Marriott announced the Starwood acquisition on November 16th, 2015, which is about 2 and half years before they announced the combined program on Monday.
Have any Marriott Lifetime Golds shifted their stay pattern to SPG in anticipation that the combined program would count towards lifetime status? Do they now feel shafted that these stays do not count toward Lifetime Premier Platinum? If they had known this, would they have continued with Marriott instead of SPG? Everything Marriott did, especially the status matching, indicated they would recognize stays and points across both programs.
I am in this situation and I really feel like Marriott has moved the goal posts and been completely unfair. If my SPG nights/points from the date of the merger announcement counted, I would easily be a lifetime premier platinum and now I am stuck having to cancel all my upcoming SPG stays, move to Marriott, book meeting rooms, etc.