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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. Mention FT for 10% off. Exclusive only for FT members.
  • 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 Jun 12, 13, 1:00 pm
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I'd love you to add my site to the award booking list.

You can find the award booking page at:

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

It has a fillable form on that page for people to fill out.

Current cost is $150 for the first person, $50 for each additional person on the same itinerary.

My handle here is civico, and my email address is [email protected]

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Old Jun 15, 13, 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by civico View Post
I'd love you to add my site to the award booking list.

You can find the award booking page at:

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

It has a fillable form on that page for people to fill out.

Current cost is $150 for the first person, $50 for each additional person on the same itinerary.

My handle here is civico, and my email address is [email protected]

Thanks!
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Old Jun 19, 13, 1:01 pm
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there are many lists available on website but how could we make sure all are corect.
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Old Jun 21, 13, 6:11 am
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Originally Posted by mapleexecutivelivery View Post
there are many lists available on website but how could we make sure all are corect.
Links to other sites/sites?
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Old Jun 24, 13, 11:10 am
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Matthew at www.UPGRD.com is great! Very thorough, extremely knowledgeable, patient, and put together a great solution for me and my family that was very difficult.

Very prompt service, very polite, and organized. He gave us several options and chocies and founds routings I didn't even think of. Highly recommended!
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Old Jun 24, 13, 3:32 pm
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Couldn't agree more

Originally Posted by b8b View Post
Matthew at www.UPGRD.com is great! Very thorough, extremely knowledgeable, patient, and put together a great solution for me and my family that was very difficult.

Very prompt service, very polite, and organized. He gave us several options and chocies and founds routings I didn't even think of. Highly recommended!
I kept running into walls with the hang up and callback approach, the system won't price out a routing that's perfectly legal, and Matthew delivered the magic.
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Old Jul 18, 13, 12:27 pm
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Old Jul 18, 13, 5:36 pm
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Originally Posted by yerffej201 View Post
http://boardingarea.com/canadiankilo...oking-service/

I am very happy to offer a free award booking service!
Nice initiative, but before anyone are fooled pls see this text from the link "I am very happy to offer a PAY OUR OWN PRICE award booking service!".

Will you add a function where you let clients pay their own price directly to the non-profit organisation? Which one is it?
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Old Jul 18, 13, 10:46 pm
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Originally Posted by b8b View Post
Matthew at www.UPGRD.com is great! Very thorough, extremely knowledgeable, patient, and put together a great solution for me and my family that was very difficult.

Very prompt service, very polite, and organized. He gave us several options and chocies and founds routings I didn't even think of. Highly recommended!
Originally Posted by UAFlyer View Post
I kept running into walls with the hang up and callback approach, the system won't price out a routing that's perfectly legal, and Matthew delivered the magic.
Thank you both for your kinds words and I look forward to working with you again.
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Old Jul 24, 13, 3:39 pm
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Originally Posted by yerffej201 View Post
I'm not trying to fool anyone. I encourage people to offer me $0, unless they really want to, and I will gladly do award bookings for free.

If I do get revenue I will be very transparent about where that goes. I'm going to have a post where readers can vote for which organization to donate to.
This is great. I don't have anything to book now, but would definitely be interested for my next international trip.
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Old Jul 24, 13, 8:10 pm
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This is great. I don't have anything to book now, but would definitely be interested for my next international trip.
Just note that I have 100+ requests in the queue right now, so expect waiting time of 15+ days.
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Old Jul 26, 13, 9:17 am
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Originally Posted by yerffej201 View Post
Just note that I have 100+ requests in the queue right now, so expect waiting time of 15+ days.
I think my former analysis still stands then.

Response time of 15+ days would make this useless to me, and to most if not all I have helped with bookings.
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Old Jul 26, 13, 1:13 pm
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Award booking service?

I need someone ASAP to run through my father-in-laws points and put together a multi-segment itinerary. I also need them to do that for me and my wife. So flight plans for 5 people (3 multi-segment, and 2 round trip), using a combination of Amex, United, Chase and AA miles. Needs to be explored asap.

Who is the BEST for this? I know there are multiple options floating out there, but who are the BEST?

I am OK paying a fee for someone's time (and would hope they would give me a discount for multiple business!)

Thank you
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Old Jul 26, 13, 2:09 pm
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See this big list/thread?

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...ices-list.html

Canadian Kilometer recently started a "pay you wish" service, but I'm sure if you offer a nice price he could probably help you out faster
http://boardingarea.com/canadiankilo...oking-service/
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Old Jul 26, 13, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by jerryhung View Post
See this big list/thread?

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...ices-list.html

Canadian Kilometer recently started a "pay you wish" service, but I'm sure if you offer a nice price he could probably help you out faster
http://boardingarea.com/canadiankilo...oking-service/
Sorry about that. Missed that big posting! I did a search, and it clearly was a poor search.

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