Au revoir SPG. It’s been a good ride.

How many of you will be looking to ditch Marriott (or already have)? To which program are you moving ?

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I don’t see any reason to jump ship. Being a Marriott member is actually better than ever. Love that I don’t need to worry about deciding between Marriott and SPG anymore. Nights add up faster and more properties to choose from. The new point redemption categories took some getting used to, but many of the properties I stay at are actually less points now. Only issue I have is the name “Bonvoy,” but I should be able to get over that.

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I’m not sure you’ve been paying very close attention

- your platinum check in bonus, which used to be 500 SPG points is now 500 BonVoy points. That’s 1/3 the previous value
- the flexibility that Starwood used to give to Platinum guests around changes and cancellations (I never paid a fee, even at the last minute) is now “not allowed” per Marriott policy
- the new “category” 8 puts most of SPGs best property’s that we’re 25k points per night at the equivalent of 28.3k per night. That kind of value attrition will continue to happen with Marriott

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Hyatt now owns Illinois

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I loved Westin and W brands, but I’m just so tired of Marriott screwing things up, taking away what used to feel like a much better experience and lowering the value of points / bonuses that I’m heading to Hyatt or Hilton

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I don’t know what do do....sigh. I’m lifetime platinum which makes jumping ship harder

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Also lifetime (Marriott) Platinum, seems to be Titanium under the new Bonvoy terminology. I find lifetime status liberating and I’m much more likely to stay with other brands now, usually Hilton given they’re really the only one with a similar number of properties and geographic coverage abroad.

Why are you ditching?

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I still have my ambassador from SPG which makes me happy. I have 10 years 950 nights a bit hard to walk away

I am lifetime platinum. Jumped to Hyatt and Hilton. Like the Hyatt Properties

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SM1, that should make it easier! If you end up hating Hilton or Hyatt or whoever you can just go back like nothing happened

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this is true but I have mad love for my Sheraton and Westins

Definitely tempted to — I was in a weird edge case where because I went all-in on SPG all these years instead of splitting 50-50 with Marriott, I ended up with only enough years for LTG instead of LTPP. Since I’d have to stick around another 2 years just to get the consolation prize (LTP) and LTG is basically just a participation trophy, I’m definitely considering a switch to Hyatt as I like their properties and don’t travel to small towns nearly as much anymore so the lack of overall properties doesn’t affect me as much .

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I’m happier with the combined program, more options. Also how have you waited until just now to switch??

Why the switch?

Staying. Stay with work at Marriott and Westin and spend points at ritz, JW and at Regis.

I can’t say I’m leaving Marriott, but I’ve been staying at Hilton a lot more.

Morally I cannot stay at Hyatt, so that’s off the list. I haven’t had better experiences with Hilton over what I have with new Marriott. I’m happy to stick around while everyone else leaves. 👋

They’ve enabled someone with no real world expertise to continue running Illinois into the ground. I’ll do my best to never help the Pritzker family make another dime

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