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This is the third post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete. I am writing this for an audience of people who know nothing about frequent flier miles, and my goal is that by the end, you know enough to fly for free anywhere you want to go. Previously Signing Up for Travel Loyalty Programs.
Yesterday you signed up for airline programs. Today I’ll tell you how I keep track of my miles and points: awardwallet.com.
Award Wallet is a free service that tracks your balance, status, user name, and password in nearly every airline, hotel, credit card, rental car, and loyalty program there is in one place.
Or at least that used to be true. In the last few months, United, Delta, American, and Southwest have all blocked Award Wallet from accessing account information to display on its site.
But I still use Award Wallet because it tracks US Airways, Hawaiian, Jet Blue, Virgin America, and Virgin Atlantic for me plus my transferable points–Ultimate Rewards and Membership Rewards–and hotel points. (More on transferable points and hotel points later.)
Not only are your balances now listed in one place, but you can click the Update All button to see them all updated in a fraction of the time it would take to go to every program’s site.
Another great feature of Award Wallet is that it automatically enters your programs and finds your upcoming travel plans and puts them in one place, the Travel Plans tab.
Award Wallet is a fantastic resource that I use every day to keep track of almost all my balances in one place.
So what are you waiting for? Go to the site now, and open your free account. Populate it with the accounts you set up in Free First Class Next Month: Signing Up for Airline Programs by clicking the Add a Program Link, then searching for its name or finding it listed alphabetically by category.
By doing this, you can forget about memorizing account numbers and passwords, they are all stored by Award Wallet. You can also substantially cut down on the number of programs you have to log into to see your award balances.
Unfortunately the free version of Award Wallet only shows expiration dates for three programs’ miles. I have a free code to upgrade, which will cause Award Wallet to display all your expiration dates. First ten come, first ten served:
free-nzulqx (all gone). Here are five more six-month upgrade codes, soon to disappear soon too:
In the comments, TATravelers generously left his code. If you have free codes, leave yours here please.
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