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About Us

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 667.000 associados ativos that manage over 183,7 bilhões de milhas/pontos representing around $3,674 bilhões 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.

667K

users

183,7 Billion

miles and points

$3,674 bilhões

in value

Quick History

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2004

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.

2007

An in-app purchase “AwardWallet Plus” feature was introduced for the first time to offer a premium service level.

2010

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.

2012

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.

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The AwardWallet team in the summer of 2014
2013

AwardWallet partnered with American Airlines to provide AwardWallet users with the ability to track their American Airlines miles using our API.

2015

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.

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left to right: Howie Rappaport, Richard Kerr, Rachel Berkey
2017

AwardWallet expanded its social media presence by acquiring Award Travel 101 Facebook Group.

2018

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.

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The AwardWallet Team in the summer of 2018
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The AwardWallet Team in the summer of 2019

Quick Facts

AwardWallet has 667.000 users.

AwardWallet supports the tracking of 710 programas de recompensas.

AwardWallet tracks a total of 183,7 bilhões de milhas/pontos representing around $3,674 bilhões 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

AwardTravel101
AwardTravel201

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

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.

AwardWallet Blog

AwardWallet Blog

The AwardWallet Blog is here to help you earn more points and turn them into incredible travel experiences. In the world of points and miles, knowledge is power. Follow the blog for timely coverage of deals and promotions and expert analysis of how the latest developments impact the value of your hard-earned points.

Staying on top of the loyalty programs you care about can be a full-time job, and we’re happy to do it for you.

Maximize the points you earn

Turn your everyday purchases into a steady flow of points that will save you thousands on your next trip.

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be treated like a VIP. Get on the fast track to elite status and take advantage of perks that make every trip special.

Make each point work harder

With the right redemption strategy, you can travel like a millionaire and pay less than it costs to fly economy.

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Points & Miles Tools

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.

Mobile Apps

iOS app Android app

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:

  • U.S. News

    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).”

  • CBS News

    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”

  • USA Today

    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.”

  • Vox

    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.”

  • Vice

    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

Alexi Vereschaga,

Fundador e CEO

Alexi é cofundador e é o chefe da equipe de desenvolvimento do AwardWallet, que ele criou em 2004. Desde o começo, Alexi tem sido o visionário do produto AwardWallet. Ele tem como foco o desenvolvimento contínuo do AwardWallet para que este continue a atender as necessidades dos seus mais de %members% usuários em todo o mundo e esteja sempre alinhado com o panorama dos programas de recompensa, o que se reflete na liderança reconhecida do AwardWallet na gestão de programas de recompensa.

Antes da criação do AwardWallet, Alexi trabalhou em empresas de serviços corporativos de TI, como Aelita Software, Quest Software e Dell. Há 16 anos atuando no mercado, suas responsabilidades passaram de desenvolvimento e suporte para a Internet para gestão técnica de contas e consultoria em sistemas. Durante esse tempo, Alexi trabalhou com clientes como a PepsiCo, Inc., Morgan Stanley, ExxonMobil, Fidelity Investments, United Technology e Publix.

Alexi estudou na Utah State University, onde jogou tênis na Divisão I Universitária. Ele se formou com honras (Magna Cum Laude) como Bacharel em Gestão de Sistemas de Informação na Franklin University. Alexi recebeu o título de Mestre em Gestão de Sistemas de Informação pela DeVry University. Alexi e sua esposa têm quatro filhos; entre seus hobbies estão o tênis, kiteboarding, snowboarding e tocar guitarra.

Erik Paquet,

Editor chefe

Erik entrou para o time do AwardWallet em 2018. Ele estudou na Universidade de Michigan, onde se formou como Bacharel em Ciências Econômicas. Durante a faculdade, ele descobriu pontos e milhas como uma forma de financiar mais viagens internacionais e um semestre no exterior, em Santiago, no Chile.

Após formar-se, ele começou a viajar em tempo integral e co-fundou a Abroaders.com, uma startup que ajuda viajantes a ganhar e resgatar pontos de recompensa, obtendo máximo retorno.

Erik entrou em contato com a AwardWallet pela primeira vez enquanmto procurava por uma ferramenta para gerenciar reservas complexas de recompensa para clientes. Com a ajuda da plataforma de reservas da AwardWallet, ele e sua equipe resgataram mais de 49 milhões de pontos, obtendo uma economia de US$ 2,2 milhões em passagens aéreas.

Erik mora em Austin, Texas, com sua esposa Gabriela. Quando não está obcecado com pontos e milhas, seus hobbies são culinária, fotografia, idiomas e parques naturais, jogos dos times da Universidade de Michigan (Go Blue!) e, naturalmente, viajar.