How To Combine Hyatt Gold Passport Points

Reader Luis left the following comment on my post yesterday about how to make Hyatt Diamond Guest Of Honor reservations:

Ben, have you ever transferred Hyatt points before? Is there a fee? And could this be a way to get a Diamond member to book a room for someone else using that person’s points?

While airlines almost all charge to transfer points between accounts, hotels tend to be more generous. I’ve written in the past about how:

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Form for transferring Starpoints between accounts

Hyatt Gold Passport actually allows you to combine points at no cost as well.

How to combine Hyatt points

In order to combine Hyatt points for free you have to fill out the Hyatt Gold Passport Point Combining Request Form.

It’s a fairly straightforward form whereby you just have to get account information and signatures from both members.

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From there you can send the form to Hyatt in one of three ways:

  • E-mail: goldpassport@hyatt.com
  • Fax: 1-402-593-9449
  • Mail: Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service, P.O. Box 27089, Omaha, NE, 68127

The basic terms of combining points are as follows:

  • Members may only transfer or receive points once every 30 days
  • There’s no requirement that last names, addresses, etc., match — in theory any two members can combine points
  • Once the request to combine points has been received, the transaction should take place within a day or so
  • Technically you may combine points “in order to have a sufficient number of points to redeem for a particular award” and “only the number of Hyatt Gold Passport points necessary to redeem the specific award for which the transfer is being requested may be combined”
  • That being said, that doesn’t mean a whole lot since you don’t have to include reservation information, and in theory you could be considering spending a month at the Park Hyatt Sydney

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Park Hyatt Sydney Opera Deluxe Room view

The potential benefit of combining Hyatt points

As I explained yesterday, Hyatt started offering Guest Of Honor bookings over the weekend.

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They describe this as follows:

Guest of Honor is here! Your new benefit lets you treat those you love most to an experience they won’t forget. Now when you redeem your points for a free night for your friends and family, they’ll receive the exclusive in-hotel perks of your Diamond membership, such as:

  • The best room available upon arrival, excluding suites
  • A special welcome amenity
  • Exclusive access to the Regency Club® or Grand Club® lounge, including complimentary breakfast

Call 800.400.2261 in the U.S. or Canada or your nearest global contact center to gift a free night stay through December 30, 2015. Rest assured, we’ll look after your Guest of Honor just like we look after you.

Let me give an example of how this could be useful. Say you’re a Diamond member and your parents have no status. Your parents could transfer their points to your account, and then you could redeem the points to make a Guest Of Honor reservation for them, so that they’d receive your Diamond benefits.

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Complimentary Diamond breakfast at the Andaz London

Bottom line

The ability to combine Hyatt Gold Passport points is more useful than ever thanks to the Guest Of Honor booking option. While the terms on the transfer are a bit confusing, in practice it’s usually quite straightforward.

Have you ever combined Hyatt points? If so, how was your experience?

Comments

  1. Thanks for this post and this is potentially great news!!! So Ben, will you be offering services to book hotel rooms using your status for your favorite readers? 🙂

  2. Can one also transfer two free nights earned through Hyatt credit card? What about diamond suite upgrades?

  3. @ Luis — Hah, sadly not. I tend to think Hyatt treats us well and that’s not within the spirit of the program.

  4. Transferred points from my Hyatt account to my wife’s by faxing the completed form. Points were moved within 24 hours. Also transferred points from my Chase Ultimate Rewards account to her Hyatt. All free and fast. Very happy with this feature.

  5. I never knew that. I just did the transfer. Thanks so much for this useful advice.

  6. How would you book this to maximize value? 2 rooms needed at andaz Maui. By combining points, we have 150k Hyatt points. I have diamond status and 4 suite upgrade certificates. We need 2 rooms for 5 nights each but would like suites instead of standard award rooms.

  7. @ Mike — Is there Points + Cash availability for your dates? If so, that’s the best option, in my opinion.

  8. Sadly they don’t have points plus cash. Only standard 25k award nights. If I book 2rooms paid 20% off rate for 2 days with my suite upgrades, and use awards for the remaining 3 nights per room for 75k each, will they move me out of the suite in your opinion?

  9. Ben, Hyatt updated this form and the email option is no longer available and you now have to include a reservation # to which the transfer point is applied to (although not sure how that really works as you can’t book an award reservation without enough points).

  10. @David, Hyatt must’ve been listening. This week the old form reappeared on the HGP website. That solves the impossible Catch 22 you mentioned, needing to make a reservation to transfer the points, even though members cannot make the reservation until after they have the points.

    As someone mentioned above, unless Hyatt has a way to verify the signatures, theoretically this could be abused, but OTOH a physical form prevents hackers from stealing points online..

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