This article contains a very general explanation of the American Marriott divorce. Must be some reason other than they could not come to terms, I think.
I am deeply troubled by the split with American Airlines. This year I will become a 2 million mile "Aadvantage" member and while I also am enrolled in British, Continental, Delta and United frequent flier programs, time and time again, my experience has shown that American's is far away the best. I say this not because they have the best routes, partners, equipment, attendants, agents, etc. (which they probably do have) but because they offer increased value and are much more user friendly. Value? How about the availability of many, many more "saver" seats than any competitor's. How about fewer miles needed for certain destinations like the Caribbean and off season Europe. For instance, last year American flew us from Richmond to Rome where we stayed in a Marriott hotel, then had Iberian take us to Malaga where we stayed in the Marriott Marbella Resort and then back to Richmond for 40,000 miles a ticket! For the past several years Mariott has steadily diluted the value of "Rewards." Time will show that this change is by far the worst they have made yet. I can forsee a tremendous increase in the number of frustrated members who are no longer able to use the program effectively. For the good of all. I urge both parties to rethink this very bad decision.
The comments following the article are mixed. With 'double-dipping' it appears that Hilton retains the upper hand on this one. Although still dominating the pack when it comes to the best loyalty program, since the May 4th announcement, Marriott dropped another % point, while Hilton gained a point:
Above: HotelWorldNetwork poll, "Which brand has the best loyalty program?"
On-point about the Travel Packages. Marriott has 5-Night Travel Packages available only to Marriott Vacation Club owners and 7-Night Travel Packages for everyone else.
Although the schedules disclose that the programs are subject to change, there is no notification about the split from AA effective July 1st.
Travel Package Information!