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This is going to seem like a minor thing to some readers, but I’m really excited about it. Two of my favorite brands in points-earning and redemption are now better-integrated. Point.me award search tool now shows the best ways to make use of your Bilt points.
- It lets you search award space across pretty much every airline
- It shows you the best way to book a flight, with the lowest prices, and which points to use
- And it even walks you through the process – click by click – of transferring points and creating your booking (this is the past I like the best)
Since they also offer full service concierge booking, and they’re doing an incredible job and are being built by people I greatly respect, I’ve even partnered with them in my own award booking business.
Point.me award search results show you what flights are available and what they cost. They show pricing for the same flight in different currencies, and show you how to book the seat. For instance it will show you the cost in United miles, Air Canada miles, Turkish miles… as well as American Express, Citibank, Chase, Capital One, and Brex. And now, also in Bilt Rewards points. (And they keep this updated with transfer bonuses, too, so you know to take advantage of those.)
This news means anyone using point.me, the world’s only realtime comprehensive search engine for points will be able to see comprehensive live search options, which will now include points transfer options unlocked via BILT Rewards. BILT brings interesting possibilities to the points game as a transfer partner of American and United Airlines, as well as loyalty favorites like Aeroplan and Avios.
With the addition of BILT Rewards, point.me now supports all the major US credit card programs, including American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, Capital One, and Brex. Now no matter what card you’re using, point.me can help you find better flights, for fewer points.
And of course the no annual fee Bilt Mastercard is the only way to earn points at no cost when paying rent. It earns 3x on dining and 2x on travel (and once a month on the first of the month – Rent Day – points-earning doubles). You must make at least 5 purchases each month to earn points. Those points can be used towards paid travel at 1.25 cents apiece or transferred to airline programs (like United, American, Turkish, etc) and hotel programs (including Hyatt!).
In some sense making self-service tools that are this easy for getting the most of your points will be a bummer for the hardcore among us that do the hard work, because it means more members competing for limited seats. But I’m a fan of democratizing a process that airlines have made too opaque, and that credit card issuers haven’t done a good enough job demystifying for their customers.
I also like services that place airline results side-by-side. Airlines that don’t make much saver award space available, and charge exorbitant prices for the best awards, aren’t going to come out looking good. As well they shouldn’t. The ability to compare programs is great for consumers, and for holding the devaluating impulses of programs in check!