How to earn SPG or Marriott points when you fly Delta, Emirates and China Eastern

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One thing that is going to be lost when the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest completes is the ability to earn Starwood Preferred Guest hotel points when you fly three airlines.

This is an underappreciated benefit of Starwood Preferred Guest.  Unfortunately, as Marriott has a long-standing partnership with United Airlines which we will look at again soon, the existing Starwood partnerships have to go.

There is still time to take part, however.  If you have any Delta, Emirates or China Eastern flights lined up, read on.  Remember that the Starwood points you earn through these offers can be turned into Marriott Rewards points at the ratio of 1:3.

The deal that dies soon – Starwood and Delta

The ‘Crossover Rewards’ programme gives elite members of Starwood Preferred Guest and Delta SkyMiles status benefits with each other.

Starwood has a website outlining the benefits which you can find here.  This is what you get:

If you have Starwood SPG Gold or Platinum status:

You will earn 1 SPG point for every US$1 you spend on flights with Delta.

To qualify, flights must have been booked directly with Delta or via a normal travel agency – online travel agents are excluded. Your ticket must contain ONLY Delta operated and Delta coded flights – having a Delta flight plus a non-Delta flight on the same ticket means you earn nothing.

For SPG Platinum members only, you will get special benefits when flying with Delta – 1 free checked bag (for you and 3 companions), Zone 1 Priority Boarding (for you and 8 companions), priority check-in, ‘day of departure’ upgrades.

If you have Delta SkyMiles Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver status:

You will earn 1 Delta SkyMile for every $1 spent at Starwood hotels. This is on top of your usual Starwood points.

You will receive 4pm check-out, free internet, priority check-in and an upgrade to an ‘enhanced’ room. These are fundamentally the same as SPG Gold benefits.

This deal dies on 15th July 2018. 

SPG Starwood Delta

The deal that continues but registration ends – Starwood and Emirates

The Emirates / Starwood partnership is called ‘Your World Rewards’ and is designed to encourage Emirates flyers to stay at SPG hotels and vice versa.  Full details can be found on the Emirates website here.

For Emirates flyers at SPG hotels:

If you are an Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold or Platinum member you will receive 1 Skywards mile for every $1 you spend in an SPG hotel.  As with the Delta offer, this is in addition to the Starwood Preferred Guest points that you already receive.  This is a genuine extra benefit.

If you are a Gold or Platinum Skywards member, you will also receive additional SPG benefits which are equivalent to those that a Gold-level SPG member would receive.  These are priority check-in, 4pm late check-out subject to availability and free wi-fi.

For SPG members when flying Emirates:

SPG Gold or Platinum members will receive 1 SPG point per $1 spent on Emirates flights.  All Emirates flights count as long as your ticket is under an EK flight code.

This is a very generous deal in my view.  I tend to value SPG points at 1.5p each.  A £3,000 Emirates business class flight would therefore earn you £60 of free hotel stays.  This is on top of your usual Skywards miles.

Remember that you can obtain SPG Gold status for free by signing up for the American Express Platinum charge card.  You will retain your SPG Gold status for a full year even if you later choose to cancel your Platinum card.

You need to register for ‘Your World Rewards’ – it is not automatic.  You can register via this page on the Emirates websiteThe Emirates website also includes further details of ‘Your World Rewards’ if you want to know more.

Registration for this partnership ends on 15th July.  You can continue to benefit from it after that date, however.

Emirates A380

The deal that continues but registration ends – Starwood and China Eastern

Starwood and China Eastern have a similar deal called ‘Eastern Explorer Rewards’.

I won’t go into it in detail as I doubt many Head for Points readers fly with China Eastern.  You can find full details of the benefits and how to register on the Starwood website here.

Registration for this partnership ends on 15th July.  You can continue to benefit from it after that date, however.

The Marriott Rewards and United Airlines partnership will continue

The Marriott / United partnership will, as I said at the top of the page, continue into 2019 and beyond.  I will run a separate article on this in a day or so.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. William says:

    Thanks so if flying emirates and staying at a Hilton hotel is it better to get SPG points than HHilton honours because if this offer?

    • You would get SPG points from the flight and your usual Hilton points from the hotel.

  2. Alex W says:

    Could you still earn SPG points on delta flights if crediting the flight to your Virgin FC number?

  3. Asked yesterday on the Marriott thread too, is buying Marriott air package still a good deal? If yes, which ones would be a good deal given the changes and categories being changed. Thank you.

    • Just to add, I won’t be using the package this year hence thinking if it would be worthwhile next year. However, the miles given are quite substantial too.

    • We don’t know a) how hotels will change categories or b) how Marriott will map current certs to the new categories. So … a bit of a gamble.

  4. Aliks says:

    Strangely enough I just bought some China Eastern flights yesterday, now if only there is a good way to use Hainan and SIchuan airways flights for SPG points . . .

    Quick note for anyone booking things in the Far East – is offering much much better prices on flights (and some hotels). In fact they are offering better prices than their subsidiary even though both websites appear to be using the engine.

    And the final kickers – Ctrip let me use Amex to pay in GBP without any difference in the quoted prices (ie no FX surcharge) – the first payment page doesnt list Amex but when you get to enter your card details, AMex is on the dropdown list

  5. Mikeact says:

    We just recently flew down to New Zealand on China Eastern on a very cheap ticket in Business. Only the two of us in the cabin and politely told we could sit anywhere ! Obviously no real comparison to a main line carrier we are probably all used to, but the main criteria for us this day and age, is just to get there..safely.
    And a very helpful crew albeit with limited English….the food also, was not to our taste, but no problem at all having eaten prior to departure.
    Overaĺl, it was a different experience which my wife and I really enjoyed.
    Would we use them again ? Why not……

  6. krys_k says:

    OT please. Recently flew internal LATAM flights in Brazil. How to claim for Avios? Many thanks.

    • Claim form on

    • Some domestic Latam flights in economy don’t earn anything. Not sure if that’s the case in Brazil, but it is in Chile and Peru. Check the Avios calculator page on

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