Now, there are certainly others on the scene, the folks at Mileage Manager have a tool that helps you find award seats for redemption and will keep checking the websites of your programs to let you know when seats open up. And Using Miles is a new service that I’ve heard good things about and may have promise, but I really haven’t fully vetted yet.
But as I say, I’ve been happiest to date with Award Wallet. They have a free service that tracks the balances on all of your accounts, and their coverage across programs is really extensive even including the rental car and online shopping programs not just airline, hotel, and credit card. It gives you one place to go to store your frequent flyer accounts, track your mileage and account postings, and have one-click login to all of your accounts.
It also automatically grabs your travel itineraries out of your accounts and collates and stores them, which may be a helpful TripIt-style feature for some though I don’t really use it myself. I’m pretty antiquated, I just create an Outlook folder for each trip and when a trip is over I move the inactive ones to a “past trips” folder (never know when you might need to pull up past correspondence or ideas). I don’t even print everything out anymore, I’ve got it all in my email box on my laptop and my email backs up to my work server which I have web access to.
One thing that is really nice about Award Wallet — beyond just the fact that it works, and when a mileage program changes its website so that account balances aren’t as easy to grab, they update their functionality quickly — is that they track the expiration dates of your accounts for you so you know when to take action to keep miles active. They’ll even send you warning emails about pending expiration as well.
They have some enhanced features in a pay service, such as historical account balance changes, exporting balances to Excel, and I think that the pay service has much more extensive tracking of mileage expiration than the free service — I don’t know this for sure because I’m a pay member and I guess I would have to create a new account to see what expiration tracking isn’t included, if any.
They once offered to give me free premium service but I’ve actually paid for it every six months. The pricing is odd, “name your own price,” I think you can do a first-time signup at just a buck for six months and a minimum of $5 after that but presumably people are willing to give them more than the minimum because they do find the site useful as I do.
The Award Wallet folks sent along a coupon code
WingView6MO newWingViewUsers which is good for six months of free premium service. (If you let your premium service lapse you still get basic service, nothing happens to your mileage accounts.) It’s valid for the first 200 uses and expires March 6 — so better get on it if you want to try out their premium service for free.
Code is only valid for new registrants so it doesn’t help me, I’ll still have to pay….
Update: Code has been depleted..
Update 2: 11:30am March 3 they’ve sent along a new coupon code, newWingViewUsers.