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.

Which Credit Cards Earn Marriott Bonvoy Points?

While none of Marriott’s co-brand cards offers the return on non-bonus spending of the SPG cards of old, cardholders can still collect a ton of Marriott points by stacking credit card spending on bonus categories with shopping portal bonuses and Marriott promos, and by taking advantage of any bonus points awarded for in-hotel spend.

The Best Voice And Data Plans For International Travel

We’ve all been there, touching down after a magical experience of travel and exploration and settling back into daily life, only to be confronted with a massive phone bill full of excess data roaming and text message charges. Here are your options, and what our go-to option is.

Airline Award Ticket Change and Cancellation Policies

Due to award availability, it’s often necessary to book award flights months in advance to secure your seat, particularly for business and first-class awards. With such a long period between the date you book and the date you fly, it’s easy for a change of plans to require alterations to an award, or worse, for you to cancel your flight and request your miles be returned to your account. In case you need to make a change, here’s a list of fees you can expect to pay.

Marriott Bonvoy Co-Brand Credit Card Application Rules

Starting August 26, 2018, American Express and Chase introduce a complex set of application restrictions for the Marriott and SPG co-brand cards, including the latest luxury card from SPG, making it much harder for applicants to obtain welcome offers on more than one card.

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card Review

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card is the latest card to join the Marriott stable of Rewards earning credit cards. The first premium credit card to carry the iconic Marriott branding, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card comes with full suite of luxury travel perks that, if leveraged wisely, will more than cover the out of pocket expense for holding the card long term.