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Further enhancing the Crossover Rewards partnership between Delta and Starwood Delta announced today that Starwood Platinum members will now be eligible for complimentary upgrades when flying on Delta, according to a new update on their site today.

SPG Plats now get complimentary upgrades.
SPG Plats now get complimentary upgrades.

When you go to Delta.com’s SPG Crossover Rewards page and look under “When You Fly,” you’ll see the new policy stated: “SPG Platinum elite members receive priority check-in, Priority Boarding, unlimited complimentary upgrades and first checked bag free.”

Here’s how this new benefit will work. At the time of booking, an upgrade request will be automatically created for eligible flights for SPG Platinum members who are enrolled in Crossover Rewards. The upgrade request will placed on the airport standby list and will clear based on availability at the gate. All Medallion members will be upgraded before SPG Platinum members.

If a member has both SPG Platinum status and is a SkyMiles Medallion member enrolled in Crossover Rewards, their Medallion status will determine the priority on the upgrade list.

For eligible flights, SPG Plat’s will be given priority behind Medallions, Medallion Companion, and KLM, Air France, and Alaska elite upgrades, which means that in the rare event there are empty seats up front and all Medallions have cleared, then SPG Platinum members would get the upgrade. If you are a Medallion member and have SWU’s check my Maximizing Delta Systemwide Upgrades Domestically to find out how to make the most of a SWU on Delta.

As a recap, Crossover Rewards provide elite members of both loyalty programs reciprocal benefits. SPG Gold and Platinum members will receive bonus Starpoints on purchased Delta fares. 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 waived baggage fees.

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.

Now is a great time to enroll in Crossover Rewards, if you haven't yet done so.
Now is a great time to enroll in Crossover Rewards, if you haven’t yet done so.

If for some reason you have not yet registered for Crossover Rewards, you should do so now by heading to either the SPG Registration Page or Delta Registration page.

In my opinion, this is a nice enhancement to Crossover Rewards, and I have heard that this was benefit was supposed to be implemented back when Crossover Rewards was rolled out, but Delta was having trouble some technical difficulties which is why they chose to roll this out at a later time.

Also, going for Lifetime Platinum status with Starwood now means that you will be basically getting lifetime status with Delta, assuming they continue their partnership.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

As an SPG Platinum elite member enrolled in Crossover Rewards, how do I become listed on the upgrade list?
At the time of booking, your upgrade request will be automatically added to your itinerary and will be included on the airport standby list upon check-in for your flight. Standby upgrades will clear based on availability at the gate.

As an SPG Platinum elite member enrolled in Crossover Rewards, where will I be listed on the upgrade list?
For eligible flights, you will be given priority behind Medallions, Medallion Companion, and KLM, Air France, and Alaska elite upgrades.

If I am an SPG Platinum elite member who is also a Delta Medallion and enrolled in Crossover Rewards, where will I be listed on the upgrade list?
You will continue to clear on the upgrade list based on your Medallion Tier.

As an SPG Platinum elite member, do I receive access to Economy Comfort™ and Preferred Seats?
SPG Platinum elite members who are enrolled in Crossover Rewards, do not receive additional benefit on Economy Comfort or Preferred Seats.

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There’s no telling how much longer these cards will be around and available for new applications because of the Marriott takeover, so now might just be the perfect time to apply. Apart from hotel redemptions, you can transfer Starpoints to over 30 airline partners, and now also transfer points from Starwood to Marriott Rewards at a 1:3 ratio, opening up even more redemption options.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Limited Time Offer- Earn an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. Offer ends 4/5.
  • Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on International purchases.
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights, all with no blackout dates.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
15.74%-19.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
3.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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