December 17, 2016
Starwood Platinum Members now Eligible for Delta Upgrades

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Starwood Platinum members are eligible for free upgrades on paid Delta tickets to Delta Comfort+ and Delta First Class.



Starwood and Delta have been offering reciprocal benefits to their elite members for quite some time through their crossover program. All you have to do is link your Starwood and Delta accounts, and if you have the required status you get the following benefits:


Delta Medallion Members:

  • One mile for every dollar spent on your Starwood stays.

Delta Diamond & Platinum Medallion Members:

  • 4:00 PM late checkout.
  • Access the SPG Elite check-in line.
  • Complimentary in-room internet access (lol).
  • Upgrades to enhanced rooms at check-in.


SPG Platinum & Gold Members:

  • One Starpoint per dollar spent on Delta flights.

SPG Platinum Members:

  • Delta Priority check-in.
  • Priority Boarding.
  • Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades.
  • First Checked Bag Free.

Tokyo, Japan - June 23, 2016: Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-451 towed at Narita International Airport, Japan. Delta Air Lines is a major American airline, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.

Delta Upgrades

Delta recently announced its newest crossover perk. SPG Platinum members are now eligible for same-day upgrades on eligible paid Delta flights. Customers can be upgraded to both Delta Comfort+ and First Class. Keep in mind that SPG Platinum members are on the bottom of the list of upgradeable passengers-below Delta Medallion flyers, Air France/KLM elite flyers, and Alaska Air elite flyers, and the upgrades will clear on the day of departure. You aren’t exactly #1 on the upgrade list, but it’s still nice that Delta will upgrade you even if you don’t have any status with the airline.


These perks also extend to Marriott Platinum members! Remember that since Marriott acquired Starwood, you can status match from Marriott to Starwood. This means that if you have Marriott Platinum Status, just status match it to Starwood Platinum, and enjoy these Starwood Delta crossover perks!


Final Thoughts

I’d guess the chances of getting upgraded to first class after every other eligible flyer is pretty close to zero, so that perk won’t mean much in practice. However, flights often fly with vacant Delta Comfort+ seats, so it should be far more likely for you to get upgraded into Delta Comfort+ and enjoy the extra legroom. It’s always welcome to see elite travelers getting addition perks at a time when loyalty programs seem to be rushing to devalue their programs. I’m a Starwood Platinum member but I never really fly Delta. But just in case I do decide to mix things up, I’ve already linked my Starwood and Delta accounts!