If you are into points and miles, you probably have many different travel loyalty accounts across various airlines, hotels chains, rental car companies, and credit card flexible currencies. That is a lot of balances to track. You can certainly do this manually in a spreadsheet, checking each account's website, but that is a lot of work. AwardWallet is an online tool for tracking all your reward programs. I have been using it for a couple of years and highly recommend it for one-stop updates on your points and miles balances. Unfortunately, the company will soon increase the price for its AwardWallet Plus membership.
Since a basic membership is free, should I pay for the Plus version?
The AwardWallet basic account offers many features and may be sufficient for your needs. These include tracking accounts for family members, travel plans, notification of balance expiration and mobile access. A Plus membership adds the following features:
- Display extra reward account properties
- Display historical account balance changes chart
- Display historical transactions for some of your loyalty accounts
- Allow exporting award balances into Excel or PDF formats
- Update accounts in parallel (up to 5X faster)
I had a Plus account in the past but let it lapse. While I like the fast updates, I did not find that to be a necessity. However, when I received an email in late December announcing a pretty steep price hike as well as an option to lock-in current pricing, I decided to upgrade.
Avoid Plus price increase by acting now
Just before Christmas, I received the following email from AwardWallet.
A 200% price increase is a lot so I think locking-in the existing rate is a no-brainer if the Plus membership has value for you. I have already upgraded my subscription to continue paying a very cheap $10 per year.