Why you should use AwardWallet to track your frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points

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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.

It turns out, however, that I haven’t done a single article in 2019 which talked about AwardWallet.  With a few days of the year left, I want to remedy that.

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 695 programmes from across the world.

Across their entire membership, they are tracking over 159,000,000,000 miles and points for 633,000 users!

AwardWallet logo

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 AwardWallet 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 which lets you check all your miles and points balances on the move.

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
  • You can update your balances multiple times per day (although the free version lets you do it twice per day, which is more than enough for most people!)

What is AwardWallet?

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 AwardWallet 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.  AwardWallet has been in business for 15 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 and there is no charge unless you decide to upgrade to Plus at some point.

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Comments

  1. Not for me thanks. Potential risks outweigh benefits IMHO.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  2. the_real_a says:

    Another feature which is useful is the ability to do away with “Tripit” an have Awardwallet collate a trip for you and send you push notifications to remind you of flights, and when to check-in etc. It will use your logins, to rip trip information and display on a timeline in your account – flight, car rental and hotel etc.

    This was very useful recently as i realised that i had booked my hotel one day after i was supposed to arrive.

    If anyone wants it, i have 5 free upgrade to premium codes left: free-veafro

    • But Tripit works great for sanity checking trips like this. It’s easy to read down the trip and see if dates match, and it tends to even flag up missing hotel stays.

      And you don’t have to trust Tripit with the password to your email account (which is to my mind an insane thing to do*) – you can just forward your confirmation emails to them.

      *Insane because it’s the most valuable password you own – i.e. the one that allows you to do a password reset on pretty much every other account you own.

  3. On the face of it, it sounds like a useful app. My question is whether we can be absolutely sure that giving your account login details to a third party isn’t a breach of the terms and conditions of any particular programme. I’m sceptical that none of those 695 programmes wouldn’t include a clause in their terms and conditions forbidding the sharing of account details with third parties. For that reason, I’ll keep well clear (unless Rob is willing to put his reputation on the line and confirm that there are no such issues with using this app).

    • They work with the major programmes to guarantee access – otherwise tens of thousands of attempts to log in from the same server each day would cause issues.

      • Charlieface says:

        If you get really worried that they’ll block your account or something, you can save the password just on that browser, so when it logs in it only does so from your PC, not their server.

        • It’s not at all clear that the password never hits their server, even if you opt never to save it on their server. Certainly some of their API calls involve a password being transiently processed by their servers, and I suspect that this happens in normal operation, too.

          So, you’re giving out credentials to third parties, in breach of the T&Cs you agreed to. Yes, the companies may tolerate AwardWallet because they don’t want to deal with the backlash, but if the shit hits the fan and accounts are compromised, then you’re in breech of the T&Cs, you’re taking a big risk that they won’t just hang you out to dry. The legal department won’t necessarily take the same view that the marketing department did…

          If this was just about risking miles and points balance, I might be willing to take the risk – but in most cases it involves taking risks with accounts with saved credit card details.

          I tried to convince myself that AwardWallet was safe to use, both technically and legally – or at least an acceptable risk. I really tried. But I’m afraid IMO it’s just too much of a risk.

    • Almost every online service you’ve ever signed up for has in the T&Cs that you are required to keep your login details confidential. You’d probably be in breach of every since one of them.

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