Where do I begin. What a gut punch. And today of all days as today, or tonight that is, I will spend my 25th “stay” of the year in an SPG hotel and re-qualify for SPG Platinum status for 2016.
I am sure you are aware of the news that Marriott will be acquiring SPG. I am not going to get into the wisdom or economics of this as what I care about is points and status and the ability to earn and burn.
For now we really have way more questions than answers. From SPG we have a message of how important we are to SPG as well as the SPG program:
That sounds just peachy but the reality is the reward programs are not similar at all and I have very little interest in Marriott.
Since I do not have answers (no one does as of today) I think it is better to look at questions rather than speculate what I think will happen next. What I want to know is what will happen to:
- Crossover Rewards with Delta
- SPG cards from AMEX
- Instant GOLD status from AMEX Platinum cards
- SPG transfer partners
- Earning status on stays including award stays
- Status SPG vs. status Marriott
- Lifetime status from SPG
- UBER & SPG bonus points
That is my main list. The big one for Delta folks really is Crossover Rewards. Platinum SPG status does give you “Medallion lite” status after all. Will that be gone?
Then we have AMEX. I so feel for AMEX. First they lose Costco and now they may, again may, lose SPG too including the amazing perks from the Platinum cards?
Then we have transfer partners and especially Delta. Will the 20,000 SPG sent to Delta still yield 25,000 or even be possible at all?
Next we have earning status issues. It really is not that hard for me each year. With two SPG cards (one personal and one business) we would only need 21 stays to be Platinum. Not that hard to do since even award nights count. Don’t expect that to stick with Marriott.
Then we have status levels. If you look at the screen shots above you will notice the programs do not quite match up. Also, just how will Lifetime SPG status translate to Marriott?
Lastly we have UBER. I love and use UBER all the time. I love getting all kinds of bonus points when I stay at an SPG hotel and use UBER. It would stink to see this way to earn points go away.
Honestly folks I am really, at first glance, crushed by this announcement. I have questioned the value of my SPG Platinum status year after year but really like the way SPG takes care of me and rewards me. It has been worth the effort. The idea of Marriott as my primary hotel loyalty program does not thrill me one bit. I guess it is time to reconsider Hyatt and IHG after 2016 – René
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