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One thing I get emails about on regular basis is readers asking me to help them book award trips using the miles and points they have accumulated. While I don’t use a booking service myself (in part so I can write about the first-hand experience of booking trips), and unfortunately don’t have the time to have an awards booking service of my own, I do regularly recommend other booking services. It can be a smart tool if you don’t have a lot of time to sit and research how to optimize your award trips, or if you are unsure how to put your miles and points to best use.
The three founders are Ari Charlestein, Michael Reiserer, and Tahsir Ahsan (aka the Bengali Miles Guru). I am always interested in learning about reliable award booking sites, especially ones that are willing to offer a family discount. Their website is pretty informative and I suggest checking it out if you are shopping around for an award booking site. To be clear, this is for award bookings with miles, and not revenue tickets you want to buy with cash. Like most award booking sites I have recommended, they have a 100% guarantee, so if you are not satisfied with your itinerary they put together for you then you do not pay.
From the FAQ section of their website they go into detail about their pricing.
“There are actually two tiers of services offered here. First, our Standard Awards; these are one-way or round-trip tickets booked through Award Magic that may include one stopover along the way (as per the rules of the airline). Second, our Magic Awards; these are awards involving three or more destinations – for example, a RTW award or the American Airlines Explorer Award. The rate for Standard Awards is $139, while the rate for our Magic Award is $249 per person, per booking.”
While it is not something they advertise on their website, they told me they are offering a family discount, which is not overly common in the award booking industry. Their discount is 10% off the third passenger, then 15% off for all passengers after that. Make sure you ask for the family discount if it isn’t offered proactively! If you are in a hurry, they also provide an expedited service which is an additional charge of $25 per person. If you submit a request to them and you are leaving within seven days then you will be charged that expedited price. If you need assistance with an award booking that has already been made and would like their help they charge $65 per person. I almost used this recently to help sort out a hot mess I had on a LifeMiles ticket!
Their pricing and guarantees are on par with other award booking sites I often recommend like Lucky, One Mile at a Time, who has an award booking services called PointsPros. Their prices can run around $200 per passenger and then $100 for each passenger, on the same itinerary. Gary Leff, View From the Wing, also has an award booking service called Book Your Award. Their pricing is $150 per person. Like Award Magic, if you need to make changes to an existing award you made and would like them to be involved then that fee is $75.
If you would like to learn more about Award Magic, visit their website or feel free to contact them directly at this link. If you have used Award Magic or anther award booking service I’d love to hear about your experience!
I do not receive a commission from recommending Award Magic or any of the award booking services mentioned in this post.