my accounts are already linked.
You have the option to manually merge on Aug 1 or Marriott will do it for you sometime next year.
Just a word of caution...if you decide to manually merge your accounts, be sure to understand all the program rules for elite status recognition as it may be more beneficial to wait until 2019 and have Marriott automatically do it. We just need to wait for the details to see which way is best. If you're already Lifetime Platinum, that might not be a gid deal; but if you're close to achieving a new status level, you will want to make sure a manual merge works to your advantage.
new rewards program old program vs new program account merges when will my spg & marriott rewards accounts merge elite tiers
Or, you could just not care about the details of what merging may/may not do if you are qualifying for LT status under legacy rules and just not merge accounts. If Marriott is giving you the option "to merge or not to merge...", and you are still trying to qualify under legacy rules, then just don't merge! It's eventually going to happen to everyone. There's enough anxiety and stress for some to get to the next LT step, so drop as many concerns off your plate as you can. Fortunately, this is an easy one to drop!
My thoughts were this. If they don’t merge them until Feb 28th then technically I could go and qualify for platinum for 2020 on Spg and then status match giving me two years at platinum instead of one. I believe that’s how the computer system would read it.
Status match won't count, so they say. It has to be legitimately earned years, no status buy backs either. If you mean qualify for SPG Platinum for 2020 from Jan 1 2019-Feb 28, 2019, that will not work. SPG 'technically' doesn't exist as a rewards program after 1 August, so there's nothing to qualify for under SPG (except this years SPG legacy statuses to use as an elite qualifying year), there will only be "new unnamed program", known as 'MPG' (Marriott Preferred Guest) going forward, thanks to seatexan naming it (and me continuing to give her credit so that it actually becomes the new name) Everything for LT status using legacy programs must be completed by 31 December 2018.
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