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Link Starwood and Marriott Accounts

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Link Starwood and Marriott Accounts

It’s now official, Marriott and Starwood have merged and you can Link Starwood and Marriott Accounts.

You are now able to link your accounts together and get status matched between Starwood and Marriott.

Link Starwood and Marriott Accounts

Three Programs

Currently Marriott is running all three rewards programs simultaneously so you can be a member of Ritz Carlton Rewards, Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest.

Marriott has traditionally ran the Ritz-Carlton Program separately and they plan to continue that.

The Marriott Rewards and SPG program will continue to be separate as well for a while.


It is now possible to get Marriott Elite Status if you are Starwood Elite member or Starwood Elite status if you are a Marriott Elite member.

I am currently a Starwood Platinum Preferred Guest. As soon as I linked my account, I am now Marriott Rewards Platinum as well which means if I stay at a Marriott Property this year, I will enjoy the top tier benefits.

Benefits of Platinum Membership at Marriott:

Dedicated Platinum Reservation Line

Call us anytime at 800-399-4229. Outside the U.S. and Canada, please use our Global Reservation Numbers.

Exclusive Guest Services Line

For account questions, contact Elite Guest Services at 800-321-7396 between 8:15 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST

Outside the U.S. and Canada, please contact one of our Global Rewards Customer Service offices.

Ultimate Reservation Guarantee

If we’re unable to honour your reservation, we’ll pay for you to stay nearby and compensate you for the inconvenience. Learn more about compensation rates.

Guaranteed Late Checkout

Make advance requests on our mobile app for guaranteed checkout as late as 4pm.

This benefit is guaranteed at all hotels, except at resort and convention hotels, where it is based upon availability. Marriott Vacation Club is excluded from this benefit.

Guaranteed Room Type

Just let us know what type of room you prefer when you reserve. At locations in the U.S. and Canada, we’ll always honour your bed type request, too. Please see details about room/bed preferences outside the U.S. and Canada.

(EDITION® locations are excluded)

Platinum Exclusive Elite Offers

Exclusive savings and offers are available to you throughout the year.

48-Hour Guaranteed Availability

We guarantee you’ll always have a room for any paid stay. Just make a reservation at least 48 hours before arrival at any of our 4,000+ participating hotels (Excluding Marriott Vacation Club. At Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites, applies to Studios only.)

This offer may not be available during certain limited dates or special events.

RewardsPlus: MileagePlus® Premier Status

Fly United Airlines® with complimentary Premier®Silver status including complimentary upgrades and access to Economy Plus seating (when available), 1 complimentary checked bag, Premier bonus miles and more.

Guaranteed Platinum Arrival Gift

Receive a special gift at all participating hotels, offering you a choice of an amenity gift or bonus points. (Amenity gift not available at The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION and Marriott Vacation Club locations.)

50% Bonus on Marriott Rewards Points

Platinum Elite members are credited with a 50% bonus on base points earned during stays.

Marriott Gift Shop Discount

Get a 10% discount with your Elite membership card at participating Marriott-operated and managed gift shops.

At participating EDITION® hotels and The Ritz-Carlton, discount applies to logo-merchandise only.

Weekend Discount

Enjoy a 10% discount on regular rates for Friday and Saturday night stays at participating Courtyard® and SpringHill Suites® locations.

Complimentary Enhanced Internet Access

Stream faster with enhanced Internet access where available. Participating brands: The Ritz-Carlton®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites® and TownePlace Suites®. Not applicable in meeting rooms.

Room Upgrade

Based on room availability at check-in, we’ll do our best to upgrade your room. Upgrades are subject to availability identified by each hotel and limited to your personal guestroom. See terms and conditions for details.

Lounge Access/Free Breakfast

Daily continental breakfast, light snacks and beverages for members and one guest in the Executive Lounge at JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance® and Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels®, (resorts excluded).

In the U.S. and Canada, select hotels will provide 750 or 1,000 points in lieu of breakfast in the event the lounge is closed.

At JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection®, Renaissance Hotels® and Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels® (Resorts, Courtyard Hotels, EDITION® Hotels and AC Hotels are excluded).

Free Local Phone

Stay connected with free unlimited local phone calls to any U.S. or Canada destination when you stay at participating JW Marriott Hotels, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels®, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard, SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites® locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Free Local Fax

Stay connected with free faxes (up to 15 pages per day) to any U.S. or Canada destination when you stay at participating Courtyard, SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites locations in the U.S. and Canada for a flat rate.

Discounted Long Distance Phone Calls

Unlimited long distance calls are available at participating JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels® and Gaylord Hotels locations in the U.S. and Canada for a flat rate.

Hertz® #1 Gold Membership

You’re invited to take advantage of a complimentary 1-year membership with Hertz®.

Elite-Only Rewards

Elite members enjoy exclusive reward redemption options.

In my oppinion the best benefits are:

  1. Lounge Access or Breakfast
  2. Upgraded Rooms

Linking the Accounts

Link Starwood and Marriott Accounts

Linking the accounts is easy to do:

  1.  Go to the webpage: Marriott Link Your Accounts
  2.  Sign into your Marriott Rewards Account using your username and password
  3.  Select your Starwood Account and login using your Starwood username and password
  4. Confirm the account is you and continue

It is as easy as that. Your accounts will be linked and your status will be matched between the programs.

After Linking

After linking you can transfer your points between the Starwood, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Programs and you can enjoy elite benefits between the properties. Starwood points are valued higher than Marriott. You get 3 Marriott Points for every 1 Starwood point.

It has been a long time since I stayed at a Marriott property. It will be interesting to experience them again now that I have elite status.

Your Thoughts?

Have you linked your account? What are your thoughts about the changes?

1 comment

Lee Huffman September 30, 2016 - 2:31 am

I have status with both Marriott and SPG through their credit cards, but that’s it. It’s nice to see how well they’ve done with the merger for Elites. I was going to cancel my Amex SPG a couple of months ago, but now I’m glad that I kept it. I need to put some spend on this card so that I can transfer to Marriott and take advantage of the Flights + Hotels conversion. IMO, that’s one of the best uses for Marriott points.


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