Here is one of the big benefits of the new Marriott and SPG integration that took place earlier today – the ability to get the Southwest Companion Pass and 7 nights in a Category 1 – 5 Marriott hotel using 90,000 SPG points. Find out how to do that here.
Use SPG Points for the Southwest Companion Pass & 7 Nights
Like SPG’s Nights & Flights, Marriott has a program that lets you use Marriott Reward points for airline miles and nights at a hotel. The airline miles and category hotel varies depending on the amount of points you transfer. The program starts at 200,000 points and it goes up from there.
Using SPG Points for the Southwest Companion PassThe really great tier is the 270,000 Marriott Reward level. When transferred to Southwest, it gives you 120,000 Rapid Reward points (worth around $1,800 for Wanna Getaway fares) and those points also allow you to receive the Southwest Companion Pass (it requires 110,000 points in a calendar year)! To make it even better, you can get 7 nights at a Marriott Category 1 – 5 hotel to go along with the points transfer. The Great Part of the Deal
Here is what makes this even better – as of today, you can transfer 90,000 SPG points to Marriott to equal the 270,000 Marriott Reward points necessary to take advantage of this package (1 Starpoint equals 3 Reward points)! That is a really great value if you are a Southwest flyer. It is almost like you are transferring directly to Southwest (because, if you could, you would receive 20,000 bonus points for transferring in blocks of 20,000 and receiving 5,000 bonus points) but better since you are getting a total of 120,000 Southwest points! Not only, but you also get 7 nights in a hotel.
How To Make This Happen
To make this happen, you have to complete several steps in order.
1. Match Accounts
If you have not yet matched your accounts, check out this post for how to do that and then you will be ready to transfer points.
2. Transfer Starpoints
Now you can transfer your Starpoints to Marriott. You will need to transfer a total of 90,000 Starpoints to take advantage of this deal
3. Call To Order the Package
Next, you will need to call Marriott at 800-321-7396 to book your travel package. This will be Hotel + Air Package #3 for the 7 nights in a Category 1-5 hotel and the 120,000 Southwest Rapid Reward points.
And that’s it! This is a great way to use your SPG Starpoints to really get some extra value! Remember, you can still use those 120,000 Southwest points – you do not trade them for the Companion Pass.
Things to Think About
This will undoubtedly be on the most popular uses early on with this program merger. It is conceivable that at some point, Southwest may no longer county Marriott Reward points toward qualification of the Companion Pass. I would think this would be a decision that is met with a lot of unhappy customers so it could be something they would have to mention someplace first.
If the first part is not a concern, I would wait until January 1, 2017 to initiate your package. This will allow you to take advantage of 2 full years of the Southwest Companion Pass. Remember, you can switch your points back and forth between the SPG and Marriott programs so you don’t have to worry about them getting stuck in one program or another.
Is this something you are considering?