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by Neil McPherson
First published 12 April 2023
Points and miles enthusiasts now have a new tool at their disposal to help find the best price on hotels around the world.
Awayz (an advertiser) launched in February 2023, with the goal of determining if a stay is a better deal using points or cash based on the credit cards in your wallet and your loyalty status.
One of the challenging parts of determining the best value for points is the math that goes into it, combined with an estimate of how much
points are worth. Awayz sets out to make the calculations less complex, helping more travellers get the most out of their points
“Specifically, users are shown a pricing breakdown of their hotel and bank points so they know how much to redeem from the respective programs for any given stay"
“In addition, Awayz uses natural language processing that continuously pulls rewards data from transfer partners, ensuring that users are receiving the latest best points redemption options.”
Combining real-time data of hotel pricing, points balances, award availability (up to 12 months) and credit card benefits, Awayz claims 99% accurate price comparison from all sources.
Awayz offers a free option with live cash and award pricing, along with two paid plans.
The premium options, ranging from US$5.99 to US$11.99 per month (with an annual subscription discount), support calendar views, hotel deal alerts, active free night certificates, fourth and fifth night free promotions, and recommendations based on credit cards.
Currently working with 4 of the largest loyalty programs (of Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Marriott with more to
follow, (including US airline miles) the app also compares balances from bank transfer programs to add with comparison shopping. Awayz provides support for American Express Membership Rewards, together with Bilt Rewards, Citi ThankYou points, Capital One
miles and Chase Ultimate Rewards.
We love this tool after using for our own travel. It is very easy to use and in our testing provided consistently good results.
By continuously pulling rewards data from transfer partners, you know that Awayz current points valuations and prices are always up-to-date, rather than updated on say a monthly basis. Award booking availability is also shown, so you don't waste time with inefficient searches.
The free version is useful for basic searches and to trial the tool's capabilities, but to make the most of its technology, subscribe to the premium (Gold or Platinum) levels - the hotel deal alerts and incorporation of FNC's for higher elite members should alone save you more than the annual subscription after only one or two trips. Not to mention the time and math !
What would we like to see?
First, open your account. On the Awayz by Odynn website:
Go to the search tab and then you will be presented with a map and search criteria (chain, location, dates).
A very useful feature is the Awayz also considers whatever Free Night Certificates you have earned in assessing your options.
Select where you wish to stay et voila it tells you whether spending cash or redeeming your points is the better option.
Note that dates are in mm/dd/yy format and prices are in USD.
Usual rate / 1k
Usual Max/year: 80,000
Analysis of past Hilton Honors points promotions.
Usual Max/year: 55,000
Usual Max/year: 150,000
Usual Max/year: 100,000
Analysis of past Bonvoy points promotions.