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Pointimize: A New Tool to Find Available Award Night & Flight Cost Information

Pointimize: A New Tool to Find Available Award Night & Flight Cost Information

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It’s great when new travel tools are created to help folks with miles & points save time and avoid frustration!

There’s a new site called Pointimize, which aims to be a one-stop search tool to find available award nights across multiple hotel chains and award flights at many airlines.  The site has many other features as well!

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
Pointimize Could Save You Time Comparing Prices for Award Flights and Hotel Stays

The site is really new and updates and improvements are constantly being added.  But I thought I’d share my experience using the site so far, including the benefits and drawbacks.

Who Can Use Pointimize?

Link:   Pointimize   

There are 2 parts of the Pointimize site.  You can search for hotel award nights in a destination.  Or you can search for round-trip award flight information.

To use the basic functions of the hotel award night search tool, you don’t need an account.

The flight search feature is currently in beta testing mode and is only available to folks with an invitation code.

There are some added features of the site that require a log-in, like linking your loyalty accounts via AwardWallet.  To do this, you’ll need a Facebook or Google account.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
Using Added Features of Pointimize Requires You to Log-In With a Facebook or Google Account

If you’re not interested in logging in with your Facebook or Google account, Pointimize plans to launch their own account management system by September 2016.

Using Pointimize to Find Hotels

I’ve written about Hotel Hustle, a hotel award search tool that shows you available award nights across multiple hotel chains.  And you can receive alerts when award nights are available.

Pointimize is similar and lets you find available award nights and the cost for hotels in a city or destination based on your dates of travel.  It returns results from 6 major hotel chains:

This is 2 fewer hotel chains than you’ll see using Hotel Hustle, which also includes Choice Hotels and Wyndham.

To search on Pointimize, simply enter your destination and dates of travel.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
Enter Your Destination and Dates of Travel to Find Hotels With Available Award Nights and the Cost

In this example, I searched for a 1-night stay in New York.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
The Search Results Show Available Award Nights at 6 Hotel Chains Along With the Cash Cost of a Night at Each Hotel

This is a quick and easy way to see how many points it costs for an award night at different hotel chains.

For example, I can find the cheapest Starwood or IHG hotel just from the search results on Pointimize.

And you can filter the results of your search by specific hotel chains.  This can be helpful if you only have points for certain award programs.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
Filter Your Search Results by Specific Hotel Chains If You Only Have Points for Specific Programs

And like Hotel Hustle, you can view the value of different chains’ award points.  If you don’t agree, you can set custom values.  Then, compare the point values to your redemption values to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck!

You can’t filter hotels by a specific area like Times Square or Manhattan.  But you can view a map of hotels in a city or neighborhood.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
Pointimize Has an Option for a Map View to Find Hotels in a Specific Area

Unfortunately, the map shows you all hotels in a given area, even if there are no award nights available.  So you might waste time clicking on the different markers to find available award nights.

If you sign-up for access and link your hotel loyalty accounts via AwardWallet, you can view your point balance to see if you have enough for a certain award night.

You’ll still need to book your award night directly through the hotel website.  But it’s definitely a time saver to have information for award nights at 6 hotel chains in 1 location.

Using Pointimize to Search Flights

I mentioned the flight search tool is still in beta testing.  There still seem to be a few bugs, but I’ll share my experience.

If you’d like to test the flight search feature, you can get an invitation code on this FlyerTalk thread.

The goal of the flight search tool is similar to the hotel functionality.  Find the award flight cost and compare it to the cash cost of a flight.

I searched for a round-trip coach flight from New York to Los Angeles in early September.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
To Find Available Award Flights and Costs, First Enter Your Travel Details

The search results show the award flight cost in miles and the cash cost of the flight for major airlines.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
Search Results Show You How Many Miles You’ll Need for an Award Flight Compared to the Cash Cost of the Flight

From the results, you’ll see the site shows the cost of a United Airlines award flight.  The site does not support JetBlue points.  But if I linked my Hawaiian Airlines account, Pointimize would show how many Hawaiian Airlines miles I could use to fly on a JetBlue route.

I clicked through and selected a round-trip non-stop flight on United Airlines.  The results show it would cost 25,000 United Airlines miles.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
Pointimize Shows the Total Cost of a Round-Trip Award Flight Costs 25,000 United Airlines Miles

Then, I went to United Airlines Airlines to search for the exact award flight I found on Pointimize.  But United Airlines shows the actual cost is 37,500 United Airlines miles.

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information
The Pointimize Search Said I Need 25,000 United Airlines Miles for an Award Flight. But Booking Directly Through United Airlines Shows I Would Need 37,500 United Airlines Miles.

Pointimize is not pulling in real-time award flight costs.  Instead, it’s showing the lowest level cost based on the airline’s award chart.

Similar to the hotel search, the results are just a reference and you’ll still need to book directly through the airline.

At this point in time, it appears only select airline frequent flyer programs are included in the search results.  The airline programs include:

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • ANA
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Iberia
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic

Although, I searched a round-trip flight from New York (JFK) to London and Pointimize did not show the award flight cost for an American Airlines flight.  It’s possible that certain airline information is still being added to the site.

Are There Drawbacks?

The hotel search tool includes results for 6 hotel chains, which is fewer than what other hotel search tools already have.  Plus, you can’t add alerts to get notified if an award night becomes available.

The flight search tool is still in testing, but there are bugs and functionality issues.

First, not all airlines are included in the search results.  So there’s no telling if you might be able to save miles by flying a different airline if it’s not included in the search.

Another drawback is you can’t search one-way flights.  Some folks like to book a one-way award flight and pay cash for a return flight.

And the flight search tool doesn’t appear to show taxes and fees for award flights.  This can be a major factor in deciding whether or not to book an award flight.

Until the flight search tool is improved, I’d recommend using airline award charts.  Because you’ll get a better idea of the actual cost of a certain flight.  Then, search the airline’s website to see if an award seat is available at that price.

Bottom Line

Pointimize was developed to help folks have a one-stop search tool to find available award night and award flight cost information.  I like that you don’t need an account to search a destination for the cheapest award night at 6 different hotel chains.

But I prefer using Hotel Hustle to search for hotel award nights because it includes more hotel chains.  And you can receive alerts once award nights become available at a specific hotel.

The award flight search tool is still in testing and needs some improvements like confirming accuracy of award flight costs and adding additional airlines to the search results.

Have you used Pointimize?  I’d like to hear about your experience!

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Hi Dave, I’m the co-founder of Pointimize. Thanks for your insights which are exactly what we need for beta testing!

We are scheduling an update this week and will fix several bugs including the city name/code/abbr. and hotel booking date that you mentioned here.

Thanks to Daraius for this excellent review! We’ll keep updating and bringing up more frequent flyer programs and hotel chains as well as fixing the bugs! At least three more airlines (JL, SQ, KE) will be added by the end of this month. Please let us know if any bugs are spotted.

Really appreciate that!

Cheers!

Adu

It’s going to have to get a lot better to be useful. Tried getting some info on a couple upcoming trips: one to Washington, DC in October. It doesn’t recognize DCA or IAD as airports. Entering Washington doesn’t present Washington, DC as an option, just four other abbreviations I did not recognize. Who knew WAS means all Washington DC airports? Looking for dates in February for a ski vacation is doesn’t let me enter dates after January, even though the hotel sites do.