AwardWallet is simple enough to use, but organizing and using all of its features can be complicated. This AwardWallet post is part of a mini-series that will show you how to use the program and all of its features.
Organization is the number one way to stay on track when you are collecting, earning and saving miles. If you have frequent flyer miles from several different airlines or just have a lot award points, keeping track of them is the best way to not forget about them and risk having your miles expired and left unused. Award Wallet is a really good way to keep track and organize your frequent flyer miles and points from loyalty programs. If you don't already have an account, a basic account is free and you can sign up on AwardWallet.com
You can also use the referral link which means that for every five people who sign up using the link, I get a free upgrade. Let me know if you used my link in the comment section below and would like a free upgrade to AwardWallet so that I can send you a promo code (I will continue to give them away as I get more).
What is Award Wallet?
With Award Wallet you can automatically keep track of points from car rentals, airlines, hotels, surveys, credit cards, shopping, dining, cruises and trains. Just about any type of loyalty program is eligible to track, but not every program is available.
Some airlines and programs have requested to not have their programs available in the tracking program. If the airline is not available, then you can manually update your mileage and award information so you can continue to keep track, but just remember to make adjustments every time you earn or redeem miles.
Getting Started with Award Wallet
To get started with Award Wallet, have your membership ID and log in information for all the award programs you wish to keep track of. You can decide whether you would like Award Wallet to store your password either locally on the computer or within the site's database. I prefer to have them saved onto Award Wallet because I switch devices so often that it would be a pain to have to look up my password and user information each time.
AwardWallet Plus vs Regular Account
There are just a few differences between AwardWallet Plus and the free account so deciding which account is right for you shouldn't be too difficult. One of my favorite Award Wallet features is the expiration notice. Whenever your miles are close to expiring, you will receive an email and notice on your account letting you know so you can take any necessary step to keep the points active. With the regular account, users only get three expiration notices. AwardWallet Plus users get an unlimited amount of expiration notices.
Creating a OneCard
One other feature of the AwardWallet Plus account is the OneCard. The OneCard is your AwardWallet tracking card so it should go with you whenever you are going to fly. At the airport check in kiosk, swipe your OneCard and the miles from the flight you are checking in for will be recorded. Just make sure you have the airline registered into your AwardWallet account. The card comes along with an upgrade to AwardWallet Plus, but if you already have a Plus account and donate, then your OneCard is extended for another six months.
Now You Know AwardWallet Basics
AwardWallet has some useful features that will help you keep track of your miles and points so you can book free flights more simply. You can also keep track of your travel plans using AwardWallet, but we're going to save that for the next post that will show you how to make the most of AwardWallet!