Ultimate Guide to Combining Points/Miles

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You’ve earned those points/miles and want to combine them with a spouse/partner/friend – how do you do that? Unfortunately, each program has its own rules and regulations for this, so it can be confusing. Here’s our ultimate guide to combining points/miles you’ve earned with another person.

 

Chase Ultimate Rewards

We have a whole post about this that will help you, but basically, the first time you want to combine points, you have to call Chase and have them link the accounts. Once this is done, you can then combine points on your own through the Ultimate Rewards site. You are only allowed to combine points with people in your household.

 

Resort pool area

The ability to combine Ultimate Rewards might make your Hyatt stay a reality.

Capital One Venture Rewards

Capital One Venture Rewards can be transferred to anyone with a Capital One Venture card. They don’t have to be a spouse. You do need to call them on the number on the back of your card to initiate this. There isn’t a way to do this in your online account.  You will need the name and card number of the person you want to transfer to when you make the call.

 

American Express Membership Rewards

Sadly, you cannot combine your Membership Rewards with anyone else, even a spouse. Your rewards, even those earned on different AMEX cards, will all combine automatically into your own account but cannot be combined with another person. To get around this, just book a flight or hotel for someone else with your points. For instance, sometimes my husband and I book flights for both of us with his rewards, and sometimes we use my rewards.

 

Airplane

I often use my AMEX rewards to book a flight for myself and my husband.

Citi Premier ThankYou Points

You can share up to 100,000 Citi ThankYou Points a year (total) with another person with a Citi card that earns ThankYou Points. Shared points expire 90 days after being received, so only do this when you are planning to book a trip. Once you get into the Citi ThankYou points section, hit “more ways to redeem” and then choose “points sharing.”

Screen shot of ThankYou points sharing

 

Screen shot of ThankYou points sharing

 

World of Hyatt Points

World of Hyatt members are eligible to combine points. Members may only transfer or receive points once every 30 days. You have to fill out an online form to do this. It may take some time for the transfer to complete, so keep this in mind.

 

Marriott Bonvoy Points

You can transfer 100,000 points/year to another person by calling Marriott by phone. You will need to have the information regarding the other person’s account number to do this.

 

Umbrellas and lounge chairs near blue water

I recently spent Marriott Bonvoy points at the Wailea Beach Club, and combining points with my spouse made it possible!

 

IHG Points

Using this link, you can transfer points for $5.00 per 1,000 points. This only makes sense if someone needs just a few thousand points to book a stay.

 

Hilton Honors Points

You can “pool your points” with up to 10 other members. You can send up to 500,000 points and receive up to 2 million points per calendar year for free.

 

Hotel pool area

By combining points with my spouse, I could book this Hilton in Tahiti.

 

Airline Miles

Unfortunately, only three major U.S. airline allows you to combine miles.

  • JetBlue allows family and friends to pool their miles together. Once pooled together, one person assumes the role of manager.
  • Frontier allows the pooling of points for up to 8 people, but the head member in the pool has either Frontier Airlines elite status or the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard.
  • Hawaiian Airlines lets HawaiianMiles members share their miles with a Hawaiian Airlines primary credit or debit cardholder free of charge.

 

Bottom Line

Combining points/miles with family and friends helps us book travel more easily. Hopefully, this guide will be a great reference for you in knowing how to do this!

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