Marriott Announces The Launch Date For Marriott-Starwood Program Merger!

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Marriott has updated their website and it now says that the merged Marriott-Starwood program will launch on August 18th. Previously it had only said “Coming in August.”

In February the merged program will get a new name as well.

You’ll want to book awards before the programs merge on August 18th.

On August 18th the new award chart below and new elite status levels will launch, while the next award chart launches sometime in February:

Previous Starwood ChartPrevious Previous Marriott ChartAugust 2018 Combined ChartFebruary 2019 Combined Chart
Category 16,000 (Weekends)
9,000 (Weekdays)
7,5007,5005,000 off-peak
7,500 standard
10,000 peak
Category 29,000 (Weekends)
12,000 (Weekdays)
10,00012,50010,000 off-peak
12,500 standard
15,000 peak
Category 321,00015,00017,50015,000 off-peak
17,500 standard
20,000 peak
Category 430,00020,00025,00020,000 off-peak
25,000 standard
30,000 peak
Category 536,000 off-peak
48,000 peak
25,00035,00030,000 off-peak
35,000 standard
40,000 peak
Category 660,000 off-peak
75,000 peak
30,00050,00040,000 off-peak
50,000 standard
60,000 peak
Category 790,000 off-peak
105,000 peak
35,00060,00050,000 off-peak
60,000 standard
70,000 peak
Category 8-40,000-70,000 off-peak
85,000 standard
100,000 peak
Category 9-45,000--
Ritz Tier 1-30,000--
Ritz Tier 2-40,000--
Ritz Tier 3-50,000--
Ritz Tier 4-60,000--
Ritz Tier 5-70,000--

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Can you explain why they’re doing it in two steps instead of one total change with the new name and final award chart?


Does this mean you can buy travel packages until the 18th?

Dawn Ham

Does that mean the last day to purchase travel packages is Aug 17?


Darn! My plans are for a few days prior and my Hotel is going down. 🙁


I have a stay starting on 8/16 for seven nights, will they credit back the difference from 8/18 and on?


Does this mean we have until Aug. 17 to book the travel packages at the old rates, or still July 31? What about the ability to earn 3 pts/$ on the Starwood card?


Will i still earn spg points on the cc till aug 18th?


I have 43 nights ytd need another 7 to get the 10 suite nights do I have now till the 18th?


Can I use a tier 1-3 certificate to book at the St Regis Maldives now, or do I have to wait until August 1st?


FWIW I called SPG about my stay that is Aug 15-20th. They said I would not get an the updated rate (60k) even for the last two nights because my cancelation date (Aug. 11) is before the merger goes through. Any suggestions?


The Starwood representative on Flyertalk says that all travel package certificates will be cancelled and converted to points. So people can buy these now even if they don’t want to stay in the same hotel for 7 consecutive nights.


so is the new award chart starts aug 1st or 18th?


Dan, does that mean we can still exchange for Marriott travel package until 8/18? Thanks.


How accurate is this? it was on a previous post:
S. Regis Princeville, now 90K (SPG category 7), will be 60K (Combined category 7) in August, will be 85K in February (Combined category 8)

on their website it shows different…


Thanks Dan! What is the last day my SPG card will earn me 3 M points?


I just bought a 7 night travel package with 132,000 United miles. Worst case scenario I converted some Starwood points to United miles at 3.3 United miles for each Starwood point. I have no intention on using th travel certificate. I will just get the points refunded when they cancel. The certificate.


Which category did you buy, 1-5?


how are you getting 3.3 United per 1 SPG? wasn’t it 132K United from 90K SPG? or am I missing something


I bought a Tier 1-3 certificate w/ 132 UA miles for 420,000 Marriott points (140k SPG). When Marriott cancels the certificate and refunds the points, they will refund me at a minimum 300,000 points. If that’s the case, then I paid 120k Marriott (40K SPG) for 132k UA miles (i.e. 3.3 UA miles for each SPG).


All of the packages yield the same amount of UA miles. Is there any reason you chose Tier 1-3 if you are not looking to use the hotel certificate?


Potentially higher conversion rate when the certificate is cancelled, if they say that Tier 3 maps to 60k/night, then i would get back 360k….


Read Dan’s previous posts…


sell it on ddf

which cert to get

when buying a Marriott cert which you recommend more- 120K AS or 132K UA? no flying plans in near future


No one can answer that if you have no flying plans…


I have a reservation starting the 19th of August for 5 nights, and the Hotel will be 50k instead of 60k with this new chart, @Dan what do you recommend?
I would need to cancel my reservation by August 16th, is it worth taking the risk?


amazing news!


Got the category 6 cert for 300k SP.
Booked 7 days at cat 6 hotel in Mallorca May 2019.. Thank you Dan. Planning on sitting tight to see how the transition plays out.
Is this the right play? Or should I book a higher category hotel? For all my rereading I’m just a little confused with the conjecture on options.
You are an amazingly generous resource Dan. Thanks again.


Any indication if they will bring back the Delta crossover program that existed with SPG and ended 7/15/18?


If SPG cc statement closes on the 15th, will we get 2 Marriott points starting on July 15th or Until Aug first 3 and after 2?