Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 42: How Do You Track All of Your Rewards? Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 42: How Do You Track All of Your Rewards?

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 42: How Do You Track All of Your Rewards?

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Welcome back to the Award Travel 101 Podcast — from the original Facebook community created for miles and points enthusiasts. Angie's back to catch up on all of the news and to discuss how we can better manage all of our award programs.

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  • Business class to Italy for 58K
  • United Polaris to Australia for 75K
  • Round-trip economy fares to Europe under $500

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Award Travel 101 Podcast Show Format

We break each show into six sections:

  • Question/win of the week — asked or shared by members of the Award Travel 101 community
  • News and enhanced offers
  • What bonuses did we get — which will tell you what credit cards we're working on and why
  • Trip updates
  • Highlight feature
  • What you didn't know — a feature dedicated to a big or small tip that will help you better maximize the value you receive from your rewards.

How To Listen to the Award Travel 101 Podcast

You can find us anywhere you listen to other fine podcasts including:

Previous episode show notes

Episode Number and Title
Episode 1 — Meet Award Travel 101 Community Administrators Angie & Joe
Episode 2 — Booking a Dream (African Safari) Trip
Episode 3 — Creating Memories Through Big And Small Trips
Episode 4 — 8 Steps to Better Award Travel
Episode 5 — Cruise (on Points), Racking and Stacking, and Keep or Kick it to the Curb
Episode 6 — Transfer Bonuses, Hyatt Bonus Journeys, and Benefits of AwardWallet
Episode 7 — So Many Program Changes with AwardWallet’s JT Genter
Episode 8 — Hyatt Changes, AA Domestic First Class Routes, and Meet the Mods (Jackie Wisniewski)
Episode 9 — Freedom Bonus Categories, Award Travel Wins, and Meet Jerod Morales
Episode 10 — When to Part with Points and Angie's Safari Trip
Episode 11 — AvGeeks, Spreadsheets, & Cheatsheets – Meet the Mods (Mike Zaccheo)
Episode 12 — Status Matching for More Value
Episode 13 — How Often Do You Get a New Card?
Episode 14 — Incredible Trip to New Zealand on Points, Plus a Trip to the Freddie Awards
Episode 15 — Best Card for Groceries & Award Travel Community Meetup
Episode 16 — Citi Product Change Rules and Meet the Team: Allison Caraway
Episode 17 — Husband Cashes in All Their Points and Programs To Book Round The World Flights
Episode 18 — Gorgeous Pictures from Iran and Cards That Earn Status
Episode 19 — The Tools We Use
Episode 20 — Mistakes We've Made
Episode 21 — Crafty Way to See Taylor Swift and Ways to Earn Hotel Free Night Certificates
Episode 22 — First Class Trip to Croatia and Should You Speculatively Transfer Points
Episode 23 — Our Favorite Award Programs
Episode 24 — LIVE From a Lounge & Is American Airlines Status Worth Chasing
Episode 25 — What Are Points Worth
Episode 26 — All the Upgrades & Traveling With Kids on the Spectrum
Episode 27 — Which Card Offers the Best Travel Protections
Episode 28 — Pancakes and Points
Episode 29 — Favorite Card Perks and Putting Them All Together
Episode 30 — What's In Our Wallet?
Episode 31 — Next Meetup Announcement & Let's Go Crazy with AT in the TC
Episode 32 — 40 Cards – Is it Necessary? Will it Ruin You?
Episode 33 — The Power of Business Cards
Episode 34 — SkyMiles Devaluation & Managing Pre-Trip Chaos
Episode 35 — I Quit Work...To Travel
Episode 36 — Meet the Mods: Sophie Keller
Episode 37 — Under-Appreciated Award Currencies
Episode 38 — Qsuite, Longest Flight in the World, and Bali
Episode 39 — Chicago Seminars and Zorkfest Recap
Episode 40 — Unique and Aspirational Flights
Episode 41 — Let's Get Thrifty
Episode 42 — How Do You Track All of Your Rewards?
Episode 43 — Building Your Point Balances with Justin Vacula

Award Travel 101 Podcast Episode 42

Post of the week

Joseph Petrovic — 100,000 members celebration. Here's what some of our members are saying:

  • Randy Deppen: While I think we all keep learning in this hobby a bit more every day from each other, honorable mention for knowledge gained was the AT 101/201 meetup with all the ways to use AI for travel planning from Jackie…truly awesome!
  • Loren Ashley Browne: The best thing that I learned from Award Travel 101 is the incredible value of using travel partners. For years, I wondered how people would book hotels via the Amex Travel portal and the key is: You typically don't. You transfer the points to travel partners to get a better value.
  • Kristen Pinkston Knowles: I’ve learned how to think about the value each card offers. This community has been amazing as a place to reach out to when you’re stuck or need guidance! So grateful!


Trip updates

  • Angie: Montana girls ‘golf trip, Australia and Africa, or other priorities
  • Joe: Cleaning up existing trips, booked Adriatic/Mediterranean cruise

What bonuses did we get?

Highlight feature: How do you track all of your rewards?

Why should listeners/Award Travel 101 members use AwardWallet?

Use #AwardWalletProTips in the Award Travel 101 community to see more.

Tip of the week

AwardWallet can really simplify your life. Take the time to set up a free AwardWallet account and add your travel documents. We all make mistakes:

  • Joe missing out on a deal
  • Angie's kid needed passport info, but she was out of town and the passport was locked in a safe

You also can get AwardWallet Plus. If you like the benefits of AwardWallet Plus, and the Award Travel 101 community, but you want to get into more advanced topics, join Award Ttravel 201; AwardWallet Plus is included in the subscription.

Short-notice meetup

Boarding Area's bloggers Le Chic Geek (a.k.a. Jeanne) and Pizza in Motion (a.k.a. Ed) are pairing up with Trevor from Tagging Miles to do a Toys for Tots drive. You can find them at

Joe will be joining the fun, so if you wish to ask for travel advice, meet other travelers, or just come to share the holiday spirit, get your free tickets or check out their Facebook event page for more details.

Where To Find the Award Travel 101 Community

For questions, you can join us in the free 100,000+ member Award Travel 101 Community.

  1. If you want to jump into more intermediate and advanced strategies, our Award Travel 201 community ($89.99 annually) is filled with those who want to dig into the weeds, looking for more outsized value.
  2. To book time with our team to discuss how to better your earning and burning strategies, check out Award Travel one-on-one.
  3. You can also email us at
  4. Our next meetup is located in San Antonio, TX on April 26–28, 2024, and it's SOLD-OUT. You can get on our wait-list, but to learn more visit Taco ‘Bout A Fiesta!
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