As a Platinum SPG and Delta SkyMiles member, the Crossover Rewards announcement didn’t drastically enhance my benefits. However, the SPG & Delta joint loyalty partnership is still very exciting, especially for non top tier elite members of each program.
Begining March 1, 2013, SPG and SkyMilles are introducing Crossover Rewards. You’ll have the opportunity to earn Starpoints and get extra benefits when you fly with Delta and you’ll also earn SkyMiles and enjoy added hotel benefits when you stay with SPG. Crossover Rewards benefits are in addition to the current Starpoints and miles earned as a member of each program!
Flying Delta – In addition to the miles you already earn, SPG Platinum and Gold elite members will also earn one Starpoint for every dollar spent on eligible Delta flights. Plus, SPG Platinum members enjoy elite benefits when traveling with Delta, such as priority check-in, Priority Boarding and first checked bag free.
Staying with SPG – Over and above the Starpoints you earn for your stay, SkyMiles Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallion members earn 1 mile for every dollar spent on eligible room rates at over 1,100 Starwood hotels and resorts globally. Plus, SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members receive additional SPG benefits at Starwood hotels and resorts — 4 p.m. late checkout, access to the SPG elite check-in line, complimentary in-room Internet access and an upgrade to an enhanced room at check-in, when available.
T&Cs – A “Qualifying Delta Flight” is a ticket with flight legs that are both marketed by Delta and operated by Delta or a Delta Connection carrier and that is eligible to earn miles in the Delta SkyMiles program, except for flights that are booked through online travel agencies including, without limitation, expedia.com, hotwire.com, priceline.com, orbitz.com, cheaptickets.com, travelocity.com and each of their subsidiaries. A flight operated by a Delta codeshare partner is not a Qualifying Delta Flight.
SPG Gold members receive complimentary internet plus an additional amenity – A Crossover Rewards Participant who qualifies for elite benefits and who is a Gold Preferred Member or Platinum Preferred Member in the SPG Program will not receive incremental benefits, provided that a Gold Preferred Guest may choose a welcome amenity other than complimentary guest room Internet access during an Eligible Stay.
No additional free checked bags if you are already a SkyMiles medallion – A Crossover Rewards Participant who qualifies for elite benefits and who has Medallion status in the Delta SkyMiles program or is a Delta SkyMiles American Express Cardholder will not receive incremental benefits.
Full T&Cs here.