AwardWallet Review

Travel

Before reading my AwardWallet review, make sure to read my previous post on creating rewards accounts. Those accounts are necessary to use AwardWallet.

AwardWallet is a nifty service that allows you to manage all your points/miles in one place. It’s a real time saver when you are managing dozens rewards accounts and trying to keep track of everything.

AwardWallet stores all your travel account information (SSL securely encrypted), updates your account balances weekly, alerts you when your miles or points are close to expiring, and reminds you of upcoming travel plans and changes to your itineraries. Furthermore, you can add multiple accounts for family members and track their reward information as well.

There are two versions of AwardWallet available, the free version and the plus version. Here is a chart explaining the differences:

award wallet regular vs plus

 

Creating Your AwardWallet Account

To get started, click here to sign up.

You will need to fill out the registration form, including your name, email address, and desired password.  They will then send you an email link to verify your account.

You are now ready to add your loyalty programs.

add award program

As you can see from the navigation options. There are 10 different categories that you can browse, or you can simply type in the reward program you are looking for.

Add New Program

 

I’m going to demonstrate with American Airlines. Scroll down the list or type in American Airlines into the search bar and then click on the green add + button when you find it.

That will bring you to this screen below which asks for you AAadvantage login information. The information is stored on AwardWallet’s SSL encrypted server so that you can check your account balances on any computer.

Go ahead and add any other reward accounts that you want to track at this time.

 

After you are done adding, you will see the following information. You can see your account balances, expiration dates, and any status you have. In the far right column, you can refresh the account to update points, edit the login information, or delete the whole thing.

Awardwallet

 

If you want to update all balances at once, you can look in the upper right side of screen and click “update all.” Doing so will cause the program to cycle through all accounts and check for updates.

Add New Program 5

A Few Issues

Some of the frequent flyer programs have denied Award Wallet access to their sites. Delta, Southwest, and United have restricted full access to Award Wallet, but it is possible to get around the restrictions.

To get it to work normally, just log into your Delta, Southwest, and United accounts, and change your email address to [Award Wallet username]@AwardWallet.com.  award workaround

This technique works because Delta, Southwest, and United will send weekly or monthly account updates to your Award Wallet email address, which then updates your Award Wallet accounts. Award Wallet will then forward those emails to your email address and all is good!

Closing Thoughts

Award Wallet offers an excellent free service that can save you time. In my opinion, it is the best option available right now to track travel rewards.

They also released a nice smart phone app that allows you to do all of this and more in a simplified interface. If you have a smartphone, make sure to grab the app.

AwardWallet Review
Summary
AwardWallet allows you to track and manage all of your travel rewards in one place. It's the best free option on the market.
Features8.6
Total Cost9.4
Ease of Use9.3
Strengths
Free to use
Extremely useful
Weaknesses
Not all programs are supported
9.1
Overall

10
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If you change your email address on file with Delta to [Award Wallet username]@AwardWallet.com, then how do you get your non-award related emails from Delta? For example, I don’t want an itinerary change notification to go to an award wallet account. TIA for explaining.

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Jennifer,

I just joined and Award Wallet’s site currently says they will forward any email from Southwest (I assume it’s the same for any other site) to the email you indicate in your Award Wallet profile (as of Apr 2015) if you enter your award wallet account in the Rapid Rewards contact info.

jessie
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jessie

I have the same concern like Jennifer’s. I do not want all my United emails to be sent to Awadwallet even if they will take care of the forwarding. Is there a solution?

Dale
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Dale

I kept my airline email address the same, but added a rule/filter in my email program to forward airline statement emails to AwardWallet.

Syed
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Syed

Great review. Not having access to southwest and united kind of turned me off to it, but I like that workaround you mentioned. Will be signing up!

Frugal Soldier
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Jacob,

That was a very good explanation of Award Wallet. I had not heard of this until now. I definitely will be utilizing this system, as I travel quite frequently. Thank you.

Mel
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Mel

I love Awards Wallet. I’ve been using it for 3 or 4 years and it’s really helpful – especially for tracking points that expire. I was excited when I was able to add rewards credit cards to it. At first, it was all just frequent flier programs.