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As I reported a couple weeks ago, Delta and Starwood have teamed up on a new joint loyalty venture called Crossover Rewards where SPG elites receive some elite benefits when flying Delta and Delta Medallions enjoy some elite benefits when staying at Starwood. The program is now live and you can register at either the SPG Registration Page or Delta Registration page.
As an SPG elite member, when you book a Delta-marketed and operated flight will receive one Starpoint for every one U.S. dollar. SPG Platinum members will receive priority check-in, priority boarding, and first checked bag free. When Delta Medallions stay with Starwood, they’ll receive one SkyMile per $1 of eligible room revenue. Delta Platinum and Diamond Medallion members will receive elite check-in line access, free in-room high-speed internet access and late check-out. The bonus points and miles you earn on spending should post within about 4-6 weeks, but hopefully quicker.
It only took a second to register. I did so through the Starwood Preferred Guest registration link and only had to log in and enter my Delta SkyMiles number. I received emails immediately from both Starwood and Delta confirming my registration.
Although many of these perks are the same – or not quite as good, even – as I get as both a Starwood Platinum and a Delta Platinum Medallion, the one perk of joining that I do fully appreciate is the opportunity to double dip by earning valuable Starpoints when flying Delta and Delta SkyMiles when staying at Starwood, which frees me up to transfer Starpoints to any of its 30 other airline partners if that’s how I choose to use my points (although I usually redeem them for hotel stays since that tends to be a better value proposition).
The other good thing is that you don’t have to be an elite with both programs to qualify, just one or the other, so if either Delta is not your main airline or Starwood your main hotel chain, if you have elite status with one or the other, at least you can enjoy elite benefits with both while still maintaining your status with your other airlines/hotels.
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register, especially if you have some upcoming Delta flights or Starwood stays since you wouldn’t want to miss out on a double-dipping opportunity!