Save Time Using AwardMapper to Search for Hotel Award Nights

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Emily and I use AwardMapper (a free online tool) when we plan trips to new destinations.  It’s a fast way to see which hotels are available and the number of points you’ll need.

Instead of going to each hotel chain’s website to see if and where they have hotels in that city, AwardMapper shows you every hotel chain on the map at the same time!

It even lists the number of points it’ll cost per night!

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

Search for Hotel Award Nights With 8 Major Chains Using AwardMapper

I’ll show you how to use it!

How Does It Work?

Link:   AwardMapper

AwardMapper lists hotels from 8 different major chains, and will show you the number of points needed for an award night:

You can search for hotels 2 ways using AwardMapper.  Using the map feature, pan and zoom into the location you’re interested in.  Or, type in a destination and the map will zoom in for you.

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

Use the Map to Zoom in on an Area, or Type in Your Destination

Suppose you’re planning a trip to San Diego.  Entering the city name and zooming in will show you a map of the city, with color-coded pins indicating the hotel location and chain.  There’s also a list view of hotels to the right of the map.

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

The Map Is Handy If You Aren’t Familiar With a City

If you know you want to stay near downtown, you can zoom in further to get a more detailed view.  I like this better than the list view because you can see right away where the hotels are located.

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

Color Coded Pins Show You the Exact Location of Each Hotel

If you only have points in certain hotel programs, you can remove specific chains from the map by clicking the colored star next to the hotel name.  For example, I narrowed this search to only show Hilton, Hyatt, and Starwood hotels.

Note:  Remember that your Chase Ultimate Rewards points and American Express Membership Rewards points transfer to partner hotels

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

Narrow Your Search to Only Show Hotels From Specific Chains

You can also filter by the required number of points for an award night.  Use the slider at the top left of the map to specify a range.  I usually leave this alone unless I know I only have a certain number of points to use.  Plus, I like to see all the options!

But if you knew you only had 25,000 points in your account, you could specify that as the maximum.  Or if you only wanted to see hotels in a certain category, you could set the slider to only show hotels that cost a specific number of points.

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

Use the Slider to Filter Your Search by Number of Points Needed for an Award Night

Click on a pin to see the hotel name, category (if applicable), and number of points needed for an award night.  In this case we already know it’s a Hyatt hotel because the pin is light blue.

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

Click on a Pin to See the Hotel Name, Category, and Number of Points for an Award Night

Clicking on the hotel name (either on the map or from the list view at right) will take you directly to the hotel’s web page.  From there, you can log into your account and book a paid or award stay.

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

The Andaz San Diego Features a Rooftop Pool and Great Views

Some hotels change the number of points required to book an award night depending on the season.  For those hotels, you’ll see a range of points.  It’s up to you to find the exact number of points you need on the dates you want.

So in these case, you can to sign-in to your hotel account, search for the hotel and the dates of your stay, and see how many points you’ll need.  Here’s a list of all the major hotel chain reward programs to save time!

Save Time Using AwardMapper To Search For Hotel Award Nights

Sometimes You’ll See a Range of Points at Hotels Where the Cost Varies by Season

With the help of AwardMapper, even in familiar cities, you might discover hotels you didn’t know existed!

Bottom Line

AwardMapper is a great search tool to find hotels and the number of points needed for an award night.  Folks planning trips to new destinations can save a lot of time!

Using the map feature, hotels are shown by color-coded pins, so you can see the exact location of a hotel without having to Google it.  Clicking on a pin shows you the hotel name and the number of points required for 1 night.

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9 responses to “Save Time Using AwardMapper to Search for Hotel Award Nights

  1. Why not use a tool which shows the hotels and real-time rates & availability rather than just the theoretical points? Oh, and alerts if the award room isn’t available at the time of the search.

    Hotel Hustle does all that.

  2. Cool thank you

  3. @Wandering,

    You cannot compare award mapper to hotel hustle.

    Award mapper is much much much better!

  4. As well everyone please help and send award mapper updates and corrections.

  5. I use AwardMapper all the time and love it. Also, @Seth, I love your tools as well but you come up kinda short on user interface friendliness. If you have the time and will to combine your tool with a map app (like Google Maps, Bing Maps, etc) I’m sure people will be flocking to your site instead.

  6. So the big map showing all the hotels, with details about the rates and real-time availability isn’t sufficient??

    Huh.

  7. I’ve used AwardMapper in the past, and I really is a great tool. Since Hotel Hustle came out, though, I’ve found it to be even better, given the actual availability, rather than hypothetical availability. The one area AwardMapper is better for me is the wider selection of hotels, and that advantage has been shrinking every week or two.

  8. Thank you very much for posting awardmapper – I usually toggle between a bunch of screens when hunting for an award stay that suits my needs. I found Hotel Hustle through the comments here and it looks really good too 🙂 Because it is searching for real time availability, it takes a little longer (but of course, more detailed and “real” info).

    I think I will use both tools quite happily – awardmapper when I am just looking for general info and where to go type of searches and the hotel hustle when I have specific dates and locations (can only search within a 50 mile radius). I love the detailed “real time” info in Hotel Hustle.