Are you looking to use points or free night awards for lodging on your honeymoon or another trip? Hopefully you are as it is relatively easy to get hotel points or free night awards using the approaches outlined on this site. However, you may have realized that it can be a bit of a hassle to check each hotel brand’s site to determine which properties they have in the region of interest and how many points those hotels charge per night. This is especially true if you have diversified, as I suggest you do, and have points/awards in multiple different hotel programs.
Fortunately there is a service/website devoted to addressing this very hassle: Award Mapper. The site returns a map and list of hotel options and associated point costs for any location you select.
The site has a search box on the upper right part of the page in which you can enter a city or region to do initial geographic narrowing of results.
The main display is the corresponding Google-maps based representation of the results. This is excellent for comparing the locations of multiple hotels that you’re considering for your stay. Each hotel option is represented by an “inverted raindrop,” with the color of that marker corresponding to the hotel brand.
On the upper left part of the page there is a slider bar for point amounts, enabling the user to limit results in that way. This is of course valuable if the user has a limited number of points in a program or programs as it filters out unrealistic options.
Below the slider bar is a selection box which can be used to limit display of results to only certain hotel programs including Hyatt, Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Starwood and more. This of course is useful for most users as not many people have points in all nine of the chains covered.
On the right side of the screen is a listing of each of the results and it includes the category and point cost per night for each hotel.
There isn’t too much else to write about the site. It’s simple and straightforward and therein lies its appeal. Award Mapper does exactly what it is supposed to do – it provides you a quick understanding of hotels for which you can use your points for free nights. I use this site quite often as I’m planning trips for myself and others and will continue to do so.
Are there other travel tools you have found useful in planning your honeymoon or other vacations? If so, please share your suggestions in the comments section!