Many loyalty programs don’t allow you to transfer points to other members, while some programs charge a fee to move points from one member to another. But, World of Hyatt lets its members combine points freely and with few restrictions.
That’s right: Hyatt members can transfer points to other members without any fee. Doing so can help make a stay at one of the best Hyatt hotels a reality. So, here’s what you need to know about how (and why) to transfer Hyatt points to other members.
How to combine points from World of Hyatt accounts
You can combine your World of Hyatt points with any other member. No family affiliation is required, but Hyatt says you can only combine points “to redeem an award.” Additionally, Hyatt notes that each member can only “transfer or receive points once every 30 days.”
To combine points, you must fill out a PDF form. In particular, you’ll need to fill in the name, World of Hyatt number, phone number, mailing address and email associated with both members’ accounts.
The member who wishes to transfer points must also fill in a section authorizing Hyatt to deduct a specific number of points from their account and transfer them to another member. Both members will then need to sign the form.
Once the form is complete, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you could mail in a paper form, but email will almost certainly be more convenient (and faster) for most members.
Several times, I’ve received points from other World of Hyatt members via this process. In one case, it took as little as 31 hours for the points to reach my account after sending an email request to Hyatt. But, it took almost a week for a transfer in 2022. The time it takes for your transaction may vary.
Hyatt’s terms and conditions note that both members must have active accounts and that the member transferring points relinquishes all rights to the combined points.
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When should you combine World of Hyatt points?
Combining points might seem like an excellent idea if you’re teaming up with other World of Hyatt members to plan a vacation. After all, pooling your points together could unlock the ability to redeem Hyatt points for an upgraded room or book a longer stay. Here are some of the other main reasons why you might want to combine World of Hyatt points:
- To stop points from expiring: You’ll forfeit your World of Hyatt points if your account is inactive for 24 consecutive months. However, transferring points counts as account activity and could save your points by letting you move them into an account more active than yours.
- To save for a specific award: While there are some excellent Hyatt Category 1 hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort in Malaysia and the Park Hyatt Chennai in India, you might have your sights set on a higher-category redemption. Combining points into a single account can bring more costly award stays within reach.
- To share benefits: World of Hyatt Globalist members can share their elite benefits with friends and family by redeeming points to book Guest of Honor stays. If you know a Globalist member, you can transfer points to their account. Then, have the Globalist member book a Guest of Honor award stay for you.
How to earn more World of Hyatt points
If you need to earn more World of Hyatt points, you could transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. This means you can transfer points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Ink Business Preferred Credit Card to World of Hyatt.
You can also transfer Bilt Rewards points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.
If you want to earn Hyatt points directly, consider the World of Hyatt Credit Card. This card currently offers a sign-up bonus of 30,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. Plus, earn up to 30,000 more points by earning 2 points total per dollar spent in the first six months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 point per dollar (on up to $15,000 spent).
Small-business owners can also earn Hyatt points with the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card. This small-business card currently offers a sign-up bonus of 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first three months from account opening.
World of Hyatt is popular with award travelers thanks to the Hyatt award chart and ease of earning points. Although most Hyatt loyalists would prefer a web form instead of a paper form, Hyatt still earns high marks for making it free and easy for members to combine points.
When World of Hyatt Globalist members book award stays for others, these stays carry Globalist benefits thanks to the Guest of Honor perk. As such, if you have a trusted friend or family member with Globalist status, consider asking whether they’d book special Hyatt stays for you if you combine points with them.
Additional reporting by Ethan Steinberg.