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SPG Marriott Unification

Discussion in 'Vistana Signature Experiences (formerly Starwood)' started by Cornell, Apr 16, 2018.

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    Dioxide45: I assume you confirmed this with oner services... Good to know.. thanks
     
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    Just to clarify, you don't convert StarOptions to SPG points, you convert your ownership week in to SPG points. Don't even mention StarOptions (unless they are Home Options in one of the Flex Programs) because they are not applicable when discussing with regard to SPG.
     
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    No, I didn't. I mentioned it to remove the confusion between StarOptions and SPG Points.
     
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    Actually you can convert some or all or your Star options to SPG in Flex you do not have to do the entire week
     
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    I can convert some of my 81,000 Star Options or all of my 81,000 in FLEX at a .52 return to SPG points now
     
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    See my updated post above. From my assessment there will be major point devaluation, so you may not even want to convert to hotel points. Plus, it appears that there will not be anymore travel packages.
     
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    Where did you get the information on no Travel Package? I have heard the opposite but they will revamp it in August

    If they devalue the conversion to hotel points Vistana owners will and should be very upset
     
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    So do you own StarOptions or Home Options or both? Do you own a deeded week? If you own a deeded week and it is a lock off, I think you can convert one side (or the whole) of the lock off to SPG points. However, outside of that, you can't convert StarOptions to SPG points, you are converting your deeded week.
     
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    The emphasis was 3:1 conversion from points to hotel airline miles. Every 60000 points get a bonus 15000 miles, which is the same as the current SPG program. There was ZERO mention of travel packages in both the live event as well as on the website.
     
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    The letters I just received from SPG and Marriott state that Starpoints will be multiplied by three to convert to points in the new Marriott Loyalty Program that will get a new name in 2019.

    The letter from Starwood has my name and SPG number and tells me:

    Now my account lists me as lifetime Gold, but I also get Platinum benefits for being 5* Elite. We’ll still have to see what happens with that. I don’t think I’m listed as Lifetime Platinum on the SPG side, because I would lose the status if I were to lose my 5*status on the Vistana side.

    We’ll earn 10 points per US Dollar spent at Marriott properties.

    The main downside I see is for the credit card. It earns just 2 points per dollar spent, instapead of multiplying by 3 the current point/$ rate.

    A summary of changes for SPG members is listed at:
    https://members.marriott.com/spg/

    Changes for Marriott Rewards members are at:
    https://members.marriott.com/marriottrewards/
     
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    There is no deed per say in FLEX.. it is a trust.. you just own options and pay mait based on how many options you have.. no such thing as Home options... ALL options are options in the system In flex you do get a 12 month priority window in the 6 Flex Sheraton properties.

    Incorrect In Flex you can convert any # of options to SPG that you wish..and use the remainder in II or on the vistana network.. hence the name FLEX haha
     
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    Zerodegre - yes it is very simple. Your old exchange will be multiplied by 3. You get that many points to use in the new combined program. With flex you are correct in you can do some, all or none. Use the Ownership how you want in network and bank or convert the balances and it will be at 3x what you are used to
     
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    They stated - or the Points guy explained that the packages will remain. Crossover with a delta is the biggest wildcard. The rest will remain
     
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    The devaluation she is discussing is not correct. They have a new table of redemption. If you read the points guy many of these actually favor SPG points and future point conversions. She isn’t factoring the 3-1. To compare to current spg redemtion tiers divide by 3 and you will be pleased in most cases
     
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    You aren’t interpreting this correctly. If you divide these numbers by 3 to compare the SPG tiers most are the same and more often less

    Of course they have to tier all the hotels again and we get that in June. But to say there is a massive devaluation is massively incorrect and dramatic. The sky isn’t falling and if you compare to current SPG l, as the points guy does on his report; you would be surprised. There are so many positives. This could have been a major change but if you look closely i would guess that 95% of people come out the same or better.
    Are there a few things that may impact...yes. But Marriott Has treated owners very fair IMO
     
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    I am sorry but you are incorrect. Please read all of the points guys articles before stating things that aren’t true.
     
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    Good to hear that you confirmed the 3:1 on future conversions .. now my next concern is what happens to my 7 day marriott travel certificates if i do not book by august.
     
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    VSE's benefit is not Platinum for Life, or Lifetime Platinum. It's Platinum (at the lowest version of Platinum) each year as long as you maintain the requirements for being 5 * Elite.
     
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    I agree, YYJMSP. Hopefully this will result in Marriott Platinum benefits after this conversion.
     
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    I would assume so. Otherwise what aspirational goal will Vistana have to sell to all the non-Elites? ;)
     
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    Thanks for posting!

    Overall, I think the new combined system works for me. I don't see a huge upside or a huge downside. I no longer have a lot of SPG points, about 120k and I have not been using the hotel side much the past few years.
     
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    Looks like you get Platinum Elite until end of the year then you drop to Gold Elite.
     
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    Go to One Mile At A Time (OMAT) to see a comprehensive explanation.

    No more free night after 4 nights. No more Lounge access for Gold. That hurts
     
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    Where do you see that you don't get a free night after 4 nights?

    https://onemileatatime.boardingarea...-points-redemption-opportunities-coming-soon/

    This article says DIRECTLY THE OPPOSITE....

    he HUGE opportunity Marriott’s interim award pricing presents
    That means for awards booked between August and December, the most expensive redemption will be 60,000 Marriott Rewards points per night, which is the equivalent of 20,000 Starpoints per night in today’s currency. You also get a fifth night free on redemptions, so that brings down the average cost for a five night stay to 16,000 Starpoints per night (in today’s currency).

    Currently Starwood’s top hotels cost 35,000 Starpoints per night, so that’s the same as getting over 40% off!

    Previously in peak season a redemption at the St. Regis Aspen or St. Regis Deer Valley cost 140,000 Starpoints for five nights (with the fifth night free). Starting in August that redemption would cost just 240,000 Marriott Rewards points, which is the equivalent of 80,000 Starpoints.

    That’s a huge discount. If you want to redeem for one of the top Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, or Starwood properties in the world, then between August and December of this year is the time to book.

    We don’t know exactly when Marriott’s new “peak” and “off-peak” pricing will kick in, or when Category 8 properties will be introduced, but it will presumably me somewhere towards the beginning of 2019.
     
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    You are correct. Sorry, I misread.
     

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