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: (Sylvania on FT) Booking: $250 per person; changes: unknown
SFO777.com (SFO777 on FT) Booking: $200 first passenger, $100 each additional passenger; change fees vary
UpgradeGuru (chanp on FT) $150 first passenger, $75 each additional passenger; changes small fee
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
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Out of service as of time of writing (OP date);
thepointsguy http://thepointsguy.com/about-me/ "If you are writing to ask about booking travel using points, I do not currently offer that service, but hope to add it again soon."
Just say yes
Last edited by travelkid; Feb 9, 14 at 4:17 am..
Reason: updated to feb 2014
What is even more interesting is instead of helping "friends & family" he will rather have them pay. (wow)
And I don't see the point of paying someone for that.
Obviously you have not ever booked a complicated routing involving very hard to find award seats segments, at the peak seasons or last minutes.
There are times the money paying for the experts to hunt these down for you is money well-spent when you either dont have the knowledge or the tools to look for such, or you simply dont have the time to hunt for such.
I would, but OP clearly says "at times its quicker to pay for the help as Im on travel etc"
Award booking is time sensitive
And it is time consuming.
Above all things, it is the KNOWLEDGE that one is paying for.
Those pros know the alliances route maps like the back of their hands. They can come up with routing that none of the newbies here can think of, or know about.
Of course if your award idea is a r/t to Hawaii, or a r/t to Europe / Asia with the basic routing, you would think paying for such service is crazy... UNTIL, you have a very difficult time finding award seats on the basic routing you know about... such as just to get to Rome in July by business class to meet your cruise ... Then those services may come up with very unusual routing that have seats to get you there... just an example.
Programs: PC Plat, SPG Gold, Hilton Gold, Hertz Gold, UA Gold, DL Silver
I've used travelconcierge before (twice now) and Roland has been very good at finding what I want and from different alliances. I think he is Australian based, but is very knowledgable in finding routings for me that work.
I used up *A miles for my first trip and this time I am using up my *A miles one way and BA/Avios miles on the way back. Being able to fly the A380 on Air France was nice.