This August, SPG®, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®will become one powerful programme. Individual programme names will stay the same until 2019.
Among the major changes for you, as a frequent traveler, are:
STARPOINTS CONVERT TO POINTS
In a one-time conversion in August, Starpoints® will automatically become points and your Starpoints balance will be multiplied by three. Also starting in August, you’ll earn 10 points per US$1 spent on eligible hotel charges (5 points per eligible US$1 at ElementSM, Residence Inn® and TownePlace Suites® hotels). Elite members earn even more.
NEW ELITE STATUS LEVELS AND BENEFITS
Starting January 1, 2019, Elite status will be achieved on nights and not on stays. Until then, SPG members can achieve status based on stays at SPG-associated brands only, but can also qualify based on nights at any of the 29 brands. When you combine accounts, you could also achieve a higher Elite tier — based on combined SPG and Rewards nights stayed at any of our 29 brands, starting from January 1, 2018.
NEW REDEMPTION OPPORTUNITIES
- In August, standard redemption rates for hotel Categories 1-7 will go live.
- Peak, off-peak and Category 8 redemption rates will be introduced in early 2019.
I look very much forward for this new, probably best loyalty programme of the world. What about you? Are you platinum yet?