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How to Transfer Starwood Points to Other People For Free

by on August 29, 2012 · 12 comments

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Update: The 30,000-point bonus is no longer available. The bonus is now 25,000 points for the Starwood Amex business and personal cards after $5,000 spend within the first 6 months.

Most airline and hotel programs charge steep fees for transferring points and miles to other people, while some have unique family account features. Starwood is one of the most flexible, because it allows members to transfer points to other SPG members who have the same address in their profile for free and there is no limit to the number of points you can transfer. Transfers are usually instant, but can take up to 5 business days to process and they can be initiated online at spg.com -> Quick Links -> My Account -> Redeem/Transfer Points -> Transfer to another member.

Starwood requires that both accounts must have been active and listed at the same address on each for at least 30 days. No verification is asked for on the transfer form, though Starwood does reserve the right to request proof of residence. Note: if SPG smells a fraud, they might take away your points and bar you from the program so I do not recommend abusing this feature.

Starwood Vacation Owners can transfer points among each other even if they are not at the same address, so if you’re a timeshare owner with Starwood, that adds another level of flexibility to the program for transfers and redemptions.

The great thing is, if you do want to take advantage of these transfers, they’re free, and there is no limit to the number of points you can transfer, so if you’re looking to combine your redemption power among a couple accounts within a household, this could be a great way to pool the points necessary for awards you want.

Let’s say a couple living at the same address each got the SPG personal and business American Express cards at the current 30,000-point bonus on each. Each person would have 60,000 Starpoints once they met the minimum spending requirements. That’s enough for 7 nights at a Category 4 property, 6 nights at a Category 5 property, 3 nights at a Category 6 property, or 2 nights at a Category 7 property.

But together, if the couple combined all their points into a single SPG account, they’d have 120,000 points total (Note: you cannot combine the elite qualifying nights/stays that come with the card, so each person would have 4 stays/10 nights towards elite status). That would mean 5 nights at a Category 7 property like the St. Regis Florence where rooms start at around 400 euros ($500) a night. Not bad – that’s half a honeymoon paid for right there!

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  • Lauren

    can you book award nights for friends/family? as in, can you use your points to book an award stay for other people when you won’t be staying at the hotel? thanks

  • thepointsguy

    Yes – just call and add their name to the reservation

  • Mike

    Numbers are off. Should be 70k and 140k, since the 5k of spend earns at least 5k more points per card.

  • thepointsguy

    I was only referencing the sign-up bonuses. Also, It could be more than 5k points depending on if the purchases were at SPG properties, so I always leave out the spend.

  • TS

    Would this extend the expiration date of SPG points?

  • Lauren

    Could you please comment/maybe do a post on combining household points for all hotel programs? For example for Hyatt or Club Carlson can you put down the same household and combine points with someone?

  • DanR Astoria NYC

    Reminder, xfer 20,000 SPG points to AA and get an additional 5k AAdvantage points

  • Mike

    So why not “at least 70k”? That gives a better picture of how great this offer is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.chin.946 Eugene Chin

    I usually just add the friend/family member’s name in the notes and the hotel usually don’t have any problems. I have done with club carlson and IHG, I THINK hilton but not too sure.

  • Akm116

    I wish first year was free in Canada?

  • Dannyrudd38

    Would this be possible for a non pre-paid stay? Such as requiring the cc of the person who made the reservation at time of booking? Or can the guest pay for it.

    Would the stay credit still count if never “checked in” but only by the guest?

    Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/TheMoopets The Moopets

    If I had a Starwood card on a US card, and then I sign up for the Canadian version, is it bad if I tell them I’m already a Starwood member? Or should I just check off that I’m not a Starwood member?

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