One of my favorite features of SPG Starpoints – Free family transfer of points!

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With less than two weeks remaining (ends on 14SEPT15) to snag the increased AMEX Starwood new card bonus offer I thought I would highlight one of the great perks of Starpoints. If more than one person in the family (at the same address) is collecting Starpoints they have the ability to transfer points to each other free of charge when they want no questions or strings attached. That is #winning!

Starwood is not alone in this outstanding, and frankly family friendly, perk. With British Air Avios points you can setup a family account and “pool” your points. Also, with US Bank, it is a simple matter to send your FlexPerks points to someone. But with Delta, on the other hand, it will cost you more than the value of the SkyMiles to send them to each other so please avoid this at all costs!

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It really is a simple matter to do this transfer with Starpoints. I have both my and my wife’s information in my Award Wallet account to make it even simpler for me. Then, with the family member’s Starwood account number and last name on hand (make sure you get them right) go to “Book & Redeem” and select “More Options”. Lastly click “transfer Starpoints” while letting them know how many points you want to send over to your loved one.

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You will then get a confirmation screen and in a few days (I have seen it take up to a week) you will notice the points are now in your account.

Why is this such a favorite perk of mine. Well, I am an SPG Platinum guest. My wife, thanks to her non-Delta AMEX Platinum card has complimentary Gold status. Well, Platinum is better than Gold so whenever we book a room we send her points to me and I do the booking for us both to enjoy the perks of being Platinum.

Anther clear advantage is if you want to send points to an airline partner for the bonus points (for example if you send 20,000 Starpoints to Delta and you get 25,000 SkyMiles at the other end) and you are a few points short of that 20k number then do a transfer of some points from a family member so you can top off your account.

I am often asked by folks how to get a bunch of SkyMiles for some trip. Think about this, if two in a family each get an AMEX Starwood card during the current promotion, meet the minimum spend, and then combine the Starpoints into one account you will have over 60,000 points all-in. You could send them over to Delta and net 75,000 points for a trip. Perhaps not the BEST use of your Starpoints but it is an option for Delta flyers to get what you need for that trip you are saving for! – Rene

 

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