You can transfer World of Hyatt points to other members: Here’s how
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Like other loyalty programs, World of Hyatt allows you to pool, combine or transfer points with other members. Today, I’ll discuss everything you need to know about combining World of Hyatt points from two accounts to make the most of all the program has to offer.
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How to combine points from World of Hyatt accounts
You can combine your World of Hyatt points with any other World of Hyatt member. No family affiliation is required, but Hyatt says you can only combine points “to have a sufficient number of points to redeem a particular 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.
Then, the member who wishes to transfer points will need to fill in a section authorising Hyatt to deduct a specific number of points from their account and transfer the points to another member. Both members will then need to sign the form.
Once both members fill out the form, you can email the form to email@example.com. Alternatively, you could mail in a printed-out paper form, but email will almost certainly be more convenient for most members.
When my husband transferred his points into my account earlier this year, slightly more than 31 hours elapsed from when he sent an email to Hyatt and when the points reached my account. However, the time it takes for your combination 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. The terms also note that “only the number of points necessary to redeem the specific award for which the transfer is being requested may be combined.” However, when my husband combined about 17,000 points with my account, we didn’t need to tell Hyatt how we planned to redeem the combined points and there didn’t seem to be an issue.
When should you combine World of Hyatt points?
If you’re teaming up with other World of Hyatt members to plan a vacation, combining points might seem like an excellent idea. After all, pooling your points together could unlock the ability to book a premium suite at a Hyatt property or extend your trip additional nights. Here are some of the other main reasons why you might want to combine World of Hyatt points:
- Stop points from expiring: You’ll forfeit your World of Hyatt points if your account is inactive for 24 months. However, transferring points counts as account activity for your account and can let you move your points into an account that is more active than yours.
- Save up for a specific award: While World of Hyatt has some excellent low-category redemptions, like the Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort in Malaysia, you might have your sights set on a higher-category redemption. By combining points into a single account, more costly award stays may be within reach.
- Share elite 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 happen to be close friends with (or related to) a Globalist, you can transfer points to their account and then the Globalist can book Guest of Honor award stays for you.
Hyatt is a popular program with award travelers thanks to its well-priced award chart. Other than requiring a paper form (instead of a web form), Hyatt earns high marks for making it free and easy for members to combine points.
When World of Hyatt Globalist elites 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, it can make sense to combine points with the Globalist and then ask them to book Hyatt stays for you.
Additional reporting by Ethan Steinberg.
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