Leeny Oberg, Marriott’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, gave an update at the Goldman Sachs Lodging, Gaming, Restaurant and Leisure conference yesterday, noting what challenges lay ahead for the two brands. Ultimately, Oberg said that they expect to bring the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs together by the end of 2018, however, she noted that it’s an ambitious timeline and the company’s “not promising” that it’ll be completed by then.
So far, neither Marriott nor Starwood has made any official statement on the future of Amex SPG card. We might take a look at the trade between Amex and Citibank again. Before Amex officially discontinued the card and Citi took over, the Amex Costco card actually stopped accepting new applications a few weeks before that. Will this happen again on SPG card?