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by Neil McPherson
First published 12 April 2023
Updated 17 July 2023 for inclusion of Accor
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
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 trial with live cash and award pricing for 5 searches per month, along with two paid plans.
The premium options, ranging from US$4.99 (72 hour access for 50 searches) to US$11.99 per month or US$99 annually (with an annual subscription discount). Both of the latter support:
Currently working with 5 of the largest loyalty programs, with more to follow, 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. The current programs are:
We love this tool after using it 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. Some of the more aspirational properties are notoriously difficult to find award availability - but not any more!
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 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 (advertiser) :
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.
If you open your Awayz
by Odynn (advertiser)
account using our link, instead of the public pricing above, you will receive a US$10 discount off the annual subscription
and you will keep that rate forever, as long as you renew the subscription each year.
The best value is in the Annual Premium tier - at a discount to the already discounted annual rate (an overall discount of 37.5%). To take advantage of the offer either use the link above, or enter the code pointsnplaces on the Packages page on their website awayz.com.
Happy bargain hunting !