Tips & Tricks: How to Use Awardomatic for Hotel Stays
Whenever I plan my next travel destination. I use Awardomatic to find all of the hotels available around the city. Awardomatic helps you identify all of the hotels and how much points each hotel costs per night. This search engine was developed by a fellow redditor, tronco2, of the subreddit churning. This is one of the best search engines because it centralizes all of the hotels at your disposal and shows a map of all of the hotel locations.
Here is how it looks:
As you can see it’s kind of overwhelming when you first open it because all hotels are automatically selected. However, you can start unchecking hotels that you may not have points with or those you are not currently interested in. The downside to this search engine is that it doesn’t have the capability yet to search for Best Western, Choice Hotels, or Wyndham Hotel. An alternative search engine that is comparable would be Awardmapper.
The reason why I would utilize this search engine more than Awardmapper is that you can drop down the menu further and customize your search based on category or hotel brand. As you can see you have the option of all the Hyatt categories or brands of Hyatt.
Now here is how you use it in action. Let’s say you’re traveling to Dubai for your next vacation. You can either use the map to manually scroll and pan to Dubai or you can simply just search the destination in the “Search Location” search bar. This will automatically bring you to a map of the city and the nearby area.
You can zoom in closer to an area of interest and you’ll soon start seeing color coded pins which is representative of each different hotel brand. When you click on these pins you can view the information of that specific hotel.
The pin we selected seems to be a Grand Hyatt Dubai, Category 4, and 15,000 Gold Passport points a night.
Now lets say you don’t have enough points for a stay at any category 4 or above Hyatt hotels. This is the beauty where this search engine shines. You can customize your search to only search Category 1-3 or you can also play with the slider in the top left corner to view only hotels that are within your point range.
It seems now our search has only found us 3 Hyatt hotels within the vicinity. My personal step after narrowing it down to a couple of hotels is to go on TripAdvisor and research reviews of each hotel. For our example, I decided to go with the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. If you are ready to book you don’t need to open up a new window and search that specific hotel. You can simply click on the pin and then click on the Hotel Name.
This will automatically bring you to your selected hotel and you are now ready to book online.
This search engine will definitely save you some time when trying to find hotel on point stays. Especially, new cities in which you have never been to and want a listing of brand name hotels. Sometimes I actually decide my destinations based on my hotel options. Since that helps keep my cost low when a hotel allows me to stay there with points.