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One of my point earning strategies is to try and consolidate the hotel programs where I earn points. This is because the more you earn in one program, the closer you’ll be to an award level. It doesn’t really do you any good to have a few thousand points here, a few thousand miles there. I find it better to have a lot of points in a few select programs as part of my point earning strategy.
But that is not to say that diversification isn’t helpful, because it is, if you have enough points to actually do something in that program. For the instances where members have stranded points, it’s helpful to be able to transfer them into a partner program or to a friend or family member. Some programs offer easier ways to transfer their points outof the program while others make it easy to transfer to other members in the program.
For example, Hyatt offers the ability to transfer points to partner airlines. Starwood is another example, and they actually have one of the best ways to transfer points to airlines. But if you want to transfer within the program to a friend or family member, Hyatt can help you with that too. For example, Hyatt offers their members the ability transfer to other members in the program through what is called a “Point Combining Request Form.”
Here’s a look at how a Hyatt member can transfer their points to a friend or family member.
How To Combine Hyatt Points From Different Accounts
Step 1) Download the “Point Combining Request Form”
Hyatt has an official “Point Combining Request Form” that you can download from their website here.
Step 2) Fill Out Member Information Where The Point Deduction Will Come From
Enter the sending member’s name, account number, phone, fax, mailing address and email.
Step 3) Fill Out Member Information Where The Points Will Be Received
Enter the receiving member’s name, account number, phone, fax, mailing address and email.
Step 4) Send The Form To Hyatt
Once the form is filled out, you can send it to Hyatt through the methods below:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: Hyatt Gold Passport, Customer Service, P.O. Box 27089, Omaha, NE, 68127-0089 USA
- Fax: 1 402 593 9449
Step 5) Validate the Points Were Added
In the past, the transferred points have shown up in the receiving account within a few hours of the form being received by Hyatt. But this will depend on how you send it to Hyatt and their capacity to process the transfer.
Terms & Conditions
- Any member can participate in the point combination only once every 30 days
- Form must be signed by both members
Member may combine the necessary number of Hyatt Gold Passport points from their Hyatt Gold Passport account with those in one other specifically designated Hyatt Gold Passport account in order to have a sufficient number of points to redeem a particular award. A single member may only participate in a point combining transaction (transferring or receiving of points) once every 30 days. In order to combine Hyatt Gold Passport points, a member must have an active account and a Hyatt Gold Passport
Point Combining Request Form must be completed and signed by both Hyatt Gold Passport members and submitted to Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service. Forms are available by calling 1-800-51 HYATT (1-800-51-49288) or by visiting goldpassport
Hyatt Gold Passport points may be combined into only one member’s account for redemption. Once issued in the designated member’s name, the member transferring the Hyatt Gold Passport points will relinquish all rights to the combined Hyatt Gold Passport points. Only the number of Hyatt Gold Passport points necessary to redeem the specific award for which the transfer is being requested may be combined.
To book an award reservation using combined points, call Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service at 1-800-30 HYATT or your nearest Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Center. Hyatt Gold Passport free night awards apply when standard rooms are available at the Hyatt Daily Rate. Standard rooms are defined by each hotel and are not subject to blackout dates. Hyatt Gold Passport free night awards cannot be redeemed for hotel packages.
Hyatt Gold Passport award reservations are subject to the reservation requirements of the individual hotel, such as length of stay. Hyatt Gold Passport award reservations are subject to the cancellation or no-show policy of the individual property at which member is redeeming an award. Hyatt Gold Passport free night awards are valid for standard guest rooms unless specifically stated as part of a particular award. Hyatt Gold Passport awards may be applied only to the guest room and do not apply toward
food, beverage (except Passport Escape Awards which include limited meals), incidental expenses or service charges or taxes. A valid credit card is required to guarantee an award stay at time of booking. Additional restrictions may apply. For complete program terms and conditions, please visit goldpassport
Hyatt Gold Passport members can combine their point balances using the “Point Combining Request Form” once every 30 days. This is a very helpful feature in case you have a friend or family who needs extra Hyatt points for a specific award. The one time I’ve used this feature it took less than a few hours for the points to show up in the receiving account.
Have you ever used the point combining feature? How long did it take for the points to combine?
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