Sure seems like AAdvantage is rubbing Marriott Rewards’ nose in a pile of miles with every other hotel loyalty program like 25K with Hyatt and 25K with Wyndham.
Also AAdvantage is making many hotel loyalty program members aware that Marriott Rewards will no longer be a points-to-miles exchange partner or earning partner after June 30, 2010 by offering up to 35% bonus miles on all hotel loyalty point transfers through June 30. When you click “Go” on that webpage it takes you to this page showing 70 hotel chain partners with AAdvantage. As you scroll down the list, all ten Marriott brand hotels display the message similar to this Marriott brand, “Effective July 1, 2010, TownePlace Suites® by Marriott will be leaving the AAdvantage program.”
The real story is behind closed doors, but sure looks to me like AA is playing offense in this game.
American Airlines-Marriott Rewards partnership termination links:
- American Airlines Marriott partnership termination announcement
- Marriott Rewards & American AAdvantage Fly Different Routes – Loyalty Truth Blog – Bill Hanifin
- Tim Winship has a good piece lamenting the dissolution of these two major loyalty partners.