Posted: 8/14/23 | August 14th, 2023
For most of my travels, I’ve been a hostel guy through and through. And, while I still stay in hostels when I travel, since I run a business from the road, I often need a bit more privacy and quiet than what a hostel can provide.
But hotels can get pricey and I’m still a cheap backpacker at heart. I hate spending money on a room I am only going to be in for a few hours a day. To save money on hotels, I started travel hacking. By using points and hotel-branded credit cards to get free stays, I’ve saved thousands and thousands of dollars in accommodations over the years.
However, it can be a bit of a pain to find hotel award availability. Each hotel has its own calendar of award nights (nights that you can book using points), and it can be time-consuming to flip through these virtual calendars to find the best deal.
That’s where Awayz comes in.
This tool searches across hotel programs to help you find the best place to use to your hard-earned points on your next hotel stay.
Until now, there’s been nothing this comprehensive for finding hotel award nights, so I’m super excited that it finally exists. Out of the other (few) hotel award tools out there, it’s the most user-friendly, searches across the most hotel programs, and has the best features and filters.
In this review, I’ll show you what the site is all about and how to use it to find free hotel stays for your next trip!
What is Awayz?
Awayz is a tool specifically for booking hotels using points. If you’re familiar with the points-and-miles booking tool Point.me, it’s like that, but for hotels instead of flights (if you’re not familiar with point.me, check out my review to learn more).
Like other booking tools, you simply put in your location and dates, and out pop a ton of options for hotels that you can book with points. It also shows you a side-by-side comparison of the number of points needed, alongside the cash price, and gives its recommendation regarding which is the better deal. This is a hugely helpful feature if you don’t want to spend time and energy crunching the numbers yourself.
Currently, Awayz supports Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, and Accor, with Wyndham and Choice to be added soon. Being able to search across multiple hotel chains is another great feature, especially if you’re trying to use a transferable currency, like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards, which can be transferred and used at…