Point.me lets you search for flights by loyalty points
Point.me is the first flight reward meta search engine to cover more than 30 loyalty programs, including those of major credit cards.
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Sregister: 24-hour starter pass, $5; Self-serve annual membership, $129, point.me
With amazing credit card welcome offers, earning points is easier than ever. Use these points to book award flights? It has become radically more difficult. Over the past five years, most, but not all, airlines have moved from fixed prices for award flights to exclusive dynamic pricing models. At the same time, many other travelers have entered the world of points and miles, increasing the competition for award seats at a reasonable points price.
While it often feels like the days of transferring 55,000 credit card points on a jet from Miami to Paris in business class are over, that is not the case. Sure, the best deals command flexibility, but they also require looking beyond a single airline’s frequent flyer program search engine. Until now, even points pros like me had to piece together reward availability and pricing with advanced tools like ExpertFlyer and research on several loyalty programs.
But with the beginnings of Dot.methe process has become much simpler.
Point.me, which launched in February 2022, is the first metasearch engine for award flights. Covering 33 loyalty programs and 150 airlines, it’s easy to use, reasonably priced and a smart tool to help decide how to spend miles and how best to transfer credit card points to miles for desired tickets. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting new tool.
How Point.me works
Point.me resembles familiar flight search engines like Google Flights, Kayak, and Expedia. First enter your departure and arrival airports, date of travel and number of passengers. Then choose between one-way and round-trip, as well as business or economy class.
The results are evaluated in points in 33 different programs. You can then sort these results by fastest flights, lowest price, or Point.me selections (the site’s recommendation for the best overall option). You can also filter by number of stopovers and eliminate specific airlines and programs from the mix, if desired.
What you will find
The first thing you will notice is that point pricing differs significantly from program to program, even airline programs within the same alliance. The second is that the bargains are always out there.
For example, on June 5, 2022, we searched for a business class ticket between New York (JFK) and Frankfurt (FRA) on August 17, 2022. The points price ranged from 57,500 miles using American Airlines AAdvantage (on a partner Royal Maroc flight) at 1,925,000 miles using Etihad Guest (on own metal). We sorted the fastest flights among the 92 results and discovered two perfectly timed non-stops: one on Singapore Airlines for 85,000 points, another on Delta for 375,000 points. That’s a huge difference for the same eight-hour flight on comparable business products (and in fact, we find Singapore’s business class offering superior on this route).
Now that the prize is at hand, we turn to Point.me to find out how to get Singapore Airlines miles and become a member of Singapore’s KrisFlyer program. Since the Point.me search results include options to use credit card points to get these frequent flyer miles, we find that we can get this ticket to Singapore by transferring points from one or more programs of credit cards. Remember that points earned on most general travel cards, including introductory rewards and credit card spend, are transferable to many airline loyalty programs. Whether you use American Express Membership Rewards points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points, Citi ThankYou points or Capital One points, you can convert them to specific airline program miles with the click of a button. In our case, we are going to transfer a combination of Amex and Chase points to hit the 85,000 mark.
Point.me goes so far as to walk customers through a step-by-step process of transferring credit card points to miles and securing a coveted seat. After following the detailed instructions, we secured our ticket from JFK to FRA on Singapore Airlines.
How much does Point.me cost
The Point.me self-search tool isn’t free, but it isn’t terribly expensive either. You can get a day pass for $5 or pay $129 for an annual subscription. If the process is starting to feel more overwhelming than exciting, but you still want to maximize your current points balance for primo award seats, Point.me also offers a full-service concierge reservation service. A Point.me consultant will take care of all aspects of your reward booking (from $200).
At no additional cost, members can also sync their accounts between Point.me and AwardWallet. For those unfamiliar, AwardWallet is a site for keeping track of all your points and miles in one place. By synchronizing the two, Point.me can give a better indication of which award seats are close at hand, based on your balances.
Point.me is a game changer, but it’s not perfect yet
Searches can take up to two minutes (long by search engine standards) and can only be performed for specific dates (compared, for example, to Google Flights, where you can search an entire calendar to find the best cash offers). As with all available rewards, the situation can change quickly. In fact, during the writing of this article, the cheapest seat for our JFK to FRA example – 57,500 miles using American Airlines AAdvantage on a Royal Maroc partner flight – has disappeared. We’re guessing another savvy traveler caught it! Plus, there are days when you just won’t find a bargain. They are available, but again may require flexibility with dates and carriers.
Point.me also clearly states on its site: “Availability and pricing are not guaranteed. Transferred points cannot be cancelled. Point.me pulls many search engines and not all of them are updated in real time. So be sure to follow the site’s step-by-step booking process to ensure the premium seat is still there before transferring credit card points to frequent flyer programs.
Take away food
For those who want to use their credit card points and frequent flyer miles to their maximum value, Point.me is a cutting-edge, must-have rewards finder. The $129 annual fee is a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds or thousands you can save by getting the best points deal.
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