Jess Farley

Senior Contributor and Compliance Team Lead


Jess is a long-time member of the AwardWallet family, joining the team in 2016. Hailing from New Zealand, Jess studied frequent flyer programs in-depth to reduce costs while traveling full-time with his wife and young son.


Interested in adventure and experience-based travel, he primarily uses points and miles to transport his wife and kids between family in New Zealand, his home in Australia, and whatever adventure he can dream up in Asia. His favorite travel experiences include traveling through the highlands of Tibet with his wife and son, and an extended winter stay in a cabin in the mountains of Nagano, Japan.


When he’s not banging pen and paper together for AwardWallet, you’ll find Jess nerding out on Forex charts, running trails, competing in Ironman, cooking up a storm, doing yoga, or traveling with his young family. Jess is currently based in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

When Rewards Might Be Better Than Earning Hotel Points

Have you ever picked a hotel that wasn’t your first choice—just for the sake of earning points? Rewards is a fantastic way to get rewarded for every dollar you spend on accommodation without having to commit to one of the major hotel chains. With over 500,000 properties to choose from and a very simple rewards program that gives you a free night for every ten nights stayed, is worth a closer look.

Record High Signup Bonuses on Multiple Ultimate Rewards Cards

Chase Ultimate Rewards are one of the most valuable types of points you can earn. And right now, the signup bonuses across the entire family of cards that earn these points are as good as we’ve ever seen. Check out these five increased offers and add up to 100,000 points to your Ultimate Rewards balance.

Best Hotel Credit Cards With No Annual Fee (2021)

Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t take action that will save you real money on a trip you can take in the near future. If you plan to hold off on flying for a while, a little road trip to explore your own state might be just what you need to fight the cabin fever. Here are the best cards with no annual fee that can help you pay for a low-risk weekend getaway.

Top Rewards Credit Card Offers for September 2021

The top credit card offers for September 2021 are among the best we’ve ever seen at one time. Increased bonuses usually last for one or two months, and several of the best offers featured here have already run longer than expected. If you want to grab an incredible welcome bonus, now is a great time to choose your next card.

Chase Launches Record-High 100K Bonus on Sapphire Preferred

For the first time in its 12 year history, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is offering an all-time-high 100,000-point signup bonus. This card was already an AwardWallet favorite thanks to its great benefits and valuable Ultimate Rewards points. And this new offer is a massive win for anyone who doesn’t already have this card in their wallet.

Earn a Record High 150,000 Bonus Points with the IHG Rewards Premier Card

Chase and IHG have once again raised the bar on the IHG Rewards Premier card with an all-time best 150K bonus points. And if this mega bonus isn’t enticing enough, new cardmembers won’t pay the card’s modest annual fee for the first year! The IHG Premier card pays for itself with great benefits that are easy to use—even if IHG isn’t your #1 hotel brand. But don’t wait because this bonus is way too good to last long.

How to Check Your Chase 5/24 Status

Chase is currently offering record-high sign-up bonuses on many of our favorite credit cards in the Chase portfolio. But, to be eligible for one of these bonuses, you need to be eligible under Chase’s 5/24 policy. In this post, we show you the free and easy way that we use to check our Chase 5/24 status.