This would seem like pretty big news.
well that was super unexpected, i thought hyatt was the one buying them?
IT will be interesting to see what this means to the Rewards program.
Huge news since I use both brands.
AS an MR Plat with no Starwood status, I'm pretty happy, especially considering I stay at Westins a few times a year. Can't wait for a W redemption
The last thing I thought i'd be seeing this morning pop up on my phone (in a notification from CNBC) was that Marriott would buy Starwood. It is going to be quite interesting and overall should be a generally positive move I think. Plus as a bonus it will make Marriott the biggest hotel chain in the world Marriott will soon be dominating the world in the form of the hotel industry Great Success!
Thats not such a good thing, right now marriott hotels seem to be a bit overpriced compared to the other chains, they may raise the rates
Please elaborate how you feel that they are overpriced...
Very big news. I really like many of the Westin hotels. Sheraton to a lesser degree but enjoy them as well. I am really curious to see how the MR program handles this.
If they merge the loyalty programs it will open a lot of new options for us MR people....for instance, French Polynesia which currently has no Marriott properties but has a Le Meridien on Tahiti and a St. Regis on Bora Bora. It could be a good thing!
I agree that this could be a boost overall. I've had terrific experiences with Starwood Properties but having no status and being Marriott Platinum has caused me to drive further to stay at a Marriott. Now I wouldn't have to make that choice which could be a bonus. An interesting note those is that someone else purchased Starwood's Vacation Club a couple of weeks ago... Either way I just called and reactivated my Starwood Points on the hopes that they will at least merge in with my Marriott.
This is great news, assuming that there are no negative consequences for the MR program.
It dramatically increases the options for MR members as we travel to locations with limited Marriott options.
WOW. I am exited and happy but ive got to say... I did NOT see that coming
Yeah! Hotels in Croatia!
I, too, like this. I just hope that Marriott takes on the nice things that SPG offers their elites. I feel that when AA and US AIR merged, they took on the worst of each as opposed to the better.
UA and CO definitely took the worst of both. I am hoping AA and US learned from UA and it will be a better situation for everyone.
I am quite surprised of the lack of response from our community managers on the merger. The only postings I can find were on non-controversial subjects. (what is your favorite place in Europe etc) Another possibility is their postings will take our mind off yesterday's events.
You would think Marriott would, at the least, instruct them to talk about the positive aspects of the merger..
Although my original reaction as a Lifetime Platinum MR member was positive, recent experiences have shown that reducing competition in any industry is not good for the consumer. The airline mergers have demonstrated that only the investment bankers, lawyers, and executives win in large mergers. Shareholders, employees, and customers lose in the long run.
I think brand standards have suffered in recent years due to Marriott's rapid expansion, and expect this will only get worse as more hotel brands are added. Although the merger offers more opportunities for award redemption, it also adds a lot of new members fighting for the few award rooms and upgrades. Having gone through 8 mergers in my career, I am concerned about the long-term impact of this merger.
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