Today, Delta Air Lines and Starwood announced details about the upcoming partnership between their respective loyalty programs, offering Crossover Rewards.
This partnership allows elite members of the two programs to earn both miles and points while staying at participating Starwood hotels and flying Delta marketed and operated flights. Depending on a member’s status he may also benefit from some more perks than just double dipping.
Starwood Preferred Guest Gold and Platinum Members Flying Delta
Bonus Points: SPG Gold and Platinum members earn bonus Starpoints based on purchased Delta fare. All segments of a booked itinerary have to be Delta marketed and operated flights, that is, with a DL flight number and on Delta metal. To be eligible to earn bonus points flights may not be booked on online travel agencies like orbitz.com, expedia.com, priceline.com, etc. If all rules are followed then an SPG Gold or Platinum member earns either 1 Starpoint per US dollar spent on Delta fares (excluding fees and taxes) or a flat 500 Starpoints for special fares like consolidator fares, tours, groups, etc.
If one of the segments is not operated by Delta then the whole trip is not eligible for earning Starpoints. So no SkyTeam or other partners are allowed. That’s bad, but the good thing is, that these bonus Starpoints are additional to the already earned SkyMiles for the flight!
Priority Check-In: SPG Platinum members may use priority check-in lanes where available. These are Sky Priority check-in desks or the ones reserved for Silver Medallions.
Priority Boarding: SPG Platinum members are allowed to board with zone 1 on eligible flights. So even more people are eligible for priority boarding. Who boards with a higher zone number than 1? I guess, there are still a few people left.
Free Checked Bag: SPG Platinum members may check their first bag free. This is not cumulative, so if someone is also a Delta SkyMiles Medallion member or has a Delta co-branded American Express card this does not mean, that he may check an additional bag for free. Still one bag (or more if elite status with Delta or cabin class allows that).
Delta Medallion Members Staying With Starwood
Delta SkyMiles Medallion members enjoy a few benefits when staying at Starwood hotels.
Bonus SkyMiles: All Medallion members earn 1 SkyMile per eligible dollar spent for the room rate. So no miles earned for any incidentals like internet usage, food and beverages consumed at hotel, (valet) parking, or for any resort fee. Of course, no miles are earned for taxes as well, just the basic room rate. The SkyMiles earned are in addition to the Starpoints earned! Or one may have chosen to earn SkyMiles instead of Starpoints, then he additionally earns 1 SkyMile per eligible $1. However, it is not possible to earn miles in a different program plus SkyMiles.
Elite Recognition: Platinum and Diamond Medallions will enjoy some more benefits that include free internet usage, late checkout (4 pm), access to elite check-in line, and room upgrades if available at check-in.
For me, as a Delta Silver Medallion and an SPG Gold member (thanks to my American Express Platinum Card), this means, I can double dip with both programs, which is great! A few extra Starpoints and a few extra SkyMiles. I love it.