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After laying out the details of the new unified Marrott loyalty program I covered the new credit cards that will be offered.
One opportunity emerges. In the new program that starts August 1,
- Marriott will combine your qualifying nights from both Marriott and Starwood programs to calculate your 2019 elite status.
- They will only let you earn one 15 night elite credit regardless of how many of their credit cards you have
That creates a brief window of opportunity. The other day I suggested getting the Starwood Amex card before it goes away. And indeed since then they’ve already revised the initial offer to a statement credit rather than a points bonus.
I have both the business and personal Starwood cards, each providing 5 elite qualifying nights in my Starwood Preferred Guest account towards status.
Marriott’s Al Wadi Resort
In August the elite nights from Starwood and Marriott should be combined, and the combined total can be used to qualify for status — whether 25 (Gold), 50 (Platinum), or beyond.
This appears to be the only way and the only time you’ll be able to combine Starwood credit card elite nights and Marriott credit card elite nights. And I confirmed with Marriott that it works.