Manage travel rewards with AwardWallet

Manage travel rewards with AwardWallet

Do you travel a lot for work and use various rewards programs? Do you open travel rewards cards to harvest the signup bonuses? If so, managing your travel rewards can be a burden. To stay organized and get the most out of your travel rewards points, I recommend using AwardWallet.

What is AwardWallet?

AwardWallet allows you to enter the login credentials for (nearly) all of your travel rewards programs so that you can view your points balances and expiration dates all in one place. You can add airlines, hotels, transferable points credit cards (such as Chase Sapphire cards), rental cars, and so on. You can access your account through a web browser and a smartphone app. AwardWallet can also launch and login to a synced account, which is a convenient and secure way to access your rewards programs. If you have a spouse who also accumulates travel rewards points, you can add their travel rewards programs to the account, so there is no need to open a second account.

What about accounts that won’t sync with AwardWallet?

All of the hotel rewards programs I use, including Marriott, Hyatt, IHG, and Hilton, sync directly with AwardWallet. However, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines, per their own policies, currently do not sync directly with AwardWallet. Luckily AwardWallet provides a relatively easy workaround. Using United as an example, you can login to your United profile and update your email subscriptions such that your MileagePlus monthly statements are sent to AwardWallet. To facilitate this process, AwardWallet provides you with a customized email with an domain that you can add to your MileagePlus account to receive the monthly statements. AwardWallet will then automatically update your MileagePlus points balance and expiration dates when the monthly statement email is received. You can also manually update the account at any time by copying and pasting your MileagePlus account summary from a web browser into an email and sending it to your customized email. The process for Southwest is the same. For additional information, simply try to add United MileagePlus or Southwest Rapid Rewards to your AwardWallet, and AwardWallet will walk you through the process.

Is the paid AwardWallet “Plus” account worth it?

The answer depends on your travel rewards situation. For us, AwardWallet Plus is definitely worth it. The affordable yearly fee is a small price to pay to keep our complex travel rewards organized. The signup bonus from one travel rewards card can essentially pay for a lifetime of AwardWallet Plus. On the other hand if you only use one airline and one hotel chain, you can probably go without it. As part of AwardWallet’s referral program, I can provide up to ten free upgrade coupons. If you are interested, please leave a comment and I will provide you with one of my coupon codes.

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