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Using Marriott Accounts to Combine Starwood Points Free
Starwood lets you transfer points free to someone else’s account but your account and theirs must be registered with the same home mailing address. Don’t change your address, make a transfer, and change it back. That’s just asking to have your account audited and potentially shut down.
Marriott lets you transfer points for a $10 fee. Golds and Platinums can transfer free. I have Marriott status because of my Starwood status, the two accounts have been linked since the merger. So I can transfer Starwood points to Marriott and then to someone else for free.
Elites can get the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card with its offer of 75,000 points after $3000 in spend within the first 3 months of cardmembership and no annual fee the first year ($85 thereafter) and transfer the points to someone else. Indeed get the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express also, get its signup bonus, transfer the points to Marriott and then on to someone else.
Presidential Suite, Sheraton San Diego Marina
I flag this strategy because it’s a way to pool the points from all of your friends and family in one place. Maybe you cannot get the Marriott card but your parents are eligible (e.g. under “5/24”) and they’re elites, have them get the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card and transfer the points to you.
It’s actually even easier with Hilton and Hyatt.
Combining Hilton Points Free
Hilton introduced ‘points pooling’ last year to let 10 people combine points into a single account with no fee. Each account can transfer out up to 500,000 points per year, and each account can receive up to 2 million per year.
So have all of your friends and relatives pick up the Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express which is offering an initial bonus of up to 100,000 point as follows:
- Earn 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases using the card within the first 3 months of cardmembership and an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases within your first 6 months.
Or get that and The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card whose initial bonus is up to 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points:
- 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Card in your first 3 months of cardmembership, and then 25,000 bonus points after you make another $1,000 in purchases on the card in your first 6 months.
Then have them all transfer the points to you.
View from the Conrad Miami
Combining Hyatt Points Free
You can transfer Hyatt points to anyone you wish and even better than that you can pool everyone’s points into the account of a single top tier elite, have that member make award reservations for everyone and gift their status along with it for that stay. It’s called “Guest of Honor.”
Each member can be involved in a transfer just once every 30 days. And it involves a paper form (here) that both members must actually sign and that you submit by email or mail.
View of the Opera House from the Park Hyatt Sydney
You can get it. A spouse can get it. Parents can get it. So can cousins. This card is reportedly exempt from 5/24 so even if you’ve had 5 or more new card accounts in the last 24 months you shouldn’t be automatically disqualified from getting it. Then pool the points together in one account under Hyatt’s rules.