Marriott and Starwood Platinum members now eligible for Delta Comfort and First Class Upgrades

This morning Delta announced that Marriott and Starwood Platinum members are now eligible for upgrades on flights within the United States, and flights to Canada, Latin America, Caribbean, China, and Hong Kong. This is a big announcement because never before have you been able to receive upgrades for having hotel status alone.


Delta’s announcement:

Now, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Platinum Preferred Members enrolled in the Crossover Rewards 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


While the likelihood of receiving a Delta One (First Class) upgrade is low, it’s much easier to receive an upgrade to Delta Comfort+. With Delta Comfort+ you receive better snacks, complimentary alcoholic beverages, and more legroom. On the upgrade list, you will be the lowest tier behind Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver Medallions, but if you travel mid-week or in the evenings it may be possible to snag a Delta One upgrade on a domestic US flight! Another great perk is that if you’re traveling with another Delta SkyMiles member, they will receive free checked bags and priority boarding, as long as they are on the same itinerary.

If you are a Marriott or Starwood Platinum member, then head over to Delta and sign-up for their crossover rewards, to link your hotel and Delta accounts. You already earn hotel points and SkyMiles for staying with Marriott/Starwood and flying Delta.


Bottom Line

It’s been a busy week over at Delta. Yesterday, Delta announced upgraded snacks on domestic flights, which isn’t a huge deal but little by little we’re seeing an improved flying experience overall. While we are hearing negative news like United getting rid of overhead bin space for their new Basic Economy fares, it seems Delta is headed in a more positive direction. Yes, we can still complain about the lack of an award chart for Delta SkyMiles redemptions, but overall I’d much rather be a flying Delta than any other US carrier.


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