Back in the day, Starwood Preferred Guest had some awesome partnerships with Delta, Emirates, and China Eastern. With Marriott and SPG combining their loyalty programs, some of these partnerships have been discontinued or put on hold, as they figured out the best way to create unified benefits.
There’s some good news on that front — Emirates Skywards and Marriott Bonvoy have fully relaunched their “Your World Rewards” partnership. Registration is now once again open, in the event that you haven’t yet registered for this partnership.
These collaborations between airlines and hotels are awesome, and make a lot of sense. After all, those who travel a lot by air are also most likely to stay at a lot of hotels, and vice versa.
So, how does this partnership work?
Benefits for Marriott Bonvoy members
With this partnership, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador members will earn three Bonvoy points per eligible USD spent on Emirates flights. This is in addition to the Skywards miles you usually earn.
On top of that, Marriott Bonvoy Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador members receive in-airport benefits, including priority check-in and priority boarding.
Benefits for Emirates Skywards members
With this partnership, Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold, and Platinum members will earn one Skyward mile per eligible USD spent at Marriott hotels. This is in addition to the Marriott Bonvoy points you usually earn.
On top of that, Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold, and Platinum members receive benefits at Marriott Bonvoy properties, including 4PM late check-out (subject to availability at resorts and conference hotels), access to elite check-in, and complimentary in-room wifi (which is free for anyone who books direct with Marriott anyway).
While I wouldn’t say these partnerships are a game changer, they are a nice collaboration that incentivizes being loyal to both brands. I’d say that the biggest value here is the points earning for elite members, as you’re basically earning 1-2% back in terms of the value of points.
The elite benefits here are potentially useful, though not huge — priority check-in and boarding is nice on Emirates. Meanwhile at Marriott properties the 4PM check-out is the big benefit.
Marriott continues to have a close partnership with United MileagePlus, and personally I quite like the collaboration between American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt.
Do you plan on taking advantage of the Your World Rewards partnership?