If you're anything like me, you might not remember which loyalty programs you've signed up for, let alone the password to each account. That's where AwardWallet.com comes in. They keep track of all your loyalty programs, like frequent flyer miles, shopping programs, credit card rewards, Groupons, gift cards, and more in one easily accessible place.
Three years ago the 40,000 miles that expired in my United account put me on a quest to find something that would help me keep track of things like this. I knew there had to be a better way. Up until that time I kept all of my frequent flyer statements in a file cabinet. It was almost impossible to keep track of the changing balances or to know when I had enough miles to qualify for an award. Apparently I wasn't alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, "There are an estimated 10 trillion unused frequent-flier miles in circulation now, worth some $165 billion… 20% or more of all frequent-flier miles may never be redeemed."
Getting organized with AwardWallet is simple. All you need is 5 minutes:
- Go to AwardWallet.com and click on Register at the top.
- Create a username and password.
- Then start adding your accounts by clicking "Add a new account" on the left side. You will be prompted to select the account name (i.e. American Airlines) and then fill in your username and password associated with the account. Tip: You DON'T need to gather all of your statements or account numbers but you DO need to know your login information for each account.
- As you add each account, your balance will update immediately.
Here are some examples of travel related things you can do on this website:
See Your Mileage Balances. I added my United, Delta, and American Airlines frequent flyer accounts to my profile. The miles in each of these accounts immediately show up in my AwardWallet account. Every time I fly, the credit is reflected in my account within days (a week at most). There's nothing you need to do on your end to make this happen other than set up your account initially and give the airline your frequent flyer number when you fly.
Travel Plans. I booked a flight for my family to the Bahamas and added all of our frequent flyer numbers at the time of booking. On AwardWallet, there is a section titled Travel Plans. I clicked on it and there was my flight information! I received an email from AwardWallet the day before the flight reminding me to check in. No more searching through my inbox for confirmation numbers!
Search for Frequent Flyer Tickets. When I noticed that I had enough miles for a trip on American Airlines, I clicked on the name American Airlines in my list of accounts which automatically logged me in to use my miles.
View Your Status. My husband has his Marriott Rewards account included in AwardWallet. Because he travels for work, he was able to see on AwardWallet when his status was upgraded to silver.
Credit Card Miles/Points. Once a month my American Express Membership Rewards account balance goes up reflecting my charges over the past month. There are tons of award credit cards out there, and AwardWallet seems to include them all.
Here are some examples of the other things you can do on this website:
List Gift Cards, Scrip or Large Coupons. My son just had his birthday and got a few gift cards as presents. I logged each one to AwardWallet. It asks for the company name, the amount of the gift card and the expiration date. When he's ready to redeem them, I have a nice organized list of his gift cards. You can also list scrip and other large coupons.
Shopping Programs. I bought something from Brookstone through Ebates on Sunday. By Monday I could see the money I was receiving back from Ebates on my AwardWallet home screen. I also have my Rite Aid, CVS, Ralphs, and Office Depot accounts linked to AwardWallet.
Dining programs. I use Open Table to make dining reservations when we're going out to dinner. Using AwardWallet as my home screen, I click on Open Table, which takes me right to my account. I book my reservation and then my Open Table points show back up in AwardWallet. I can also keep track of my Mileage Plus Dining program which gives me United miles or my Starbucks card so I know when I'm getting my next free coffee.
Groupon & Living Social. I recently bought a Groupon for a facial. When I added my Groupon account login information, my facial popped up with the following information: the date I purchased it, the price paid, the % saved, the date it expires and how many other people got the deal.
Survey Accounts. Synovate, Survey Spot, My Survey, Ipsos, Valued Opinions, and many others are linked up with AwardWallet. This is an easy way to see your credit rack up for doing surveys.
For a comprehensive list of all of the programs AwardWallet supports, click here. They also provide a free app for iPhone or Android so you have access on the go!
This has been a guest post by Jenifer from Los Angeles, CA
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