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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
  • AwardBandit.com: $150 One passenger; $200 Two or more passengers ("We either find you an itinerary that meets your criteria or you don't pay a dime").
  • 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.
  • 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/Point Me to the Plane): 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
  • 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

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 Jul 25, 11, 6:16 pm   #1
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Award booking services

I tried about 5-6 different search combinations before I posted this and couldn't come up with any threads more recent than 2005-2007.

Is there a service that I can hire to make award bookings for me? I am a frequent reader of TPGs blog and would have hired him to keep income coming into a product that I use regularly but his blog states that he is no longer taking new award booking clients.

I am probably wasting my time posting this but please do reply that it is something I can do myself for free. I work 60-70 hours a week and have neither the time nor the patience to search the various airlines websites that I have mileage balances with hoping to find some combinations of days that would work. For me, it is money well spent to hire someone to do that for me.

Thanks for all the forthcoming suggestions.
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Old Jul 25, 11, 6:18 pm   #2
  
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A google search revealed this:

Hire a Flyertalker
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Old Jul 25, 11, 6:19 pm   #3
  
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go to www.viewfromthewing.com. Gary Leff is a well known and very savvy blogger who is possibly the best known of the award bookers. Full info on his site.

I believe he charges $250 for two tickets and doesn't charge if he can't deliver. He's a good guy and you would do well to contact him.
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Old Jul 25, 11, 6:51 pm   #4
  
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A google search revealed this:

Hire a Flyertalker
Job postings! But maybe some posters in that thread would take the contract work.
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Old Jul 25, 11, 7:02 pm   #5
  
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Actually, TPG has posted on his site that he is still doing award bookings for Premium members, at quoted from his blog:

"Price: Generally $125 per person. Due to capacity I am not taking new award booking requests for new clients at this time. I will still book awards for new and existing Premium and VIP program members."

Per his site, for Premium membership, you get:
- Daily email of posts, ad-free, generally before they post to everyone else
- Email blasts of breaking deals, like mistake fares and limited time offers (these emails will be rare, but when they are sent, they will be valuable)
- Choose either 1) Award booking benefit: 2 award tickets at 50% off ($50 per ticket fee instead of $100+) or 2) 30 minute phone consultation and evaluation of your current points and miles strategy
Annual fee of $125

Good luck!
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Old Jul 25, 11, 7:46 pm   #6
  
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You have a PM with my experiences.
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Old Jul 25, 11, 7:56 pm   #7
  
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Lot of folks

Gary, view from the wing
Lucky, one mile at a time
Brian, thepointsguy
Not sure exactly whom but folks at upgrd.com
many more.....

Rates are almost more or less the same for everyone.
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Old Jul 25, 11, 8:00 pm   #8
  
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Ben also know as Lucky9876coins has been a contributor here and has a blog at http://boardingarea.com/blogs/onemileatatime also has a service to find award seating.

"Having trouble using your miles for that dream trip? Consider using my award travel booking service, Points Pros. You can find more details, including what we do, how to contact us, our pricing, testimonials, and more, at PointsPros.com."


Never used it myself, but I've read Lucky for years and the man is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He also serves on the board here at flyertalk.
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Old Nov 9, 11, 1:04 am   #9
  
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I realize I may be a bit late for the OP here, but for future reference - I too run an award-booking service. You can check it out here, or in my signature

Cheers!
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Old Dec 29, 11, 2:09 pm   #10
  
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Award booking services - a list and some reviews

I have done plenty of award bookings- but at times its quicker to pay for the help as Im on travel etc. Or the multiple friends & family "bugging" me for help.

I would like to divert them to competent and reasonably priced consultants.

Could you please post links to relevant services here, and possibly add your experiences. Feel free to add basic pricing etc.

I will update this post with all links provided.

The search function revealed very scattered info over the years. This might become a master list.

THERE IS NO NEED FOR DISCUSSION ABOUT THE NEED FOR SUCH SERVICES OR BASHING OP OR OTHERS FOR NOT DOING IT FOR FREE

Edit:
Some of the veterans dont take new clients. Will add info posted on thread.

http://www.awardtravelconsulting.com/ My personal favourite based on requests to all services. YMMV.

www.awardexpert.com

http://bookyouraward.com/

http://pointspros.com/ (unable to take new clients at time of October 2012 update)

http://travelfreecoach.com/ (no e-mail adress on web site - only link for form)

http://premierawardbookings.com/ (no e-mail adress on web site - only link for form)

http://www.travelconcierge.com.au/ (no e-mail adress on web site - only link for form)

www.milevalue.com

http://www.maximizingmiles.com/services/ (unable to take new clients at time of July 2012 update)

http://www.firstclassandbeyond.com

http://crankyconcierge.com/ (Word of warning: contrary to other services this require full pre payment)

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewan...aramean/about/

http://www.worldclassperks.com/

http://upgrd.com/award/ (no e-mail adress on web site - only link for form)

www.awardplanners.com (very nice website!)

www.awardbookingservice.com (no e-mail adress on web site - only link for form)

http://www.extrapackofpeanuts.com/aw...oking-service/

http://shrewdtravel.com/award-booking/

http://awardassist.com/ (no e-mail adress on web site - only form)

www.awardmagic.com (no e-mail adress on web site - only form)

http://www.upgradeguru.com/ (contactdata under ToS!))

http://www.juicymiles.com/

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."

Last edited by travelkid; Feb 9, 14 at 4:17 am Reason: updated to feb 2014
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Old Dec 29, 11, 5:27 pm   #11
  
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Concur that a master list with reviews would be a great addition.
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Old Dec 29, 11, 6:29 pm   #12
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gleffp - http://bookyouraward.com/

lucky9865 - http://boardingarea.com/blogs/onemil...ed-award-help/

thepointsguy did or does, couldn't find link on his blog - http://thepointsguy.com/about-me/
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Old Dec 29, 11, 10:00 pm   #13
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I have done plenty of award bookings- but at times its quicker to pay for the help as Im on travel etc. Or the multiple friends & family "bugging" me for help.

I would like to divert them to competent and reasonably priced consultants.
You really think your friends & family will pay for this service when they know that you will help them if they bug you enough?
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Old Dec 29, 11, 11:11 pm   #14
  
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You really think your friends & family will pay for this service when they know that you will help them if they bug you enough?
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.
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Old Dec 29, 11, 11:21 pm   #15
  
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http://travelfreecoach.com/
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