There is only one miles and points 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 sidebar on this 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 …. they cover over 670 programmes from across the world.
Across their entire membership, they are tracking over 133,000,000,000 miles and points!
You can store programmes for various different people inside one AwardWallet account. When I log in, I see over over 30 different accounts across my family. A clever part of AW is the ability to sideline schemes which are dormant or rarely used.
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. There is also an impressive app.
If you are not already a member of AwardWallet, you can sign up for free here.
What is AwardWallet Plus?
Whilst AwardWallet is free, you can pay $30 per year to upgrade to ‘Plus’ status. This comes with a number of extra benefits:
- Balances update in parallel rather than one at a time (claims a 5x increase in updating speed)
- The expiry dates of your miles are shown based on what AW knows about the expiry rules of the programme, your status and your recent activity
- You receive email warnings if miles are heading towards expiry
- You can see historical transactions for some programmes and a graph of changes in your total balance for all programmes
We have 60 ‘Plus’ upgrades to give away TODAY
Every time a batch of HFP readers signs up for AwardWallet, I receive a voucher code for 6 months free use of their premium service.
I earn substantially more vouchers than I can use. Today, I am having a clear out!
I have 60 upgrade codes to give away at noon.
To redeem one, you need to be on the desktop version of AwardWallet. Simply go to the AW website and click on your name in the top left hand corner. One of the options in the dropdown menu is ‘Upgrade Using A Coupon’. Input the code and your account will upgrade to ‘Plus’ for the next six months.
If you are already a Plus member, you can add a code. It will extend your existing membership by six months.
To get a code, you need to visit Head for Points at noon, exactly. A new article will pop up – it won’t be emailed and it will not be sent to Facebook etc. Visit the page and cut and paste a code from the list. If it hasn’t already been used by another reader, you’ll get six months of Plus for free.
Having done this before, I reckon that the codes will disappear in about 5 minutes. I will delete the list after lunch.
A note on security
Some people, understandably, are worried about the 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.
My personal view is that using AwardWallet improves your security. When my Tesco Clubcard vouchers were stolen, it was AwardWallet that notified me. If I hadn’t seen my balance change, I may not have noticed for months. AW has been in business for over ten years now without any serious issues.
I am a big fan of AwardWallet, and if you have never used it I recommend taking a look. 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. You can sign up here for FREE and hopefully grab a Plus upgrade code at noon.
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