Reader sarah asked,
Is there a service which can assist in arranging a multi-city vacation in Europe using [American Express Membership Rewards points] and American miles… air and hotel. Appears to be too complex for my computer skills.
Funny Sarah should ask this!
I happen to have an award booking service. Lest you think I’m about to get all commercial on you, it’s probably worth mentioning that I do not write about it very often although there’s a link to it on the left hand side of the blog.
Working to help folks redeem literally billions of miles is one major source of knowledge and experience I use in writing this blog.
My approach is that you don’t ever pay unless we’re able to secure an award that meets agreed-upon parameters for the trip. We only like to happy happy customers, and love to help folks navigate the world of miles and points.
But I give away most of my knowledge here on the blog (which is to say that there’s no charge to read the blog, though at a bare minimum unless you’re using ad blocking software I do make money on the ads). Frankly most of the business has come from media attention, such as being named one of Conde’ Nast Traveler‘s world’s top travel specialists (2010 – Present) plus writeups in the New York Times as well as USA Today and elsewhere.
We’re happy to have a look at pretty much any award challenge, the way to get started is to fill out the booking request form linked on the BookYourAward.com website.
Now, Sarah asks about hotels. I’m always happy to provide advice, but we aren’t a full service travel agency and only consult on airline awards. Hotels just aren’t difficult to reserve for the most part the way that airline tickets can be. (Most hotel programs have adopted a ‘no capacity controls’ approach to reward nights, meaning that if a standard room is available at the hotel you can get that on points.)
I’m not sure whether the other services deal with hotel bookings, it’s certainly not a part of their standard offerings. Book Your Award isn’t the only service out there, and I much respect the products that Points Pros (Lucky of One Mile at a Time‘s service) and Matthew Klint offer.