How will the Marriott merger impact Starwood loyalty programs?

A sign is posted in front of a Marriott hotel on November 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Marriott International  is finalizing their purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $12.2 billion. The deal will create the world's largest hotel company.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A sign is posted in front of a Marriott hotel on November 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Marriott International is finalizing their purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts for $12.2 billion. The deal will create the world's largest hotel company. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

HARTFORD – Marriott has finally answered the question that’s been on the minds of the combined 78 million people who belong to the Marriott Rewards, which includes Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programs: What will happen to my points?

As it finalizes the merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International said it plans to continue operating both programs at least through the next two years, before eventually phasing out SPG, according to fortune.com

Starting today, loyalty members will be able to link their Marriott Rewards and SPG accounts by going to members.marriott.com, where they’ll also be able to transfer points and match their elite status on either platform. Reward points can be redeemed for free stays across the company’s expanded network of 5,700 hotel properties.

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