Hotel Hustle: Got Points??


Or, more appropriately, Got enough points??

It is one thing to know what hotels cost and what value you’re getting for your points but knowing that you actually have enough points to book the room is even better, right? Thanks to integration with the three largest points-tracking platforms Hotel Hustle can now provide that level of detail in the search results. Say you’re doing a search for rooms in Hamburg in mid-April. By default this is the results you’ll get:

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Click the “Enough Points?” filter option and, based on your known account balances the system will filter out the rooms where you do not have sufficient points to redeem and only show those where you do have sufficient points. In my case that leaves me with far fewer options (though the rate at the Le Meridien is pretty good):

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How It Works

The key to the “Enough Points” function is tying your Hotel Hustle account to one of the three main awards balance tracking services available: Award Wallet, Traxo & TripIt (Pro). Each of the three systems allows for 3rd party integration where you agree to share some data (read-only) with Hotel Hustle in a secure way where I never see your password for those sites. Simply link up and from there Hotel Hustle will import account balances and keep track of things. You can also get a quick glance at account balances on the same page where you link your accounts.

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You can link any or all three of the services; the system will automatically track the highest balance you have in each program from each partner. So, in my case shown here, if I try to book one night at a 10,000 points/night Hyatt then it will show as available but if I try to book two nights at that same hotel it would not as I do not have sufficient points for that booking. By default all hotels are always shown; you can toggle the setting in the filters box.

And, of course, if you no longer want Hotel Hustle to have access simply click on the “Delink” option and I’ll delete the stored information. You can also revoke access via the account settings page on either Traxo or TripIt.

One quirk right now in the system is that the Award Wallet link doesn’t update automatically. I’m working with their tech guys on a fix for that but, in the mean time, you can force it by clicking the icon and approving the request again.

So, not only can you compare the value you’re getting on your award bookings but now you can ensure that you actually have enough points to complete the transaction, too. Enjoy!

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

20 Comments

    1. Award Mapper is a different service serving a different purpose. It is focused more on what the theoretical options are; I’m all about actionable information. 🙂

    1. I’ll check the location on that property.

      As for everything disappearing when you click “Enough Points” have you linked your accounts yet? If not then you have 0 points in each program in the system so everything disappearing makes sense.

  1. Would like to see
    – cpp on cash and points option

    Does cpp take into account that some paid with points does not charge tax but paid with cash does? I take taxes and resort fee paid on cash with paid into account when I do my own cpp.

    1. Calculating CPP on C&P rates is a challenge because different people look at the numbers differently. Some discount the cash portion while others discount the points. There’s no common standard.

      And the cpp is calculated straight up on the published price versus points. Some places will have taxes or resort fees which affect the numbers but there are too many edge cases to be able to calculate that cleanly. Convince the hotels to start publishing all-in rates and things will get better. But they aren’t listening to me when I ask for that.

    1. Call it a hobby. 🙂

      I write code to relax and exercise my brain a bit. Not a pro by any stretch, though some of my stuff has made small profits over the years.

  2. Love Hotel Hustle and the enhanced Avios apps, but I can’t get Hotel Hustle to recognize my Hilton HHonors balance with the “Got Points” function. I’ve linked all 3 sources, and the other chains balances are coming through, but NOT HH?

  3. Hey Seth, great tool. I used AwardMapper before, but HotelHustle is much more helpful. By showing the points value, I can look for a “good” redemption that’s exceeds my minimum redemption value!
    The new functionality with the link to AwardWallet is not working for me: As soon as I link the account, any new search will “hang” and the type-ahead feature in the destination box will not even deliver target destinations. As soon as I delink my AwardWallet account, it’s fine again. Maybe an issue with the account synchronization?
    Thanks for coming up with these tools – love it! Keep it up!

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