I have had my Marriott and SPG accounts connected for a while now, but just until now did I need to transfer points from one to the other. While it is a simple process if you know the steps, it takes a bit of knowledge to know where to go.
In terms of elite status and free night award redemptions, this might be the most lucrative partnership there is out there. I was able to secure Marriott Platinum status last year, which means I also became an SPG Platinum member. I am pretty excited about the opportunity to not only benefit from top-level elite status, but also redeem for free nights at double the amount of hotels.
So how do you do it?
First, make sure your accounts are linked
Before we even talk about linking, or transferring between accounts, I want to make clear that you must have accounts for both SPG and Marriott to benefit from both. As of the writing of this post, SPG and Marriott are still operating as two separate loyalty programs. And what that means is that you need to have accounts set up for both — so if you don’t already, make sure you have accounts for both. Simply go to the respective sites here (Marriott) and here (SPG) and sign up.
At this point, you should now be a proud member of not one but TWO rewards programs. As mentioned above, these programs will eventually be merged into one, but for now they act as separate entities. What that means today is that the benefits with both are virtually synonymous. While each program, and in some cases each hotel, offer different benefits for different levels of elite members, a Gold Elite member in SPG is a Gold Preferred member in Marriott. Now, with both rewards accounts set up, you’ll want to link your accounts. The easiest way is to first go to the merged landing page.
It is worth noting that you will see Ritz-Carlton Rewards throughout this entire demo. Ritz has been a part of Marriott before SPG and Marriott began their talks, so basically anything I talk to today works for Ritz as well.
Since you should have accounts for all, it doesn’t matter which link you follow. I clicked on the “Marriott Rewards: Members Start Here” graphic.
You are brought to a Marriott landing page. Once you login to your Marriott account you will be able to easily connect your SPG and Marriott account. As you will see, my accounts are linked but the process is very straightforward.
You won’t see your status matched across the programs immediately, but for me it took only a couple of days. For this reason it makes sense to immediately link your programs, regardless of your travel plans.
Transferring between programs
From the link above, you will notice a button allowing you to either transfer from, or transfer to your Marriott account. It is relatively straightforward at this point. As you may know, Marriott points transfer to SPG at a 3:1 ratio, so basically 30,000 Marriott points is 10,000 SPG points (and vice versa). This is the math that you will see done for you when you enter the transfer amount.
Marriott Rewards Points transferred to SPG Starpoints
SPG Starpoints to Marriott Rewards Points
You will notice here that I typed in 10,000 SPG Starpoints to be transferred to Marriott Rewards, which yields 30,000 points.
Any of these transfers should be virtually instantaneous. It is a hotly discussed topic about the future of these programs — will they merge into one program? What will that mean about your current points holdings? How will individual hotels be booked?
I think many, along with myself, are optimistic about the future that SPG and Marriott hold. While they together have made it very seamless to live in both, I am very excited to be able to participate in the program as one unit.