Why & How to Transfer Starwood Hotel Points Between Accounts

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A few readers have asked how to transfer Starwood hotel points from one account to another.

I actually transferred points from my account to Emily’s account on Tuesday, and my transfer was complete on Friday, so it took 3 days to make the transfer.

Usually there’s no real need to transfer points from 1 account to another, since you can always book a hotel room using points for someone else.

But here are a few situations when it is helpful to transfer points from 1 account to another.  Please comment if there are other reasons which I’ve missed.

Why Transfer Starwood Points From One Account to Another?

1.   Not enough miles for an award.  If Emily has 2,000 Starwood points in her account, and I have 8,000 Starwood points, I can transfer Emily’s points to my account and then book 1 night in a category 4 Starwood hotel for 10,000 points.

2.    25% bonus when transferring to airlines.  You get a 25% bonus when you transfer Starwood points in increments of 20,000 to airlines.  If Emily and I each apply for the American Express Starwood 30,000 point credit card, we can transfer 20,000 points to an airline and earn the 25% bonus, but we will have 10,000 points left in our accounts.

So I can transfer my 10,000 points to Emily, and then have her transfer them to an airline (say American Airlines) to get the 25% bonus or 5,000 extra airline miles.

3.   Transfer Starwood Hotel Points to Someone Else’s Airline Account.  You can’t usually transfer Starwood points to someone else’s airline account.

For example, Emily can’t transfer her Starpoints into my American Airlines account.  But she can transfer her Starwood points to my account and I can then transfer them to my American Airlines account.

4.   Elite Status.  If one person sharing the same household address has gold or platinum elite status, you can transfer points into the account of the member with elite status and have the member with elite status book the room to get the elite status benefits.

However, Starwood does extend elite benefits to an elite member even if the member with elite status hasn’t booked the room provided the elite member lets the front desk know that he/she is a Starwood elite member.

But it could just be easier to book the hotel room from the elite member’s account.

How To Transfer Starwood Hotel Points Between Accounts

Starwood lets you transfer points between accounts as long as both the receiver and the giver share the same household address.  The last names do NOT have to match, but the addresses do!  And the addresses have to be the same for the last 30 days.

There is no minimum or maximum amount of points which you can transfer and the transfers are free.

However, I do NOT recommend changing addresses just to transfer points because you could lose the points in your account if Starwood finds out that you changed addresses just to transfer the points.

Transfer Points By Telephone

You can call Starwood at 888-625-4988 and ask for an internal transfer of points.  The rep will verify information and confirm the same address and process the transfer of points.

The rep told me that it would take up to 5 business days to complete my transfer, but it happened in only 3 days.

Alternatively, you can complete the transfer request online.

Link : Starwood Points Transfer Form (login required) 

Bottom Line:  Starwood makes it easy to transfer points from one account to another provided you share the same address.  But don’t abuse this, or your account may be closed!

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17 responses to “Why & How to Transfer Starwood Hotel Points Between Accounts

  1. You can transfer points to any frequent flyer account from SPG, not just your own.

  2. It reset the expiration date of the points when I transferred them from my husband’s account to mine (this was a couple years ago).

  3. can u do this with Hilton honors by chance, transfer no fee to spouse, same address etc?

  4. I’ve always found it a pain to book a room for someone else using my points. When you do it online, I don’t believe there is a place to specify the guest’s name checking in, as the form just prepopulates it with the member’s information. Any suggestions on how to do this easier than actually calling their number and adding it manually would be very helpful!

  5. Hi – I thougt I read in the T&C’s that both SPG accounts had to be opened for at least 30 days?

  6. Great info on SPG! I love the fact that you can transfer to your spouse or kids online! thanks for the info!

  7. Charles – I alwasy book the room for “2 people”, then in the “Notes” (“requests”?) section of the checkout they allow you just enough characters to say “Please add roommate (insert name here) to this reservation”. That has worked out fine for me so far. When they check in they are checking in as the roommate rather than the account holder.

  8. I love it 🙂

  9. I have the Business version of this card, and am wondering if it is possible to give starwood points to my employees?

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  12. Hi, I have a question concerning the airline transfer option with SPG. I recently transferred SPG points to Delta, and the points showed up in my Delta account the next day. My wife did a similar transfer to Delta, and the points also showed up the next day. Then I transferred SPG points to Alaska Airlines, and it took a week for the points to post. SPG states that points can take 2 weeks to post. I might need to transfer SPG points to American Airlines. Any idea as to how long the SPG points would take to post to American? Thanks

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  14. Hi – i transferred spg points to Avios, but it says it can take up to 30 days. Is there a way to get this expedited?

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  16. Is it possible to transfer from My SPG account to my spouse’s AA account?