Posted by William Charles on May 31, 2018
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Published on May 31st, 2018 | by William Charles

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Marriott Confirms Elite Status From Linking/Status Match Won’t Carry Over

In our post on potential opportunities due to the Marriott/SPG merger we discussed possibly of getting Platinum status after the merger “If you currently have gold status with Marriott, you will receive Platinum elite status in August. If you currently have SPG Gold status you will receive Marriott Gold status in August. The thing is that if you’re currently SPG gold and you link your accounts you’ll automatically receive Marriott gold status and that should convert to Platinum status come August.”

I was weary on this based on the fact that a Marriott senior vice president had stated: ““… For members who have matched, they will be getting then the Gold Status, which is really more equivalent to the SPG Gold …”. It looks like we now have confirmation this won’t work as Marriott has sent out an e-mail about status stating:

Elite tier will be based on the status earned, not status granted via linking and status matching

 



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USB
USB

So, if I currently have Gold through the Ritz card, I’ll get Platinum after August, right?

Christopher Tamayo
Christopher Tamayo

Same thing I’m trying to figure out since it’s not quite matching or linking.

Tommy
Tommy

I want to know also.

Ryan
Ryan

I have the same question. Just applied for the Ritz card for this very reason.

Pryor0nFire
Pryor0nFire

Wondering same thing, but no one seems to know how the RC card will factor in. Marriott has only addressed SPG and not Ritz in all this,

fll
fll

correct. Any status earned from Marriott side will mapped to the new program with the corresponding categories, albeit with different names as if the gold got bumped to plat which is total bs, as the qualifying criteria and the benefits are the same as the old gold.

Gold from Ritz card and Gold from being UA 1K will be mapped to the plat in new program, Though the Ritz Gold to Plat is only good thru this year IIRC but I may be wrong given I dont own Ritz card.

Any status from outside Marriott program, i,e, AMEX Plat, SPG, are bumped down.

USB
USB

You have to spend $15K on the Ritz card each year to maintain Gold. Maybe that requirement will remain the same after August

Paul
Paul

It’s actually 10k

Joey
Joey

What if I have gold from the SPG Buis card?

P
P

You’ll be Marriott Gold on August 1.

Phill
Phill

Get SPG® Gold status after spending $30,000 or more in eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year.

Mark
Mark

Matching Marriott Gold to SPG gold may have been generous, but yanking benefits (like breakfast) in the middle of the membership year is just not cool. Surely nothing catastrophic will happen if they wait until the end of the year.

P
P

I’m sad about it too, but my SPG Gold is a benefit of the Amex Platinum. I’m not that upset about that, but there are those SPG Gold members who did it through stays. I think those people should be treated differently.

Phill
Phill

+1 Super sucks for me…Headed to a Sheraton in Rio after August and so disgusted cause of the lounge access loss with the SPG Biz….sigh….gonna have to do some super persuading.

Paul
Paul

This sucks. What’s left? Moving over to Hilton?

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

What benefits and how did you earn them? If you earned Marriott Gold organically or directly on some way then you get a bump to Platinum (with breakfast).

If you got it from a match, then the breakfast you’d been getting with Marriott Gold was already a free perk that you were getting incidentally as a result of how the integration was done.

No use bitching about losing benefits you weren’t entitled to anyway.

fll
fll

There is no bump. just a name game. the new plat has exact benefit as the old gold. do you realize this?

TTN
TTN

“Entitled” sums up your entire post.

zalmy

How about yanking club lounge access for SPG business cardholders? The Marriott-SPG merger has been OK overall, as mergers go, but they have done some wrong to SPG cardholders.

pkk101
pkk101

Has anyone heard whether nights from SPG/Marriott will be combined once the programs are? For example, if I have 9 SPG nights and 26 Marriott nights with 15 more coming in November from the Marriott Premier Card. Does this mean I will earn 50 night Platinum in November?

Hadley V. Baxendale
Hadley V. Baxendale

Yes.

Neil
Neil

Wary, not weary. Perhaps you were weary when proofing.

Love the site!

Tyler
Tyler

Or perhaps leery? Combined the two?

Love it, too!

Drivesabrowntruck
Drivesabrowntruck

Sitting on two SPG Gold accounts through 2019 after spending 60k (30k per account). We were going to book 4 nights at a full service Marriott but went with a Hyatt that offered breakfast included due to this change. We earned the status early this year in hopes the benefits would stay the same at least until our status expired, sucks they’ve chosen to not honor it at least through the end of the year.

Alex
Alex

Does anyone know how long you get the new status for when they combine nights? Is this new combination status only good until the end of 2018 or would it be good through 2019, the same as how it currently works?

I’m trying to figure out whether it makes sense to hold off on upgrading to the Marriott Plus for one final 15 night credit before the end of the year, in an attempt at getting Platinum Premier Elite, or to upgrade now for the better free night. The main benefit seems like the 5 bonus suite night awards (or other gift, but I don’t know if they’ve mentioned what that might be yet).

Not sure I could use 10 suite night certificates in a year, though. The better free night might win out. I saw mention of a possible free night instead of the 5 bonus certificates, though? If that’s the case, it could be a wash.

Jack
Jack

hm. what about status earned from challenge in Marriott? if i earned platinum through challenge in marriott, do i get platinum premier in august?

fll
fll

Yes but you need to finish the Plat Challenge before end of July regardless how the 3 months start.

Need to become Plat before Aug 1st in order to map to Plat Premiere. Else you would still be Plat, the old Gold.

Am currently in a Challenge – just finished 1st stay on Monday and have next 4 stays booked. Have 2 more to book till Jul 1st. I should be done by 2nd week of Jul.

Pryor0nFire
Pryor0nFire

So if I was to get the RItz card and get Marriott Gold status this month, could I then try to do a Plat challenge as well, and stay a bunch of days before July 31 to get Plat for next year under new program?

Frogger
Frogger

I have no idea what this article is trying to say.

Chucks
Chucks

Now will Elite Status From Linking/Status Match count as years of elite status when calculating lifetime status eligibility? If yes I’ve got 8 years. If not it’s maybe 5.

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

I’m confused. So I have SPG Gold from Amex Plat today, not from stays or spend. My “linked” status today is Gold. So… are we saying Marriott won’t honor this come August and I’ll lose my status completely or get silver I guess?

frogger
frogger

Yeah I am in the same situation. This article is poorly written. I can’ t make heads or tails of it.

Tom
Tom

Per OMAAT, it appears Plat Free breakfast is not happening as expected, either

Katie Hernandez
Katie Hernandez

So just to confirm; I have 30 marriott nights and 10 spg nights….so unless I plan on getting 20 more nights with marriott, or 15 with spg, it won’t matter? I don’t have “40 combined nights” right now, and nights are treated separately with the merger per this post for the purpose of obtaining status, right? Thanks!

ToddC
ToddC

I am of the opinion that the status match from SPG Gold to Marriott will work. I received an email from Marriott stating that after August, my Gold Elite status with Marriott will become Platinum Elite. This contradicts what the Marriott SVP states. Hey Doctor, are you saying that the email that Marriott sent will not come to be?

Love your site.

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