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JT Genter

Assistant Editor and Senior Contributor

JT is a freelance writer and editor who joined the AwardWallet team in early 2020 but has been part of the points and miles ecosystem since 2014. Looking for a way to reduce the cost of a trip to China (back when it was expensive to fly to China), he found that he could sign up for just one credit card to get enough miles to book the flights.

 

That experience prompted him to dive headfirst into the world of airline, hotel, and credit card points and miles. After working for a decade as a tax accountant, JT focused his analytical skills on writing about points, miles, and credit cards. He joined The Points Guy’s team in 2015 and has published over 2,000 articles on the site.

 

In June 2017, Katie and JT sold or donated nearly all of their possessions to become digital nomads, proving firsthand how points, miles, and credit card rewards can drastically reduce the cost of travel. In the past four years, JT has flown over 1 million miles on 67 airlines, visited 43 countries, and maintains elite status with 4 airlines and 6 hotel loyalty programs.

American Airlines Introduces Elite Choice Rewards for Top-Tier Elites

Starting in 2021, American Airlines high-level elite members will get to choose from a menu of benefits upon qualifying for elite status. Even better, there’s an extra mileage bonus for AAdvantage credit cardholders. In addition, Platinum Pro elite members will now be elevated to Oneworld Emerald elite status. Here are the details of these changes to AAdvantage elite status.

Why I Moved All of My Savings to Bask Bank

With Bask Bank, you can earn American Airlines AAdvantage® miles instead of cash interest from your savings. When Bask Bank launched earlier this year, I opted to dip my toe in the water. But now, I’m all in on Bask Bank. Here’s why I’ve made the decision to move all of my cash savings into Bask Bank.

American Airlines Just Improved Basic Economy Fares for Elites and Non-Elites

As part of announcing the elimination of change fees, American Airlines teased improvements to basic economy fares. Starting “this fall”, elite members would get upgrade privileges, extra-legroom seats, and even same-day flight changes. Without fanfare, these changes took effect overnight. Here’s what you need to know about the changes to American Airlines basic economy.

Should You Get the Chase Freedom Flex?

The Chase Freedom Flex℠ is the latest addition to the Ultimate Rewards family of cards. It offers many of the best benefits of the Chase Freedom® and the newly-improved Chase Freedom Unlimited®—including no annual fee and generous spending categories. However, the Freedom Flex comes with a unique set of benefits, from complimentary cell phone protection to savings with Lyft and Postmates.

New Bonus Categories for Chase Freedom Unlimited Now Active

The Chase Freedom Unlimited® has always been a great card for daily use thanks to its 1.5% cash-back earning on everything you buy. Starting on September 15, 2020, cardholders can take advantage of three new bonus categories: 5% on travel purchased through Chase, 3% on dining, and 3% on drugstore purchases.

U.S. To Europe From 8,500 Avios One-Way With Iberia’s 50% off Promotion

Iberia just launched an incredible 50% off award promotion for award flights on Iberia-operated flights. Travelers can use this promotion to fly to (or from) Europe for as few as 8,500 Avios in economy; 12,750 Avios in premium economy; or 17,000 Avios in business class. But, you’re going to need to act quickly to take advantage of this promotion.