Marriott is buying Starwood and Starwood Preferred Guest members are nervous.
Blog reader Vineet S discovered a famous fan of the program ready to take action. Vineet took advantage of a Starwood Preferred Guest private event to meet Lewis Hamilton, the 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.
And apparently the racing star is a huge SPG fan, because Vineet asked him to hold a “Save SPG” sign and he does so proudly:
It’s good to know that a Formula 1 racing legend shares member concerns:
- Starwood offers fantastic points to airline mileage transfers. More airline transfer partners, and at a 1:1 rate with 5000 bonus miles when transferring points into 20,000 miles. That almost certainly goes away.
- Marriott elite benefits are weak. Marriott Platinums are not entitled to upgrades to suites outside of Asia. They do not get breakfast at resorts or Courtyard properties. They do not even get guaranteed late checkout.
- A single Starwood point is worth orders of magnitude more than a Marriott point. Assuming Starwood Preferred Guest is ultimately folded into Marriott Rewards, what will the conversion rate be?