Step by Step: How To Transfer World of Hyatt Awards

by | Jan 19, 2024

World of Hyatt is a remarkably versatile program, and the recent improvement to allow awards earned through Milestone Rewards (and other awards) to be transferred has made it even more useful. I just went through the process of transferring a World of Hyatt award and luckily, it’s quite easy. I thought it might be useful to provide step-by-step instructions.

Steps to Transfer World of Hyatt Awards

Transferring World of Hyatt awards can be done entirely online, or you can call World of Hyatt to do it over the phone. To transfer an award, you’ll need access to your World of Hyatt account (and the email address it’s linked to) along with your recipient’s World of Hyatt membership number and last name.

Here’s the process, step by step.

Step 1: Log into World of Hyatt and navigate to “My Awards”

After logging into your account on Hyatt’s website, click on your name in the top-right corner to toggle the drop-down menu. Click on “My Awards” (or navigate to hyatt.com/profile/awards) to see a list of awards in your account.

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Step 2: Select the award you want to transfer

Scroll down the “My Awards” page to see your available awards. To find the “Gift Your Award” option, click the meatball menu button (the ellipsis) next to the award you want to transfer to toggle the dropdown menu and click Gift Your Award.

In this case, I was gifting an expiring Suite Upgrade Award (SUA) to a friend so I selected one of my soon-to-expire awards.

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Step 3: Verify your account

At this point, you’ll likely be asked to verify your account using a one-time password sent to your email address on file. Click “Send Code” to continue.

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Open your email client to find an email with the one-time password verification code you need. The email comes from noreply@v.hyatt.com. I got the email with the one-time password code within a few moments but it may be filtered to your spam folder or promotions filter.

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Return to the Hyatt website, paste the code in, and you’ll be verified.

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Step 4: Proceed with gifting the award

After you’ve verified your account, you’ll be redirected back to the list of awards in your account with a small “You are verified.” notification at the top.

Scroll to find the award you want to give away again, then select the meatball menu button (the ellipsis) next to the award you want to transfer. This will toggle a dropdown menu with more options including the “Gift Your Award” option you’ll want to select.

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This time, when you select “Gift Your Award” a pop-up will be triggered with inputs for the recipient’s World of Hyatt membership number and last name.

Enter the information and click “Continue” to send the award.

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And that’s it! The award will have appeared in your friend or family member’s World of Hyatt account and you’ll get a message confirming.

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You’ll also get an email from Hyatt confirming that the award has been successfully transferred, while your recipient will get an email letting them know that the award is in their account as well.

Bottom line

One of the major changes recently rolled out to World of Hyatt is the ability to transfer awards to other users following a series of simple steps. This can be incredibly useful, especially for Globalists who can now share awards like the Club Access Award which aren’t useful to use directly. Other awards that can be transferred include the Suite Upgrade Award and Guest of Honor, allowing a recipient to book a stay with Globalist benefits directly before earning elite status in World of Hyatt.

Giovanni Hashimoto

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Giovanni Hashimoto is editor of Travel Spill. He's a growth hacking consultant and an expert in maximizing credit card rewards and loyalty programs. Giovanni grew up as a third-culture kid and is a citizen of the United States, Japan, and Italy. He's now a digital nomad who's visited over 65 countries, often leveraging points and miles to improve his travel experience.

Giovanni Hashimoto is editor of Travel Spill. He's a growth hacking consultant and an expert in maximizing credit card rewards and loyalty programs. Giovanni grew up as a third-culture kid and is a citizen of the United States, Japan, and Italy. He's now a digital nomad who's visited over 65 countries, often leveraging points and miles to improve his travel experience.
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