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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 2021 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 almost 700 programmes from across the world.

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Across their entire membership, it is tracking over 197,000,000,000 miles and points for 695,000 users.

You can store programmes for various different people inside one AwardWallet account. When I log in, I see over over 25 different accounts across my family. A clever part of AwardWallet is the ability to sideline schemes which are dormant or rarely used.

Not all programmes are supported, unfortunately.  There are two sorts of exclusions – those that require 2FA or Captcha authentication such as American Express (AwardWallet does work with these programmes but you won’t want to type in multiple 2FA codes or do multiple Captchas each time you run it) and a few that block it deliberately, such as American Airlines and Delta.

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 AwardWallet 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 albeit they have quite a big team now.) 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.

Comments (38)

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  • Alex Sm says:

    My partner and I use Award Wallet and are happy with that. The other day you recommended Swapi which on the surface looks like a similar service but in fact it is not. 1) It does not support many programmes and 2) it does not display REAL balances, membership details or access your accounts. And while I understand the value of Award Wallet, I cannot see the point of Swapi tbh. Can you?

    • Rob says:

      Swapi’s functionality to us is limited at the moment, but if they do deliver on their plans to allow you to trade in and out of other programmes, it will become very interesting.

  • RogerC says:

    HFP recommendations are usually spot-on but not this one. Opened an account this morning and tried to add all my loyalty programmmes. Out of the 26 that I tried to add, 7 failed including the most important ones for me (BA and Hilton). User ID and password checked multiple times, so that’s not the issue. Interested to hear if anyone has the same experience

    • Rob says:

      BA is fine – probably a short term IT quirk.

      Hilton throws up the capture so this is one I keep disabled unless I’ve done a stay.

      For me, the accounts where I have most activity are BA and VS and those work OK. My Hilton account doesn’t move unless I have stay so, for the handful of times a year that happens, I’m happy to enable and disable it each time.

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        But I refer you to your point about the security value and your Clubcard point anecdote…

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        The BA feed is definitely glitching for Award Wallet atm which is a bit annoying… hope Rob is right about it being fixed soon as clearly it is a key program for HfPers

        • Rob says:

          Both BA and VS will randomly glitch but if it fails one day it usually works the next.

  • Stephen W says:

    One by one the scemes I set up on award wallet have stopped functioning. Aer Lingus won’t update even if you put the texted code in. It will no longer show my trips on BA exec club. Regularly fails on Iberia. Hilton Honors does work but you have to manually resolve the recaptcha. It used to be good but is now borderline irritant.

    • dougzz99 says:

      Yep, broadly agree. Award Wallet has got progressively less useful as programs cease to work properly, you’d want something to get better over time not worse.

    • supergraeme says:

      Aer Lingus is a particularly annoying one as they’ll text me four times no matter how many times I waste my time putting the code in.

  • Chrism20 says:

    On the whole its a decent app although as I have mentioned in the daily chat threads a few times I had a lot of issues with Accor and Award Wallet and my Accor account kept getting suspended for suspicious logins. We eventually established it was that after I ran AW whilst on the phone to Accor and it blocked the account so I have never used it for Accor since.

    Seems to work with most of the programmes I use although it seems to take the odd dislike to BA, Boots and Virgin although they usually work if you run them again.

  • Michael says:

    Honestly I second to most comments, I have 30+ accounts, a third of them either have a glitch or doesn’t update. It’s also annoying where you have to change passwords from time to time, where a password manager automatically updates them but then you have to go manually update them for award wallet and it’s just a pain to deal with

    I’ve been using it for a few years and I guess this article has just been a reminder that I should stop paying for it

  • George says:

    Does anyone else have issues with AW updating Tesco account or is it just me?

  • fisker022 says:

    Never had a problem with Award Wallet, As rob said above probably an IT Quirk, But BA keeps doing it business and updating on a regular basis.

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    I’ve use for a few years but the AA loss is going to be a big one for me – was the first sign my upgrades cleared back in the day…

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