You’re officially out of excuses for your credit card points earning game…
Bonus points equals more travel and more travel equals life. You may have heard of AwardWallet, or you may have not. It doesn’t matter, because now there’s a reason why you’ll definitely want to download it. As rewards credit cards compete to offer the most bonus points on everything from dining to hotels to Starbucks, it’s hard to know which one to pull out, and equally hard to know which places actually count for bonus points!
AwardWallet is a really simple and easy app for keeping track of your points and miles balances with hotels, airlines and credit card companies, and even more importantly – they let you know when those points might expire! Phew. But that’s not why you even remotely care about Award Wallet today. The app has just launched a new tool, which can easily be classified as a game changer, because you’re now always a click away from maximizing every single purchase. Like, ever.
It’s simple and it’s easy. Fire up the AwardWallet app, which you can download on Android here, or Apple iOS here. Tap the “Merchant Lookup” and search for your desired restaurant, grocery store, gas station, coffee spot or wherever you’re about to spend money.
For now, it’s limited to the USA, but UK functionality as well as coverage in other markets is being rolled out ASAP. You can also use it online, and in both cases you don’t necessarily even need a free AwardWallet account. According to AwardWallet, they want to be right 100% of the time before they push a market out.
When you open the “Merchant Lookup” feature, you’ll see what almost every major U.S. credit card on the market earns, at each merchant. Yep, in a single screen you’ll see which card to pull out, or perhaps which card to consider getting down the road to maximize your purchases. Hey, there’s a big difference between 2x bonus points and 5x, you know?
This may sound simple enough, but saying that a true master list of how each merchant “codes” is a big deal is like calling Lebron a decent basketball player. It’s huge. Some credit cards offer super vague bonus categories such as entertainment, so knowing for sure what spend will count for what bonus points – and what won’t, is absolutely massive. Similarly, knowing which coffee shops count as dining earning big bonus points, versus those which don’t can be pretty valuable too.