Through this partnership:
- SPG Platinum and Gold members earn 1 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, Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades, and first checked bag free.
- 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.
Well, per Delta’s SkyMiles News & Updates page, a new benefit has just been added for SPG Platinum members:
Now, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Platinum Preferred Members enrolled in the Crossover RewardsTM program traveling on Delta flights will clear for Complimentary Upgrades to both First Class and Delta Comfort+™ based on their SPG tier level on paid tickets. For more information on how to opt-in for Delta Comfort+ upgrades, visit Complimentary Delta Comfort+ Upgrades.
As you can see, SPG Platinum members enrolled in Crossover Rewards now receive day of departure upgrades to Comfort+ on all Delta flights.
Some might say “well that doesn’t seem like much of a perk when they already received complimentary first class upgrades.
Well, keep in mind that SPG Platinum members only clear upgrades on Delta day of departure, and are basically at the bottom of the list. So it’s rare to clear a first class upgrade on Delta as an SPG Platinum member.
However, getting an upgrade to Comfort+ seems much more realistic and attainable, as a seat there is more likely to be available than in first class. This is especially true since higher tier elite members often clear their first class upgrade day of departure, and then you can snag their seat.
As a reminder, Comfort+ is Delta’s extra legroom economy section. In addition to improved legroom, Comfort+ passengers also receive enhanced snacks and complimentary alcoholic beverages.
Kudos to Delta and Starwood on this very nice improvement in benefits!
(Tip of the hat to Renes Points)