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!