Starwood Preferred Guest is one of my favorite rewards programs, because you can use your points to purchase incredible experience through their SPG Moments program. My family has attended a Chicago Cubs game in the SPG Suite at Wrigley Field and purchased four Broadway tickets for the price of one for second row seats at “School of Rock.”
Marriott-Starwood Loyalty Program Merger Update
Marriott owns both Starwood Hotels and Ritz Carlton and there have been continued rumors about when and if the programs will merge. Right now, you can link your accounts and transfer points between them.
We know that the company DOES plan to merge them into one at some point per previous statements, but they have not set a date and it does not look like it will be next year.
They have announced that by the end of 2018 all three reward programs will be on ONE technology platform, which a company spokesperson said will “speed the unification of [the loyalty programs] into one…”.
New Credit Cards Coming from Marriott and Starwood in 2018
The company also announced they will launch NEW co-branded (that means more than one brand of bank) credit cards in 2018 with BOTH Chase and American Express. They said:
“In 2018, Marriott will rollout super-premium consumer and small business co-branded products from American Express and mass consumer and premium consumer co-branded products from JPMorgan Chase with enhanced member benefits.”
I asked how “super-premium,” “premium” and “mass” are defined, but they said details on that will come closer to the launch of the new cards.
They also said that the current cards will remain for now (hooray for my favorite Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express!), and existing members/card holders will continue to be able to use those cards even after the new cards are introduced. That could mean, however, that they will no longer be available for new applications.
I’m excited for new Starwood points-earning opportunities in 2018 so we can take advantage of more SPG Moments!
They also recently announced:
- You will soon be able to earn Starpoints when renting a car through Hertz, though they have not announced specific details.
- Points for those who hold SPG Lifetime status will now never expire.
Current SPG and Marriott Credit Cards
Interested in the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express (personal and business), which right now net you 25,000 Starpoints (plenty to get you to a Cubs game or to use for Broadway tickets!) each after meeting the minimum spend? Click the button below to compare cards.
Marriott also currently has a good sign-on bonus of 80,000 Marriott Rewards points for its Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card plus some folks have been targeted with a 120,000-point offer. Remember you can transfer points between the two at a ratio of 3 Marriott Rewards points to 1 SPG Starpoint.
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