Most points and miles currencies do not let you pool the points of your family members into a single account. This makes it difficult to book a reward night if your points are spread between accounts. Hilton has decided (for once) to stand out.
Basic Explanation of Hilton Points
- In case you don’t know, Hilton’s rewards program allows members to earn Hilton Honors ™ points for use on future hotel stays (among other things).
- They’re really easy to earn, and thus worth a little less than some other hotel points. Earnings will of course vary based on status. On a base general level, you earn 10 points per dollar spent on hotel stays, and can earn bonuses based on preferences selected and signing up for promotions.
- For more details, besides the Hilton website we recommend the guide from the folks at Travel is Free. Some of the details may need to be updated as this is from 2015, but no need to reinvent the wheel here.
What Is Hilton Letting You Do?
- They call it “Points Pooling” and will “allow Hilton Honors ™ Members to combine their Points with family and friends to book a stay.”
- You can do it HERE.
- There is no fee nor any relationship requirement for you to pool points. You can combine your points with up to 10 other Hilton Honors members into one account.
- The minimum number of points that can be transferred is 1,000 at a time, with a maximum of 500,000 points in a calendar year. You can receive up to 2,000,000 points in a calendar year.
- Other Requirements: “To use Points Pooling, you must be an active Member, be in the program for 30 days, and have a minimum Points balance of 1,000 Points.”
- Points should transfer quickly, but almost always within 24 hours.
In What Situations Might This Be Useful?
- If you have a small amount of points stranded in an account that gets little use.
- If you need extra points to make a particular reward booking and just don’t have enough points.
- If your points are about to expire in one of your accounts and you need to extend their useful life.
- You want to “gift” your points to a “friend”.
- If you have earned points from card sign-ups, like the no-fee Hilton Honors ™ card from American Express (which, if you already have, may be upgraded for an additional 100,000 points at the time of this writing to the fee-version).
One More Thing
While writing this, we discovered something new (to us). Married couples, according to the Hilton Member guide, can enroll in something called Hilton’s “Mutual Fund”, which “allows married members to combine their points and stay credits to earn rewards and [Honors] tier levels even faster. For details, visit hiltonhhonors.com or contact the Hhonors Customer Service Centre nearest you.” If you and your spouse travel for work, you can reach status levels faster by using this feature (and increase earnings potential faster).