Jess Farley

Compliance Guru

Jess is a long-time member of the AwardWallet family, having joined the team in early 2016. Hailing from the lush surrounds of New Zealand’s South Island, Jess discovered travel early courtesy of his Mum’s career as a luxury travel journalist. A relative latecomer to points and miles, he 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 perilous quest he can dream up in Asia. His favorite travel experiences include traveling through the highlands of Tibet and dragging his then 6-year-old son to stay at Everest Basecamp, 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 tropical Far North Queensland, Australia.

Leveraging Hotels.com Rewards Instead of Hotel Loyalty Programs [2019]

Hotel loyalty programs such as Hilton Honors and IHG Rewards Club are a fantastic way of leveraging hotel stays, and everyday spend for free nights, upgrades, free meals, and rockstar treatment. But hotel chains aren’t the only providers to offer bonus nights and elite status. Hotels.com offers a simple, easy reward structure that is especially useful when booking stays with independent and botique properties.

Two Days Left: Southwest Companion Pass Offer Ending Monday

Time is running out to sign up for just one Southwest card and secure a Companion Pass until the end of 2019! Check out this post for a short recap of the Southwest offer ending Monday, February 11th. If you aren’t eligible to get the Companion Pass deal, we’ve also included details on a great alternative offer (no 5/24 rule to worry about) that can save you $700 or more on upcoming travel.

Redeem Arrival Miles for Airfare You’ve Already Purchased

Have you ever found a great travel deal but didn’t have the points or miles you needed to book? Today’s post covers a strategy you can use to book a flight now and redeem miles for a big discount up to four months later. Even better, if you play your cards right, you can earn up to $700 worth of miles between the time you book your trip and redeem your rewards.

How To Maximize Fixed Value Points & Miles [2019]

Fixed-value points and miles don’t get nearly as much attention as their transferable counterparts, but they form an essential part of any solid points-and-miles strategy. These points work just like cash, allowing you to redeem for any flight without having to worry about blackout dates or award charts. In this post, we cover our favorite types of fixed-value points and how to decide when to use them.

United℠ Explorer Business Card Review

The is the business version of United’s popular consumer co-brand card, the  and features a stack of quality perks and benefits—even for those who only fly United a few times a year. Welcome Offer The current welcome bonus on the …

Earn a Southwest Companion Pass with Just One Credit Card Signup!

Chase and Southwest have teamed up for what may be one of the top offers of the year. We wrote about the Companion Pass back in December, but this is the first time it has ever been possible to get this deal with a single, personal rewards card. No need to apply for multiple cards, open a business card, or hit a 110,000 points. The Companion Pass comes with the welcome bonus.

Share Capital One Venture and Spark Miles with Anyone

Capital One is challenging the transferrable-points status quo by allowing cardholders to share their points with anyone that has a miles-earning Capital One card. This no-limit, no-fee sharing creates new ways to collaborate with your travel companions to earn the points needed for your next big trip.