As it stands, Starwood Preferred Guest allows points transfers between members registered at the same address.
The good news is that there’s no cost to take advantage of this promotion, though the bad news is that your account has to be registered at the same address as the person you’re transferring to for at least 30 days. Furthermore, if you repeatedly change your address for the purpose of transferring points between accounts, there’s a good chance your account will be audited.
However, now there’s an easier (and completely legitimate) way to transfer Starpoints to anyone else’s account, even if they’re not registered at the same address.
As most of you probably know, it’s now possible to transfer points from Starwood to Marriott at a 1:3 ratio (and vice versa). You can transfer points back and forth freely without any downside, and the transfers are quick. The catch is that you can only transfer Starpoints to your own Marriott Rewards account, and not someone else’s account. But there’s a way to potentially get around that.
Specifically, late last year Marriott introduced points sharing between accounts.
Marriott Rewards lets you share between 1,000 and 50,000 points with another member. The cost is just $10 per transaction, and that’s waived if you’re a Gold or Platinum member. Here’s how this offering is described:
Feeling generous? Now you can share your points with any Rewards member you choose.
You can transfer 1,000 points or more—up to a maximum of 50,000 points per year—for a transaction fee of just $10 USD. Gold and Platinum Elite members transfer for free.
Please contact Marriott Rewards Customer Support at 1-801-468-4000 to start sharing.
As you can see, there are still some real limitations here:
- You can transfer at most 50,000 Marriott Rewards points (or ~17,000 Starpoints) to someone else’s account
- There’s a $10 fee if the person transferring the points isn’t Platinum or Gold
- If trying to transfer Starpoints it’s a roundabout process, as you first have to convert Starpoints into Marriott points, and then have to convert back
However, this has the potential to be extremely valuable for consolidating accounts with small balances, in my opinion, and is something to be aware of.
Have you used Marriott’s points sharing feature?
(Tip of the hat to Million Mile Secrets)