AwardTool: a powerful new award search tool (British Airways added)

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AwardTool is a powerful new flight award search tool with both a free and paid (Pro) version. This tool is very similar to PointsYeah. Both offer powerful search features for free; both allow searching for flight awards across a range of dates; both return results quickly; and both offer alerts. AwardTool, though, offers greater flexibility in searching multiple airports and multiple dates at once.

Update 2/29/24: AwardTool has added support for British Airways Avios. Theoretically, this is a terrific enhancement that adds excellent support for OneWorld awards and for those instances when Qatar releases Qsuites availability, but it’s only available via their own search engine or through BA.

However, we found the tool to be extremely buggy after trying out some initial searches. Availability, and sometimes entire days, seems to disappear completely on one search and then come back on another. Hopefully, whatever kinks are currently present get worked out in short order, as this should be a great addition.

Flight Search

Search Multiple Airports & Dates at Once

Like other general purpose award search tools, AwardTool lets you pick your origin, destination, one-way vs round-trip, number of passengers, class of service, and date of travel. AwardTool, though, is very special in how it offers the freedom to select multiple airports and/or multiple dates at once.

The free version offers 4 simultaneous searches. You can use this to search any of the following combinations:

  • 1 origin airport, 1 destination airport, a 4 day date range
  • 1 origin airport, 2 destination airports, a 2 day date range
  • 2 origin airports, 1 destination airport, a 2 day date range
  • 2 origin airports, 2 destination airports, a single date

The Pro version offers 16 simultaneous searches. This allows much more flexibility. While I won’t list all the possibilities, here are some examples of what is possible:

  • 1 origin airport, 1 destination airport, a 16 day date range
  • 2 origin airports, 2 destination airports, a 4 day date range
  • 4 origin airports, 4 destination airports, a single date
  • 16 origin airports, 1 destination airport, a single date

This flexibility is awesome. When looking for international flights from Detroit, I often approach the search in two ways: first, I look for international flights departing Detroit and which will get me to the general area of my intended destination; and second I search from airports that I can easily get to: Chicago, DC, NYC, Toronto, etc. With other tools, this two-part approach can easily mean doing dozens of separate searches. With the Pro version of AwardTool, I can often achieve most of what I want with just a handful of searches. For example, when looking to fly to Europe, I can use AwardTool to search from Detroit to the destination I want, plus all of the destinations where I know there are nonstop flights to Europe: Paris (for flying Air France or Delta), Frankfurt (for Lufthansa or Delta), Istanbul (for Turkish), and Amsterdam, London, Munich, and Rome (for Delta). Iceland is another option but not if I’m looking for lie-flat seats. With AwardTool Pro, I can search Detroit to all of those destinations at once across a 2 day date range. Next, I can use AwardTool Pro to search to my specific intended destination from Chicago, DC, NYC, Boston to my intended destination across a 4 day date range.

Compared to PointsYeah:

  • Free Version: PointsYeah allows selecting only 1 origin and 1 destination airport and up to a 4 day date range. AwardTool has the same limit of 4, but it allows much more flexibility in that you can choose whether to use your 4 searches through a 4 day date range or with multiple airports.
  • Pro Version: PointsYeah allows selecting up to 2 origin and 2 destination airports and up to a 8 day date range. If you max out all of that, then that exceeds what AwardTool allows. With AwardTool, if you select 2 origin and 2 destination airports, you can then only pick a 4 day date range. That said, AwardTool is much more flexible since it allows picking more than 2 origin or destination airports.

Filters

After running a search, AwardTool lets you filter to specific points programs, number of stops, airlines, max number of points, max taxes, % premium cabin (it’s very important to set this when searching for business or first class), travel times, airports, specific aircraft types, and more.

Mega Search

AwardTool’s Mega search tool is like their regular search on steroids. Where the regular search lets you conduct up to 4 (free version) to 16 (Pro version) simultaneous searches, the Mega search will do up to 24 searches at once. This means that you can do a 24 day time window; or 24 different destination airports; or 3 origin airports + 2 destination airports + a 4 day time window; etc. And, amazingly, this option is available to the free version, but with a catch: free users only get three Mega searches per day.

Compared to PointsYeah: PointsYeah doesn’t have anything like this.

Alerts

AwardTool’s alert feature is similar to their search in that it allows a set number of degrees of freedom with which you can specify multiple airports and/or multiple dates. The free version only gets 3 degrees of freedom so you can create 3 separate single departure, single destination, single date alerts; or you can create 1 alert with a 3-date range; or 1 alert with 3 departure airports, 1 arrival airport, and 1 date; etc. The Pro version bumps the degrees of freedom up to 25.

Importantly, only Pro users can select “infinite mode”. When checked, AwardTool will keep the alert active even after emailing you with results. With the free mode, you’ll have to re-create the alert if the first one didn’t meet your needs.

Compared to PointsYeah: PointsYeah’s free version allows only 1 departure and destination airport and up to a 4 day date range. So, if you value date ranges over multiple airports, PointsYeah beats AwardTool with a 4 day range vs AwardTool’s 3. For the pro versions, PointsYeah offers up to 24 active alerts vs AwardTool’s 25. The main difference here is that AwardTool offers more flexibility by allowing more than 2 airport selections for both the departure and arrival.

Supported Miles

AwardTool searches across 20 different airline mileage programs. This is the exact same list that is supported by PointsYeah, except that PointsYeah also supports Frontier (for the three of you that have Frontier points). Here are AwardTool’s supported programs:

  1. AeroMexico Club Premier
  2. Air Canada Aeroplan
    (excellent for finding awards with Star Alliance and other select partners)
  3. Air France / KLM Flying Blue
    (excellent for Air France, KLM, and SkyTeam awards)
  4. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
    (Good for OneWorld awards)
  5. American Airlines AAdvantage
    (Good for OneWorld awards and occasional great deals on AA itself)
  6. Avianca Lifemiles
    (Another good option for finding Star Alliance awards — sometimes with better pricing than Air Canada or United)
  7. British Airways Avios (Good for finding OneWorld awards and Qatar Qsuites availability that only appears on BA and Qatar)
  8. Copa ConnectMiles
  9. Delta SkyMiles
  10. Emirates Skywards
  11. Etihad Guest
  12. Iberia Plus Avios
    (Good for finding OneWorld awards. It’s worth checking whether British Airways Avios or Qatar Avios offers same or better pricing since they have better change and cancellation policies)
  13. Jetblue TrueBlue
  14. Qantas Frequent Flyer
  15. Spirit Airlines Miles
  16. SAS EuroBonus
  17. Tap Miles & Go
  18. Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
  19. United Airlines MileagePlus
  20. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  21. Virgin Australia Velocity

Extras

AwardTool offers additional features like Panorama and Deals (I think both of these use cached search results to show you options that might or might not still exist by the time you search for them), and Hotels (which lets you see award availability for popular chain hotels). I haven’t played around with these extra features enough yet to comment on them.

Pricing (Get $20 Off)

AwardTool’s basic version is free. Their Pro version is available as follows:

  • $10.99 per month; or
  • $84.99 per year (for comparison, PointsYeah Premium costs $89.99 per year)

Frequent Miler readers get $20 off their first year by using code FREQUENTMILER20:

  1. First sign up for the free version using our affiliate link: frequentmiler.com/go/awardtool/ (thank you!)
  2. Click the “Pro” button at the top of the AwardTool page and select the AwardTool Pro annual plan
  3. On the check-out screen, you’ll see an option to “Add promotion code”. Click that and enter: FREQUENTMILER20

My Take

We seem to be in an arms race with award search tools one-upping each other left and right. For the past several months I’ve happily used a combination of PointsYeah and Seats.Aero for most of my flight search needs. Now AwardTool has come along and made me reconsider. Due to AwardTool’s greater flexibility compared to PointsYeah, I think I’ll turn to AwardTool first. But, keep in mind that both tools gave me free Pro memberships because they want me to write stuff like this. If I had paid for PointsYeah, I wouldn’t abandon it to go to AwardTool. They’re extremely similar and they both get the job done. And if I was a betting guy, I’d bet that the brains behind PointsYeah will read this post and make some changes to one-up their new competition. As I said, it’s an arms race, but one in which the consumer is the winner.

One other thing… AwardTool has a quirk or a feature that is worth mentioning. I found some FlyingBlue awards on AwardTool that weren’t available on other platforms, and they weren’t available on KLM.com or Airfrance.US. But the AwardTool folks tell me that they use FlyingBlue’s UK site for their searches because it seems to offer better award availability and that these awards can be booked over the phone. Unfortunately those results were gone by the time I learned that and so I didn’t get a chance to check whether that was true. Additionally, they say that they get better results via Aeroplan’s app than the website, so they use the app. I didn’t feature any of this in the main body of this post because I don’t really know what to make of it. If the tool really can find award space that other tools can’t, and if those awards are truly bookable, then that’s great. The downside is the frustration: I had found a great award flight, but couldn’t book it because I didn’t know that the secret was to check the UK site or to call in. And, of course, if the tool is finding award space that isn’t really there at all, that’s worst of all.

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Meg

I’m not seeing the Mega tool mentioned..?

Meg

Thanks!

rich

I always wonder whether tools like this just make it tougher on people since tickets are too easy to find and will disappear sooner?

On my own I was able to snag a couple of one way business class tickets to/from Europe on Austrian and Air France for reasonable prices (63K and 50K per ticket).

Fortunately my schedule right now is very flexible.

I can see from the airlines perspective why they don’t like people doing this since 3rd parties are logging in and running a ton of searches without providing any money in return. And not only paying anything to the airlines, they are taking this data and selling it which I would fight against via legal and technical means.

Greek Blogger

Rememmber Rich, knowledge is power

Alex

Hi wanted to correct you here, I don’t think you have truthful information… AwardTool is not the first major tool to have BA… I’ve seen BA results on AwardLogic for months

Ziggy

Hi Greg, FYI (although you may know this already!) SeatSpy allows you to see a whole year’s worth of award availability for select airlines (including BA), but only on a route by route basis. Unfortunately, it doesn’t allow you to filter out codeshares (as far as I can tell) so you can’t, for example, filter out BA flights when searching for AA saver awards.

AwardTool

Hi Ziggy, with recent update, we also allow our users to have a calendar view for over a hundred BA routes. Check out at awardtool.com/routes.

Last edited 1 month ago by AwardTool
George Pappadopolous

I have grown to love AwardTool!

Jenny

I’ve been playing around the tool for the past few days. And I’m absolutely loving it. I feel the Panorama and Route parts are the best for me.

Charlotte

Agree, their routes support more programs than seats.aero

AwardTool

To whom it may concern,

There was a misunderstanding between Carl and us, but we’ve since cleared it up. As some of our very first subscribers, we gained invaluable insights from Carl’s honest feedback, and our conversation was thoroughly enjoyable.

As we assured Carl, all the work on AwardTool is 100% built by our talented engineering team and product team with deep love for the community.

We appreciate the opportunity to respond to this incident as it gave us a chance to reinforce our commitment to integrity. Together, we can build a warm and passionate community for all award travelers and help make their award travel planning effortless and save people thousands and hours.

Rest assured, people can trust in our service. We’re committed to people’s privacy and data security. Every single byte of our data is securely located within the US, and we are committed to deleting every user’s data after one year of inactivity or upon their request.

Furthermore, we are devoted to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and quality for our data, and building the most powerful award search tool, enabling people to save thousands of hours while enjoying our services. Happy planning your award travel adventures!

Sincerely,
AwardTool Team

Carl S.

I have talked with AwardTool and they have assured me that their code is 100% their own and none was taken from any other search tool.

Richard

Hey drama boy, you caused quite a stir from your unfounded comments. Way to make an a$$ of yourself

Carl S.

Acronym time:

  1. You do NOT know WTF you are talking about
  2. STFU clown
  3. Go Away and do not come back DH
AwardTool

To be fair, we’re both victims of this unfounded and obviously intentional misrepresentation.

Carl has been fantastic all the time!

Last edited 1 month ago by AwardTool
Tracy

Love the tool! Keep up the good and positive work.

What's up FM?

To clarify, is Carl S a represtentative for PointsYeah? He seems to be a third party, based on his viewpoint and PointsYeah had their own comments entered separately, if I am reading the thread correctly. Therefore I would be more assured if this conversation and reconciliation was with PointsYeah directly. PointsYeah, what say you?

AwardTool

It doesn’t matter what they see; let’s focus on their actions. As Greg rightly mentioned, if they’ve truly been wronged, legal action would be more appropriate. Better than propagating baseless accusations against other companies in this industry like Roame, Point.me, and the list goes on, and damage the industry. Unfortunately, once again, we find ourselves targeted with the same intentionally unfounded claims. Both Carl and us are victim of such malicious malformation.

Last edited 1 month ago by AwardTool
What's up FM?

I guess we have already heard that from you…and this statement is equally one sided… And it’s your actions that were the basis for the original question(s)… this does not provide additional information. Reasonable suspicions given how the UI of your site has such a similar look/feel (down to the font and drop downs). Just sayin

AwardTool

To whom it may concern,

There was a misunderstanding between Carl and us, but we’ve since cleared it up. As some of our very first subscribers, we gained invaluable insights from Carl’s honest feedback, and our conversation was thoroughly enjoyable.

As we assured Carl, all the work on AwardTool is 100% built by our talented engineering team and product team with deep love for the community. ❤️

We appreciate the opportunity to respond to this incident as it gave us a chance to reinforce our commitment to integrity. Together, we can build a warm and passionate community for all award travelers and help make people’s award travel planning effortless and save them thousands and hour.

Rest assured, people can trust in our service. We’re committed to people’s privacy and data security. Every single byte of the data is securely located within the US, and we are committed to deleting every user’s data after one year of inactivity or upon their request.

Furthermore, we are devoted to maintaining the highest standards of quality for our data, and building the most powerful award search tool, enabling people to save thousands of hours while enjoying our services. Happy planning your award travel adventures! ✈️

Sincerely,
AwardTool Team

Last edited 1 month ago by AwardTool
Azee

On Panorama, is there a way to filter by >x% of business? It’s showing so many low cost redemptions but only like 10% of the itinerary is business.

AwardTool

Yeah, we’ve added this to our roadmap. Thanks for bringing this up!

Justin K

Nice tool! Subscribed, thanks for the code

DMoney

I don’t know if I can trust these tools yet. I just ran a simple search for 2Pax YYZ-BOM for late June (26-29 specifically) and the cheapest option it would show me was AA award on BA Premium Economy for 62.5k plus taxes. However, a quick search on aeroplan shows YYZ – NYC – BOM for same dates for 55k or united showing YYZ- CAI-BOM for same dates for 49.5k. Neither of these results showed up during my search.

Skylash

Aeroplan has been threatening action on tools that scrape their content. It might have been intentionally missing from the results.

Charlotte

Great tool! So far looks great. Thanks for sharing. You’re the best, Greg.

George Pappadopolous

WOW! This is great!

rxgeek

As a Pointsyeah Pro subscriber I have one complaint. Although I filter out airlines that I don’t want to fly when setting up my search, those airlines still appear when I receive an alert. Anybody notice if Awardtool fixed this?

Pointsyeah

Hello, airlines? PY doesn’t have airlines filters for alert, only program filters. You can do programs filters+flight number to filter out airline you don’t want

Jack Brail

I have Frontier miles, but I can never find any frontier flight with pointsyeah. And it seems that they also lost support to Aeroplane?

Any other free award search tool supports Frontier?

[…] AwardTool is a powerful new flight award search tool with both a free and paid (Pro) version. This tool is very similar to PointsYeah. Both offer powerful search features for free; both allow searching for flight awards across a range of dates; both return results quickly; and both offer alerts. AwardTool, though, offers greater flexibility in searching multiple airports and multiple dates at once. ➡️ Read more […]

Eric Lipkind

Looks good but it doesn’t seem to take into account paying with points via Amex Business Platinum (with 35%) rebate or with Chase Sapphire reserve at 1.5 cents rate. I wish it priced those and compared to the award ticket prices shown.

JustSaying

Looks like somebody got duped here. I’m not sure Frequent Miler can do all the research to validate these sites so the post and comments are worthy to review to see educate consumers on who they want to do business with.