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Redeem Award Wallet Referral Points For Real Miles

Redeem Award Wallet Referral Points For Real Miles

Award Wallet is one of the most useful frequent flyer tools out there. I use it on an almost daily basis!

If you don’t have Award Wallet, I highly suggest getting it because it is free and allows you to track almost all of your hotel and airline frequent flyer miles in one central place.

Link To Sign Up

Although Award Wallet is great for tracking all your miles, I personally use it the most for looking up my login information for all the various frequent flyer programs I am enrolled in. Seriously, what is my US Airways number again…?

Anyway over the past few years, I have been telling people to sign up via my link which got me a couple free upgrades. I always give those upgrades away to readers and friends because I don’t need them all.

Well the other day, I noticed under the amount of upgrades I have to give away, there was another line called “referral bonus points”.

"Referral Points?"

“Referral Points?”

I had no idea what that was so I clicked on it and it turns out  you can redeem your referral bonus points for actual air miles!

I went ahead and redeemed my referral points for US Airways miles since they offered the best value.

"Early Christmas!"

“Early Christmas!”

Although 3,000 miles is not much, I will certainly take it and big thanks to Award Wallet for even providing this option because I’d certainly be telling everyone about Award Wallet without these bonus points.

A few days later, the miles were dropped into my account!

"Wahoo!"

“Thanks Award Wallet!”

So if anyone out there has referred users to Award Wallet, check to see if you have any “free miles” you can redeem.

For those of you that have a referral link, feel free to post it in the comments of this post so others can use it to sign up.

Free Award Wallet Upgrade Codes

For those of you that don’t have any referral points, you are still in luck.

Award Wallet gives me free 6 month upgrade codes occasionally when people sign up.

I currently have 43 of them that I’d like to give away.

If you would like one, I have dumped them into a shared Google Doc which can be found here. If the sheet is empty than more than likely they have all been used.

First you need to create an Award Wallet account, which you can do here.

Then just go into the Google spreadsheet and copy the code.

Once you log into Award Wallet, on the left side you will see the below menu.

Click on “Upgrade Using a Coupon” and paste the code.

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“Upgrade Using a Coupon”

"Paste Code Here"

“Paste Code Here”

If the code is successful, then PLEASE GO BACK INTO THE SPREADSHEET AND MARK THE CODE AS USED!

Recap

After all these years, Award Wallet is still the easiest way to manage your points and miles.

I highly suggest signing up if you don’t already have it. It will make your life so much easier…

-Parag


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Gotta Love AwardWallet

I’ve talked about the numerous benefits of AwardWallet for months now, yet I know there are people still sitting on the sidelines thinking they can do it manually with their “excel file”.

Although I use AwardWallet religiously, today I got a nice reminder why it is so great!

I manage about 60 different frequent flyer accounts for myself and my family.

Although I check AwardWallet fairly frequently, some times things fall through the cracks, and thankfully AwardWallet emails you with reminders!

It looks like my Mom’s Hyatt points are set to expire in July.

Had it not been for this email, I probably would have not even noticed.

Thankfully she had a stay at Hyatt in November 2011 that she forgot to creidt, so I’ll just submit that stay and reset the clock. Likewise, she could also transfer 1,000 Hyatt points via Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program to reset the clock.

Anyways, hopefully this example spurs those of you that haven’t yet signed up for AwardWallet to finally jump on the train and simplify your life.

Link To Sign Up For AwardWallet

It is a 100% free service and you can also manage your entire family’s frequent flyer programs under 1 log in.

-Parag

Why Are Airline Websites So Dumb?

As frequent flyers, most of us are well versed in dealing with incompetent phone agents. If things don’t go your way, just hang up and try again, or as I like to call it Wack-A-Agent. However what happens when you get an Airline website that is incompetent? Is there a way to hang up on a website?

Last Friday / Saturday, I was burning some British Airways Avios points for my parents as they want to go to New York City to visit my cousin. The current fares are $150ish. Typically I would just have them buy a revenue ticket, but with the British Airway Avios changes, a flight from Chicago to New York is only 15,000 miles. This obviously is much better than the previous 25,000 miles that were needed. Therefore I opted to use Avios miles instead.

I had set up a British Airways household account a few months ago, which allows all of my family members to pool our points together. Last Friday, after logging in, I went to go book the flight, and for some reason or the other, I got the following error message.

Since all they needed was the date of birth, I figured that I could just log into my mom’s account and provide it. So I logged in and went to the manage my details page, filled out all the info and still got the same error message!!!!

I knew there wasn’t much left to do besides call British Airways, so at 8pm I dialed the number on their website for their US based call center and lo and behold, it was CLOSED! I understand that British Airways isn’t based in the United States, but I do not understand how an airline that operates 24 hours a day around the world, can have a call center that is closed. At a minimum they could route the calls to India so customers could at least have someone to talk to.

As I didn’t have any more options I went to bed and decided to try again in Saturday morning. After I woke up the next day, I logged into my British Airways account on accident only to find out some how they had screwed up my Date of Birth too. I was planning on just changing it online, however apparently that isn’t even any option.

After clicking on “Why Can’t I Edit These Details”, I got this pop up.

So reluctantly, I now had 2 issues I had to call British Airways about. Luckily (and to my surprise), their US call center was open on the weekend. After waiting a nice 10 minutes for an Agent, I explained the new problem I had with my birthday being wrong, and was told they there was nothing they could do.  I would have to send in a copy of my passport.

I wasn’t planning on taking any trips on British Airways in the future, so I moved on to my parents booking issue and was again told there wasn’t anything they could do on their end.

Eventually, after spending 1 hour on the phone, they said they could manually book it. When it came time for payment, what should have been $5 a person for tax, suddenly became $5 for tax + $25 a person for a phone booking fee. I tried to explain to the Agent that their website wasn’t working and therefore I couldn’t book it online, but the Agent didn’t seem to understand. Ultimately, I had to play Wack-A-Agent and try again.

This was just one of these times where it is a perfect storm of a poorly designed website and idiotic call center agents! Has this ever happened to you?

Which bring me to my next point…

While I was waiting on the phone for British Airways, I logged into Award Wallet. I’m a huge fan of their service, however American Airlines recently barred them from providing information from the AA site. Luckily, the people at Award Wallet are smart and somehow created a browser extension to sidestep this problem. All you have to do is download the plugin and re-enter all your AA info including your frequent flyer number.

I did not know my AA number off the top of my head, hence that is one of the many reasons I use Award Wallet!

So I went to AA.com to log in and get it, which led me to this problem.

You need to know your AAdvantage number to log in!

It amazes me that in 2012, American Airlines can still ask you to log into their website via the random combination of letter and numbers that is your AAdvantage number. Almost all other airlines let you log in with your email or username!

Can you imagine logging into your online banking website and having to enter your entire numerical account number?

Get with the program American Airlines!

After searching my inbox for my original sign up email from American, I found my AAdvantage number and was able to sign in!

Is there anything you can’t stand about your airline website of choice?

-Parag