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JT Genter

Editor-In-Chief

JT is AwardWallet’s Editor-In-Chief. JT originally joined the AwardWallet team in early 2020 as a freelance editor and writer, but he 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 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 started contributing at The Points Guy in 2015 and 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. JT has logged over 1.6 million miles on 96 airlines, visited 64 countries, and maintains elite status with 8 airlines (including American Executive Platinum, Air Canada Aeroplan 75K, Asiana Diamond, and Malaysia Gold) and 6 hotel loyalty programs (including IHG Diamond, Hilton Diamond, and Marriott Titanium Elite)

Bask Bank Raises Rates on Cash-Interest Savings Account

Bask Bank is best known as the bank that offers an innovative AAdvantage®-mile-earning savings account. In December 2021, Bask Bank expanded by adding a new traditional cash-interest savings account. And Bask has led the way in increasing interest rates. Savers can now earn 4.25% APY or 2 AAdvantage® mile per $1 saved per year. Here are some reasons you should consider splitting your savings between mileage-earning and cash interest.

Marriott Delays Disclosing Resort Fees Yet Again

In 2021, Marriott agreed to “prominently disclose the total price of a hotel stay,” including resort fees, on the first page of its search results. However, it still hasn’t done so. And the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office just gave Marriott yet another extension. Here’s what you need to know about this revised settlement and how to avoid resort fees in the meantime.

Point.Me Now Supports Bilt Rewards Transfer Partners

Point.me is already our favorite way to search for award flight availability. And now Point.me just got even more useful for Bilt Rewards members. Starting today, Bilt Rewards airline transfer options now appear in Point.me search results. Here’s how this new addition makes Point.me even better.

Buy Choice Points With up to a 25% Discount (0.77¢) or 30% Bonus (0.79¢)

Choice Privileges just launched a new buy points sale offering your choice of either a 25% discount or 30% bonus when buying 20,000 or more Choice Privileges points. That lets loyalty members snag Choice Privileges points for as little as 0.77¢ a piece. This offer is valid now through February 3, 2023. From visiting Niagra Falls to an ice bar in Stockholm, here’s where Choice points can be especially valuable.

How to Maximize Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for Flights Within North America

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are some of the most valuable points in the rewards ecosystem. U.S. travelers know and love Chase points for their domestic partners (Southwest, United, JetBlue). But you shouldn’t overlook Chase’s international airline partners when looking for the best deal on domestic flights. Here’s a roundup of the cheapest ways to book award flights on Southwest, JetBlue, United, America, Alaska, and Delta.

American Airlines Revamps Loyalty Rewards, Slashes Mileage Earnings Rate on Basic Economy

Today, American Airlines is announcing a slew of changes to how travelers earn rewards in the AAdvantage program. AAdvantage Gold requirements are increasing, mileage earnings on basic economy are decreasing by 60%, and American Airlines is adding several new rewards tiers — including a new one for members at just 15,000 Loyalty Points. Here’s a breakdown of all of the changes.

Last-Minute Strategies to Reach Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status

We are fast approaching the end of the elite status earning year. If your Marriott Elite Night Credits aren’t as high as you’d hoped, the good news is that you have options for boosting your Marriott elite status. Here’s a roundup of all the ways to boost your Marriott elite status – besides staying additional nights in Marriott hotels.