OK, wake up, Inside Flyer, and what does this mean for us?

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  1. violist
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    Marriott International To Acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Creating The World's Largest Hotel Company

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...e-worlds-largest-hotel-company-300179014.html
     
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    Ought to put me closer to lifetime gold (and platinum) that much faster. Can't wait to see how the minimum points required is addressed.
     
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    This can't be good.
     
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    Hyatt/SPG would have been a more interesting combination.
     
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    Seems like an unattractive combination from a customer perspective.
     
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    Lots of interesting questions:

    1. Will the Starwood hotels continue to be managed separately? Probably not, IMHO.

    2. What will happen to the SPG program? Will it simply be merged into Marriott Rewards, or will they be consolidated with the end product having attributes of both programs? I hope the latter, but I suspect the former will be the answer.

    3. What will happen to the SPG AMEX? Will it be converted to a Marriott Rewards AMEX, or would Chase object? I like the SPG AMEX, and they've finally gotten it more in line with other cards, e.g., no foreign transaction costs. I'd hate to see it go.

    4. Related to #2 and #3, in view of the substantial difference in value of Starpoints and MR points, will the merged/consolidated program reflect this difference, through for instance a conversion of SPG Starpoints = 3 MR points or something similar? Flying Dutchman did use a factor when it converted to a miles-based system, but I don't know that it is common.
     
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    It's what always happens when they say they're going to maintain the best from each program. The "best" is relative and will entail what is "best" for Marriott.

    Plus, Courtyards. So many, horrible, horrible suburban Courtyards.

    Timothy
     
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    I am not happy.
     
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    Happy I am solely Hilton


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  11. violist
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    I'm mostly Hilton, too, but largely because of the chain's
    coverage. I'd be interested to see if the new behemoth
    would be able to serve me better.

    I do travel extensively with a Starwood person and
    asked if this merger was going to adversely affect
    her - no reply yet - I suppose she's still in shock.
     
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    It'll probably be a plus for Marriott Rewards members and not a plus for SPG members. There are a couple of Starwood properties in the Maldives which should give Marriott Rewards members options for redemption.
     
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    I am curious, though. What do Marriott elites (who aren't SPG elite) feel about this merger? I suspect I could guess, but I'd like to hear what those of you who fit in that category think.
     
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