Well, here's some exciting news to start off the year... POINTS PALS, my brand new award booking service is now operational! This all started a few hours ago when a reader emailed me (as an aside, you have no idea how long I've been waiting to say "a reader emailed me"), asking for an opinion on a flight she was trying to book. I spent a half hour looking into various options because for some reason this is fun for me, and that's when it hit me that I should have my own award booking service.
But what's a pitch without a bulleted list of reasons why you should use my service? With that in mind, here's what makes Points Pals different from all the other guys:
- The name is ridiculous. You could go with PointsPros, or BookYourAward.com, but wouldn't you rather just be pals? I certainly would.
- I don't know what I'm doing. Because my knowledge of the points world is limited to the type of awards I usually research for myself, I don't really know anything about obscure sweet spots or routing rules, but god dammit I intend to find out.
- The swearing. You know the other guys aren't going to tell you that it's "fucking bullshit" that American Airlines doesn't have any availability or that British Airways wants $750 in fuel surcharges to fly from London to Paris, but that's exactly what it is. One of the key "Points Pals" promises (KPPPs, for short) is that I will probably find something to swear about when responding to your request.
In sum, there are tons of knowledgeable, professional, and expertise-laden services that you can go to, but part of the allure of international travel is that you don't know what you're going to get. And why shouldn't that extend to the award booking service you use for your flights? That's where Points Pals comes in - unqualified advice from a weirdo with no experience.
If you'd like to avail yourself of the full Points Pals experience, get in touch via the contact form on the "Get in Touch" page linked above. I currently charge $0.00 for your first ticket and $0.00 for any additional passengers.* Also, I won't actually book the award for you, since I don't know how to do that. I will tell you what to do, though, and I'll take it personally if you don't take my advice. After all, I thought we were PALS!
*If enough people take me up on this and I actually learn what the fuck I'm doing, maybe I'll start charging. Until then, though, you get what you (don't) pay for.