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Marriott’s top elite status comes with United status, and therefore access to Economy Plus seating. Starwood’s top elite status comes with pseudo-elite benefits on Delta, and those now include access to extra legroom seats. With the Marriott-Starwood merger, arn one of those statuses, you get both. And one credit card even gets you all of that.
Starwood Platinums get Crossover Rewards benefits on Delta. That includes space available upgrades to first class, in addition to priority airport benefits and earning Starwood points for Delta ticket spend. (You must link your accounts to take advantage of these benefits.)
Marriott Platinum members are entitled to United Silver. United silvers get Economy Plus extra legroom seating if available at check-in. (You must link your accounts to take advantage of these benefits.)
Now that Marriott has acquired Starwood, Marriott Platinum status gives you Starwood Platinum status and vice versa. (You must link your accounts to take advantage of these benefits.)
What’s new is that Delta now offers extra legroom coach seating to Starwood Platinums. (HT: Rene’s Points)
Comfort+ gets dedicated overhead bin space, complimentary drinks, and on longer flights food.
I’m a Starwood Platinum on the cusp of 100 nights. I’m actually flying Delta soon, my first Delta domestic flight since 2010. However it’s first class — Delta first was about $50 more than American Airlines coach, and I requalified for my American elite status back in June. So I thought actually flying Delta would make an otherwise mundane domestic trip interesting. I was debating crediting to Alaska Airlines though I think my Starwood points-earning for the ticket may tip me to crediting to SkyMiles.
I expect to travel less next year, and retaining top tier status with Hyatt will get harder, so my current plan is to spend $75,000 on The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card which gives me Platinum status — and matches to Starwood Platinum. (Here are the tricks to earning Marriott and Starwood status.)
- That means at least United Silver, and access to extra legroom seating
- That means Delta Crossover Rewards, and access to extra legroom seating (and upgrades, at the bottom of the list)
Marriott’s program already seems on the rise, having introduced guaranteed 4pm late checkout (something Hilton doesn’t offer).
And the Ritz-Carlton card will let me earn 3 complimentary nights as a signup bonus, plus Ritz-Carlton club upgrades, $100 off companion tickets, and more.