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Award booking services - a list and some reviews

Award booking services - a list and some reviews

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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.


Award booking services (alphabetical):
  • Award Advocate - Domestic $100 p/p International $125 p/p, no additional charge for last minute. Changes $50. Also 10% discount for families traveling with children and active military
  • AwardBird - Economy: $39 for the 1st passenger and $19 for each additional; Business/First: $69 for the 1st passenger and $39 for each additional
  • Award Booking Service - $25 up front search fee plus $150/ticket & $49 per 30-minute skype consultations (ask anything!)
  • Award Butler - Award Search: $79 for up to two passengers; flight info provided but does not include booking. Booking starting at $149 for first two passengers.
  • Award Chaser - Search fee starting at $79. Itinerary only - no booking provided
  • Awarding Canada - Specializing in awards for Canadians, especially with Aeroplan, but with expertise available for anyone, worldwide. $150CAD for first passenger, $100CAD per passenger thereafter. Infants charged $25 instead. 2% discount if paid by Interace-Transfer.
  • Award Guru - $100 flat fee. Unlimited number of passengers. Website down as of 23-June-2018
  • Award Planners - One way $129, additional person $99; Round trip $199, additional person $99; Multi City $249 additional person $149
  • Award Travel Consulting - Award Search: $125/person; Booking ticket: $75/itinerary; changes: new trip
  • Awardmagic - $179 per person OW/RT plus one stop or $279 per person for three or more destinations
  • Awards & Travel - (iqbalt from FT) $100 for the first person; $50 for additional personnel. Explorer and RTW awards will be $200/ per person. Website down as of 23-June-2018
  • Book Your Award - (Gary Leff/View From The Wing): Booking: $185 per person; changes: $75 per person, each way
  • Boundless Miles - (Dominik Żmuda/Travelling the World): Booking: $50 USD per passenger, $25 change/cancellation fee per passenger
  • CabinChief - Bookings are $49 per pax
  • Cranky Concierge - $75 per person each way domestic; $95 per person each way international
  • First Class and Beyond - "Concierge-style" bookings. Fee is based on the value of the retail ticket, $250/person minimum.
  • Flightfox - Consultative flight searching; fees start at $100 (requires credit card authorization up front)
  • iflywithmiles.com - (Mike/Melissa): 150 USD first person, 85 for additional person on same itin. Change fees vary.
  • JJ Award Travel - $175 for the first person/$75 each additional. Complex awards more. Currently giving 10% discount when you mention FT. 20% off per referral.
  • Juicy Miles - (Adam/Point Me to the Plane): $125 per person for the first two travelers. $100 per each additional traveler. For Round-the-World (RTW) awards, pricing will vary
  • Loophole Travel - Award Travel Coaching $150 for first passenger and $100 for each additional passenger. Points Earning and MS Coaching also available.
  • Luxury Travel Consulting - (Jasper2009 on Flyertalk): $150 per person per ticket
  • MilesConcierge - (callmedtop on FT) "High-touch" award bookings, emphasizing personalized engagement for every customer. $125 for first passenger, $100 for each additional. Not accepting new bookings as of 23-June-2018
  • MilesElite - $99 for award search and $149 for award search and booking. No such domain as of 23-June-2018
  • Miles Help - Domestic: $100 OW; $140 RT/complex. International: $150 OW; $200 RT/complex. $50 each additional person
  • Miles Momma Booking Services - Airline Booking: $200 up to 2 passengers. $75 additional passengers. $50 non-refundable up front. Changes $50
  • MileValue Award Booking Service - (Scott Grimmer): Booking: $125 per person per award; $15 up front. Full payment required for successful search even if not booked. Change fee not currently listed; previously $79
  • PMM Travel Consulting - (Miguel R. Quinones/AwardWallet Blog): Booking: $125 per passenger for the first two, $99 for each additional. Additional charges for complex itineraries. Credit card advice and travel planning services.
  • PointsPros - (Ben Schlappig/One Mile At A Time): Booking: $300 first passenger, changes: $100
  • Reward Flyer - Domestic: $50 first person; $25 each additional person. International: $100 first person; $50 each additional person
  • Shrewd Travel - (skyvanman on FT) Booking: $250 per person; changes: varies; Available via phone or e-mail or even FT PM. Website down as of 23-June-2018
  • SFO777.com - (SFO777 on FT) Booking: $200 first passenger, $100 each additional passenger; change fees vary
  • The Flying Mustache - $100 per ticket; additional fees for more than eight segments. Change fees vary
  • The Points Jet Setter - $150 for the first passenger and $75 per each additional passenger. Website down as of 23-June-2018
  • Upgrd Awards - (MatthewLAX on FT, Live and Let's Fly blog) $150 first passenger, $100 each additional passenger; $250 per person for RTW; changes $75 but can vary. $50/ticket booking fee
  • zainman - FT member since 2009. Booking: $200 first passenger, $100 each additional passenger; change fees vary, consultant services for $ as well
  • Zero Hassle Rewards - $100 per person. Discounts for domestic and one-way
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Old Mar 23, 13, 3:05 am
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Join Date: Sep 2011
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Does anyone know if any award booking services have 1k or premier status on united?

I already have an routing made, but with close in ticketing fees and possible rescheduling (changing dates within 21 days) it'd be worth the fee to have someone with status book the award from their account.

Is this even possible for award services? I'd simply pay the cash + transfer the necessary UR points.
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Old Mar 23, 13, 4:29 pm
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It's hard to explain what I want - but what I think I want isn't very hard to get - but I want to pay someone who knows more than I do to sit and just email back and forth - bounce ideas off of me - not even necessarily who has many tricks. But something like "We have all summer, we want to go some place that we can't drive to in a couple of days, this is what we got as far as points - what do you suggest?" For four people - it seems like fees get up to $600 - where this may take an hour conversation over a few days. Any ideas on lower-cost booking services for newbies when the challenge isn't particularly hard - but it's a first time award booking for them and they want to pay for the handholding/spoon feeding?
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Old Mar 23, 13, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by horseymen View Post
It's hard to explain what I want - but what I think I want isn't very hard to get - but I want to pay someone who knows more than I do to sit and just email back and forth - bounce ideas off of me - not even necessarily who has many tricks. But something like "We have all summer, we want to go some place that we can't drive to in a couple of days, this is what we got as far as points - what do you suggest?" For four people - it seems like fees get up to $600 - where this may take an hour conversation over a few days. Any ideas on lower-cost booking services for newbies when the challenge isn't particularly hard - but it's a first time award booking for them and they want to pay for the handholding/spoon feeding?
E-mail all of them- ask for a price quote for a full package. Your replies will easily determine who to proceed working with.
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Old Mar 23, 13, 5:32 pm
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Originally Posted by travelkid View Post
E-mail all of them- ask for a price quote for a full package. Your replies will easily determine who to proceed working with.
Is it appropriate to email all of them in essence to low ball them from their original quotes? Are these prices negotiable? Theoretically, some would have no problem charging $800 dollars to book 4 of us directly from DFW to SEA (as an example!)
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Old Mar 23, 13, 5:42 pm
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Originally Posted by horseymen View Post
Is it appropriate to email all of them in essence to low ball them from their original quotes? Are these prices negotiable? Theoretically, some would have no problem charging $800 dollars to book 4 of us directly from DFW to SEA (as an example!)
Everything is negotiable. The customer is always right

Especially on larger bookings, you may score a deal.
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Old Mar 23, 13, 7:07 pm
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Originally Posted by horseymen:20470800
It's hard to explain what I want - but what I think I want isn't very hard to get - but I want to pay someone who knows more than I do to sit and just email back and forth - bounce ideas off of me - not even necessarily who has many tricks. But something like "We have all summer, we want to go some place that we can't drive to in a couple of days, this is what we got as far as points - what do you suggest?" For four people - it seems like fees get up to $600 - where this may take an hour conversation over a few days. Any ideas on lower-cost booking services for newbies when the challenge isn't particularly hard - but it's a first time award booking for them and they want to pay for the handholding/spoon feeding?
To be honest, for that don't use an award booking service, you'd get better results and advice by opening up a thread here on FlyerTalk
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Old Mar 23, 13, 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by horseymen View Post
It's hard to explain what I want - but what I think I want isn't very hard to get - but I want to pay someone who knows more than I do to sit and just email back and forth - bounce ideas off of me - not even necessarily who has many tricks. But something like "We have all summer, we want to go some place that we can't drive to in a couple of days, this is what we got as far as points - what do you suggest?" For four people - it seems like fees get up to $600 - where this may take an hour conversation over a few days. Any ideas on lower-cost booking services for newbies when the challenge isn't particularly hard - but it's a first time award booking for them and they want to pay for the handholding/spoon feeding?
Just cut to the chase:
Where do you want to fly and when?
Which airline alliance?
What is your flexibility?
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Old Mar 24, 13, 1:15 am
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Originally Posted by dd1612 View Post
Just cut to the chase:
Where do you want to fly and when?
Which airline alliance?
What is your flexibility?
That's why I wanted to talk to someone who has knowledge. I've spent probably 100 hours reading - but I've never done it before - and I don't want to miss something or an idea or something beyond my scope.

Summer vacation. Some place cool. Flexibility? May 20th to August 15th. 4 business class tickets. 100k UR, 100k MR, 50k AA, 50k United is what I've got right now.

It seems that going to actual Alaska is my best bet as far as best bang for the miles buck as far as going some place exotic that is an uncomfortable drive.. but maybe I'm missing something.

But maybe one can transfer UR miles to get 2 of the tickets using XYZ redemption on some alliance and one can transfer MR miles to get the other 2 tickets using ABC redemption on the same alliance but different program. These are things that as a rookie, you just don't know! Maybe it opens up other places. There's a value for me in having that kind of dialogue with someone who is super knowledgable. I'm a pretty smart person - but hopefully you can understand the whole idea of 30 airline programs and thousands of destinations for someone who has flown 5 times in his life is a little overwhelming.

Edited to add: This is trending toward its own subject, so I'll move it to its own thread - but it sounds like something like what I'm looking for isn't necessarily best suited for award booking - which is good as we learn the types of things that are and are not suited for award booking.

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Old Mar 25, 13, 11:55 pm
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Just saw an ad for "Lantern Travel" under the Flyertalk logo on this page. They seem like a new award travel service, maybe 1-2 months old?
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Old Mar 26, 13, 12:34 pm
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Crossposting is not really the best way to get an answer.... Since most of your miles are with US and AA try ONE of those forums and see what kind of answers you get before posting in all forums.

Plenty of threads in the US forum to read what awards to Europe will cost you and how to see what's available.
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Old May 1, 13, 4:08 am
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Updated based on this PM;

"...My URL is http://www.awardbookingservice.com

To prevent spam I do not post my email address on the page but have a simple form located at: http://www.awardbookingservice.com/contact-us/..."
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Old May 9, 13, 1:35 pm
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I will mention my award booking service as well.

I try to answer within 24 hrs and since its not my FT job, I haven't advertised enough but do get 3-4 customers per week (referrals through friends and family) and if I ever get more than 10 a week, I will advise the customer to either wait or contact other services.
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Old May 21, 13, 10:50 pm
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any suggestions if I already researched and picked out the flights with availability, and just need someone to do the agent roulette routine to do the actual booking?
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Old May 21, 13, 11:04 pm
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If you've gotten that far just do it yourself I reckon.
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Old May 22, 13, 8:09 pm
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My signature as well
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