How to Use AwardWallet to Track Free Night Awards, Room Upgrades & Other Perks How to Use AwardWallet to Track Free Night Awards, Room Upgrades & Other Perks

How to Use AwardWallet to Track Free Night Awards, Room Upgrades & Other Perks

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You can effectively use AwardWallet to help you track all your points and miles in one place. In addition, you can use it to stay up to date with any other reward or loyalty programs in which you're a member. But did you know that you also can use AwardWallet to track things like free night awards, room upgrades, and more?

In this article, I'm going to show you everything you need to know about this lesser-known feature.

Getting Started With AwardWallet

First, you will need to create an AwardWallet account here to get started. After you create an AwardWallet account, you can add all your loyalty and credit card accounts.

To shortcut the setup process, link your email account to AwardWallet, and our systems will automatically search your email to suggest accounts you may want to link. You can find this list of discovered accounts here. Or click the plus sign next to your accounts list at the top of the main AwardWallet page to see a list of discovered accounts.

screenshot of AwardWallet tracker for loyalty programs

Then, click the “set up now” link next to the discovered account and enter your login information for each account.

And that's it! AwardWallet will automatically track any updates to points balances, credit card balances, elite status levels, and expiration dates on your behalf.

Track Free Night Certificates and More With AwardWallet

AwardWallet doesn't just track points. It also helps you track other loyalty and credit card account perks to make sure that you don't miss out on anything important. You wouldn't want those amazing card benefits to go to waste.

screenshot of AwardWallet tracking various perks for account holder

As you can see, the different benefits linked to your rewards accounts are listed under the program name and points balance. Many co-branded hotel credit cards come with a free night award or certificate. These free nights typically expire after one year, so you want to use them within that time. Additionally, some cards offer room upgrade certificates like suite night awards or club-level upgrades.

Many of these perks are automatically tracked under the respective loyalty accounts in your AwardWallet user portal, along with the expiration date of each perk. AwardWallet is constantly adding automatically-tracked perks — such as the recently added IHG One Rewards Milestone Rewards and Food & Beverage Credits:

Screenshot of AwardWallet user account showing IHG card and Milestone Rewards perks tracked

Related: Hotel Credit Cards That Provide Free Annual Night Bonuses

Manually Adding Certificates to AwardWallet

What if your certificate doesn't show up under your loyalty account, or you want to track something that isn't linked to a program like a gift card? You can add these to your AwardWallet account manually. And this is the little-known feature to which we wanted to alert you.

Click here to manually track a certificate, voucher, or gift card in AwardWallet. Or, start by clicking on the plus sign next to accounts on the AwardWallet home page. Then, click on “Manually Track Travel Voucher or Gift Card.”

Screenshot of AwardWallet user account showing where to click to manually track rewards

Provide the required information, such as name, the travel program (which will autofill once you start typing), and whether it's a standalone certificate or linked to an award program being tracked with AwardWallet. You'll also add the type of certificate or voucher you're tracking and the number for that certificate or voucher.

screenshot of AwardWallet form to manually track free night awards and certificates

Lastly, you can enter some optional information. This includes a PIN, the value of the certificate or voucher, the currency, the expiration date, and any additional notes that you'd like to include.

Screenshot of optional fields

Once you manually add your free night certificate, you will see it listed in your AwardWallet accounts area. If it's linked to a loyalty program, it will be listed under that program. Otherwise, it will be listed separately on the full account list.

Screenshot of hotel programs in AwardWallet user area, showing awards that are being tracked

When you click the plus sign next to the certificate, it will show all the information that you entered.

screenshot of details of a Hyatt free night award certificate being tracked in an AwardWallet user accounts list

Other Things You Can Track Through AwardWallet

In addition to hotel free night awards and upgrades, you can use AwardWallet to track numerous items related to loyalty accounts, stores, documents, and more. Here's just a short list of what you can track through your AwardWallet account:

  • Companion tickets
  • Coupons
  • Drivers license
  • Gift cards
  • Insurance cards
  • Passport details
  • Priority Pass membership
  • Store credits
  • Tickets
  • Travel vouchers
  • Vaccine cards
  • Visas

As you can see, the list is long! When you use all of our features to help you keep track of things, you'll never miss out on the great perks that you've earned.

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Did you know that AwardWallet may not be able to update some accounts automatically? You can update those accounts by selecting accounts using an account filter (e.g. 'Updated more than 7 days ago') and clicking the update button.
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