I was having a bit of a lurk at the new experiences marketplace, which incidentally I found a little too expensive points-wise, although a couple of the once-in-a-lifetime do look interesting, interesting enough for me to examine the Q&A, only to find the most interesting thing on the experiences website, the first ever official confirmation about a combined scheme.
For there, at the bottom of the Q&A is the following:
Marriott does "not anticipate launching a newly combined program until 2018" - This is significant as it's the first confirmation that Marriott's plan is to combine Marriott Rewards and SPG and an acknowledgment that it will take till 2018 to do so.
We have long speculated there would be a combined Marriott/SPG scheme but it was always possible that Marriott could run the two as semi-detached, we also speculated that it would probably take until 2018 to get the IT together, so whilst in some respects there's nothing new here, the official confirmation certainly is.
Great find brightlybob!!! It does pay to read the fine print! Thanks for sharing this!
I too thought the points were high for some of those things... most of them really. So I didn't look much further. I could really use Marriott Starwood merge in 2017! I suppose staying at a Starwood property (b/c Marriott has nothing in Salzburg) won't go for nothing if SOME of the point will transfer over.
i emailed starwood and asked if they new of any plans to merge the loyalty programmes would be made clear soon as i have a trip to punta gorda in sept staying at the 4 points told them i was a marriott platinum and asked if any statuses would be matched up by then the reply said there would be nothing happening before august one way or another when both are merged i will benefit but for this trip i will have to slum it and pay for breakfast lol
Although there is no confirmation most both here and on Flyertalk believe that once all the regulatory issues are cleared up (only China now awaited) Marriott will pretty quickly announce some kind of cross recognition during the transition, the easiest of which would simply be status matching between the 2 schemes.
It looks like the Chinese are trying to get something extra out of the deal. I wouldn't mind the cross recognition until the merger is complete. The final merger should secure my Lifetime Platinum Status.