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Finding award space can be one of the biggest drawbacks of using miles and points to book flights – searching is boring and often time consuming. I genuinely don’t even want to contemplate the amount of time I must have spent staring at search results on my British Airways Executive Club account over the years. I normally see it as a good time to listen to some music, catch up on a podcast, make a phone call, etc, but it’s still extremely dull. I was therefore delighted (and slightly surprised I hadn’t come across it sonner!) when I read a recent post by The MileLion about the award.flights plugin…
Essentially, the award.flights plugin is a completely free Google Chrome extension that does your award searching for you. Once you’ve fired it up, it automates the award searching process, leaving you free to get on with something more important or more interesting than repetitive, mindless clicking.
I’ve been playing with it for the last couple of days and absolutely love it. It doesn’t search every airline programme, but British Airways Executive Club, Singapore KrisFlyer, Air Canada Aeroplan, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, ANA Mileage Club, Japan Airlines Mileage Bank and Qantas Frequent Flyer are all included.
MileLion does a really great job of explaining in detail how the plugin works (particularly for finding Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer award space, which I can assure you is nightmarish to do manually!), so head over there for the full ins and outs – I just wanted to bring it to your attention really!
The only thing I do want to emphasise is that when the plugin asks for your frequent flyer account details (it needs you to be signed in, in order to search), please do not use your ‘proper’ account details – set up an account for your dog or something instead and use that. It will still work just fine, and it’s an easy way to minimise the risk of your real account details ending up in the wrong hands.
Are you all going to tell me I’m an idiot and you’ve been using the award.flights for years, or is it news to you as well?