Delta Cheats on Starwood, Lets You Earn Elite Status Faster With Hilton

Delta rarely runs promotions anymore, since the lead up to their going to revenue-based mileage earning.

They do have a very tight relationship with Starwood, though — Crossover Rewards — which offers Starwood points for Delta flights and Delta miles for Starwood stays, and even status benefits equivalent to the lowest tier at both companies.

Starwood and Delta are sort of BFFs. Which I always chalked up to the fact that Jeff Robertson, who used to run SkyMiles, is a super styling kind of guy. And so is Chris Holdren who runs SPG.

And yet there’s one area in which Delta cheats a bit on Starwood. Every year they continue to run a promotion that lets you earn credit towards elite status with SkyMiles via Hilton stays. For instance, here’s their (more lucrative) 2010 offer, along with 2012 and 2013. They ran it last year as well.

And it’s back for 2015:

  • Note: Make sure to select Delta as your preferred airline partner in your HHonors profile to qualify for this offer and that you have ‘Points & Miles’ selected as your HHonors earning style
  • For each stay, members will earn 250 MQMs after their second night
  • Plus members will earn double standard SkyMiles for their stay
  • When: October 3 – December 31, 2015
  • Sign-Up: Register here before checking out of your first stay

It’s interesting that Starwood status can get you better treatment with Delta, but not help towards Delta status. While Hilton stays can get you help towards Delta status.

Of course this promotion won’t waive minimum spend requirements for that status.

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  1. Don’t forget that in order toget Starwood points for flying Delta, you must be aStarwood gold or platinum. Your Delta status doesn’t matter…no Starwood status, no SPG points forflying.

  2. This promo is rather cheap. In the past with FIXED miles, a one night stay (not two) gave triple miles = 1500. This one is like 450 miles on a 2 night stay. Thumbs down to both Hilton & Delta when they are well aware that points and fixed miles yielded more.

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