Looking for award space can be a pain but several free tools make it easier. My favorite award space booking tool is PointsYeah.com.
PointsYeah.com Award Search
There are a handful of award search tools out in the last 6-12 months. I stumbled onto PointsYeah.com – a URL that I’m not sure I would choose but they have been successful so what do I know? It’s challenging to switch back and forth between various carriers searching across a variety of options to find the right transfer partners, frequent flyer programs to use, and run the many permutations to deliver a result.
For example, my family returns to Manchester, England every year for the Christmas Markets. We crossed it off the list for this year but are having second thoughts. To minimize our costs, we often fly somewhere else in Europe, see another city along the way, and lower our tax obligation (APD.)
Searching American Airlines shows a flood of award tickets but it’s difficult to find award options that exclude British Airways and its onerous fuel surcharges. I can go through all of the different partners for American Express, Capital One, Chase, etc. by choosing key airlines that show other airline availability. Still, it’s time-consuming and makes me want to use Matthew’s reward booking service (Award Expert) instead.
The service doesn’t act as an award booking service, and some awards still require you to call to complete the booking process but it does save time by helping you find which carrier has space.
I have tried a few others, but PointsYeah was the stickiest for me because of a few key reasons:
- The free account serves me just fine, I haven’t needed the extra benefits of a paid membership yet but in fairness, I’d probably pay something small to retain these benefits
- The ability to search for up to three days at once
- Sorting by lowest taxes and fees instead of just by low-to-high points and miles
- Coverage includes the five big transferable points currencies
- Select by the percentage of flight in a preferred class. (If you don’t mind flying coach Manchester-London but want the long haul business class flight experience from London to Newark, it will include flights with the short leg in coach and the long flight in business class.)
Once logged in (if you forget to login the search always starts in fictitious airports regardless of what you enter), you can deselect currencies you don’t hold, and add in airline currencies that are not transfer partners like Alaska Airlines.
Organizing by low taxes returns better results for our example. There were other options for my trip but I’m trying to show the differentiation in the below example.
Saved Me Hours
Like many of our readers, I am incredibly busy and really don’t know how I lived without services like this before. To find the right combination of points I have (and am willing to spend) vs cash, route, and additional options is now so much easier. I can quickly search for alternative cities with easy availability to my destination like Dublin, Paris, Frankfurt, etc.
I’ve saved hours and hours shopping around and dealing with individual airlines that might show wide availability but don’t have great search protocols.
After spending so much time shopping flights every year, services like PointsYeah are a godsend. For complex, multi-segment bookings, I’d still recommend reaching out to a reward booking service like Award Expert to book your flights, but for simple bookings, I love this product.
What do you think? Do you use a similar product?