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Award booking services (alphabetical):


  • Award Advocate: Domestic $75 p/p International $100 p/p, no additional charge for last minute. Also 10% discount for families traveling with children
  • Award Booking Service: $125/person
  • AwardButler: Award Search: $79 for up to two passengers. Booking starting at $129 for first two passengers.
  • Awarding Canada: Specializing in awards for Canadians, but with expertise available for anyone, worldwide. $125CAD (PP) for the first two passengers, $75CAD for every passenger thereafter.
  • Award Planners: One way $99, additional person $49; Round trip $149, additional person $99; Multi City $199 additional person $99.
  • Award Travel Consulting: Award Search: $150/person | Booking ticket: $75/itinerary; changes: new trip
  • Awardmagic $139 per person or $249 per person for RTW trips
  • Awards & Travel: (iqbalt from FT) $100 for the first person; $50 for additional personnel. Explorer and RTW awards will be $200/ per person.
  • Book Your Award (Gary Leff/View From The Wing): Booking: $150 per person; changes: $75 per one-way
  • BoundlessMiles (Dominik Żmuda/Travelling the World): Booking: $50 USD per passenger, $25 change/cancellation fee per passenger
  • Easy Award Booking (Alexisonsmith/Award Booking Service): Award Booking: $99 per person and friendly travel consultant. Helps with flights as well as destinations and hotels!
  • First Class and Beyond "Concierge-style" bookings for $250/person (and up). Fee is based on the value of the retail ticket. Phone calls encouraged.
  • Flightfox Consultative flight searching; fees start at $98
  • iflywithmiles.com (Mike/Melissa): 150 USD first person, 85 for additional person on same itin. Change fees vary.
  • Luxury Travel Consulting (Jasper2009 on Flyertalk): $150 per person per ticket (discounted fee for additional pax and itineraries wholly within NA)
  • Juicy Miles (Adam/Point Me to the Plane): Booking: $125 per person; changes: included within reason
  • MilesConcierge: (callmedtop on FT) "High-touch" award bookings, emphasizing personalized engagement for every customer. $125 for first passenger, $100 for each additional.
  • MilesElite: $99 for award search and $149 for award search and booking.
  • Miles Momma Booking Services Airline Booking: $150 up to 2 passengers. $25 additional passengers. Hotel Booking: $100 for up to 3 hotels.
  • MileValue Award Booking Service (Scott Grimmer): Booking: $125 per person per award; changes: $79 per person
  • PMM Travel Consulting (Miguel R. Quinones/AwardWallet Blog): Booking: $125 per passenger for the first two passengers, $99 for each additional passenger. Also provide credit card advice and travel planning services. All major credit cards accepted.
  • PointsPros (Ben Schlappig/One Mile At A Time): Booking: $200 first passenger, $100 each additional passenger; changes: "a nominal fee"
  • Reward Flyer: Free service as long as you apply for credit cards through their site.
  • Shrewd Travel: (skyvanman on FT) Booking: $250 per person; changes: varies; Available via phone or e-mail or even FT PM.
  • SFO777.com (SFO777 on FT) Booking: $200 first passenger, $100 each additional passenger; change fees vary
  • The Points Jet Setter $150 for the first passenger and $75 per each additional passenger
  • Upgrd Awards (MatthewLAX on FT, Live and Let's Fly blog) $150 first passenger, $100 each additional passenger; changes $75 but can vary
  • zainman, FT member since 2009, offers his consultant services for $ as well

Note: This list is not an endorsement of any particular award booking service; please do your research and read this thread. See the FT Disclaimers for disclaimer of responsibility for use of these services, etc. Please add other services and options you know about to this wiki. Also, please post any personal experiences you may have with any of these services in this thread.
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Old Oct 4, 12, 8:20 am   #76
  
Join Date: May 2008
Location: PHL (kinda, no airport is really close)
Programs: US Gold/AA Plat
Posts: 2,401
Booking Help Available

I hope I'm not violating any rules by posting this...

As noted above, I've learned quite a bit about bookings in the past few months.

I'm offering, free of charge, to help one or two people book award trips. Strongly prefer domestic or Europe, because those are what I'm most familiar with. Why would I do this? I just booked my wife's summer trip and she said "I'd like to learn what you do." So rather than pick a phony trip and pretend to look for it, I'd rather have a real case to work on.

Of course if you don't like what I come up with, you don't have to book it.

Offer only good for weekends she's here (she lives in another city) and for the next 7 weeks (until my KVS subscription runs out). But this weekend would be good.
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Old Oct 4, 12, 9:26 am   #77
  
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I hope I'm not violating any rules by posting this...

As noted above, I've learned quite a bit about bookings in the past few months.

I'm offering, free of charge, to help one or two people book award trips. Strongly prefer domestic or Europe, because those are what I'm most familiar with. Why would I do this? I just booked my wife's summer trip and she said "I'd like to learn what you do." So rather than pick a phony trip and pretend to look for it, I'd rather have a real case to work on.

Of course if you don't like what I come up with, you don't have to book it.

Offer only good for weekends she's here (she lives in another city) and for the next 7 weeks (until my KVS subscription runs out). But this weekend would be good.
Good spirit
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Old Oct 10, 12, 10:19 am   #78
  
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Scott at milevalue.com just did a great job booking two business seats to Morocco for me. Within 24 hours he came up with several options that met my criteria. Then he booked the ones I selected, and re-booked when I changed my mind. There were many details that he brought to my attention, and he answered all my questions. He was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I am so happy -- I could never have found these flights myself. His price was very reasonable and well worth it - $149 for two tickets on the same itinerary.
Based on this above review, I gave Scott a try. I was looking for 2 tickets to Paris business class and he was able to nab them. He responded to my initial e-mail on the same day I sent the e-mail and, within a day, provided me with some good choices. I am a newbie so others may not need this service but the $149 for the 2 tickets, for me, was well worth the value. He basically walked my wife and me through the entire process and it was done fairly quickly and painlessly.
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Old Oct 19, 12, 3:01 pm   #79
  
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: LAT/LONG
Programs: UA 1k; Hyatt Plat; SPG Gold; Avis PC Preferred; Priority Pass Select; AMEX Platinum
Posts: 442
PremierAwardBookings

www.premierawardbookings.com

Hello

I recently found these guys and they helped me book a one way LH biz (747-8i and A380) to SIN. Somehow they were able to get me a one night >24 hours stopover in SIN on my way to Rangoon on SQ. I want a First class ticket and i know LH does not release F until a week or so before, so they are still monitoring availability for me.

Great guys, responded back within 24 hours like promised and was given a friends and family discount (if anyone would like it PM me and i will share)

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Old Oct 19, 12, 3:31 pm   #80
  
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www.premierawardbookings.com

Hello

I recently found these guys and they helped me book a one way LH biz (747-8i and A380) to SIN. Somehow they were able to get me a one night >24 hours stopover in SIN on my way to Rangoon on SQ. I want a First class ticket and i know LH does not release F until a week or so before, so they are still monitoring availability for me.

Great guys, responded back within 24 hours like promised and was given a friends and family discount (if anyone would like it PM me and i will share)
OP updated
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Old Oct 22, 12, 8:27 am   #81
  
Join Date: Mar 2004
Programs: DL PM, Hilton Gold, Marriott Gold, SPG
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Well, I think for the first time I may need some expertise but it's confusing as to which service to choose to contact.

I have only Delta miles but plenty of them since they're so hard to use.

I've booked other tickets using miles for a first class award for my husband, while purchasing an upgradeable fare for myself, using one of my SWUs. And I'm not complaining about finding a low level award; I guess I no longer expect that with Delta.

Our Ideal Goal - Outbound: CMH - LIH on 2/8/13 in first and I don't care what cities we go through. It just needs to be in first because my husband is large, doesn't like to fly, so I need to get him in first. Return: 2/23/13 KOA - CMH and here I'd like to get in first on DL 836 (HNL-ATL) with the lie flat BE seats for the overnight return. He's never experienced the lie flat seats and I'd like for him to be able to do so on the return. If need be, we could come home a day or so later. I'm beginning to think I may have to give up on my return goal.

I am a Expert Flyer premium member but must admit that I've rarely used it because i've not found it to be very useful for Delta flights since it can't do awards any better than the Delta site.
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Old Oct 30, 12, 7:26 am   #82
  
Join Date: Apr 2010
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Points Pros

Points Pros is not taking service requests at this time.
No mention of when they will accept new clients.

"Hi there:

Thanks for the request. However, we are quite busy and unable to take on requests. My apologies for any inconvenience this might cause you.


Regards,
Alex and The PointsPros Team"
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Old Oct 30, 12, 7:34 am   #83
  
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Points Pros

Points Pros is not taking service requests at this time.
No mention of when they will accept new clients.

"Hi there:

Thanks for the request. However, we are quite busy and unable to take on requests. My apologies for any inconvenience this might cause you.


Regards,
Alex and The PointsPros Team"
I will update with such issues when reported, however if they become to frequent Id rather recommend you send your request to a few services.

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Old Oct 30, 12, 7:40 am   #84
  
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I will update with such issues when reported, however if they become to frequent Id rather recommendyou send your request to a few services.
Understood, thought i would let the community know so they dont waste time waiting to hear from a response back that they cant help.
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Old Nov 2, 12, 4:25 pm   #85
  
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Award Booking Services

I think this falls under MilesBuzz right?
I'm just interested in how they work. So they take your account and book for you? Aren't there privacy issues?
And, also considering most services operate blogs, isn't their service the exact opposite of what their blogs attempt to provide?

Just wanted to throw that out there.
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Old Nov 2, 12, 4:40 pm   #86
  
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I think this falls under MilesBuzz right?
I'm just interested in how they work. So they take your account and book for you? Aren't there privacy issues?
And, also considering most services operate blogs, isn't their service the exact opposite of what their blogs attempt to provide?

Just wanted to throw that out there.
I find them quite useful. However, if you have a pretty simple itinerary, itís best to do it yourself and safe the money. As for privacy, I havenít had any issues and I was recommended a particular service. Iím sure there are others that can share their experiences.
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Old Nov 2, 12, 5:05 pm   #87
  
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Programs: AA, BA, UA, Spirit, Delta, PC Plat, SPG Gold, HHonors Diamond, Club Carlson Gold, Marriott Gold
Posts: 1,717
They want your business and they want you to be happy with their services. I seriously doubt they would steal your info and sell it to crooks, but if you are still mindful of this possibility, I'm sure they can find a way to accommodate your concerns. Work with the ones who are the members of this community.

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Old Nov 2, 12, 5:10 pm   #88
  
Join Date: May 2009
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Please anyone can tell me how they work or operate and would like use them in near future. I would like get an idea what information they need in order to book award travel. Is there any assurance and do they call airlines as an agent.

Thanks
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Old Nov 2, 12, 5:23 pm   #89
  
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: ATL, but want to Expatriate to SE Asia ASAP
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I run an award booking service of my own.

Most of the time the info I need to book for someone is the following:

1. Frequent Flyer Account login info. I always suggest changing to a temporary password for the booking and then change back once complete.
2. Date of Birth
3. Name as it appears on passport for international bookings.

I take somewhat of a risk by paying the taxes and fees on a booking for you with my own credit card. I invoice you via paypal and include the taxes that I paid on your behalf. I have little choice as I have very few clients who want to give me their CC #.

If you want more info feel free to send me a DM. I don't want to violate any flyertalk rules by posting something that would be considered spam.
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Old Nov 2, 12, 5:28 pm   #90
  
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Thanks for your response. Sent a PM.
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I run an award booking service of my own.

Most of the time the info I need to book for someone is the following:

1. Frequent Flyer Account login info. I always suggest changing to a temporary password for the booking and then change back once complete.
2. Date of Birth
3. Name as it appears on passport for international bookings.

I take somewhat of a risk by paying the taxes and fees on a booking for you with my own credit card. I invoice you via paypal and include the taxes that I paid on your behalf. I have little choice as I have very few clients who want to give me their CC #.

If you want more info feel free to send me a DM. I don't want to violate any flyertalk rules by posting something that would be considered spam.
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