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Old 29th March 2016, 07:12 PM   #16
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And now Marriot have come back with a better offer
And now the Chinese have upped theirs....
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Old 31st March 2016, 06:00 PM   #17
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Still shocked that this thread isn't getting any dialog. I know many have jumped off the SPG ship, but there are also still fans.
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Old 31st March 2016, 06:26 PM   #18
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have upped theirs....
That sounds oh so much worse than what I'm sure you mean...
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Old 31st March 2016, 11:51 PM   #19
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So when should I transfer away my SPG points is the question ?
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Old 1st April 2016, 02:25 AM   #20
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Still shocked that this thread isn't getting any dialog. I know many have jumped off the SPG ship, but there are also still fans.
As there is not much anyone can do about it, I suppose we just have to sit and wait.

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That sounds oh so much worse than what I'm sure you mean...
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Old 1st April 2016, 09:34 AM   #21
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Old 15th April 2018, 11:36 PM   #22
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Looks like the big announcement about the new/merged programme is tomorrow.

As a Starwood Life Plat I am not hopeful.
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Old 16th April 2018, 10:46 AM   #23
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As long as I retain lifetime 4pm late checkout I'm happy...
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Old 17th April 2018, 09:40 AM   #24
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As long as I retain lifetime 4pm late checkout I'm happy...
Here are the changes:

https://members.marriott.com/?IM=SPG_SPGab_TBOPAPR

My SPG Lifetime Gold will be mapped to the Lifetime Gold Elite tier of the new program, but 4pm check out guarantee has been enhanced to 2pm late check out subject to availability. Shame as the 4pm guarantee was one of the few (only?) tangible benefits of being Gold IMO.
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Old 17th April 2018, 05:15 PM   #25
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Being a lowly SPG and Marriott member, the change looks to help more than hurt.
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Old 17th April 2018, 06:09 PM   #26
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My SPG Lifetime Gold will be mapped to the Lifetime Gold Elite tier of the new program, but 4pm check out guarantee has been enhanced to 2pm late check out subject to availability. Shame as the 4pm guarantee was one of the few (only?) tangible benefits of being Gold IMO.
Agree that the guaranteed 4pm late check out was one of the best benefits for SPG Gold / Lifetime Gold. Too bad it's going away.
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Old 18th April 2018, 04:01 PM   #27
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Do you guys take advantage of 4pm late checkout for late flights out of the country?
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Old 18th April 2018, 04:03 PM   #28
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Marriott's CMO for Asia Pacific has confirmed (via AUSBT) that Marriott Golds obtained via status match from SPG Gold through linking the 2 programs will be mapped to Platinum Elite in the new program:

https://www.ausbt.com.au/five-things...tm_source=hero

If you've only got SPG Gold and have not linked your account to Marriott/Ritz-Carlton Rewards, do so before August! Platinum Elite gets some decent benefits and is broadly equivalent to existing 'entry level' SPG Platinum benefits (including suite upgrades and 4pm checkout).

Soothes the loss of 4pm checkout guarantee for me haha, for a year at least. After that, as I'd really only stay at a W where one exists, this makes me even less inclined to stay with any other Starwood/Marriott property over a cool and interesting boutique hotel.
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Old 18th April 2018, 07:31 PM   #29
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Do you guys take advantage of 4pm late checkout for late flights out of the country?
Yes, I am usually on the last flight out of the country. So I always make it a point to ask for late check out (the later the better). That way, I can go about with some sight-seeing/shopping before heading back to my room for a short rest and shower.
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