Double Dip On Points With Marriott Bonvoy Airline Partners

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Reviews of loyalty programs or co-branded cards typically cover more than just the basic points earning strategies like credit card spend or hotel stays. But, often, they only touch lightly on reciprocal agreements between airlines, hotels, and car rental companies.

Not every reciprocal partner program is going to prove useful to every member. Combined, however, they provide more options on a global scale, give both loyalty programs a boost in presence, and further tie members into an eco-system that is within easy marketing reach to garner repeat business.

Marriott Has Three Reciprocal Airline Agreements

As part of the Marriott takeover of SPG, Marriott shelved the SPG/Delta partnership that provided reciprocal earning and status benefits for elite members of both programs. While the Delta partnership went by the wayside, Marriott has maintained SPG's reciprocal agreements with Emirates and China Eastern, in addition to revamping its agreement with United, RewardsPlus.

Marriott's three reciprocal agreements include:

Note: Marriott's FAQ page states that Your World Rewards is not currently open to applications, but will be at some point in the future. Likewise, the Eastern Explorer Rewards is currently under construction, so if you're not already registered and want to signup, keep checking back as Marriott gets finishes up the technical side of the SPG merger.

RewardsPlus® with Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus

Marriott's partnership with United undertook a small revamp during the SPG merger, primarily due to the expanded elite tiers now offered by Marriott. RewardsPlus offers enhanced benefits for elite members of both programs and the chance to double up on rewards for all members that enroll. The program encourages members to take advantage of Marriott's larger global footprint and provides an incentive to members of Marriott Rewards and MileagePlus to stick within the brands.

MileagePlus Elite members receive:

  • Complimentary Gold Elite status in Marriott Rewards (open to MileagePlus Premier Gold members and above, registration required)
  • Conversion of MileagePlus award miles into Marriott Rewards points at a 1:1 ratio (open to Premier Silver members and above, registration not required)
  • 10% more miles when converting Marriott Rewards points into MileagePlus miles (open to all members, registration not required)
  • 10% more MileagePlus miles when redeeming Marriott Rewards points for RewardPlus Travel Packages (open to all members, registration not required)


Marriott Elite members receive:

  • Complimentary Premier Silver status in MileagePlus (open to Platinum Premier Elite members and above, registration required)
  • 10% more miles when converting Marriott Rewards points into MileagePlus miles (open to all members, registration not required)
  • 10% more MileagePlus miles when redeeming Marriott Rewards points for RewardPlus Travel Packages (open to all members, registration not required)

Checkout our RewardsPlus review for all the details.

Your World Rewards™ with Marriott Rewards and Emirates Skywards

As a Marriott Rewards elite member flying on Emirates.

  • Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Platinum Premier Elite and Platinum Premier Elite with ambassador members earn 3 points per US dollar spent on all eligible Emirates flights (on top of Skywards Miles).1
  • SPG Platinum members enjoy elite in-airport benefits, including priority check-in and priority boarding.


As an Emirates Elite staying at an SPG, Marriott, or Ritz-Carlton property:

  • Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn 1 mile per US dollar (on top of points) spent on all eligible on all eligible stays at Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton or SPG hotels and resorts worldwide.1
  • Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum members enjoy additional benefits at Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG hotels, including 4pm late checkout,2 access to the Elite check-in line3 and complimentary in-room Internet access.

Head over to the Marriott or Emirates websites for more information and to catch the terms & conditions.

Eastern Explorer Rewards™ with Marriott Rewards and China Eastern Airlines

Note: We're still waiting on revised details of the Eastern Explorer Rewards program and will update the post as new information come to light.

SPG Gold and Platinum members will receive one bonus Starpoint for every 4 Eastern Miles points earned on China Eastern flights and SPG Platinum members benefit from the following when flying China Eastern:

  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding
  • Excess luggage allowance
  • Access to the China Eastern business class lounge
  • Priority luggage handling

Eastern Explorer Rewards

China Eastern Miles Silver, Gold, and Platinum members will be eligible for the following from SPG:

  • 2 Eastern Miles points for every eligible dollar spent at Starwood, Marriott, and Ritz-Carlton properties

China Eastern Gold and Platinum members will also receive the following benefits:

  • 4 pm late check-out
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access
  • Access to elite Marriott/SPG check-in line
  • An upgrade to an enhanced room when available
  • 15% discount when dining at participating hotels in China.

Signup on the Eastern Miles Explorer page.

Final Thoughts

Reciprocal agreements are another way that you can increase the number of points you receive from the Marriott program. You can maximize your perks with co-brand cards like the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card or the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card.

Alternatively, you could use a rewards card that earns flexible rewards with bonus points for travel like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card.

Is it just savvy marketing to keep you within the Marriott eco-system? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean it's not a good deal. Reciprocal agreements can be a fantastic way of ‘double-dipping' on points and miles, allowing you to reach that next travel goal faster.

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