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How to combine your reward points for Marriott and Starwood

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For the 78 million people in either the Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, the merger of the two hotel giants means more reward stays and reward points.

The two programs won’t be fully combined until 2018, but starting Friday the accounts can be linked to transfer reward points between programs.

Loyalty members can go to members.marriott.com or www.starwoodhotels.com to link the accounts. There they can take their elite status on one program and match it on the other, as well as transfer points. Points can be transferred so that three Marriot Reward points equal one SPG Starpoint. Or, users can continue using the rewards points for their respective programs.

For now, members should continue booking reservations through the individual sites: www.marriott.com and www.startwoodhotels.com.

This merger gives members of either group access to reward stays at a combined 5,700 hotels, according to Fortune. The outlet also reported the brands will remain with their credit card providers for now. Marriott Rewards will stay with JPMorgan Chase and SPG will continue with American Express.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc

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