Best Way to Track Points & Miles | AwardWallet Saves You Time, Effort & Money

Hey everyone, how’s it going? It’s Ernest
from Trip Astute. In today’s video, we’re going to explore a tool called AwardWallet and how it can help you stay organized and even save you money by
tracking all your points and miles. Plus, I’m going to share how you can win a
free upgrade to AwardWallet’s premium Plus service. (light chiming music) Those of you that collect
points of miles know that they can be a real pain keeping track of them,
especially if you have points in several different programs. This can be an issue
too if you have points or even benefits that expire. In fact, I accidentally had
Hilton points expire in the past. Even though I did get a warning about it from
Hilton, by the time I got around to address it, they had already expired. One
of the questions that I’ve received from a few folks is “how do I keep track of
all my points?” So today, I want to talk about a tool that I use to track all my
points and miles. It’s called AwardWallet, and it’s got a lot of great features
that you can use, especially if you’re a point to miles collector. But first, if
you’re new here, welcome to our channel. Trip Astute is a travel channel that is
focused on sharing ways to make travel easier, affordable, and more enjoyable.
Traveling can be stressful and expensive, so we’re looking for ways to help you
maximize your experience through travel tips, points and miles, and innovative
gear. If that sounds interesting to you, please consider subscribing. AwardWallet has been around for many years. In fact, I’ve used their service since around
2012 and I’ve found it to be a useful way to keep track of all my points. They
have over 500,000 members managing about 120 billion miles and points. AwardWallet even mentions on their About page about how there are approximately 10
trillion unused frequent flyer points in circulation worth about 165 billion
dollars, and about 20% of those points never get redeemed. To me, that’s not hard
to believe given that I’ve lost track of points in the past and found out after
the fact that they expired. If you look at the AwardWallet dashboard, you’ll see
that I have my American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate
Rewards tracked under credit cards. I noticed that if I expand my credit cards,
like my American Express Gold card, I can see additional details like my recent
transactions and the bonus points that I earned. AwardWallet even tracks my
monthly dining credit and airfare fee credit for my Gold card, showing me when
they expire. You can see that it does the same for my
Chase Sapphire Reserve’s annual travel credit.
I even see a warning for the annual night certificate that I get from my
Chase IHG Rewards Club Select card and World of Hyatt card. Award wallet is able
to track practically every single points program out there. As of last count,
they’re able to track 670 programs through their system. They’ve got all the
normal travel programs covered, as well as shopping, dining, and even surveys. If
you have elite status with a specific program, AwardWallet will show you how
you’re progressing to earn or maintain your loyalty status. Pretty cool, right?
Well, that’s not all. AwardWallet can do so much more! You can use AwardWallet to
directly log into your tracked accounts. For example, if I want to log into my
Hilton rewards account, I can just click on my Hilton account in AwardWallet and
it automatically opens a new tab and actually logs me into the account. While
I keep all my usernames and passwords organized in a password manager, this
makes the process of logging into those accounts even easier. Another cool
feature that I like is the ability to display your travel itinerary. You can
either send AwardWallet confirmations from your trips or link your email. Linking
your email address allows the system to scan your emails for potential
confirmations. If anything changes in your itinerary, AwardWallet will notify
you. Travel itineraries can also be shared with others through a direct link
as well. AwardWallet also has a mobile app for both iOS and Android. Like the
regular website version, it lets you log into your travel accounts with only a
single tap. The app has integrations with Google Maps and the ability to show your
flight status. It even lets you see alternative flights in the event that
you need to rebook. While you may never imagine needing these tools, they can
come in very handy if you’re stuck in the situation where your flight is
canceled, especially at the last minute. We actually had to rebook our flights
this past summer when our Norwegian Air flight from Los Angeles to Milan was
canceled, forcing us to rebook only a few weeks ahead of our trip. AwardWallet is a
free service but they also have a premium option called AwardWallet Plus.
It cost $30 for an entire year and it does add some useful features. You’ll get
more details on your rewards accounts, reporting features, historical
transaction data, and many other data-driven features. It also allows you
to update your accounts an unlimited amount of times, while free users can only update
twice in a 24 hour period. I know, it’s okay.
I’m not judging you if you’re the type of person to update your account
multiple times a day. In fact, I totally get it. Though I think
the most compelling feature of AwardWallet Plus is the ability to display
the expiration date for the points in all your accounts. With the free version,
you can only pick to track the expiration on three accounts. So
this feature alone is worth the cost of the Plus upgrade for me. In terms of
things I’m not crazy about, the only thing that I don’t like is that the
system will let you know how you can earn additional points, especially when
it comes to credit cards. While I’m not opposed to this advice, I don’t think
that it fully accounts for both the earning and redemption rate. For example,
for my Chase Freedom Unlimited, it says that I could be earning 2X instead of
1.5X using a different card. While that’s true, I’m actually earning closer
to 2.25X since I can redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 1.5
cents since I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. So the calculation is
complicated and I’d hate for people to be confused or led astray because the
system only accounts for earning value and not the redemption value. This is a
confusing concept, so I’m planning to do another video on it soon. Other than that,
I love the service. I know some of you might have concerns about having so much
of your login data connected and stored at AwardWallet. I can definitely
understand your concern, especially after so many of our accounts, including one of
the major credit bureaus, had information stolen. AwardWallet does outline how
they’re protecting your data. They not only use industry standard encryption
but also participate in a bounty bug hunt where they pay hackers to try and
break into the site in order to improve their security. I mention this because
I know a lot of companies are not proactive about their security measures.
AwardWallet, on the other hand, seems to be taking data security seriously. I also
appreciate that they offer two-factor authentication on all their accounts, not
just their Plus accounts. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of AwardWallet. Though as
always, I want to share some additional tips to keep in mind if you decide to
use the service. Number 1: Some travel accounts cannot be automatically linked.
When you use the service, you may notice that a few travel accounts cannot be
accessed or updated by AwardWallet. This has been an issue for as long as I
can remember, but it’s not AwardWallet’s fault. In fact, travel companies like
Southwest and United do not allow AwardWallet to
pull data from their website. AwardWallet does have a few solutions though. You
can simply link your email to AwardWallet, which allows the system to
periodically scan for travel confirmations and updates. You can also
forward any newsletter or updates to your AwardWallet email to update your
account. Or you can even add your AwardWallet email as your profile email on
these sites, like Southwest or United, so that AwardWallet automatically receives
your balance update whenever the airline or hotel sends out a statement or
newsletter. Number 2: Set-up notifications. One of the first things
you should do when you use AwardWallet is to set up your notifications. This
applies to email, desktop, and mobile app notifications. You can select which ones
you want, though I recommend turning on all notifications on changes to your
points or even potential expirations. Not only do these notifications help you
with staying organized, but they also alert you to any theft of points. It
might sound crazy, but points theft is a real thing on many hotel and airline websites.
Many of these hotel and airline websites don’t have very good security and people
have reported their accounts being hacked and their points being stolen. AwardWallet constantly monitors your account for any changes so you can stay
on top of your accounts and protect your valuable points. Number 3: Set-up
two-factor authentication. I know we talked about this earlier. AwardWallet
does offer it for both their free and Plus accounts, and you should definitely
use it. This is a best practice and definitely worth doing to keep your
account safe. Number 4: Add connected users. You can add other family members
to your account or even add their accounts to your dashboard. AwardWallet
allows you to share your individual account balances with these users once
your profiles are linked. Sharing an account makes it so much easier when
trying to book trips with others in your household. For example, when Fiona and I
try to book trips, we often need to see both of our point totals so we can
determine who should book the trip or whether we need to move points around.
This streamlines that entire process. Number 5: Request additional services.
With over a half a million members, you can imagine that there are a lot of
reward programs that people would like to have integrated into their system. I
was impressed that AwardWallet gives users the ability to suggest and vote on
points programs to integrate into their system. I love that they’re driving
development based on the feedback and needs of their user community. Number
6: Get an AwardWallet OneCard. AwardWallet offers a product called OneCard
where they print all your reward account numbers on a plastic card for only $10. I personally haven’t ordered one, but I could see how it could be very
useful and handy. If you’re a bit old school and you’re worried about relying
on having all your rewards account numbers on a device or online, especially
while traveling, this could be extremely useful.
Lastly, AwardWallet has generously offered to give away 30 Plus upgrade
codes to our audience. Yeah, I said 30! The codes are good for six months of Plus
service and can be used for new users as well as users who already have an AwardWallet account. All you have to do is head over to our website to enter. The
giveaway runs from today to Friday, February 15th, 2019. We’ll randomly pick 30
winners and announce them the following weekend, and then send over the codes to
the winners. The giveaway is open to everyone, not just folks in the US. You
don’t have to purchase anything, but there are multiple ways to enter and
gain entries. By signing up for some of our social media channels, you’ll not
only earn an extra entry into the contest, but you’ll also get content that
we share outside of our videos. All you have to do is click on any or all of the
options to enter. The more options you complete, the more entries you’ll earn.
And of course, there’s no pressure to enter. I’ll include a link in the video
description. Have you used AwardWallet? If so, what do you think of it? Do
you have any tips for using the service? Please share in the comments section
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15 thoughts on “Best Way to Track Points & Miles | AwardWallet Saves You Time, Effort & Money

  • What do you use to track your points and miles? What are your thoughts on AwardWallet? I have to admit that it brings me a lot of joy to see all my points in one place. 🤓

  • Between SPG Personal and SPG Business, which is better, considering SPG Business AF will be increased to $125 on 3rd year, after changing to Bonvoy?

  • Hello Ernest, great content! I'm retired and only interested in tracking expenses by category and possibly miles and points, with automated "downloads"/synchs with the banks/credit cards. Between YNAB, Personal Capital and Award Wallet, which one or 2 should I pick?

  • Yep! I have an Award Wallet account. And I love it! I don’t have the plus membership, just yet. As I don’t have a lot of points all over the place. But, as I’m on my quest for 1Mil points by 2020, an upgrade is likely happening for me.

  • Hi Trip I see we both have the Basic Blue American Express card. So when your looking at the 4th line down Trader Joes 78.24 it says Merchandise and supply's groceries what's the difference between Merchandise and supply's and General Merchandise? I've seen that on my Discover a few times.

    same with Vons?

    so you said the calculation is complicated and the system accounts only for earning points ok when somebody says that the Chase Marriott is worth 0.9 cents per point is that the redemption or earning points? if redeming does this include foreign country's like Typa how ever you spell it?

    so let's say some body has 60,000 points on the Marriott and they want to stay at a Marquios let's say the hotel by the time they leave add in some tax, building fee, minimarket purchases it's now 600.00 does this cost them 60,000 points or do they take 61,000 points away?

    the majororty of the earning on this card earns 2x 6x on purchases coded as Marriott purchases so is the .09 cent per point done on the earning side or redeeming?

    Now with the Chase Sapphire the preferred on the portal you get 1.25 but for earning you get 2x on dining and travel so let's say somebody spends in 3 months 2,000 on dining and travel and 2,000 on non bonus spend like purchases at Models , Champs, Bed bath and beyond, container store, Fye, Barnes and Nobles ect so when I add it up 2,000 x 2 = 4,.0000 and 2,000 x 1 = 2,000 we have 6,000 from these purchases so what is now the redeeming rate not that anybody wants to redeem at 6,000 points but add 30,000 points we now have 36,000 would you get 360.00 in transfer points or something else depending upon if the person want's to transfer points through the program or just redeem on the portal?

    I know if you have Barclay's Arrival, Capitol1 Venture and Bank of America Travel card you can redeem for travel at 1 cent per point so 40,000 miles = 400 in travel and 200 in cash?

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