Marriott and SPG “merged” a little over a month ago on their front end. We are now starting to see integration on their back-end. Travel Packages and Points Advance reservations haven’t been possible for any SPG properties leaving many frustrated. Marriott has done very little to communicate official information to its members regarding these issues. With a tip from an external source we have been able to verify the information below.
On September 18, Marriott started its five-part integration for all SPG properties. The first wave included only some Four Points by Sheraton properties. We do not know exactly what hotels are included but we have found at least 2 of them and they are currently live.
Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport
Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
You can tell that these properties are integrated because when you go to book them, you get taken to the Marriott blue website instead of the SPG purple website as seen below
The tentative integration schedule looks like this:
First Round – September 18
- Some Four Points by Sheraton
Second Round – Early October
- Remaining Four Points by Sheraton properties
- Tribute Portfolio properties
Third Round – End of October
- Sheraton Properties
Fourth Round – End of November
- Westin Properties
- Le Meriden Properties
- W Hotels
Fifth Round – December 11
- Luxury Collections Properties
- St. Regis Properties
- Aloft Properties
- Element Properties
These are positive steps towards final integration. I hope that it runs smoothly and on time. For those of you hoping to use a travel package at a St.Regis property prior to December 11, I would start looking for alternative options.