Marriott buying Starwoods SPG - Travel hounds curl up into a fetal position
Way too early to know exact impact on Starpoints, but given out lucrative they have been, this does not bode well:
- Great hotel point values, even with continuous devaluation (Ex: Four properties in NYC to book for 12,000 pts/night. With crazy NYC tax. that's easily a $250-$300 room, or a $0.02-$0.025 per point redemption value)
- 5th night free with 4 night award stay
- Amazing airline frequent flier mile transfers with 20% bonus
- Great Plat benefits (what happens to lifetime Plats?)
I have benefited so much from SPG between work and personal travel, this is terrible. No need to panic yet, but will keep close eye on what Marriott group announces with Starpoints program and Elite status to decide how to proceed with the 250,000+ points in account right now...