TORONTO — Marriott International has announced plans to introduce one set of unified benefits across Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).
Beginning in August, members will be able to combine their separate Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG accounts into a single account spanning the entire loyalty portfolio. The Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG names will live on under the new set of unified benefits until a new program name is introduced in 2019.
Also beginning in August, travellers will have the ability to book stays across the entire portfolio for the first time on Marriott.com and SPG.com, as well as the Marriott and SPG apps.
Under the unified program, members will earn more points faster than under the prior programs — on average 20-per-cent more points for every dollar spent. Members will also be able to book stays and earn or redeem points across the company’s 29 participating global brands comprising 6,500 hotels in 127 countries and territories.
Canadian card members with the existing Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card will continue to enjoy their current benefits, with changes to be announced at a later date.
More information about the changes is available here.