Available NOW – instant status match from Marriott to Starwood or vice versa

The merger of the Marriott and Starwood hotel groups completed this morning.  It creates the largest hotel company in the world with a – frankly crazy – rota of 30 brands and 5,700 properties.

Some details of how the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest will work have been revealed.  The key point is that you can status match immediately from Marriott to Starwood or vice versa.  You can also transfer points back and forth.

You can claim your status match via this page but do keep reading first!

This is a MAJOR win for Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members.  Starwood Gold doesn’t get you much, to be honest, but you will now be Marriott Gold.  This gets you guaranteed lounge access at most brands, which includes free lounge breakfast.  The full list of Marriott Platinum, Gold and Silver benefits are here.

As I revealed yesterday, the transfer ratio between Starwood and Marriott points is 1:3.  This is as good as you could realistically hope for.

SPG Starwood

If you are a Marriott Rewards member:

You can now get your hands on some of the great SPG Moments redemptions, such as the latest list of concerts at the O2 I highlighted yesterday

You have access to the 30+ airlines who are Starwood transfer partners, a far bigger range than Marriott Rewards offers

You have access to a far wider range of upmarket hotel redemptions than Marriott ever offered

If you are a Starwood Preferred Guest member:

You have access to some good value redemptions.  The most expensive Marriott hotels, excluding Ritz-Carlton, are 45,000 points.  This includes places like the JW Marriott in Venice where I was recently (review) and which lets you upgrade a reward night to a Junior Suite for just €110 extra.  Using 15,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points for such a hotel is a fantastic deal.

Similarly, the Grosvenor House on Park Lane in London, at 45,000 points, is a steal if you are using Starwood points.  It makes the higher end SPG redemptions like the Park Tower look terrible value.

You can now access Marriott Travel Package rewards.  These are EXCELLENT value and – using SPG points – are bordering on fantastic for people with large SPG balances.  I will write a separate article on this over the weekend for the benefit of SPG members who are not familiar with them.

The first thing to do is get your status matched

You need to go to this page on the Marriott website.

At the top of the page is a button called ‘Link Your Account’.  In my case, I was matching my Starwood Gold (free with American Express Platinum) to Marriott Gold.

My Marriott status was upgraded instantly to Gold.

I will write more on the merger and what it means for you over the next few days, but you can start now by matching your Starwood status to Marriott, or vice versa.  If you don’t have an account with the other programme, you can do it during the matching process.

Ignore any references to Ritz-Carlton Rewards – you are better off with Marriott Rewards and, if necessary, can switch later anyway.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. What's the Point says:

    Thanks for posting Raffles, I am now Gold in the Marriott chain. Free breakfasts ahoy!

  2. Marriott Plat to SPG Plat – instantly. Astonishing choice of hotels…Need some tips, Rob…

  3. Just saw Arne Sorenson on CNN. It seems like they will maintain all 30 brands Satwoods & Marriott combined, and expect a totally 85m members after the merger.

  4. Michael Birchall says:

    Raffles – I need to join Marriott Rewards – do you still do referrals that give extra points to start???

    • You get 2,000 points on your first 5 stays, will trigger you a referral email.

      • I’ll take a Marriott referall email too if their is one going Raffles…

      • Can I get one too please Rob ?

        Not been a member of SPG or Marriott before but do have Amex Plat so am liking the idea of those Marriott Gold benefits by taking out the SPG gold membership from Amex.

        Ooh, is there a referral bonus (or any other bonus) available for SPG signup too ?


  5. Great news for me. I have Starwood gold through Amex Platinum, but stay about 20 night a year in Marriott due to work trips where Marriott has the best location. Now I’ve been upgraded to Gold on Marriott so will get a free breakfast, upgrade and able to use my points between the two brands. Even though the amount of points needed is over the top, I am working with my wife to get a long weekend in the W in Barcelona all on points 🙂 this will make it that much easier… Thanks SPG/Marriott!

  6. Still undecided with what to do with 40k SPG points…anyone?

  7. Got the status match for gold on my spg status that expires in Feb., but I can’t tell when the Marriott gold expires? Is it the same?

  8. Mine has status matched my SPG Gold to Ritz Carltong Gold. Will I still get Gold benefits at a marriott autograph property?

  9. I’m wondering if the normal November 20k SPG amex signup bonus will put in an appearance!

  10. Upgrade to M Gold immediately – thanks for tip

  11. Wish SPG would do status match from other chains, im very tempted to move to them as i think they have much nicer properties.

  12. Does the matching extend to Lifetime Platinum?

  13. How long will the status match offer run for ?

  14. Anyone know when the status match offer will run ’til ?

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