Will that be honored at SPG once the merger of the programs is complete?
Here's the formal answer from the FAQs the day after the acquisition;
Don’t worry; you’ll continue to enjoy all the benefits of Lifetime status in the program in which you earned it. We are initially matching your tier status between programs, and when the programs are combined in the future, we’ll consider ways that preserve the continued recognition of our most valued lifetime customers.
I would not be surprised if we became Lifetime of the whole shebang, but just like now, Lifetime Platinum would be less than super duper Platinum (50 nights vs. 75 nights vs. 100 nights). Since they are dropping Rollover Nights in the new program in '19, having super duper tiers above Platinum maintains a bit of the motivation for exceeding baseline requirement.
Interesting thought. Here is the SPG e-mail about SPG LT status. Notice it doesn’t specify LT reciprocity with Marriott. I’ll let others speculate if that does or does not mean anything.
got that one today.
When I got that (btw - Insiders posted rollover announcement before emails and concurrent with The Points Guy - so that's ok in my book - yeah, I would love to be first, but I can live with equal timing), I felt it was just to bring them to par with Marriott Lifetimes whose points don't expire either (one of the rare bennies not immediately slapped onto the SPGers board ).
As we've discussed before, and as we're speculating here, Marriott will surely recognize Lifetime, but just like Bubba when he parsed the meaning of 'is', what does 'recognize' mean? Stay tuned.
I realize that we are chasing the rabbit around the track, but sometimes we greyhounds need a little more encouragement in out points-driven life. We have nothing left to race for!
I had the SPG e-mail too. I am relieved that it removes the doubts. It seem quite straightforward to me.
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