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Tracking Your Points With Awardwallet.com and 6 Months Free Premium Membership

by on March 29, 2011 · 21 comments

in Award Wallet, Travel Technology

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I speak with people every day about miles and points and one of the questions I get asked most is, “How the heck do I manage a million different accounts?” Luckily, the answer is easy: get them all together in one place – awardwallet.com. In fact, once people pull all of their balances together in a consolidated place they are almost always surprised by how many they actually have.

While there are a bunch of mileage trackers out there, in my opinion AwardWallet is the most robust and popular with frequent flyers. Do I have any scientific evidence to back this up? No, but this Flyertalk thread on Award Wallet elicited 254 responses, mostly positive (at least by Flyertalk standards). And based on my network of frequent flyers and mileage/points junkies, AwardWallet seems to be the clear winner. It’s been around for over 6 years and takes security very seriously, which is important to me because I wouldn’t want to give access to all of my accounts to a site that didn’t securely manage the information.

While I admit I am a little bit obsessive and still manually log into most of my miles and points accounts more than most people check their bank accounts, I find it useful to have a dashboard that shows all of my travel assets in one place. It helps me get the big picture of my point “wealth” and lets me think strategically when I want to book awards. In fact, AwardWallet doesn’t just focus on travel programs – you can store your Subway or even Harrods points accounts! While I keep all of my accounts active, I also manage several accounts for friends and family members, so it saves me time to have them all in one place.

Another useful feature is that AwardWallet will automatically add your flight itineraries as well (if you select that option). So once I book a Delta flight, it automatically loads into my AwardWallet dashboard and I get emails with changes and reminders to check-in. These are often useful because Delta.com seems to hate me and never sends me check-in reminders or flight status updates.

Another thing I like is that the AwardWallet team is very open to new suggestions and they constantly add new loyalty programs to their technology (Southwest is the one major gap in the program, but that’s only because Southwest doesn’t allow AwardWallet access). You’ll find some mileage trackers are built and then not maintained to keep up with the evolving world of points and miles – Award Wallet is not one of them. In fact, they respond to comments and requests, especially through their social media Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Overall, it’s a pretty neat site that has some great functionality (especially with Premium membership), like the ability to download to Excel and visualize your balances in charts. To me, anything that encourages people to value their points and treat them like assets is a good thing. And as a nice gesture to TPG readers, you can sign up and get a free premium account, which entitles you to unlimited account tracking and reporting tools, when you use coupon code PointsAW6mo. While it’s normally pretty cheap/easy to get premium membership ($5 donation), this is an simple way to start using the service without shelling out any cash.

FYI – I was not paid for this post or endorsement, but I do have a new partnership with AwardWallet where my content is piped into their Mileage Offers & Deals section. I think it makes sense for their members to know the best deals to boost their accounts and TPG readers should have the technology to make sure they are aware of their entire points portfolio.

If you’ve used Award Wallet or have any other services, feel free to comment below!

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  • Gregory

    Was glad to see you add the AwardWallet logo and link to your site recently. I’m personally a huge fan and it’s actually through AwardWallet that I found your site a few months ago. Since then, I’ve jumped into the mileage/FF game with both feet, have received several mileage earning credit cards (with lucrative sign up offers), achieved status on Delta, flown to Scandinavia twice and become mildly OCD about checking my AwardWallet page (and, thus my balances) multiple times daily. Let there be no doubt, AwardWallet is the gold standard, or would that be Diamond Standard?

  • Lantean

    Thank you, I used to coupon to upgrade my account to premium, but I actually don’t see how it is different from basic account?

  • Gregory

    Lantean – You can only have a few balances “tracked” without a premium membership, three or four I think. More here: http://awardwallet.com/faqs.php#21

  • Ed

    Hi TPG,
    I’ve been using Yodlee for a couple of years now. I’m wondering what features I’M missing out on. I mean, I *think* I’ve got all that I need but maybe there is something on awardwallet that would make it worth the troube to switch>????

  • The Points Guy

    @Gregory- glad you have jumped right into the crazy points & miles game :-) I’m off to Copenhagen this weekend on a 1 night trip. My friends think I’m crazy, but obviously they don’t know anything :-)

    @Ed- I’ve never used Yodlee, but it looks more geared towards credit cards/ finance. I’d find it hard to believe they have more travel programs. expiration dates, itinerary management like AW, but feel free to share if they do have unique functionality.

  • Michael G.

    If you look closely on the website (it took me going back and forth at least 10 times to notice it), there’s a free upgrade coupon: free-bwqvkm

    About 10 left as I write this. Once you sign up for basic membership, click on “Upgrade using a coupon”, and enter in that code.

  • http://www.russthoughts.com Russ

    @Ed: I also use Yodlee to track all my awards accounts. It simply tracks them like any other transaction account. That was actually my big reason for staying at Yodlee instead of moving to Mint.com. This might allow me to make the switch.

  • http://www.russthoughts.com Russ

    @Ed and @ThePointsGuy: I just signed up for AwardWallet and added all my accounts. So far, the only advantages I see over Yodlee are that it has a better UI (doesn’t everything?) and expiration dates. I haven’t used the trips feature, but i use Kayak myTrips for that anyway. I think it’s a nice website for keeping track of your miles, and it certainly beats a spreadsheet, but if you are already using another online tool, there’s no need to switch. My 2 cents.

  • David

    Hi. Just discovered your site (not sure what took me so long) and read through some of your older posts. I’ve got an AwardWallet premium membership. How does this compare to gomiles.com?

  • The Points Guy

    @David- gomiles.com is currently working on an engine that allows you to compare whether it makes sense to book an award or use miles. Its not quite ready yet, but if they do pull it off, it could be an interesting tool. Otherwise, they are a newer site so they don’t support as many programs, but I’ve spoken with their CEO several times and it seems like they have interesting things in the works.

  • Ed

    @Russ, thanks for the update. I guess the expiration dates are useful.

    Now, what I would find REALLY useful is a way to see what various “pools” of points are worth. For example, in addition to this usual stuff, if the site listed the “potential” values of all StarAlliance, or all Alaska+BA or Alaska+Delta combinations, or all MR+BA, then that would be cool.

  • Steven

    I have been using Award Wallet for the last three months and really like it so I am glad to see your post and the positive comments. I compare award wallet to being the mint.com for loyalty accounts.

  • Matthew Rosen

    I love Points.com.

    In addition to tracking, the site has an exchange that members can use to trade with one another, or swap from one of your own programs to another (terms vary with each program).

    Further, they have curated a number of relationships with retailers. You can use your points to redeem retail gift cards all from one place. They keep track on which programs work with which retailers, so you don’t have to guess.

    They also recently added a Redeem for Cash option via Paypal with several airlines. A neat way to extract value out of a pool of idle airline points.

    New partners are added regularly.

    Pro tip: I’m partial to the Amazon conversion program. The reason: Unlike most retail redemption options where you typically have to redeem at a certain breakpoint, i.e. $25 or $50 cards, with Amazon, you can redeem for any amount down to the penny. And with Amazon, you can use multiple gift codes on a single purchase, so you can combine redemptions from various programs.

    Last year, I redeemed a combination of American Air, Continental, and AMEX points for about $1000 and got a monster HDTV from Amazon for nothing.

    Follow them on Twitter @PointsAdvisor

  • The Points Guy

    @Matthew- what was the ratio you got for redeeming your miles and points for gift cards? Also, how much does Amazon give per mile/point?

  • Matthew Rosen

    @The Points Guy:

    In advance:

    I subscribed to the post to receive follow up posts, though I never received a notification e-mail about your reply. Working for everyone else? Check WP settings?

    And response:

    Don’t recall the exact amount from back then, but just checked the current ratios:

    AMEX: @ .006
    American Air: @ .004
    Continental: @ .006

    The bulk of the points I redeemed were from AMEX. The rest were just topping off with idle amounts of miles sitting in limbo.

    One thing I did notice recently that’s changed regarding American Airlines redemptions: American now requires a minimum balance of 25,000 miles or to have Platinum or Executive Platinum status to move miles from the program.

    At that point, you may as well redeem for travel.

    Note, American is one of the programs that allows you to transfer to Paypal, though at a rate of $.004.

    Again, at that rate, book travel.

    If you’re on the cusp, may be worth it to attempt a “challenge” to gain Platinum elite status.

    From Wikipedia:

    “AAdvantage elite status is determined by the number of miles or segments you fly on an AA, AA codeshare, Alaska Airlines or mile-earning Oneworld flight. You can also earn status based on your accrued elite qualifying points: you get 1 point per mile traveled on most discounted economy tickets, 1.5 points per mile on full-fare economy and premium class tickets, and 0.5 points per mile on deeply discounted economy tickets. The basic tiers are: [11]

    Gold (25,000 miles/points or 30 segments) – Oneworld Ruby
    Platinum (50,000 miles/points or 60 segments) – Oneworld Sapphire
    Executive Platinum (100,000 miles/points or 100 segments) – Oneworld Emerald

    AAdvantage is unique among frequent flyer programs in its challenge program. A passenger can earn Gold or Platinum status by calling AAdvantage, asking to take the challenge, and then racking up a certain number of elite status points within a certain period of time. As of October 2007, 5,000 points in 3 months were required for the Gold challenge and 10,000 points for the Platinum challenge. [12] However, a passenger can only attempt a status challenge once; it is intended to bring new people into elite status, not as a method of retaining elite status. So while you can easily make Platinum with a single trans-pacific flight in economy class, you will have to follow that up with much more mileage in order to retain your status for more than a year. Also, AA recently began charging a fee for challenges – $50 for Gold; $200 for Platinum.”

  • http://thepointsguy Eileen

    Is it smart giving all your loyalty account numbers, which may be attached to credit cards, and passwords to a site such as Award Wallet? What happens if they have an Epsilon data breach? What a bonanza for hackers.

  • Ray

    Just discovered this post and immediately signed up. BUT it doesn’t support AA??? That seems strange since it is such a major airline. Or did I miss something?

  • Adrian

    Just noticed that too. Is there a better option now that includes AA?

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  • joe

    Addition free upgrade code -

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