This is a good news. However, there will be significant disadvantages for Marriott Gold members since SPG Gold is matched to Marriott Gold. SPG Gold status is equivalent to Marriott Silver status requiring only 10 stays (or 25 nights)while Marriott Gold requires 50 nights like SPG Platinum status.
Will Marriott consider this big difference moving forward? I would appreciate it if you could let us know. This unfair status matching will create significant disadvantages for Marriott Gord since Concierge club will be crowded and room upgrades will be more competitive.
Details on the merger have been released today on the following thread:
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