Using AwardWallet to Track Your Miles and Points

This is a re-post of my earlier review of AwardWallet. Why am I sharing it again? Well, I’ve got a lot more readers now, and it surprises me how many don’t go back and read all the old stuff. Well, maybe not so much. I wouldn’t want to go back and read it all, either. :P But more importantly, I have 18 upgrade coupons to AwardWallet Plus, which makes it even easier to track your miles and points balances. Rather than just hand them out, I’d rather you learn about why this is a prize worth winning.

If you’ve never heard of AwardWallet, read the review and sign up! If you already use AwardWallet and don’t think you’ll learn anything new, ask anyway. I have some codes for those who have already gotten a free upgrade in the past.

There are two kinds of codes:

Nine (9) First Time Upgrades – Please comment below and tell me if you have never been upgraded to AwardWallet Plus before. This includes new accounts and anyone who’s had an account for a while but not upgraded.

Nine (9) General Upgrades – Please comment below and tell me if you would like an upgrade to AwardWallet Plus, but you’ve already had an upgrade before and aren’t eligible for a first time upgrade. I’d like to make sure these upgrades are used as efficiently as possible.

 

The Review

What makes AwardWallet one of the best ways to track miles and points balances?

Part of being a good travel hacker is keeping all the details strait in your head. Once you get beyond three or four loyalty programs, that becomes impossible to do without computerized assistance, and only the most obsessive are going to create a personalized spreadsheet that they update weekly with their points, miles, and coupon codes. For the rest of us, there’s AwardWallet.

I used to be a casual user of AwardWallet, which was great, but in the last year it’s become much more important to me as a way to organize all of the loyalty programs I join. Sometimes it’s just 500 points for watching a video, and I don’t even remember they’re there. Other times I have a couple hundred thousand points in each account, and I need an easy way to evaluate my options when an opportunity arises for an award trip.

Most of all, I find AwardWallet useful because it keeps me apprised of when those miles or points expire and holds all the login details in one place. I have a half dozen user names and another half dozen passwords because each site is finicky. This one wants only four numbers. That one wants eight or more characters including capitals, symbols, letters, and numbers. And then there are the awful accounts that prompt you for a “username” but don’t tell you that the username is actually your email address.

Then add Megan’s accounts, and the number doubles. Fortunately, AwardWallet lets me view both our accounts all on the same page!

Miles and Points

Obviously most people know about AwardWallet’s tools for managing frequent traveler accounts. These include airlines, hotel programs, and car rental agencies. The sign-up process for each new account is pretty simple. Click on the green “plus” symbol next to “Balances,” start typing in the name of the program (try either the company name or the program name), enter your username and password, and click a checkbox next to a liability waiver.

You have the option of saving your log-in details with AwardWallet so that they’re accessible on any computer or saving them locally so they’re accessible only on that one computer, but I prefer saving with AwardWallet. That’s part of the convenience. AwardWallet can even redirect you to the program’s website and log you in automatically. On the AwardWallet homepage, however, you can see most of the details you need, like account number, elite status, upgrade certificates available, number of miles or points, and expiration date (if any).

You get a very complete set of information about all you accounts in one place.

There are a few minor bugs, but these are largely the fault of the loyalty programs. American Airlines, for example, has made big headlines for blocking access through AwardWallet, presumably on privacy and security grounds, although AwardWallet has been very proactive in attempting to respond to American’s concerns. Despite setting up workarounds that avoid storing any user data on AwardWallet’s servers, there hasn’t been much progress in this area and American Airlines is currently not accessible through AwardWallet.

I also had trouble with Hyatt since only one of my two free night awards is displayed, but it’s hard to tell that there are two even when I log onto Hyatt’s site. The second night is hidden for some reason on a separate page. In the process of writing this review, I contacted AwardWallet, and the problem was resolved within 48 hours. Even if it had not been fixed, you can get around such issues by entering your own coupon codes or awards manually, which is what I’ve done with my United Type B vouchers for taking a bump on an oversold flight. They don’t show up in my United MileagePlus account, so there’s no way for AwardWallet to automatically track them.

Sharing Account Access

One of the very useful features of AwardWallet is that you can grant others access to your information. I have access to Megan’s frequent flyer programs, for example, after setting up her own AwardWallet account and granting me access. I know her usernames and passwords anyway, but this makes it a lot easier for me to see exactly what she has available when it’s not possible to just merge the points directly. Sometimes we’ll have pretty set plans, for example, and it’s a better idea to use her miles to book an award flight than to use my own miles. I have higher elite status and get the fees waived, so I like to save them for flexible trips where plans might change.

AwardWallet Plus and OneCard

Keeping all that information in one place online is helpful, but what if you’re not at a computer? AwardWallet now provides a product called OneCard with all your program account numbers and phone numbers printed on the back and a magnetic stripe that stores some personal information so you can check in at airport kiosks. Donation amounts are optional when you upgrade to a Plus membership with AwardWallet, but if you give $10 or more you get a free OneCard and additional cards for donations higher than that.

Plus membership gives you all the same features of Basic membership as well as the ability to view historical information, export data to Excel, and get some extra information about your accounts. Given the low suggested price of $10 per six-month period, and the fact you can pick any price you want if you’d rather give more or less, it’s a great deal. But even Basic membership is pretty useful if you want to give it a try first. I’m giving away a few free Plus memberships and OneCards at the end of this post.

Travel Plans

Granting access to your frequent flyer accounts obviously gives AwardWallet a lot more information than just your points balance. It also gives them information on your upcoming itineraries. With a hotel, it just shows an arbitrary picture, but for a flight it will also give you a map of the route courtesy of GCMap.com. Here’s an example of an upcoming mileage run to Kansas City. Below the basic details are individual flight numbers, departure times, aircraft models, and meal options.

Each trip is listed separately along with a helpful map of the itinerary.

I’m not entirely sure how useful this feature is since I already get email alerts from the airlines and hotels directly, but it’s a nice touch for those who need it. Like I said, AwardWallet has the access, so they might as well take advantage of the opportunity to be as helpful as possible. Breaking down the trips by flight number, departure times, etc. is certainly helpful and a little cleaner than the way most airlines or hotels do it.

Look at that! The itinerary details page isn’t full of ads like I get whenever I try to print a boarding pass.

Other Programs

Did you know AwardWallet links up with more than just airlines, hotels, and car agencies? I sure didn’t. But it turns out there are LOTS of programs out there that you can keep track of with AwardWallet. For example, I now have my Groupon account included since I so often forget about the coupons I’ve purchased, and a few credit card programs like Citibank’s ThankYou Rewards will share both ThankYou points and FlightPoints balances.

Chase Ultimate Rewards is also there, but sometimes it doesn’t work quite right. I had trouble the first time I attempted to register it a couple months ago, but my more recent attempt last week worked fine. It does request a security code sent to your email address; I would guess that code has to be entered within a certain window of time. Those of you with an e-Miles, OpenTable, or Starbucks Rewards account can sign those up, too. You should definitely spend some time searching through all the options available.

Look at all these options I never knew existed! I should pay more attention instead of relying on autocomplete.

Other Useful Features

While poking around the site for this review, I started learning more about AwardWallet’s capabilities that really surprised me. For example, there is also a mobile version you can access on your smartphone. Back on the normal website, if you click on the “Promos” tab at the top, AwardWallet will share all the current promotions it knows about for the different programs in which you’re enrolled. Some of these are credit card offers, but others are tips on ways to earn free bonus points through purchases or travel that you’ll be making anyway. It’s a good place to check now and then.

There are tons of offers. Although these are mostly just the advertised ones you’ll also get by email, at least they’re all in one place.

AwardWallet will also contact award travel booking services on your behalf, collecting the information about your trip and the miles you have available, then forwarding this to its affiliates. Those people can then contact you with a proposal and a price for their services.

Free AwardWallet Plus Upgrade Giveaway

As I said, just make a comment below saying you need a code. If only a few people comment, everyone gets a code! If there are more than 18 of you, then I’ll make a random drawing. Either way, I think your odds are pretty good.

Please post your comments by the end of Thursday at 8:59 PST, and I’ll announce the winners on Friday. Don’t forget to spread the word!

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Winners of the AwardWallet Plus Upgrade Codes

Scott created Travel Codex after learning how to travel better on a budget during grad school. He now flies over 150,000 miles every year.
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  • P T

    I do have an Award Wallet account and have never upgraded to Award Wallet Plus. One thing I am sad about is that a couple of major airlines don’t work with it.

  • Katie

    Hi- Great post!! I don’t even have an award wallet account, so I plan to create one today! Please consider me for a new user upgrade! :) Katie

  • http://www.facebook.com/rneiva Rui Miguel Neiva

    Hi there. I’ve never upgraded to Award Wallet Plus, so I guess this would be a nice opportunity :) thanks!

  • Traveler Plastic

    My AwardWallet Plus expired about a year ago so I’d love a general upgrade! Thanks!

  • Julius

    I need a code for award wallet.

  • http://twitter.com/pranaynigotiya Pranay Nigotiya

    Hi, I started using award wallet couple of months and find it very useful. Since its a new account i have never been to award wallet plus status. i look forward to getting a code from here. Thanks for sharing.

  • KD

    Would love a regular upgrade!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RPdaTrader Rahul Prakash

    First time upgrade: I have never upgraded before? Thanks

  • smay

    I never tried the upgrade so lets give it a shot. One thing i’ve noticed is that my expiration dates don’t seem to be correct on the site. When points or miles are added due to spend that date doesn’t update. Have you had this problem? Is there a fix I could do?? thanks!

  • Joandarc

    Hi, I love Award Wallet and will explore it more thanks to your post. My first time upgrade expired so I would like a general upgrade.

  • Richard Bullock

    I have an Awardwallet account but haven’t used it in a while because they don’t support Delta or SW, but this is an informative review and I think I’ll give it another try. Thanks. I’d love an upgrade code.

  • Emil Ali

    I used milespoint right now but its buggy. I would love to try AwardWallet with an upgrade.Thanks

  • VenezolaoFLL

    hey there, I have been using it since I learned about it in one of your posts and would love a general upgrade. hope it’s not too late! thanks!

  • MidCentModFan

    I’d appreciate a general upgrade. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • smittytabb

    Have never tried Award Wallet, so would be first time upgrade. Use another service, but would be interested to try this

  • auprog

    I’ve tried Award Wallett for few months after reading abouti it on your bolg and I find it really useful. I’d be happy to try the upgraded version. Thank you Scott!

  • Sean

    I would like a general upgrade code please.

  • Caveman

    I am a big fan and long time user of award wallet. A general upgrade code will be highly appreciated. Thanks

  • mansa

    I would like a general upgrade please. Thanks.

  • Samuel

    here’s a code for a first time user: free-mggnpd. I could use a general upgrade if any left, thanks.

  • Sol

    Using the basic service for long time; very useful; would appreciate the Plus Upgrade!

    Thanks

  • Mal

    I would love a General Upgrade if you still have one :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/jhill10428 Jason Hill

    I’ve been using AwardWallet for a while and lost my upgraded status, but would love to get it back again. Thanks.

  • Kelly B

    I’ve never used AwardWallet before, and would love a code to get started. Thanks!

  • Vicki

    I’m a fan of AW! I was using Milepoint, but, it just wouldn’t work consistently enough. I could use a general upgrade. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jerry

    Nice gesture of codes. I’m on AW and have used first-time upgrades already so fingers crossed for winning a not-first-time upgrade code
    AW is awesome.. except the concern of storing your passwords to so many sites

  • Loweeel

    I like Award Wallet, and I’d love a General Upgrade so I’d know when all my points expire…

  • http://twitter.com/aaroncolorado Aaron Atencio

    I have been using Awardwallet for a while now. I would very much appreciate and enjoy checking out the service as a first-time upgrader! Thanks

  • http://www.pfdigest.com/ Nick

    I’ve been using Awardwallet but I’ve never upgraded. Thanks!

  • Jason

    I would like the general upgrade. I like using Award Wallet to track all of my free miles/points!

  • Lisa

    Would love to get a code for the general upgrade :)

  • Alex

    I’ve been using Awardwallet but I’ve never been upgraded. Thanks!

  • Brock

    Would love to get a first time upgrade. Just started business travel this year and award wallet has been helpful so far on the basic account

  • Holly

    I would be new to Award Wallet and would appreciate an upgrade to get started!

  • Tim C.

    I love award wallet basic, but would enjoy the upgrade even more.

  • Jose

    Never been upgraded because didn’t think I would be eligible or lucky enough.

  • Saleem

    Is Award Wallet Plus worth it? I’ll like to try it out!

  • Islandgoddess

    Aloha, I have never been upgraded but wd like to be. Thanks!

  • Matthew

    I need a general upgrade, thanks much!

  • Rags

    I have used an upgrade to Awardwallet Plus earlier. Would appreciate it if you could give me the code for another upgrade cos the features on the Plus version are very useful.

  • Alram

    Hi there, I love award wallet but am fairly new and have never upgraded. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Nguyen

    I never have AwardWallet account and would love to use it. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Afkabp Afkabp

    I used Award Wallet and would love a general upgrade

  • Jeff

    Just got my renewal notice that my Plus is about to expire, so winning a General Upgrade to Plus would be perfect!!! Thanks for the possibility!

  • Ryan K

    I love AwardWallet. It is so useful. My Plus just expired so I would love a general upgrade! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/BrandonHamada Brandon Hamada

    You’re sold me. I’d love a code. Thanks!

  • Joe Nevin

    I’d appreciate getting a first time upgrade

  • Kevin W.

    Awardwallet is great and I could use a general upgrade.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Melissa.A.Keith Melissa Keith

    I already use regular Award Wallet and would LOVE LOVE LOVE an upgrade – first time works for me :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140951082 Thane Keith

    Yes an UPgrade would be awesome!

  • Adrian

    I’d love an upgrade code, use awardwallet and love it.

  • Mary

    This is a great post, I always find your blog so informative! And I would, of course, love an upgrade!

  • Aptraveler

    Already a fan of AwardWallet thanks to your original post. And an upgrade code would be much, much appreciated!

  • Diane S.

    I love AwardWallet, visit the site frequently. My upgraded account recently expired; I’d love a General Upgrade coupon. Thanks!

  • Marc W

    I would love to win the general upgrade for Award Wallet! Thanks Scottrick!!

  • shawn m

    General upgrade Code please!

  • PJ

    I’ve never had an upgrade before and use award wallet every day! An upgrade would be wonderful

  • jd33gator

    I would love a General Upgrade code!! Love AwardWallet and all the time it saves me!

  • Al

    I could use a general upgrade since my plus just expired. Award wallet is great for tracking all of my family’s miles!

  • Jordan

    My first time upgrade just expired and I would LOVE a general upgrade! So useful

  • Dave A

    I have never been upgraded, but I would appreciate it so I can use my Hack My Trip tips more efficiently!

  • Rich k.

    General upgrade please!

  • Josh

    I would much appreciate a general upgrade code. Thank you. herr_ziefle@yahoo.com

  • Manik2012

    General upgrade please..

  • dwh

    General upgrade code needed here. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://twitter.com/jfrilot Jeff Frilot

    I’m interested in getting a first time code.

  • Kenny

    love the promo page!

  • Laurent Roux

    Likewise big fan of Awardwallet. Would really like a complimentary upgrade to Awardwallet Plus if still possible.

  • Joe M.

    I didn’t know e-Miles were there, nor about that Promo tab. Thank you for the information; I’ll have to spend more time with AwardWallet. To that end, I’d be grateful to win a General Upgrade. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • John B

    I would like a code for a new user upgrade! Thanks

  • Michelle

    Due to your past post, I signed up for AwardWallet and am a big fan. I really appreciate it and will be grateful to see how OneCard works. Thanks and happy thanksgiving!

  • cmtrepp

    Thanks so much for your generosity! I LOVE AwardWallet and have never be upgraded before..

  • brad k

    I use AW a lot, unfortunately more programs need the browser extension or are totally unavailable. This is not just an AW problem, so that’s why I continue using it.

  • Mark B

    I’ve never used AW before but have heard of it and will check it out now that they can also help me track my Groupon offers. Very cool! I would love a first time upgrade. Thanks Scott!

  • Turquoise

    I have never been upgraded before and would love to be able to. I track miles for me and 3 kids and I can’t do all the things I would like to be able to do without an upgrade.

  • Kira

    I love AW, I just struggle with the airlines that refuse to let us use AW for tracking our points!

  • Purplepumpkineater

    I would like an upgrade. I have never gotten an upgrade before. Thanks!

  • Daniel Morgan

    I’m about to expire. An upgrade would be perfect. Thanks.

  • Aaron

    I would love to try AwardWallet!

  • Fannie

    I am new to this and am now swimming in travel accounts. Sounds like just the thing i need to try!

  • Ryan Etheridge

    My upgraded account expired a few months ago… would love the chance at a renewal!

  • Bryan W.

    I just found your blog yesterday. Learned about Awared Wallet from this post. Don’t need to take an upgrade from another reader though. Thanks.

  • emkay

    would like a first time upgrade

  • DTR

    Hi I know I’m a little late, Any First Time Upgrades available?

    • http://travelcodex.com Scottrick

      Sorry, they’ve all been given away.

  • Brady G.

    would like a first time upgrade

  • SJ

    free-ktefdt : free first time upgrade code. 15 available so snatch them soon.

  • Jan Halliday

    I have never had any reward programs since I just started traveling for business..imagine, a 49 yo just starting to travel!!! I’d love an upgrade code, and no, I’ve never had one before, ever!

  • mike

    any first time upgrades still available?

    • Scottrick

      Email sent.

  • Sarah Vanden Broek

    Hi, still available?

  • loaded

    Nine (9) General Upgrades, pls show me now!!!!

  • Michael Ferraro

    I could use a general upgrade, been using AW for a couple of years.
    Thanks Mike

  • Steven Bloom

    my upgrade expired before i even used it – would like to start now – thanks

  • Diane K

    love awards wallet plus – but now I need a code to renew the plus membership for both me and my husband. You’ve been a great help in the past your info is invaluable! thanks