Earlier this week, Marriott Inc. agreed to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for $12.2 billion, a surprise outcome to a heated process that involved some of the world’s largest hotel groups.
The combination would create the No. 1 hotel company globally—with more than a million rooms—and bring together 30 brands across all lodging segments, from Starwood’s higher-end W Hotels, St. Regis and Westin brands to Marriott’s limited-service offerings like Courtyard by Marriott and its extended-stay chain Residence Inn.
This has many Amex users and Starwood loyalists wondering how this big change is going to affect them. Some feel that Starwood status is going to be another perk that gets scraped. We know that Marriott has a close relationship with Chase and together, share branded cards such as the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Visa cards.
This is likely to be a win situation for Chase card holders as they get to choose from more brands and rooms.