In case you have been asleep for the last week or so, the unification of the Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards as well as the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) programmes has happened over the weekend (and is continuing to do so right now). Members logging in to their Marriott Rewards account should now be given the option to 'combine your accounts' - doing so will allow you to pool all those elite nights, points and bookings together.
Upon logging in, you should see the option to 'combine your Rewards and SPG accounts now' and all you have to do is to click on the 'Let's do this' button on the right hand side to start the process. Do note that this process is irreversible and you should not face any issues in terms of missing points or reservations once this is completed. With that being said, it is important to note that a merger of this scale (there are over 110 million members) is unheard of and therefore, exercising caution is always advised.
After clicking on the aforementioned button, you should be redirected to a new page that will get you started on the unification of your accounts. Once this has been completed, you will only have one account (and one membership number) that you can then use to book for stays across 29 different brands under the Marriott International portfolio. By now, you should have noticed that the points balance in your SPG account has been multiplied by three - these points will be combined with your Marriott Rewards balance once the process has been completed.
The first step is to sign-in to your SPG account - you will require either your email address or your SPG membership number as well as your password to access this information.
According to Marriott Rewards, you should be able to see your points, lifetime nights, elite status (including the newly-minted one if applicable) as well as upcoming reservations in your newly-unified account. Since I have upcoming stays in W Hotels as well as Marriott properties, I could see all of those in my new Marriott Rewards account. Honestly, seeing them all under the same page is a strange feeling but definitely one that I will get used to seeing after a while.
Once your account have been combined, you will now only have a single account to manage - all your points and reservations should show up now. If you are based in the Asia-Pacific region or simply travel to this area often, do note that you will now be able to enjoy up to 20% off your F&B bill as well as earn points on these eligible expenditures at all participating properties even if you are not staying.