Three years ago — six months after Hyatt and MGM launched what practical amounts to hotel codesharing, with reciprocal earn and burn and elite status matching (that’s being somewhat diluted with the new World of Hyatt program) — Starwood and Caesars teamed up in a slightly less extensive deal.
There was no elite recognition for Starwood members at Caesars properties (although this came 18 months later), and only limited status-earning opportunities, but reciprocal earn and burn was available.
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To show just how strange the lodging world can be, Starwood Hotels and Resorts actually owned Caesars in the 90s.
However the Starwood-Caesars partnership is ending December 31. (HT: Cliff K.)
Starting January 1, 2017, SPG members may no longer book Starpoint redemption reservations at Caesars Entertainment destinations due to the conclusion of this partnership. Existing reservations taking place at a Caesars Entertainment property in 2017 are still valid and will be honored as confirmed. If you must cancel a reservation on or before December 31, 2016 please do so through SPG.com. If you must cancel a reservation on or after January 1, 2017, SPG members should email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: “Caesars” and provide the redemption reservation number, Caesars Entertainment property, arrival and departure date, first name, last name and email address associated with the reservation.
There’s no word at this point on whether the termination stems from the turmoil at Caesars or Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood. Either way, the deal must not have fulfilled expectations. Since MGM will no longer provide as lucrative a status match to Hyatt Gold Passport members next year, perhaps Hyatt’s deal isn’t as lucrative either.