13 Responses

  1. Food Wine and Miles
    Food Wine and Miles at |

    Thanks for the link.

    I do think it’s interesting to look at the differences between the structures of these two programs. I need to think about it some more, but I have to believe that there’s a reason why United/Marriott structured this one the way they did vs. the “earn more points” structure of Crossover Rewards.

  2. Jack S
    Jack S at |

    Isn’t silver the base for Marriott?… So you essentially get mid tier status if marched to gold..

  3. Gene
    Gene at |

    Gold is mid-tier status with Mariott and includes free wifi, club access, and at some properties, free breakfast.

  4. gobluetwo
    gobluetwo at |

    Silver (or whatever the base level) is certainly being devalued with airlines and hotels, where you can often get similar benefits or that status by virtue of having the branded credit card.

    My Marriott Silver is pretty easy to maintain with one-off stays and rollover nights and nets me a thank you upon check-in, and 10% extra points. That’s it, as far as I know. It did get me an “upgrade” to a “suite” at a Fairfield Inn once. Marriott Gold will actually be helpful, especially in those properties where my MiFi gets a crappy signal.

  5. Nick
    Nick at |

    As a 1k and a Marriott Plat this has decreased my incentive to stay at Marriott, poor design decision.

  6. Jane
    Jane at |

    Passed this info on to DIL as they are top tier Marriott and looking to start status with UAL. Thanks for the info

  7. GetToThePoints
    GetToThePoints at |

    Does this new ability to shuffle points between the programs open some new creative ways to move points through several programs to gain points in either United or Marriott’s programs?

  8. Ted S.
    Ted S. at |

    Marriott Gold does get one Concierge Lounge access at full-service properties, which is only available at the Platinum level at SPG. (And gobluetwo, you actually get a 20% bonus as a Silver. Gold gets you 25%.)

    United Silver gets you an Economy Plus seat at check-in. As long as you don’t mind middle seats, that’s not too bad. Beats a middle seat in E- any day.

    So there are benefits to be had on either side.

  9. R B
    R B at |

    They seem to have ignored Premier 1Ks and Marriott Platinum Elites altogether…maybe, good idea to stick with SPG at least for allowing double dipping

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