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AwardWallet as been one of my go-to sites for tracking miles and points for years. However, recently several major airlines have ordered them to stop allowing users access to their mileage accounts over “security” concerns and also because airlines make a lot of money off their frequent flyers and don’t want them using a third party site to get their account information.

AwardWallet Plus will keep track of your miles and tell you when they
AwardWallet Plus will keep track of your miles and tell you when they’re set to expire.

However, today American Airlines and Award Wallet announced a new partnership that would allow Award Wallet users to track their AAdvantage balances effective immediately. I just logged in to AwardWallet and was able to add my AA account successfully.

I hope this partnership also encourages United, Southwest and Delta to take a similar approach and allow AwardWallet access, because it’s a great tool for consumers to be able to track their miles across different account. I’m sure American realized that AwardWallet has a lot of valuable data and it was better to partner up, than miss out on potentially lucrative competitive data.

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Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Functionality AwardWallet also has a premium “Plus” version that has some extra functionality that offers unlimited notification of mileage expiration and allows detailed reporting. I have a bunch of codes for 6 month free Plus memberships: For new users sign-up here with promo code ThePointsGuyAWPlus Existing users can use code ThePointsGuy, though those coupons are much more limited, so they are offered on a first come first serve basis.
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  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
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  • New: Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at restaurants*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • New: Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount after you spend $20,000 or more in purchases during your cardmembership year and renew your card*
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees*
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Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 25.74%* (Variable)
Annual Fee
$99, waived for first 12 months*
Balance Transfer Fee
3% of each balance transfer; $5 minimum.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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