AwardWallet is a service that can help you track any type of loyalty account and manage your travel plans. As of today, AwardWallet has around 686,000 active members that manage over 193 billion miles / points representing around $3.86 billion in value. It works by automatically logging into a user's online loyalty accounts on their behalf. This allows AwardWallet to retrieve the number of miles or points and when they expire. For some loyalty providers, AwardWallet has direct API integrations.
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AwardWallet was founded by Alexi Vereschaga (on the right) and Todd Mera (on the left) who were co-workers at the time. The first version of the website went live on November 20, 2004, after almost a year of development.
An in-app purchase “AwardWallet Plus” feature was introduced for the first time to offer a premium service level.
AwardWallet had roughly 20,000 members at the beginning of 2010. On September 23, 2010, AwardWallet received a Cease and Desist letter from Southwest Airlines demanding that AwardWallet stop accessing the Southwest website in order to help Southwest users track their miles via AwardWallet.
AwardWallet had over 100,000 members, managing over 800,000 loyalty accounts at the beginning of 2012. On August 23, 2012, AwardWallet received a Cease and Desist letter from Delta Air Lines (which was widely publicized on media websites such as TechCrunch, Skift and others) demanding that AwardWallet stop helping Delta Air Lines users track their miles. On November 30, 2012, AwardWallet received a similar Cease and Desist letter from United Airlines which was covered by The New York Times, also demanding that AwardWallet stop helping United Airlines users track their miles. Finally, in 2012 AwardWallet partnered with BookYourAward to provide users with a personalized booking service to book flights using their airline miles. In 2012 AwardWallet team moved into its first office.
AwardWallet partnered with American Airlines to provide AwardWallet users with the ability to track their American Airlines miles using our API.
AwardWallet partnered with Capital One to provide AwardWallet users with API based access to track CapitalOne miles and presented our integration together at SXSW in Austin TX.
AwardWallet expanded its social media presence by acquiring Award Travel 101 Facebook Group.
Bank Of America joined our partnerships to provide AwardWallet users access to tracking their Bank Of America miles. Find out more about what we did in 2018 in this infographic that summed up 2018 for AwardWallet.
AwardWallet has 686,000 users.
AwardWallet supports the tracking of 687 loyalty programs.
AwardWallet tracks a total of 193 billion miles / points representing around $3.86 billion in value.
AwardWallet has a total of 30 full-time employees and 10 part-time contractors.
AwardWallet APIs for B2B partners
AwardWallet offers almost its entire technology stack via APIs to any company that wishes to provide similar services. There are three main APIs that we offer:
Email Parsing API
This API allows our partners to send us an email with a travel reservation and we will extract all the travel-related data from it and return it in a structured format. More info on this API can be found here.
Web Parsing API (Loyalty)
This API allows our clients to retrieve loyalty information from their users’ loyalty accounts. As an input, it takes user account credentials for a loyalty program and as an output, it returns all of the loyalty attributes of that account, such as account balance, expiration date, elite level, and many other attributes.
AwardWallet Account Access API
This API allows our business partners to request AwardWallet users to share their loyalty information from inside AwardWallet with them. An example of such a business would be a reward booking service. In order to book reward tickets, they need to know what loyalty accounts and how many miles and points their users have. An AwardWallet user could share such info with that business via this secure API and revoke such access at any time.
Award Travel Community
AwardWallet runs a variety of Facebook groups where like-minded people can talk miles and points. The main group is “Award Travel 101” which has 67,000 members and growing. There is also a more advanced paid Facebook group “Award Travel 201” where the most knowledgeable frequent flyers and points and miles experts cover advanced topics. For frustrated travelers, there is a “Travel Grumps 101” group for airing of grievances. And finally, there is an “Award Travel Singles Mingle” group for those who are single looking to meet like-minded people.
Award Booking Service
AwardWallet provides a full-fledged award booking service, which is of most benefit when booking international first-class or business-class tickets. Anyone can submit a booking request and one of our booking agents will start looking for the least expensive reward tickets for you. Finding reward availability can be very challenging, letting a professional do this for you will not only save you time, but could also help you avoid paying a lot in airline and fuel charges.
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Points & Miles Tools
AwardWallet has developed a number of tools to help points and miles enthusiasts. Here are a few:
Merchant Category Lookup Tool
This tool allows you to type in any merchant name and it will tell you how that merchant is coded and which cards earn the highest number of points with that merchant. You can also read more about it here.
Credit Card Spend Analysis
In order to use this report, you need to first link your Chase, Amex, Citi, or Bank Of America accounts. Once you’ve connected one or more of these accounts to AwardWallet, we will analyze your credit card spend and tell you which credit cards you should use while shopping to get the maximum number of points. You can read more about it here.
Transfer and Purchase Times
If you ever need to know how long a miles or points transfer or a purchase is going to take, this report will tell you just that. This is most useful when you find a reward ticket that requires you to transfer or purchase miles. The report is based on real data that is extracted from our Balance Watch feature.
AwardWallet has a mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices. Like its web counterpart, the mobile app monitors your account activity and allows you to quickly access your loyalty program account information. In addition to tracking loyalty accounts, it also provides itinerary management so that you can have all of your trips and confirmation numbers available on the go. This includes benefits such as free flight alerts for your flights that get delayed or canceled.
AwardWallet in the Media
AwardWallet has been featured and cited in many International media outlets including:
10 most useful travel websites: “Never let another frequent-flier mile expire.”
A Travel Hacker's Guide to Elite Status in 2017 and Beyond: “Don’t let good points and miles go to waste.”
How to make rewards programs work for you: “If you have multiple loyalty accounts and have trouble juggling all the details, try AwardWallet.com.”
The 4 Best Apps To Track Credit Card Rewards: “In addition to tracking rewards points, AwardWallet enables customers to view a chart of rewards balances over a period and export that information into Excel.”
I have almost 30 credit cards — here's how I keep track of pay dates, benefits, and rewards balances: “AwardWallet is an indispensable resource for anyone with frequent flyer miles, hotel points, or any other kind of rewards currency.”
How to Plan an Entire Vacation in a Day: “Try AwardWallet, which stores all of your frequent flier miles, loyalty program info, and account balances in one place.”
The Beginner's Guide To Becoming A Frequent Flier: “AwardWallet is this amazing tool to help you keep track of all your points.”
The New York Times
How to Earn Miles and Points Without Leaving Home: “Your points are worthless if they expire. Keep track of all your loyalty program points in one place with sites such as AwardWallet.”
Tracking travel rewards: “Most comprehensive and internationally-minded rewards tracker”
Five best air travel apps: “Best for having your frequent flier account balances within easy reach for spontaneous upgrades.”
A better way to monitor reward programs: “For those who rack up a vast array of rewards from airlines, hotels, drugstores and gas stations, aggregator sites can be one-stop shops.”
Are You Missing Out on Lucrative Credit Card Rewards: “Check out websites, such as AwardWallet or Points.com, that help you keep track of all your rewards programs.”
Online Tools for Managing Airline Miles: “Kelly says he uses AwardWallet because it syncs with hundreds of rewards programs (even retail stores and credit cards, in addition to travel programs) and because it's one of the oldest programs (founded in 2004, which in Internet years shows some staying power).”
Track Frequent Flyer Miles, Avoid Expired Rewards: “AwardWallet is a Web site that manages all manner of travel programs in one place for you. It handles airline, hotel, rental car, dining, and shopping programs -- basically, if there's some sort of reward program, AwardWallet probably can track it for you.”
The Washington Post
Airline miles and points must-dos: “When you have, say, 10 credit cards attached to mileage programs, you need a mileage manager. Kelly uses Award Wallet (awardwallet.com), a free service that tracks mileage balances and alerts you if miles are expiring.”
Los Angeles Times
First Person“The main page neatly shows all your accounts, with miles for each.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Just how secure are your travel rewards: “She also is a fan of AwardWallet.com, which helps you track your points and miles and will notify you of withdrawals.”
The Wall Street Journal
Air Rescue: Saving Miles From the Ax: “AwardWallet.com is a free service that can track programs at airlines, hotels, car-rental companies”
Hackers are trying to steal your vacation. Here's how to stop them: ”Experts say you should change your passwords often and consider using a service like AwardWallet (awardwallet.com), which allows you to track all of your loyalty programs.”
4 frequent flier mile pro tips that anyone can use: “One way to know when your miles are going to expire is to use a program like Awardwallet, which helps you track your miles for free.”
How to maximize all those loyalty programs: “And skip the Excel spreadsheet — Michael uses an app called AwardWallet to manage all his miles.”
AwardWallet has also been covered on TV:
Our Leadership Team
Founder and CEO
Alexi is the co-founder and leads the development efforts of AwardWallet, which he launched in 2004. From its inception, Alexi has been AwardWallet’s product visionary. He is focused on continual improvement of AwardWallet to meet the needs of its 686,000+ global members and to respond to the evolving rewards program landscape, which is reflected in AwardWallet’s recognized leadership in rewards management.
Prior to the creation of AwardWallet, Alexi worked in global enterprise IT Services organizations including, Aelita Software, Quest Software, and Dell. Over 16 years his responsibilities expanded from web development and support to technical account management and systems consulting. Throughout this time Alexi worked with clients including PepsiCo, Inc., Morgan Stanley, ExxonMobil, Fidelity Investments, United Technology, and Publix.
Alexi attended Utah State University where he played NCAA Division I Men’s College Tennis. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Information Systems Management from Franklin University. Alexi further received a Master of Information Systems Management from DeVry University. Alexi and his wife have four kids; his hobbies include tennis, kiteboarding, snowboarding, and playing guitar.
Erik joined the AwardWallet team in 2018. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. During school, he discovered points and miles as a way to fund frequent international trips and a semester abroad in Santiago Chile.
Following school, he began traveling full time and co-founded Abroaders.com, a startup that helps travelers earn and redeem rewards points for maximum value.
Erik first connected with AwardWallet while looking for a tool to manage complex award bookings for clients. With the help of the AwardWallet booking platform, he and his team have redeemed over 49 million points for 2.2 million in airfare savings.
Erik lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Gabriela. When not obsessing about points and miles, his hobbies include cooking, photography, learning languages, exploring national parks, watching Michigan athletics (Go Blue!) and of course, travel.