The tool no one knows about, but everyone should bookmark

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I’m going to do some generalizing and simplifying here, and say that Drew and I represent two different kinds of travel hackers. On the one hand, Drew represents the kind of travel-hacker who has a lot of the functional information memorized. If someone asks the mileage price from A to B with XYZ miles, there’s a good chance he’ll know something like that off the top of his head.

I, on the other hand, represent a different kind of travel-hacker. Less “pro”. I have a familiarity with all kinds of the miles and points details, but almost none of the specific numbers are memorized. Just the other night I was trying to help my sister decide which cards she would need to get for a roundtrip to Asia. And I couldn’t remember any exact mileage prices- only ball-parks.

I imagine that this community has plenty of people just like Drew- people who have a lot of things memorized because they use that information nearly every day.

But it’s also full of people like me. People who know a lot of the generals, but still need to look things up.

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Our “resources page” is pretty much designed to be a one-stop solution for all those random little lists, charts, and specifics that most of us still need to look up.

There’s one resource in particular that I think is way cooler than it gets credit for. I can say something this flattering about it because it’s not something we created.

My friends over at Economical Excursionistsย have created an amazing tool that is perfect for filling in the specifics for me, so I don’t have to commit everything to memory.

We’ve had it on the resource page for quite some time under the name “Airline Award Calculator”. But its real name is the “Flyer Miler“.

Access it via our resources page or directly, but either way this free little tool could make life a lot easier for many of us. The main function is in showing the mileage options for your trip, but it also gives other details you’ll need to know for your award bookings.ย Here’s how it works.

We’ll use my sister’s trip as an example.

1. Just plug in your airports

2. To find out more about one of the mileage options, click on it and check out the “Award details’ section.

If I had selected Cathay, I’d see all of this:

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More realistically, however, I’d pick AA. You can see fuel surcharge details for AA in the picture below.

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3. If you switch to the “Routes” tab, you can see your routing options. This is a small sampling of what would fit into my screen shot.

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So for any of you who fit into this “I don’t have everything memorized” category, I hope you find this tool as useful as I do!

16 Comments on “The tool no one knows about, but everyone should bookmark

  1. TBB intro’d me to this site & its now in my Feedly (Drew’s been there for awhile). Thanks for the great content.

  2. I have to absolutely LAUGH at how similar you and Drew are to Andy and I. Andy can spit out any fact, figure and number when it comes to travel hacking, where I know all the basics and all the “games” in the system, but still go to my favorite resources when planning myself or helping others! Thanks for all the suggestions, help and support you’ve always given the community!

    • Man it’d be great to see you two again sometime. Thanks for dropping by the blog! Let’s hang out in real life again soon though!

  3. Been following you guys for a while now…excellent blogs and what a GREAT tool ! I thought I knew most possibilities but this has opened up hitherto unknown ways of using AS / AA and their partners.

    • I know, right? I’ve been wondering for awhile why not more people talk about/ know about this tool. I guess just because it’s on one of the lesser known blogs. But it’s definitely worth attention! Glad you’re enjoying the blogs and the tool. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for commenting

    • I really don’t know. I think there was mention of more work going into the tool but I don’t know specifics.

    • Hey Christian. My hubby and I run the FlyerMiler. What award charts are you looking for? We are always looking for more ways to improve the tool, so don’t hesitate to let us know! (BTW, Delta is out of the question, since they don’t have a public award chart, so there is no data we can put in for that ๐Ÿ™ )

  4. “Bookmarked” — yes, the great tool page, plus your new link address too. (had to google you to find you)

    Speaking of missing links over on TIF, I’m not seeing the referral links…? Ready to pull trigger soon on the BA/Chase application, but the CreditKarma link also seems to have disappeared.

    • Hey Scott! Glad you found me again! I’ve actually had this address for awhile now but the original name I was redirecting from finally expired. Also I really appreciate that you are looking to use our affiliate links! We’ve been in between affiliate link providers, but replacing that link is on the agenda for tonight, so look for it in its usual spot. (It won’t be Credit Karma anymore, but should be similar.) Thanks so much for keeping us in mind!

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