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Do Delta & SPG Crossover Rewards Count Toward Elite Status?

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TPG Reader Emir messaged me to ask:

“I know that points transferred from Amex Rewards do not count toward Delta elite status; what about points earned from SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards?”

Amex points transferred to Delta do not count toward Medallion elite status, as Emir mentioned. However, about a year and a half ago, Delta and Starwood Preferred Guest launched the Crossover Rewards program, which lets you earn Starwood points for flying Delta, and Delta miles for Starwood stays. It’s free, and you may as well sign up for it if you utilize one or both partners.

Unfortunately, flying Delta is the only way to get Medallion elite status.
Flying and credit cards are generally the only way to earn Medallion elite status.

Unfortunately, Crossover Rewards do not count toward Medallion elite status. To earn those Medallion Qualifying Miles, you’ll need to fly on Delta Air Lines or its partners, or you can give your MQMs a boost when you hit spending thresholds on a co-branded Delta Amex card.

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