Transferring hotel rewards points to another person’s account can be useful in several situations:
- Transfer points from one account to another to top off your account and complete an award booking.
- If you have hotel rewards points that are expiring, you can transfer the points to another person who may get some use out of them.
- If two people are booking a hotel room together and one of those people has elite status, transfer hotel rewards points to that person’s account. Making the reservation from this account will allow you to enjoy the elite member benefits.
Policies for transferring points vary by hotel group and some require a transfer fee. Here are the details on how to transfer hotel rewards points for major hotel brands. Note: Wyndham, Choice, and La Quinta hotels do not allow transfers.
Hotel Reward Points Transfer Summary
|Hotel Rewards Program||Cost||Eligiblity||Point increment||How often?|
|World of Hyatt||Free||Any World of Hyatt member||--||Can transfer points every 30 days|
|Starwood Preferred Guest||Free||Must have same address||1000||No limit|
|Best Western Rewards||Free||Must have same address||--||No limit|
|Club Carlson||Free||Any Club Carlson member if you hold Elite status. Otherwise, transfer must be to an individual in the same household who has been a Club Carlson member for at least one year.||--||No limit|
|Marriott Rewards||$10 per transfer, free for Gold and Platinum Elite Members||Any Marriott rewards member, must transfer a minimum of 1,000 points||1000||50,000 per year|
|IHG Rewards Club||$5 per 1,000 points||Any IHG Rewards member||1000||No limit|
|Hilton HHonors||$12.50 per 5,000 points||Any account open for at least 30 days||5000||200,000 points per transaction|
World of Hyatt
Combining points with World of Hyatt is simple. You can transfer points to or from any World of Hyatt member for free. Just fill out this form and send it to email@example.com. The site says to mail or fax it, but the form provides an email address which is probably the most convenient option. I’ve only transferred Hyatt points once, but the points appeared in my account one day after I sent in the form. So easy! You used to have to transfer the amount of points you needed for a specific redemption but this is no longer required. Points can be sent or received once every 30 days.
Starwood Preferred Guest
Starwood points can be transferred to people with the same address. All you have to do is put the last name and number of the account you want to transfer to on this electronic form. Transfers can take up to 3 days.
Thanks to the Marriott Starwood merger, you can use this method to transfer points to anyone for a $10 fee.
Best Western Rewards
Points can be transferred for free between accounts with the same address. Contact Customer Service to request a transfer.
Non-elite members can transfer points to people living in the same household who have been Club Carlson members for at least one year. Elite members can transfer points to any other program member. Contact Member Services to request a transfer.
You can transfer 50,000 points into or out of your Marriott Rewards account per year. You can transfer points to any Marriott Rewards Member for a fee of $10. Gold and Platinum Elite members can transfer points for free. Transfers start at 1,000 points. To transfer points, contact Marriott Rewards Customer Support at 1-801-468-4000.
Here’s a free workaround if you plan to transfer to someone with the same address. You’ll both need SPG accounts that have been open for at least 30 days. First, link your SPG and Marriott accounts. Then transfer your Marriott points to Starwood (3 Marriott points = 1 Starwood points). The transfer should post instantly. You are then able to transfer the Starwood points to your friend at the same address for free. This transfer can take up to 3 days. Then, your friend can transfer the Starwood points back to their Marriott account.
IHG Rewards Club
IHG Rewards Club points can be transferred to another member in 1,000 point increments. The cost is $5 per 1,000 points. There is no limit to the number of points that can be transferred or received.
Hilton HHonors points can be transferred between members in 5,000 point increments up to 200,000 points per transaction. There is a $12.50 fee per 5,000 points transferred making it the most expensive program for transferring points. Your HHonors account must be active for at least 30 days before a transfer can be requested. Transfers can take up to 3 days.