Marriott Gold or Platinum Status the Old Fashion Way No Longer Makes Sense

With both Marriott and Starwood, the mid-level elite status is known as Gold Elite, while the high-level elite status is known as Platinum Elite. The Gold status level benefits with both are similar, although as we have recently explained, Marriott Gold Elite status is a somewhat more valuable than Starwood Preferred Guest Gold. The reasoning is that Marriott provides complimentary breakfast and lounge access to Gold Elites and Starwood does not.

How to Get Instant Gold Status with Both SPG and Marriott from One Credit Card

One of the significant benefits of the Marriott-Starwood merger is the ability to status match between Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. In other words, any elite status you hold with either Marriott or Starwood can now be instantly matched to the other. To reach elite status levels with either of these programs, you typically have to meet some nights or stays requirements per year. However, there are a couple of shortcuts to these stay or night conditions that can instantly grant you Gold Elite status across both programs.

FAQs About Marriott & SPG Merger

To help its customers understand the relevant aspects of the Marriott-Starwood merger, Marriott has put together an FAQ section on its website. The FAQ is quite extensive (excessive even), so to simplify the process we have sorted through all of them…