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I was pleasantly surprised to find an email from Marriott Bonvoy in my inbox this morning. Although unquestionably targeted, this promotion looks like it might be available to others as well… I have until 19 October 2020 to open up a Skywards account and link it with my Marriott Bonvoy account… No stay or flight required.
What is Your World Rewards?
“Your World Rewards” is a partnership between Marriott Bonvoy and Emirates Skywards. This type of partnership is becoming an important trend in the loyalty industry, whereby:
- Airline elites can earn miles for hotel stays, as well as some hotel elite benefits
- Hotel chain elites can earn hotel points for flights (in addition to the standard miles)
An intriguing element of this partnership is that elite benefits are being offered as well, although it’s important to make clear that full status matching is not being offered. (i.e. A Skywards Platinum member doesn’t actually become a Marriott Platinum member.)
The Benefits for Emirates Skywards Elite Members
The most important element to know is that you must have Silver, Gold or Platinum status with Skywards in order to earn miles for stays at Marriott hotels. If you do, you can earn 1 mile per US dollar spent with Marriott.
You will also receive some elite benefits, such as:
- 4 pm late checkout
- Free “enhanced” wifi
- Elite check-in queue privileges
The Benefits for Marriott Bonvoy Elite Members
Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members will enjoy Elite in-airport benefits, including priority check-in and priority boarding. (but no lounge access!)
Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members earn 3 points per US dollar spent on all eligible Emirates flights (on top of Skywards Miles).
The Bottom Line
I will never have elite status with Emirates Skywards, as I would always credit my Emirates flights to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. If I were forced to fly Emirates in Economy Class, I might appreciate the priority check-in benefit, but otherwise this partnership will offer me no benefits… apart from the 1,500 Marriott points now being offered!
What about you? Have you been targetted for this promotion? Let us know in the comments section…