As I have written numerous times before on Head for Points, just when you think that every possible ‘miles and points’ website idea has been tried, someone pops up with something different.
Award Mapper is still in beta at the moment, but is fully usable. What it does is very simple but very clever. For any location in the world, it will show you all of the potential hotels which take part in the six major hotel loyalty schemes:
- Club Carlson
- Hilton HHonors
- Hyatt Gold Passport
- IHG Rewards Club
- Marriott Rewards
- Starwood Preferred Guest
… along with the points required.
It is not yet fully accurate, but is not far off. For example, if you search for Sheffield, it offers the Park Inn Rotherham as an option. (At 9,000 Club Carlson points – just 3,000 Amex Membership Rewards points if you do a transfer – this is the best value although certainly not luxurious option in the wider area.) However, if you do a separate search for Rotherham, the Park Inn Rotherham does not show up!
Off the top of my head, the Sheffield list is accurate. Adding Le Club Accorhotels would have been handy, though, as that would have pulled in the Novotel, Mercure and Ibis. Best Western is also represented in the area.
So, it is not quite there yet. However, Award Mapper certainly has the potential to be interesting and could save you a bit of time researching options.