Ever since it was announced that Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest would be merging, we knew a new name would be coming. Well, the programs merged last year, and today, Marriott International formally announced Marriott Bonvoy as the new loyalty name. This isn’t a huge surprise as there was a leak about the name a few months ago, but at least we now have final confirmation that the new name will officially come into play on Feb. 13, 2019.
As you’ve probably guessed, the new name is a play on the words Bon Voyage which is a French term for have a good trip. For most people, they won’t care what the new name is, they’re more concerned about if there are any changes to the program? According to the press release issued today, the only real change is two new names for previous Elite status tier names.
- Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite will replace Platinum Premier Elite for members who surpass 75 nights.
- Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite will replace Platinum Premier Elite with Ambassador. This top Elite status tier recognizes members who surpass 100 nights and more than $20,000 in spend annually. These members enjoy the highest level of personalization with a dedicated ambassador to help plan their travel and cater to their needs one-on-one.
The change is strictly in the name as the requirements to reach those status tiers and the benefits included remain the same. That being said, Marriott and SPG have always had incredible moments that you can purchase with your points. These moments include experiences such as hiking into glacial Patagonia, desert treks on camelback in Morocco or cruising to Vietnam’s timeless floating villages. You can also purchase exclusive dining experiences or tickets to some of the top sporting events which is why Marriot Rewards is one of the best loyalty programs out there.
You can always check out my full review of Marriott Rewards (soon to be Marriott Bonvoy) for the full details about the program. If you want to start collecting points, joining the program is free. To turbocharge your earn rate, apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express since it’s the official credit card of Marriott in Canada.