Silver Elite, Lifetime Gold Elite and Lifetime Platinum Elite.” If I have already achieved “Lifetime Platinum” with Marriott, do I keep that status…And will I be “Lifetime Platinum” level with Marriott, SPG and Ritz?

  3. Lifetime Marriott already qualifies for lifetime SPG so this will go over and you’ll keep your lifetime status where it is at.

  4. So, my perks as a gold elite Marriot would be downgraded as of August? I would neither have lounge access nor get breakfast anymore?? If this is the case, I’m totally disappointed unless they adjust me to an elite status that give the same perks currently I got for at least until the end of year.

  5. So……no more lounge access for Gold Members?? Helloooooooooooo Hilton! (…and yes, I’m gold with them.)

  6. This doesn’t sound good. Basically, if you earned enough nights for gold status “benefits” this year, and have at least 50 nights your still going to be down graded in August to what is basically the current silver like status as far as benefits are concerned because it’s pretty obvious that a majority of the previous gold benefits will be listed under platinum status instead in August? Why would status also be determined by this current years amount of reward nights earned since January 2018, when this is normally the nights still being earned for the next years status? Biggest question is shouldn’t last years earned nights automatically be used to determine where you are placed in August seems more fair, especially since Marriott is chosen a lot of times with the expectation of the benefits you will have for the “entire” next year. For many people August is still somewhat in the middle of working towards what is thought to be their next years status. Seems like changes this major should not even begin until January 2019. Disappointed!

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