Tracking Your Miles & Points.
I’ve received a few emails from Noobers recently asking me how I manage all my miles and rewards membership programs.
This is a great question, since you definitely want to be organized if you’re going to get into this racket. It’s best to diversify your miles and points, so I have signed up for many different travel programs. And I’m not going to lie- it can get confusing.
But that’s where using a website to help keep your log-in info, rewards programs phone numbers, status levels, and balances comes in handy.
I’ve used AwardWallet for the last year and a half, and I’ve been pretty happy. Here’s why I use AwardWallet:
Plain and simple. My mind spins when I start to think about how many miles/points I have. AwardWallet allows me to go to one site to see the majority of my miles balances. There are a few programs that won’t let AwardWallet or any miles tracking software have access to their systems. American Airlines AAdvantage program is one of them. Bummer, since it’s one of the main rewards programs.
But, I would say about 85% of rewards programs are available on AwardWallet.
You can have multiple user accounts on AwardWallet, too. I have Jordan and myself under the same log-in, but our different programs are nicely divided.
Another cool perk is that you can tie AwardWallet to your iGoogle homepage if you would like to see your balances there.
When I go to a rewards program homepage and try to log in, I’m usually guessing, because I can’t remember what the heck my username or password is. Then as a security measure, I get locked out. Ugh, the frustration. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to get passwords reset. I try to use my log-in and password for everything, but that isn’t always possible or ideal.
With AwardWallet, you can log in straight from your account. Boom. Nothing to remember. This is especially great for the rewards programs you seldom go to.
You can back up passwords on AwardWallet if you would like. When you are storing your log-in usernames and passwords, you have the option to save it locally (your computer) or on AwardWallet’s servers.
3. Trip Itineraries
AwardWallet is notified once you book a flight or hotel and they will give you updates and reminders on your upcoming itinerary. Honestly, they aren’t always accurate, but for the most part, this helps as it’s another place to keep track of an itinerary.
This is convenient for me, because I check AwardWallet so much to see if any of my miles balances have updated.
4. The App is Bad Ass
I probably use the AwardWallet app more than the website. I’m always on my phone, so with the iPhone app, I can check my balances in a matter of seconds from anywhere in the world.
I’ve also logged into AwardWallet and called a rewards program straight from the app.
Using a website to track your miles balances, expirations dates, log-in info, and itineraries is almost a necessity. It’s kind of hard to imagine not having a site that stores all my info in one easy to look place. There are some other sites out there if AwardWallet isn’t your cup of tea, but it happens to be the one that I use. I like the design and think it’s so user friendly, a kid or a noob could use it.
— Noob Master