21 Replies Latest reply: Sep 13, 2016 8:57 PM by Jsucool76 RSS

Marriott - Starwood App Linking

droma Platinum
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I received a "placeholder" update on my Marriott app today.  Didn't pay much attention but then came across this post on Points Guy:

 

Marriott/Starwood Account Linking May Be Coming Soon

 

Interesting that they'd already be putting a placeholder in for this before Chinese approval.  I still don't think the programs will be completely combined for a couple of years, but this could be the first step in getting reciprocal benefits or even point combining more quickly than anticipated.  What do you think?

(For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
    seatexan Platinum
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    I checked to see if my app was uptodate and it is.  Nothing new on mine.  I do have a SPG acct with zero points

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
      droma Platinum
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      Weird, but now the Marriott App has been pulled out of the App store in searches.  Maybe the picture got pushed a little early?

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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        seatexan Platinum
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        OH!  Sneak peek! 

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
        iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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        Just checked the Play Store on my Android and it has the Marriott Mobile App showing and the app is working fine.

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

        • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
          droma Platinum
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          I still can't see it on Apple's App Store...anyone else having the same problem?

          (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

          • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
            monisame Platinum
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            Me !!!!

            (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

  • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
    seachi Platinum
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    Wish this meant the merger approval was imminent, but am guessing the app development team had this mocked up and released screenshots/new version of the app on accident. It's happened to other apps too - where a beta version is uploaded to a stable channel, etc.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    vaboywnder Alumni Steward Platinum 21 Reviews
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    I'm hoping that Marriott will count SPG Nights towards Marriott Lifetime status once the accounts are linked.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
      droma Platinum
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      Hopefully nights and points!  I only have a handful of nights with Starwood but jumped on the 35K sign up bonus for the SPG Amex.  Hoping that converts at a nice ratio and can give me a points boost towards lifetime.  (Also very strongly hoping they don't favor Starwood's scheme once merged and go back to having a # of years requirement).

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      nationwide Platinum
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      vaboywnder - I hope you are right too.  If the recent Delta acquisition is any indication though, we may be disappointed.  The Delta nights did not count for lifetime status.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
        droma Platinum
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        Very true, but I think with the magnitude of the Starwood deal and strength/loyal following of the SPG program Marriott will be forced to treat the two as equals and not risk losing people that have hundreds of lifetime nights with Starwood and few with Marriott.

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

        • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
          nationwide Platinum
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          droma, I certainly hope you are right.  That customer base is the value in this acquisition, and they should be welcomed with open arms.  I have a number of nights with Starwood myself, and I'd like to see those combine.

          (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

      • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
        YogiB Platinum
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        Delta was a small chain and the Delta Privilege program had no chance of survival with the acquisition by Marriott.

         

        However, Marriott won't be able to get away with just dropping the SPG program with "just use all you got within the next few months if you don't want to lose it"; there will be too many clients/members worldwide to be scandalized and it will end up hurting to much.

         

        If ever the two programs merge, I think we'll see something completely new: the elite levels may be redrawn, possibly the name may change and accounts must be merged.

        (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
      Jsucool76 Gold
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      I don't have any SPG nights, but I do have SPG gold status, so marriott should give me free platinum when they merge.

       

      I might actually be able to hit platinum now though, as I get 15 nights from both the personal and biz marriott card, big help there.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    vaboywnder Alumni Steward Platinum 21 Reviews
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    I came across this graphic on another travel website which reads "Three Programs.  One Reason: You"  It shows Marriott Rewards, Ritz Rewards, and SPG.  Marriott already runs Marriott Rewards and Ritz Rewards separately although the programs are essentially the same.  I wonder if Marriott now plans to keep the SPG Rewards program as a 3rd option separated from Marriott Rewards & Ritz Rewards.

     

    3programs.JPG

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
      insertcoffee Platinum
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      The announcements predicated on merger approval show that the programs will be run separately for at least one calendar year (SPG & Marriott), probably similar to how AA & US Air did business after their transaction, until the 'rules' of the new single program were solidified.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      YogiB Platinum
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      Is this a test to see if we could pick up the "teaser"?

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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      monisame Platinum
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      Good Point.

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    monisame Platinum
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    What will happen for those who don t have a SPG account. Do our status will count if we decide to book a Starworld Property???? Any ideas 

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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    kanerf Platinum
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    I am hoping that the merger of points from the SPG and Marriott programs will be enough to push me over the top for LTP.  I currently hold LTS and am very close to LTG.  In my case I have close to 1000 nights, but not enough points.  I pay for my own travel, so I go as cheap as I can.

    (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

    • Re: Marriott - Starwood App Linking
      Jsucool76 Gold
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      About how many points do you need?

       

      You can look into your premium travel credit card options (like the chase sapphire preferred) which can get you 50,000 ultimate rewards points that you could then transfer to marriott.

       

      Other option are (what i call) your super premium travel cards, like the chase sapphire reserve, which can get you 100,000 ultimate rewards points that you could potentially transfer to marriott to get your lifetime points up.

       

      There is also the marriott premier, and marriott biz card, both of which could get you a fair amount of points (if you don't already have them).

      (For each location tag, you will be guided through a 3-step process to add (1) a city and a state or a city and a country, (2) a Marriott brand, and (3) a Marriott hotel.)

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