The best apps and websites to find flight and hotel award redemptions

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We get it — mastering points and miles is no easy feat. You may have already seen our guide to getting started with points and miles, but what happens once you are ready to cash those points in for a trip?

Maximizing points and miles to travel luxuriously without breaking the bank doesn’t need to be laborious and time-consuming. In fact, there are various tools available that make it easier to find hotel and flight award availability.

With these tools, you can use your points to travel where you want, when you want and how you want in 2024 without spending hours searching for availability.

Here are 10 of the best apps and websites that help make award travel redemptions easy and stress-free.

Max My Point

What it does: Tracks hotel award availability at Hyatt, Hilton, IHG and Marriott properties

What it costs: Free for basic membership; $3.99 per month for a monthly membership

Max My Point is a website that lets you check award availability for Hyatt, Hilton, IHG and Marriott properties worldwide — taking the guesswork out of award redemption searches by showing only real-time pricing and availability.

The homepage shows popular properties, but you can also sort by point value and availability or search for specific properties.


Once you choose a property, you can view a calendar that displays standard room points pricing, standard suite points pricing and the lowest cash rate for a full year, allowing you to plan your trip around the dates with the best points pricing.

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After you click on the check-in date you want, you’ll automatically be redirected to that property’s website to start the booking process.


If you can’t find the availability you are looking for, you can register for a free account and set up an alert to receive an email if availability changes.

TPG’s director of content operations, Andrea Rotondo, likes using Max My Point to search for Hyatt award night availability. Although Hyatt guarantees standard room availability on points when the same room is available with cash, that isn’t always the case once you start searching directly through Hyatt.

Related: It’s exceptionally difficult to stay at these World of Hyatt ‘unicorns’ on points — here’s how to book them


What it does: Tracks hotel award availability at Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott properties

What it costs: Free


On the StayWithPoints site, you can view points redemption availability from Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott properties around the globe. Or, you can use StayWithPoints’ amalgamated list of popular properties for inspiration.


Clicking through to a specific property shows you a full year of award availability, points value and cash and points pricing per night.

It can take some scrolling, but you can find some great cash prices and award redemptions — like this search that brought up a full week of points availability at Zemi Beach House in Anguilla.


After clicking your preferred check-in date, you’ll be taken straight to the hotel’s website to book directly.

If you register for a free account you can also set alerts for when award redemptions become available for the properties you have your eye on.


What it does: Syncs your credit cards and loyalty programs to help you spend smarter and earn more points and miles

What it costs: Free


We’re not above a little shameless self-promotion, and honestly, this list wouldn’t be complete without a nod to our very own TPG App.

Within the app, you can see all your credit cards in one place, track your hotel and airline loyalty program points and miles, get recommendations for the best card to use for different purchases, keep up with the latest TPG news and so much more.


Once you’re ready to spend the points you’ve accumulated, you can use the TPG App’s “Award Explorer” tool to find out how many points or miles you’ll need to book your dream vacation.

Just input your departure airport, the destination and how many tickets you need, and the TPG App will display estimated points pricing across 21 loyalty programs (based on availability).

You’ll also be able to see how close you are to having enough points for that particular trip and whether you’re better off paying in cash or points.

TPG’s newsletter editor, Becky Blaine, likes using the TPG App to choose the card that will net her the most points based on where she is shopping. Earning points more quickly helps her take those dream trips even sooner.

What it does: Finds flight award availability based on your itinerary

What it costs: $5 to enjoy Standard Plan access for 24 hours; the Standard Plan starts at $129 annually

POINT.ME‘s robust interface checks for award flights within 34 loyalty programs across more than 100 airlines.

By entering your itinerary details, will display real-time award availability, including which transfer partner will get you the most bang for your buck. also has a team of experts available 24 hours a day to help you travel more for fewer points with advice tailored specifically to your needs. How much you pay determines how tailored your experience will be.

To try the service for just one trip, you can pay $5 to access for 24 hours (unless you have access to a complimentary code). The Standard Plan starts at $129 annually, while the Premium Plan costs $260 per year. You can also use’s concierge service to have travel experts book your trip for you for $200 per passenger. Additionally, you can schedule a one-on-one consultation to help you meet your points and miles earning (and redeeming) goals.

Bilt Rewards users can access a limited version of for free through the Bilt Rewards app. Similar to the full version, you can search for award flight availability, though you will only see results from programs that are Bilt transfer partners. If you have Bilt Rewards you want to transfer to an airline loyalty program to purchase tickets using points, this is a good way to try for free.

Related: Bilt Rewards app adds live award availability powered by

What it does: Finds flight award availability based on your itinerary

What it costs: Free for the basic Community plan but requires signing up for a free account to search

ROAME.TRAVEL works a lot like but without the charge. All you need to do is sign up for a free account to search 11 airline programs for award availability. Unlike, gives nearly instant search results in under 12 seconds. shows lots of multicabin awards, so make sure you closely review your cabin classes. In the screenshot above, two of the three flights are mixed-cabin itineraries, with the transpacific flight in economy class.

As always, we recommend confirming award availability before transferring awards.

Related: The complete guide to searching award space on

What it does: Displays award seat availability on long-haul, international flights

What it costs: Free for the basic version and $9.99 monthly for the Pro version

SEATS.AERO searches for award space every few hours and provides results for the next few months. It’s one of the best ways to search for Lufthansa’s first-class award space, as it’s generally only available to Star Alliance partners shortly before departure.

The Pro version allows you to search up to a year in advance on longer routes, set up unlimited alerts and receive SMS notifications when award availability is located.

Reward Flight Finder

What it does: Searches for Avios award availability with British Airways

What it costs: Free for basic searches; paid subscriptions start at 3.33 British pounds (about $4) per month


The Reward Flight Finder app and website certainly do not have all the bells and whistles or amount of airlines as other services, but if your points and miles earning is restricted to only Avios and you’re a British Airways loyalist, it could be all you need.

As you’d expect, you simply need to set your departure and arrival points and hit “Search Now,” then the app will show you an overview of redemptions throughout the year.

The free plan allows for three economy seat searches a day and one alert every 24 hours. Silver Membership costs just 3.33 pounds (about $4) per month and provides unlimited searches across all cabins, worldwide map searches and up to five hourly alerts. The highest tier, Gold Membership, costs 5.83 pounds (about $7.50) and comes with all the Silver Membership features, plus up to 20 instant alerts and additional points pricing insights.

This is an incredibly basic app, but if you’re just starting out in the points and miles world and you’re happy to only focus on Avios, it could prove an easy entryway into award redemption planning.


What it does: Checks flight award availability based on your itinerary and preferred airline

What it costs: Free for five economy award availability searches per day; Premium subscription plans with unlimited searches start at $3.32 per month


SeatSpy is a simple-to-use website that checks for award availability across different airlines, including Air France, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Etihad Airways, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

Simply select your airline, departure and end destination airports and hit “Search” to see availability across the next 12 months.

SeatSpy is free to use if you’re only searching for economy availability and can stick to a five-search limit. Where the product really shines, however, is in its premium subscriptions.

The entry-level subscription, Premium, costs $3.32 per month and allows unlimited searches across all fares and up to four availability alerts across email, WhatsApp and Telegram. It also includes AwardWallet integration so you can track how many points you have to redeem.

The most expensive subscription, First Class, costs $8.33 per month and includes everything in the Premium plan, plus unlimited alerts at a more regular frequency. “Experience alerts” for hotel rewards are also currently in beta testing.

Both subscriptions offer a “Where Can I Go” search feature, which will show you all the destinations with award availability from your departure airport on the dates you select to travel.

It may have few features when compared to other services on this list, but in terms of simplicity, it’s a great site, especially if you’re looking at Europe-based airlines.


What it does: Finds real-time seat availability and award flight availability

What it costs: Free for basic membership; at least $4.99 per month for paid memberships

Sample seat availability map. EXPERTFLYER.COM

ExpertFlyer (owned by TPG parent company Red Ventures) has one free and two paid membership tiers. The free membership allows you to view real-time seat availability for your upcoming flights. You can also set alerts for aisle, window or exit row seats, two seats together or specific seat numbers so you know when the seat you want opens up.

ExpertFlyer’s Basic paid plan ($4.99 per month) offers more functionality to search for flight availability, including award and upgrade availability for various routes. You can set up to four simultaneous seat alerts, but you are limited to 250 searches per month.

Sample award availability. EXPERTFLYER.COM

ExpertFlyer’s Premium plan ($9.99 per month or $99.99 per year) offers more flexibility in terms of flight search options. You’ll enjoy unlimited searches, up to 200 simultaneous alerts and the ability to set up aircraft change alerts and seat alerts.

ExpertFlyer also has a mobile app for seat alerts.

Related: Beginners guide to finding award space with ExpertFlyer

Google Flights

What it does: Finds flight schedules and prices, with several filtering options, for most major airlines

What it costs: Free


Google Flights is your one-stop shop for finding the best flight for your schedule and budget.

You can search flight schedules and pricing across most major airlines and sort results based on price, duration, number of stops, fare class and airlines, among other options. You can also set flight price alerts or only enter your departure city before using the interactive map to choose your destination based on current pricing.


Google Flights does not display points pricing, but that doesn’t mean it can’t help you find award space. You’ll still have to book directly through the airline, but you can save valuable search time by narrowing down your options through Google Flights first.

For example, if you have a bank of points and miles with a Star Alliance, Oneworld or SkyTeam partner airline, you can filter search results by alliance to see routing options. Or, you may find a nearby airport with better pricing that you wouldn’t have searched for otherwise.

Bottom line

The great thing about all of these tools is that they can be used together to find award flights and hotel availability for free nights.

For example, start with the TPG App to learn about how to earn the most points for your purchases. Then, use a site like to find award flight availability or StayWithPoints for award hotel stay availability.

No matter which combination of sites and apps you use, you’ll find that they take the guesswork out of award redemptions and put you on the fast track to becoming an expert in redeeming points and miles for your 2024 travels.

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