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How to Share Your Points With Anyone

How to Share Your Points With Anyone

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Update:  A credit card offer in this post, may no longer be available, but check the Hot Deals for the latest offers!

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
Sharing Points Means More Big Travel With Small Money!

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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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards

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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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@JW – Thanks! We used a different update in the post!

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.

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@JW – It was referring to a credit card offer in the post!

@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.

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?

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

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