Tug Review Crew: Rookie
- Jun 6, 2005
- Reaction score
- Northern California
- Resorts Owned
Marriott: Shadow Ridge, Timber Lodge & Waiohai
Westin: Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Villas
Disney: Beach Club Villas & Bay Lake Towers
For the hotel side, I'm assuming that they will fold SPG into the MR program by retrofitting the current portfolio into MR categories (e.g. an SPG7 will be a MR 9) and that they will covert it 1:1.
Why? Because the number of hotel points required are very similar:
Category # MR points need (Saver rate)
1 7,500 (6,000)
2 10,000 (7,500)
3 15,000 (10,000)
4 20,000 (15,000)
5 25,000 (20,000)
6 30,000 (25,000)
7 35,000 (30,000)
8 40,000 (35,000)
9 45,000 (40,000)
Starwood Program:Category Starpoints
I can't imagine that with this data, they'd ever give Starwood members double or even quintuple their SPs.
I disagree with you on this because most of the time the 5th night is free with Starwood so it comes out way lower. I posted real live examples of how I used the Starwood system in the post above. You are taking the typical accountant view and comparing them which is okay but it isn't reality. I'm sure that is how the Marriott corporation will look it. I always check on my Marriott rewards to see if I can get a better deal and I cannot. You cannot stay on concierge level with points with Marriott. Also with Starwood if there is a room available you can book it on points. With Marriott they only allow X amount of rooms to be booked on points. So, for places like London you have to book 11 months out to the day. With Marriott in Europe it can be tricky as you have to book the day they release the rooms for the week. So in London the one hotel I was interested in releases their rooms on Sundays for the week. However, I needed a reservation for Thursday through Tuesday. I had to book the first part Thursday to Sunday and then, book the next week Sunday to Tuesday and, then, I had to call Marriott to use a special point rate. Plus, the category they place the rooms in for Marriott are much higher than Starwood (look at my Anaheim comparison) It is very obvious that Marriott over values their hotels.