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Marriott has finally married the Marriott Rewards and SPG programs into a single entity, combining rewards points from the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and Starwood loyalty programs into a single currency, launching new elite tiers and benefits, unveiling a new award chart, and revamping its co-brand credit card lineup.

As part of the program revamp, Marriott has ended the partnership between SPG and Delta, Crossover Rewards, and revised its reciprocal agreement with United, RewardsPlus® from Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus, to include SPG.

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The partnership between the United and Marriott loyalty programs offers enhanced benefits for elite members and the chance to double up on rewards for all members that enroll. The program encourages members to take advantage of the combined global footprint of the two rewards programs, providing an incentive to members of Marriott Rewards and MileagePlus to stick within the brands.

What Are the Benefits of RewardsPlus?

Some of the reciprocal benefits are only available above the elite tiers listed in the section below. However, the discounts on converting points from one currency to another are open to all members of both programs.

MileagePlus 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 Rewards 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)

The benefits of Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status include:

  • Complimentary Enhanced Wi-Fi
  • Gold Welcome Gift
  • Priority Late Checkout as late as 2 p.m.
  • Enhanced Room Upgrade (varies by brand, based upon availability at check-in, suites excluded)
  • 25% Bonus Points on Stays
  • Member rates
  • Ultimate Reservation Guarantee
  • Dedicated Elite Reservation Line

The benefits of United MileagePlus Premier Silver status include:

  • Complimentary access to Economy Plus® at check-in (when available)
  • Complimentary Premier Upgrade confirmations as early as day of departure (when available)
  • Premier Access® travel services, which include designated ticket counter check-in lines, priority security lines, priority boarding and priority baggage handling (where available)
  • One complimentary standard checked bag (50 lbs.)
  • 7 award miles for every dollar you spend on United flights

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How Do I Qualify for RewardsPlus?

To be eligible for complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status, you will need to have Premier Gold, Premier Platinum, Premier 1K®, or Global Services status in the MileagePlus Program. Neither Premier Silver or General status will qualify for complimentary status with Marriott Rewards.

To be eligible for complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status, you need to have either Platinum Premier Elite or Platinum Premier with Ambassador status in Marriott Rewards. Platinum Elite, Gold Elite, Silver Elite, or member status will not qualify for complimentary status with United MileagePlus.

You need to be a member of both MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards (or Ritz-Carlton Rewards/SPG) to join RewardsPlus. Allow between 7-10 days for your account to reflect your new status if your RewardsPlus membership is accepted and the elite tier will typically be valid for the remainder of the calendar year in which it's granted.

As a Marriott Rewards member applying for RewardsPlus, register for your benefits with United.

As a member of United MileagePlus, register for benefits with Marriott Rewards.

Final Thoughts

Reciprocal agreements are another great way for you to earn additional points and miles. You can further maximize your perks with co-branded cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card or the United℠ Explorer Card. Alternatively, you could use a rewards card that earns bonus points on travel such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card which earns the more flexible Ultimate Rewards.

For more information on RewardsPlus, visit the FAQ's page on Marriott's website.

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