Marriott Looks To Reboot Loyalty Plan After Cyber Attack

By Dave Simpson
Marriott Looks To Reboot Loyalty Plan After Cyber Attack

Marriott International Inc will relaunch its loyalty programme under a new brand name, the company has announced, as it seeks to undo the damage to its name from a massive cyber attack that led to millions of customer records being stolen.

The world's biggest hotel chain said the new brand, Marriott Bonvoy, will replace the three existing loyalty programmes – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest - and integrate the three brands into one name, with the launch scheduled for February 13.

Starwood Hack

The company, which owns the Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis luxury hotel brands, disclosed earlier this month that fewer than 383 million customer records were stolen in a cyber attack on its Starwood Hotels reservation system.

Marriott has phased out the Starwood reservations database after it acquired the hotel chain for $13.6 billion in September 2016. The hack began in 2014, a year before Marriott offered to buy Starwood.

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