I love AwardWallet, but not for the reason you think

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Background: AwardWallet is a free service for keeping track of frequent flyer miles, hotel points, bank points, and more. It offers both a web site and mobile app for accessing your information. AwardWallet lets you manage both your own and your family member’s accounts. For most accounts, it will automatically update your award balances without any extra work from you.

I realized a contradiction the other day. I think of AwardWallet as a tool for keeping track of hotel and airline point balances, but that’s not really what I use it for.  The ability to check current mileage balances doesn’t even make my top 5 list.  Here are the top things I rely on AwardWallet to do:AwardWallet AA

  1. Launch sites and automatically log in: I rarely navigate directly to an airline or hotel’s website to book awards or check on reservations.  Instead, I start with Award Wallet, and click the name of the program.  This causes AwardWallet to launch the website and automatically log me in.  Since AwardWallet keeps information for my entire family, this makes it easy to log into my own, my wife’s, or my son’s accounts, as needed.
  2. Warn me when certificates are about to expire: This is huge. Free night certificates or companion certificates earned from credit cards or promotions usually expire a year from when they were issued.  AwardWallet displays the certificates and indicates the number of months until expiry.  More importantly, AwardWallet proactively emails a warning letting you know if a certificate will soon expire.  Even though this feature is similar to the next one, I find it more important: most points (but not all) stay alive as long as you have activity in your account.  Certificates generally have a hard expiration date.  And I rely on AwardWallet to let me know if I’m in danger of losing them.
  3. Point and Mile Expiration Warnings: Recently AwardWallet emailed to let me know that my son’s AA miles would soon expire.  Good to know!  I logged into the AAdvantage eShopping portal, clicked through to Kmart, and bought something that doesn’t suck with my Shop Your Way Rewards points (which were also about to expire according to AwardWallet!).  Soon enough, the miles posted to my son’s account and reset the expiry clock for another 18 months.
  4. Lookup member number, ID, and password: If I need to know my (or a family member’s) loyalty account number, I open AwardWallet and check.  This comes up often when enrolling in promotions.  Less often, I may need to know a log-in ID and/or password.  I use AwardWallet to look those up too.
  5. Let me know when points and miles increase or decrease: Every week, AwardWallet sends an email showing every program in which point balances have increased or decreased.  This comes in handy when the change is not as expected, or to inform me that points from an old promotion have finally rolled in.

The fact that you can log into AwardWallet and see your current balances is cool, but as you can see above, it’s not the main reason I use the app!

Get AwardWallet

If you don’t already have an AwardWallet account, please consider signing up with my link. For every 5 people who sign up, I’ll earn another upgrade coupon. That way I’ll earn additional upgrades to give away. Disclosure: I don’t earn any money from the referral, but if people I refer pay for upgrades to AwardWallet Plus, I’ll earn points that can be redeemed for airline miles. Hopefully you won’t have to pay, though, since you can use one of the upgrade codes here!

AwardWallet Plus

AwardWallet Plus is a paid upgrade to AwardWallet (unless you get free codes like those below). It offers the following features:

AwardWallet Plus

How to apply upgrade

  1. Make sure you have an active AwardWallet account. Click here to signup for free.
  2. Refresh this page to make sure that the latest codes are available.
  3. Try the top upgrade link. If it doesn’t work, try the next one down in the list, etc.
  4. If none work, let me know via the comments.  I will periodically update the codes throughout the day.

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