How To Combine Hyatt Points Between Accounts

How To Combine Hyatt Points Between Accounts

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The major hotel programs all have different policies when it comes to being able to combine points across accounts. I’ve written in the past about the policies of Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy. I’d say Hilton’s policy is by far the most generous, as you can instantly transfer points to any member online, and you can transfer up to 500,000 points and receive up to two million points per account per calendar year.

However, I’d argue that World of Hyatt isn’t too far behind, with its little known option for combining points. In this post I wanted to look more closely at how that works, because I just used this feature myself.

Basics of combining Hyatt points across accounts

World of Hyatt will let you transfer your points to anyone else’s World of Hyatt account without any fees. There are two major restrictions to be aware of:

  • You can only transfer points to another member “in order to have a sufficient number of points to redeem a particular award”
  • You can only combine points (regardless of whether you’re sending or receiving) once every 30 days

To discuss the second point first, over time you can do multiple transactions with multiple members, though you are restricted to one transaction every 30 days.

The first point is a bit more confusing. As you can see, the terms state you can only transfer points for the purposes of having a sufficient number of points to redeem for a particular award. However, in practice that’s not actually verified in any way. That’s to say that when you make the request, you’re not asked what you’re trying to book.

I imagine that if you have a balance of a million points your request may be denied, but short of that it seems like you can transfer points to someone else without issue. I’ll share more on my experience with that below.

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How do you initiate a Hyatt points transfer?

The process of combining points isn’t as easy as it could be, probably by design. To combine World of Hyatt points you’ll have to fill out this form, which requires you to enter the following info:

  • The name, World of Hyatt number, phone number, mailing address, and email address for both members
  • The signature of both members

Once you fill out that form you just have to email it to [email protected] Alternatively you can mail the form to Hyatt, but that seems unnecessary.

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The benefits of combining World of Hyatt points

There are potentially a few benefits to being able to combine World of Hyatt points:

  • On the most basic level, it allows you to combine points so you have enough for an award stay; in other words, if you have two accounts with 15,000 points each, you can combine the points so you have enough for a one night stay at a hotel costing 30,000 points
  • This can also be useful thanks to World of Hyatt’s Guest of Honor benefit, where Globalist members can gift friends and family members their elite benefits when redeeming points out of their accounts; so you could transfer points from a non-Globalist to a Globalist, and then in turn the Globalist could make an award reservation for a non-Globalist so they would receive elite benefits
  • Combining points is considered “activity” for the purposes of keeping your account alive, so it would reset the expiration of points
Redeem points at Park Hyatt Paris

My experience combining Hyatt points

Ford and I just did one of these points transfers within the past several days. I “only” had about 27,000 World of Hyatt points, while Ford had 222,000 points, earned largely through the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (review). I’m a Globalist and he’s not, so I figured it made sense to consolidate points.

I do have a hotel booking in mind, so rather than transferring some points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to have enough for the stay, I figured we’d transfer points from Ford’s account, since we’re better off having more points in a flexible account.

World of Hyatt Credit Card
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  • Earn 4x Points at Hyatt Properties
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World of Hyatt Business Credit Card
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  • Complimentary Discoverist Status
  • Gift Discoverist Status up to 5 Employees
  • $199
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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  • 5x total points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 3x points on dining
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Chase Sapphire Reserve®
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Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card
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Chase Freedom Unlimited®
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Chase Freedom Flex℠
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  • $0

We filled out the form and submitted it on Friday, March 18, 2023. This morning (Wednesday, March 23, 2022), five days later, I received an email from Hyatt confirming that the transfer has been completed and that the points are in my account (though the points posted in two separate transactions).

A few things to note:

  • I sent the email with the points combining form from my email address (even though I was the receiving account), and that wasn’t an issue
  • Ford and I both used e-signatures for filling out the form, and that wasn’t an issue, so you don’t need a “wet” signature
  • Nowhere during the process were we asked where we planned on making a booking that required combining points
  • The information on the form and World of Hyatt account need to match exactly, and that includes having the right phone number, email address, etc.


Redeem points at Calala Island, Nicaragua

Bottom line

While not quite as straightforward as Hilton Honors’ system for combining points, World of Hyatt has a generous program for combining rewards balances. You can transfer your Hyatt points to anyone else, as long as the transfer is being made in order to have enough points for a redemption. This could be a useful opportunity, especially if you’re trying to make a Guest of Honor booking.

If you’ve ever combined World of Hyatt points, what was your experience like?

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  1. Matt T Guest

    We attempted to do this recently because my father in law had expiring points (they weren’t set to expire until May of 2022) and I had a stay I wanted to book and they denied the request and now his account is at 0. We have emailed them and tried calling and everyone is giving us a run around. I am an avid Marriott guy and this did not help me earn any further trust in Hyatt! This is on par with other experiences with them

  2. MariB New Member

    So easy. Did this a few years ago to move the last points out of my husband's account so I had enough to book the Park Hyatt Sydney. Sadly, no Hyatt status but still a great stay (husband told them it was a special trip for my 70th and they surprised us with wonderful cakes and wine and view of the Opera House from our terrace) and it was our last before Covid lockdown.

  3. Steve Diamond

    Wow this is amazing, thanks for the detailed explanation. My partner and I have long wish to combine Chase points. Since we stay a lot at hyatt now i have an option to combine chase points with a non-spouse. Chase to hyatt then do this method. Game changer for my life. Thanks Lucky.

  4. Tortuga Diamond

    Hey, Ben. Thank you for reviewing this option. I'll definitely be putting it to use later this year.

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Steve Diamond

Wow this is amazing, thanks for the detailed explanation. My partner and I have long wish to combine Chase points. Since we stay a lot at hyatt now i have an option to combine chase points with a non-spouse. Chase to hyatt then do this method. Game changer for my life. Thanks Lucky.

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Tortuga Diamond

Hey, Ben. Thank you for reviewing this option. I'll definitely be putting it to use later this year.

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Matt T Guest

We attempted to do this recently because my father in law had expiring points (they weren’t set to expire until May of 2022) and I had a stay I wanted to book and they denied the request and now his account is at 0. We have emailed them and tried calling and everyone is giving us a run around. I am an avid Marriott guy and this did not help me earn any further trust in Hyatt! This is on par with other experiences with them

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