How to Maximize the Marriott Acquisition of Starwood

Marriott’s recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened up several opportunities for travelers in either program or even those that have no affinity to either Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest to get excellent value from their points. We’ll step you through some available opportunities that have a limited lifespan.

Best Mid-Tier Hotel Elite Status And How To Earn It

Every major hotel chain offers some form of loyalty program that recognizes and rewards frequent guests. A few, like the Starwood Ambassador program or the new invitation-only Four Seasons Card, aim to distinguish only the very top echelon of guests and focus on client experience over earning rewards.

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.

Credit Cards For Airport Lounge Access

As a frequent flyer, having airport lounge access pre-flight and during layovers makes a huge difference to your travel experience. Somewhere quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of a busy terminal where you can work, shower, recharge electronics, eat good food and relax in comfort with a glass of something tasty.