Starting Today: Combine Your Hilton Points With Friends and Family Members for Free!

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I let you know about the changes Hilton recently made to their awards program.  And via The Gate, Hilton launched their new points pooling option today!

With points pooling, you can combine Hilton points with friends or loved ones for free.  That’s great news, because Hilton used to charge $2.50 for every 1,000 points you transferred to another Hilton member.  

Hilton Points Pooling

Need More Points for a Stay at a Beautiful Hotel Like the Hilton Barcelona? Ask a Friend or Loved One to Pool Points With You!

Let’s look at how you can transfer your Hilton points to another Hilton member!

Pool Your Hilton Points

In the past, Hilton charged $2.50 per 1,000 points you transferred to another Hilton member.  For example, if you transferred 50,000 Hilton points to a loved one for an award stay, it would cost $125 (1,000 Hilton points X $2.50 per 1,000 points X 50).

That wasn’t usually worth it, unless you needed a few points to top-off your account.

But now, you won’t pay anything to transfer up to 500,000 Hilton points to up to 10 friends and family members each year.

So it’s free and easy to pool your points with others to stretch your vacation longer, stay at more luxurious hotels, like the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, or Hilton Chicago, or to top off your account for a specific award stay.

And it could be especially great if several family members have just earned 80,000 to 100,000 Hilton points form the increased sign-up bonuses on the AMEX Hilton cards!

Here’s how to pool your points:

Step 1.  Go to “My Account”

Sign-in to your Hilton Honors account and go to “My Account.”

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Click the “My Account” Tab

Step 2.   Click “More Ways to Use Points”

Under “My Points” you’ll find the option for more ways to use your Hilton points.

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Select “More Ways to Use Points”

Step 3.   Select “Pool Points”

From there, click “Pool Points” to start the points pooling process.

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Click “Pool Points”

Step 4.   Send Points Pooling Invitations

You can send invitations to up to 10 Hilton Honors members to join your points “pool.”

Hilton Points Pooling

Through Your Points Pool, You Can Combine Up to 500,000 Hilton Points per Year!

Step 5.   Pool Your Points

You’ll get a confirmation that your points pooling invitation has been sent.  And your friends and loved ones will get an email that looks like this:

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The Friends and Loved Ones You Invite Will Get an Email From Hilton

From the email, they can click the “pool your points” button, where they can sign-in to their Hilton account and select the number of points they want to transfer.

Hilton Points Pooling

The Great News Is, Points Pooling Is Free!

Or, once you’re connected to others’ accounts, you can go to “points pooling” from your Hilton account to make a transfer for free.

The process is fairly straightforward, but the first time I tried to send a points pooling invitation I received an error.  If that happens to you, just keep trying!

And don’t forget, other hotels, like Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and more, allow you to share points with others free of charge.  But certain conditions apply.  You can read more about transferring hotel points between accounts here.

Other Ways to Earn Hilton Points

There are plenty of ways to earn Hilton points.  For example, you can transfer other miles & points to Hilton.  Citi ThankYou points, AMEX Membership Rewards points, Virgin Atlantic miles, and Hawaiian Airlines miles transfer to Hilton at a ratio of 2:3.

Or, you could sign-up for a Hilton co-branded credit card, like:

Bottom Line

Starting today, April 26, 2017, you can pool your Hilton points with up to 10 other Hilton Honors members, for FREE!

Hilton used to charge $2.25 per 1,000 points you transferred, so this is definitely a positive change to their award program.

And it’s great news for folks who need a few more points for a specific award stay, for anyone who wants to pool their points with others for a longer vacation, or for stays at higher tier hotels.

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5 responses to “Starting Today: Combine Your Hilton Points With Friends and Family Members for Free!

  1. Does this reset the need for activity every 12 months to avoid loss of saved reward points?

  2. We can only hope IHG does the same! Pooling steps up the points game 🙂

  3. How long does it take for points to transfer? I see it’s not overnight

  4. Question: If you transfer the points to a family member, and then you CANCEL the card on which you had earned the points, then does that affect the points which were transferred to the family member? Thanks 🙂