Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) now operate under one set of unified benefits and one currency that spans across the entire portfolio of 29 brands - in case you have not realised, you can now merge your SPG and Marriott Rewards account into a unified account so you can get to your next elite status level quicker! Marriott International is also providing members with another way to earn more points (even without a stay) - members are able to earn points across 2,200 participating restaurants and bars in Asia-Pacific. More importantly, members are also awarded with an exclusive F&B discount (up to 20%) based on the status level in the unified Marriott Rewards program.
Members who are not staying in-house but are dining in participating restaurants and bars across Asia-Pacific will get to enjoy up to 20% savings on the F&B bill - they will be awarded 10 points per USD 1 (applicable taxes and service charges are not included) so long a minimum spend of USD 10 is met. While Platinum Elite and Platinum Premier Elite members are able to enjoy up to 20% off the dining bill, they will earn only 10 points per USD 1 if they are not staying in-house. In other words, the elite bonus on points do not apply if you are not an in-house guest.
Another important thing to take note is that the discount is not applicable for breakfast (but you do not have to worry about this if you are a Platinum Elite or Platinum Premier Elite member). Additionally, the discount is only applicable for a dining party of up to 10 pax. Those of you who are familiar with the SPG Cravings programme will be pleased to know that the dining benefits (as well as the opportunity to accrue more points) have been extended to other Marriott properties as well. At the time of writing, there are 41 different restaurants and bars that members can earn points from in Singapore alone.