If you’re registered at more than a handful of loyalty programs, you’ll often have some difficulties keeping an overview of how many points you have on each account. You forget to think about the expiration date and so your miles/points expire.
Many of us have been using AwardWallet for years and are very satisfied. Instead of clicking yourself through various programs’ websites, you just need to take a look at AwardWallet, and you’ll directly know if Miles&More once again forgot to credit the miles for your last flight.
AwardWallet supports over 700 loyalty programs, incl. Miles&More, British Airways Executive Club, Flying Blue, American Express Membership Rewards…
- Automatic retrieval of your account: Just like with many banking programs, you tell AwardWallet your login credentials, and AwardWallet will regularly retrieve your current miles/points balance and save it on AwardWallet’s server.
- Warning before expiry: AwardWallet tries to know all expiration dates for every program’s miles/points and will show it to you (for max. 3 accounts in the free version). You’ll also get a warning-notification if you’re close to the expiration date:
- Notifications: You’ll get a weekly email, summarizing the changes on your accounts, and warning you about expiring miles/points.
- Automatic login: As AwardWallet knows your login credentials, you can let yourself be redirected to the program and automatically be logged in, without having to search for your credentials.
- App: There’s also an app for iOS and Android, with which you can quickly look at your point balances while being away from home. It’s also a quick way to find your frequent flyer number, should you suddenly need it.
Disadvantage: Passwords are Stored
To ensure that AwardWallet can regularly keep track of your points/miles, without you doing anything, it obviously needs to know your login credentials. While there is a possibility to only store the login credentials locally, you then have to manually ask AwardWallet to retrieve your point balance, entering your password each time, destroying all the comfort, which is the main point of all of this.
As the passwords are centrally stored, it could happen that they at some point fall into the wrong hands, e.g. because AwardWallet gets hacked. While the login credentials are stored in an encrypted state on their database, AwardWallet does need to decrypt them when it retrieves your point balances. A leak is therefore possible. Nevertheless, AwardWallet exists since 2004, and there hasn’t ever been a leak yet.
Anyone who knows your AwardWallet password can log into your loyalty programs and then, e.g. book an award flight for himself. To avoid that, you should use a strong password and two-factor authentication.
For those who want a bit more, we recommend AwardWallet Plus. With this membership, you’ll be shown the expiration date for more than three accounts, and you can see your points as a time-diagram and export them to Excel or as a PDF file. Your accounts also get updated more often and you obviously support AwardWallet’s development.
AwardWallet Plus costs US$30 (~€27) per year, thus it costs US$2.50 (~€2.22). If this causes your miles not to expire unused, it could definitively be worth it!