United and Marriott Continue RewardsPlus Relationship for 2014

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Good news for elites in the Marriott or United program, as they have just announced on Milepoint the RewardsPlus relationship will continue in 2014.  This isn’t a shocker, but it is still welcome news for some as you can leverage mid to high elite status in one program for the other (among other things).  For example, when this program started over the summer I didn’t have any Marriott elite status, but I was able to leverage my United Platinum status into having Marriott Gold status.  This would allow me to have free internet access and potentially free breakfast and lounge access on my infrequent Marriott stays.  Leveraging more travel perks for my family based on the trips I already take is a good thing in my book.  You can get full details about the program from a post I wrote when it was first announced in July.

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Here are the full details about the program extending in 2014:

United MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards are pleased to share that we will be extending the RewardsPlus program into 2014.

For those of you already registered in the program, if you’ve qualified for 2014 MileagePlus Premier Gold status or higher, no action is needed on your part as we will automatically renew your registration for 2014 benefits. If you’ve qualified for 2014 MileagePlus Premier Gold status or higher and haven’t registered for RewardsPlus, you can register at united.com/rewardsplus to enjoy complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status. Please note that while we are in the process of renewing registrations for 2014, the registration website will be down for a period of time starting December 28th. We will provide an update when the site is live again in 2014 and ready to accept registrations.

RewardsPlus offers complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status for MileagePlus members who qualify for United Global Services, Premier 1K®, Premier Platinum or Premier Gold while Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members can register for complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status. In addition, all MileagePlus or Marriott Rewards members can receive a 20% discount on points-to-miles conversions and 10% more miles for Marriott Rewards Travel Packages.

For more information about RewardsPlus, you can visit the “FAQ” section of the website at united.com/rewardsplus.

Did you benefit from the RewardsPlus relationship in 2013?

Comments

  1. We’ve benefitted. We are lifetime UA Premier Gold, so we both gained Marriott Gold status–and used that at both Ritz and Marriott properties a few times in the second half of the year, even getting upgraded at the Ritz Moscow to a junior suite. We’ve also leveraged that Marriott Gold status for a Hilton status match when my partner had to stay at a Conrad for business–giving him status which got him upgraded twice. I am planning to do a status match next year for SPG or Hyatt or both to get Platinum and Diamond when necessary.

  2. Nick, I’m sure not their intended outcome, but good for you for making the best of the relationship for your travel patterns!
    Bill, awesome about the suite upgrade and well done with the matching game. 😉

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