Delta Airline SkyMiles program is FAR from perfect and has some of the WORST redemption availability in the industry (Yet I still find amazing use for my Skymiles). In addition, the recent MQD requirement is such a devaluation of the program, words alone cannot describe my anger and annoyance at Delta Airlines. In Fact, my annoyance is so grand that I’ve moved most of my flying over to American Airlines this year and I’ve burned almost every Skymile I have in my account. Despite this rant, there are good benefits to the Delta Skymiles Program, but one has to look deep to find them. The particular benefit I am talking about is the SPG Crossover benefit that Delta recently introduced, bolstering their relationship with the Starwood Group.
For those of you who are unaware, Delta and SPG announced Elite Crossover benefits earlier this year that gives Delta Elites benefits at SPG properties and SPG Elite members added benefits on Delta (register by clicking on the above links). Once registered, benefits are nearly immediately activated.
SPG Gold and Platinum members get the follow benefits on Delta
- 1 star point per dollar spent on Delta operated flights
- First check bag free for SPG Platinum members + 3 guests in the same reservation (A $100 value)
- Priority Boarding with Zone 1 for SPG Platinum + 8 guests in the same reservation
- Priority Check In using the Silver Elite line or Sky Priority Line for SPG Platinum
Delta Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Members receive the following benefits at SPG properties
- earn 1 mile for every dollar spent on eligible room rates at over 1,100 Starwood hotels and resorts globally.
SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members receive additional SPG
- 4 p.m. late checkout,
- access to the SPG elite check-in line,
- complimentary in-room Internet
- access an upgrade to an enhanced room at check-in, when available.
Basically this program is providing Delta Diamond and Platinum members with SPG Gold benefits as an added benefit to the Delta Skymiles Program (SPG Gold Benefits are also free with any Platinum American Express Card by calling 1-800-525-3355 and providing the representative with you SPG account information) and providing SPG Platinum with Delta Silver Medallion benefits.
Anyway, despite moving away from the Delta program (which is hard because in my opinion they have the best domestic planes, the best IFE, and some of the best service of ANY domestic legacy carriers, and I have great upgrade percentages on Delta as a Platinum and even as a Gold last year), the benefits of the SPG crossover can be quite nice! A few weeks ago, I had my first in an SPG property since the program started and sure enough, about a week after my stay, miles posted to my Delta account! It appears as though the benefits are working! Despite the crossover rewards, since I’m both SPG Gold (thanks to my Platinum Amex) and had earned Platinum Medallion last year on Delta, I honestly did not see any added benefits other than the points. Either way though, it’s nice to see that the points are posting and the added benefits are there!