Master List of Hotel Points Pooling, Rules, Fees and Transfer Time (2021)

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Master List of Hotel Points Pooling, Rules, Fees and Transfer Time (2021)

We've put together this master list on how to combine hotel points between accounts. Combing points, also known as pooling points can be beneficial when you are trying to get sufficient points to reach a specific redemption.

While Choice Privilege does not allow points transfer between accounts and IHG Rewards Club charges fees to transfer points, most other hotel programs out there requires no fee to perform a transfer for members. However, there are certain rules that each hotel's program has in place and we'll take a look at those rules. Finally, we also provide the information on how long the transfer takes for each program based on the data points we obtained from the miles and points community.

Master List of Hotel Points Pooling, Rules, Fees and Transfer Time
Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in Hawaii

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    Choice Privileges

    Can you transfer Choice Hotel points to another person?
    Under Choice's rules on points transfer, you may not transfer your points to anyone or by any means, including through a will or divorce decree. Reference Link: Under other Terms and Conditions

    Hilton Honors

    Hilton makes it very straight forward when it comes to points transfer between accounts. Hilton points can be transferred to any Hilton Honors member. The sending and receiving Hilton members do not have to be a family.

    How To Transfer? Transfer Fee Transfer Time
    Direct Link (sign-in is required) $0 Can take up to 24 hours.


    Transfer Rules

    • Points transfer is increments of 1,000 points.
    • You cannot send more than 500,000 points or receive 2,000,000 points via points transfers combined per calendar year. 
    • You are limited to 6 transfers per calendar year. 
    • New Hilton member can pool, transfer, or receive points 30 days after enrollment providing they have activity on their account. After 90 days of enrollment, a new Hilton Member is eligible to pool, transfer, or receive points regardless of their account activity.

    Hyatt (World of Hyatt)

    It is possible to transfer Hyatt points from one Hyatt account to another Hyatt account without a family relationship as long as both accounts are active.

    How To Transfer? Transfer Fee Transfer Time
    Direct Link (pdf file) - no online form.
    Email complete form to worldofhyatt@hyatt.com
    $0 Within 24 hours.


    Transfer Rules

    • Both Hyatt accounts must be active. 
    • You can send or receive points only once every 30 days. 

    IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) Rewards Club

    IHG Rewards Club does allow points pooling between IHG accounts; however, it is not cheap to do so. See below.

    How To Transfer?Transfer FeeTransfer Time
    Direct Link (sign-in required)$5 per 1,000 pointsCan take up to 72 hours.


    Transfer Rules

    • Points transfer is increments of 1,000 points. It costs $5 per 1,000 points transferred. 
    • There is no limit to the number of points a member can transfer or receive.

    Marriott Bonvoy

    While Marriott Bonvoy allows points pooling between Marriott members, you must call Marriott directly to transfer the points for you.

    How To Transfer?Transfer FeeTransfer Time
    Call 801-468-4000 to request a transfer.$0Almost instant.


    Transfer Rules

    • The minimum Transfer amount is 1,000 points. 
    • You can transfer up to a maximum of 100,000 points per calendar year. 
    • You can receive up to a maximum of 500,000 points per calendar year. 
    • New Marriott member can transfer or receive points 30 days after enrollment providing they have activity on their account. After 90 days of enrollment, a new Marriott member is eligible to transfer or receive points regardless of their account activity.

    Radisson Rewards

    Similar to Marriott Bonvoy, you must call Radisson Rewards guest services in order to request a transfer of your points to another Radisson Rewards member. If you do not have elite status with Radisson, you and the recipient must reside in the same household. See the rules below for details.

    How To Transfer?Transfer FeeTransfer Time
    Call 888-288-8889 to request a transfer.$0Almost instant.


    Transfer Rules

    • Elite status member may transfer points to another Radisson Rewards account upon request.
    • Non-elite status member may transfer points to another Radisson Rewards member who resides in the same household, provided both individuals have been Radisson Rewards members for at least one year and the addresses for both accounts involved in the transfer have not been updated within thirty (30) days prior to the transfer request. Radisson reserves the right to require proof of eligibility or residency and, in its sole discretion, deny any request to transfer points.
    Editor's Note: The Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Card offers an automatic Gold Elite Status. With Gold Elite, you may transfer points to another Radisson Rewards account without the same household's restriction. 

    Why Transfer or Pool Hotel Points?

    There are various reasons but here are the obvious ones:
    • Pooling hotel points allows you to achieve a specific redemption when one account is low on required points. 
    • By transferring points to your traveling companion's account that has higher elite status to book a stay can really elevate your stay's experience. 
    • Help your loved ones redeem for a stay when you are not traveling with, and hotels generally require the check-in guest name matches the name on the points reservation. 
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