Share or Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Share and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Many Hotel Rewards programs allow you to transfer or share points, sometimes for free and sometimes at a cost. You can transfer between family members, domestic partners, household members, or in some cases anyone you choose!

That comes in handy when multiple members of your family have points on the accounts but no one has enough to book a stay you planned.

Here are some additional reasons to share or transfer hotel points:

  • To reach a specific redemption. A no-brainer, but trying to reach a particular redemption for an upcoming trip often involves juggling points between accounts.
  • Allows you to transfer rewards to an account that has elite status. Redeeming flights and stays through an account that has elite status can add a ton of value to your travel experience.
  • Pooling makes it easy to utilize small numbers of orphaned points. Family pooling enables you to collect rewards into a usable balance and burn them for travel and accommodation.
  • When you want to cancel a card or account and need to move the points before pulling the trigger. Travel goals change from year-to-year and the cards we need to achieve them change the goals.
  • Transferring points and miles is often the only way to keep them alive in this case.

Best Western

You can transfer points for free between Best Western accounts that share the same physical address. You must call the Best Western Rewards customer service team in order to arrange a transfer.

Redison Hotel Group

Elite members can transfer Redison Rewards points to anyone free of charge. Non-elite members may transfer to anyone in their own household so long as both accounts are at least one year old and the addresses have matched for 30 days.

You must call Redison Contact Phone to speak with a Member Services representative: U.S. and Canada+1 (888) 288 8889


Marriot allows transferring points between a domestic partner or legal spouse for free. Transfers must be made just prior to an award redemption for the number of points needed to fulfill that specific redemption (rounded to the nearest 1,000 points), and you can only execute one redemption per transfer up to 50000 a year. You must call Marriott Rewards Program Guest Services at 1-801-468-4000.

You can take advantage of one of Marriott’s more generous policies by putting award reservations on hold before you have the points so that you don’t miss out on space while it’s available.

You also have an option to transfer points between Sheraton and Marriott.


You can transfer Starpoints to anyone in your household at no cost using a simple online form.

“SPG Members Who Reside at Same Address. In Starwood’s sole discretion, an SPG Member may be permitted to transfer Starpoints in 1000 point increments only from one SPG Member account to another SPG Member account under specific conditions. Generally, Starpoints may transfer if both SPG Members are active, consent to the transfer, and share the same residential mailing address that is not a P.O. Box, APO or SPO address for a minimum of 30 days prior to requesting the transfer. SPG Members may be required to provide proof of residency prior to Starwood transferring the Starpoints between the two accounts. Elite Preferred Guest Membership Status and the related benefits will not transfer to the recipient of the Starpoints.”

A great strategy here is to take advantage of SPG’s generous 5,000-mile bonus when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints to one of its airline partners. You can simply combine points with someone in your household to end up on a multiple of 20,000 and claim your 25% bonus. You also can combine points in order to utilize Fifth Night Free benefit: Redeem Starpoints® for five Free Night Awards — we’ll pick up the last night. And that’s at any of our Category 3-7 hotels.

You also have an option to transfer points between Sheraton and Marriott.

Points transfers can take up to 5 days to process.

World of Hyatt

Hyatt allows points transfers between any accounts that are in good standing, but only allows transfers once every 30 days.

“…A single member may only participate in a point combining transaction (transferring or receiving of points) once every 30 days…”

The process is straightforward. Simply fill out this form or visit World of Hyatt’s new points sharing page.

Hilton Honors

Hilton now has one of the best points pooling options of any rewards program: you can combine points with up to 10 other members, sending as many as 500K points and receiving up to 2 million Honors points!

You can create your Hilton Honors Points Pool by inviting up to 10 Hilton Honors members by filling out this form.

IHG Rewards

There is no limit to the number of points IHG Rewards members can transfer to other members, but the cost is high and not an action we recommend. IHG points transfers are processed by We’ve only listed IHG here, because they’re a standout among major loyalty programs as they charge for the transfers unlike, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt, and Marriott.

“IHG® Rewards Club points can be transferred to another IHG® Rewards Club member in 1,000 point increments for $5 USD per 1,000 points. There is no limit to the number of points a member can transfer or receive…”

If you need to transfer IHG points, head over to transfer page on IHG’s website and sign into your account.


Those programs do not allow points transfer.



$10 Instant Rebate on $300 in Visa Cards at OfficeMax from 3-11-2018 to 3-17-2018

WARNING: There have been reports of fraudulent transactions appearing on the gift cards after purchase. I would recommend “liquidating” the gift cards as soon as possible after purchase. For example by buying the gift card to your grocery store. 

OfficeMax is offering a $10 instant rebate with the purchase of $300 in Visa gift cards from 3-11-2018 to 3-17-2018. There is a limit of 1 offer per customer/business.

To maximize Miles/Points earnings use your Chase Bold/Ink credit card to make 1 transaction buying 2 $200 cards each. You will earn 2019 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points or you can earn  5% cashback with American Express SimplyCash Plus Business credit card.

See post on How to set PIN number for MasterCard or Visa gift cards.

Please remember:
1. This time it is a $10 instant rebate.
2. Available only at the store.
3. Limit 1 per customer.
4. Valid 3-11-2018 to 3-17-2018.
5. Subject to availability.

This is a similar another offer like Office Max had in November 2017: you could make multiple purchases and earn instant rebate every time.

Office Max stores in Beachwood, OH, and Solon, OH have plenty of different varieties of Visa Gift cards from strict $200 to variable $20-$200 cards (those work too).

Earn Free Rental Day coupons easily with National Rent A Car ONE TWO FREE® promotion

National Car Rental currently running ONE TWO FREE® promotion that allows you with every 600 points earned, automatically receive one Free Rental Day. Just keep renting and earning now through February 28, 2018. Emerald Club members can register here.

With ONE TWO FREE® promotion and you’ll earn a Free Rental Day* with every two qualifying rentals through February 28, 2018. In addition to earning 300 points for every qualifying rental, ONE TWO FREE® lets you quickly accumulate points by taking advantage of your bonus opportunities on this page. Each opportunity has its own point value and helps you earn Free Rental Days faster by completing the following activities:

MOBILE APP RENTAL: 75pts (multiple times)
TAKE OUR SURVEY: 50pts (ones)
COMPLETE 3 RENTALS: 100pts (ones)
REFER-A-FRIEND: 300pts (multiple times)
WEEKEND RENTAL: 100pts (ones)
WEEKLONG RENTAL: 200 pts (ones)
NEIGHBORHOOD RENTAL: 200pts (multiple times)
RENT IN EUROPE: 300 pts (ones)
EMERALD RESERVE SERVICE: 25 pts (multiple times)

To check your activity, coupons earned and track your points visit the My Activity Page. Free Rental Day coupons you have available to use on Compact to Fullsize vehicles through June 15, 2018.

Additional Promotions:

It all adds up to a great deal: Take $30 off any size car when the base rate is at least $180. Offer valid at participating National® locations in the U.S. and Canada.

$20 Off Weekly Rentals: Available on an Economy through Full-size car.

$20 Off Weekend Rentals: Available on a Compact through Fullsize car, Minivan, SUV or Convertible.

Last Minute Specials.

Happy rentals!

Remember to register for Q1 2018 Credit Card Category Bonuses

Bonus Categories

Many Credit card offer 5% Cashback/5 pints for $1 spend in different categories of spending each quarter. The 1st quarter of 2018 starts on January 1 and it is time to register for those promotions:

Citi® Dividend Card:

Sign up for 1st quarter 2018 and get 5% cash back at drugstores and fitness clubs
including favorites like:

  • Gas Stations
  • Car Rentals

Department stores are larger merchants that sell a general line of apparel, home furnishings, furniture, electronics, cosmetics, housewares and major appliances. They have several departments that usually have separate checkout counters.

Chase Freedom Card:

Sign up for 1st quarter of 2018 and earn 5% cash back from Chase on up to $1,500 in
combined purchases from  January 1 – March 31, 2018 at:

  • Gas Stations
  • Internet/Cable/Phone Services
  • Chase Pay®, Android Pay™, Apple Pay®, Samsung Pay


  • earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in this quarter’s bonus categories
  • List of included merchants can be found here.

Discover Card:

Sign up for the 1st quarter of 2018 and earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1,500 in purchases at:

  • Gas Stations
  • Wholesale Clubs

List of included merchants can be found here.

Google Express Promotions

  • Shop through the Google Express app and save 20%, up to $20. Just use code APPANDSAVE20 at checkout.

  • Free shipping on orders of $15 or more

  • Amex Promotion: Spend $50 or more, get $20 back



30% Off at Amazon select categories when paying with 1 Amex Membership Rewards point

There is a new offer out to get 30% off in select categories at when paying with at least 1 Amex Membership Rewards point. The maximum discount is $15 (max order total of $50). This is a targeted promotion. Enroll your American Express card with Rewards point into Amazon Shop With points and  Check if you are targeted.

How to redeem your promotional discount:

  1. Choose a product category below and add one or more eligible items from that category to your shopping cart. This item must be sold and shipped by to qualify.
  2. Check out with your American Express Card and use Membership Rewards points for at least a portion of your order.
  3. Enter the promotion code from the product category below that corresponds to your purchase.
  4. To redeem another promo code from a category below, place an additional order in that category and apply the corresponding promo code.

Remember that you have to use at least 1Amex Membership Rewards point. You’ll then need to pay the balance with an American Express card. I wouldn’t recommend using more than one point as you only get 1 cent per point in value — and you can do much better with Amex transfer partners.

Here are the discount codes for different categories:

Baby Products: Enter promo code AMEXBABY at checkout. Shop in Baby Products.

CDs & Vinyl: Enter promo code AMEXMUSIC at checkout. Shop in CDs & Vinyl.

Major Appliances: Enter promo code AXPAPPLIANCE at checkout. Shop in Major Appliances.

Tires: Enter promo code AMEXTIRES at checkout. Shop in Tires.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. This is a limited time offer. All promotional codes expire at 11:59 p.m. (PT) June 30, 2018.
  2. Offer applies only to the purchase of eligible items made with a Membership Rewards eligible American Express card, where Membership Rewards points are used for at least a portion of the purchase and the promotion code is applied at checkout.
  3. Offer applies only to a first-ever purchase in a product category on products sold by (look for “sold by” on the product detail page). Products sold by third-party sellers or other Amazon entities will not qualify for this offer, even if “fulfilled by” or “Prime Eligible”.
  4. The maximum benefit you may receive from each promo code is $15.
  5. Offer is available by invitation only, is non-transferable, is not redeemable for cash, and may not be resold.
  6. Offer does not apply to digital content.
  7. Offer good while supplies last.
  8. Shipping charges and taxes may apply to the full value of discounted and free promotional items. Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address.
  9. Offer limited to one per customer and account and may not be combined with other offers.
  10. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time.
  11. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. Offer discount will be allocated proportionally among all promotional items in your order.
  12. Promotional codes may not be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards.
  13. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

Other Amazon and Pay With Points Promotions:

Targeted: Save $15 off a $60+ Amazon Purchase With 1 Chase Ultimate Rewards Point! /$15 Free to Amazon for Chase Ultimate Reward Customers (No Category restrictions)

30% Amazon categories when paying w/ 1 Citi ThankYou point [Targeted] (Select Categories)