How to Share Your Points With Anyone

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Unlike international frequent flyer and hotel programs, none of the US based frequent flyer and hotel programs (with the exception of JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines) allow family accounts AND they charge you to transfer miles.

How To Share Your Points With Anyone

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Note that you can usually book flights for others with your miles, so there isn’t a real need to transfer your miles to someone else.

Ways US Based Flyers Can Share Miles

But there are ways you can share miles and points without paying a fee.

1.   Book Award Seats for Anyone

You don’t have to pay a fee to transfer airline miles because you can book an award seat for anyone using your airline miles.

The only difference in booking an award seat for yourself and someone else is that you put their name instead of yours in the traveler information section.

How To Share Your Points With Anyone

You Can Book an Award Seat for Anyone Using Your Miles

2.   Book Hotel Award Nights for Anyone

You can also use your hotel points to book a room for anyone.

Most hotels will allow you to add the other person’s name on the reservation.  Then you simply call to let the hotel know that the other person will check-in first.

Programs That Allow Free Point Transfers

You can also transfer some or all of your Chase Ultimate Rewards points & Starwood Preferred Guest points to others.  But there are a few restrictions.

1.   Chase Ultimate Rewards

You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points earned from your Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, and Ink Plus cards to another person’s account IF they live in the same house for free.  But the terms say you can only transfer Ultimate Rewards points to your spouse or partner’s account.

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Only Spouses or Partners Can Transfer Ultimate Rewards

I transferred Ultimate Rewards points from Emily’s account to my Hyatt account.

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Shhh, Don’t Tell Emily That I Transferred Her Ultimate Rewards Points to My Hyatt Account

2.  Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints

Starwood Preferred Guest points can be transferred to someone in your household for free.

Emily transferred Starwood points to my account which I then transferred to my American Airlines miles account.

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You Can Transfer Starwood Points for Free to Someone at the Same Address!

Bottom Line

You can use your miles and points to book an airline ticket or hotel room for someone else without paying a fee!

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10 responses to “How to Share Your Points With Anyone

  1. Hey I’ve been following your posts for about a year now and I love them!!!
    One thing I noticed is that you can not transfer Amex anynore to other people under same household unless they have the second card with you…. Is that right?

    Thank you!

  2. You mentioned the ability of transferring Amex Membership Reward points to someone else’s account. I recently tried and was refused by Amex.

  3. @trissb; he says Starwood Preferred Guest Points…..I don’t see that he mentioned Amex Membership Rewards.

  4. I have about 12,000 United miles but my husband has about 250,000. We want to use them to get business/First tickets to Asia next year. Is there a way for me to use my miles to help pay for it without transferring to my husband’s account?

  5. @Moon, no, you cannot transfer your 12k UA miles to your husband’s UA account. I would recommend holding onto your 12k UA miles in your account until you need a domestic economy flight (12.5k) and transfer the remaining UA miles into your account.

  6. Hi, I am confused by the message on the top of this post: “This offer is no longer available, but check the Hot Deals for the latest offers!” Are you saying you can no longer use your miles and points to book an airline ticket or hotel room for someone else without paying a fee? TIA.

  7. Thanks. I later noticed the same message also appeared on other posts so I figured that was the case. The reason it was confusing in this specific post is because there was no obvious reference about the expired offer near the message. This might be something for you to take a note when updating previous posts. I read your blog every day. Love it. Keep up the good job!

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