Why I use AwardWallet to track my miles and points

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A reader emailed me recently to ask if I would consider writing about the external online tools I use to plan my travel and manage my miles.  The truth is that I don’t.

Whilst there are a few apps on my phone (FlightTrack, MyFlights, Roamer, CityMaps2Go etc) none of them are indispensable and I don’t use them weekly, yet along daily.  Similarly, whilst there are tools out there for helping you find reward seats and in some case email you when seats open up (ExpertFlyer, KVS Tool etc), they are not much use in the UK because they do not support British Airways.  (KVS does support BA but you cannot set it up to automatically check for Avios seats each day.)

There is only one tool that I use every day – and have done for a number of years – and that is AwardWallet.  There has always been a link to them from the “I Also Recommend …..” section at the bottom of the site.

AwardWallet allows you to store the log-in and password details for pretty much all of the loyalty programmes you are in. It isn’t just travel, either – Nectar, Boots Advantage, Tesco Clubcard, Harrods Rewards, redspottedhanky …. they cover over 640 programmes from across the world.

You can store programmes for various different people inside one AwardWallet account. When I log in, I see over over 60 different accounts across my family. A clever part of AW is the ability to sideline schemes which are dormant or rarely used, so my ‘Active’ tab contains a more modest 34 accounts.  (A recent cull brought it down from over 40!)

You can sit and back and do nothing with AwardWallet if that is how you want to play it. Once a week, AwardWallet will automatically log in to each of your programmes and update your balance. It will then send you a weekly email with all of your balance changes.

For the more obsessive, like myself, you can log in to AwardWallet and simply click ‘Update’. AwardWallet goes off and updates all of your ‘active’ balances immediately (it takes 3-4 minutes to check my active ones). On a PC you can leave it running in another window.

Even better is the impressive app. If you are a ‘Premium’ member (ie you pay a nominal sum, $5 minimum, every six months in appreciation of the service) then this app runs lightening fast and updates all of your balances in about 30 seconds. If you are not a Premium member, I believe it runs at standard speed.

(Premium members also get the expiry date of their points tracked, and email warnings sent out if miles are heading towards expiry.)

Some people, understandably, are worried about security of their account details. (AW is owned privately by a couple of guys in the US.) If you are, you can choose to have AW store all of your log-in and password data locally on your PC, not on their server. The only impact of this is that you are limited to checking your balances on that one device.

I am a big fan of AwardWallet, and if you have never used it I recommend taking a look. There are over 57 BILLION miles being tracked for 279,000 people.  It doesn’t take long to set up, and once you have all your data there it becomes quite addictive checking your balances a couple of times a day!

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