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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.

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 recently improved Chase Freedom Unlimited®—including no annual fee and generous spending categories. In addition, the Freedom Flex comes with a unique set of benefits, from complimentary cell phone protection to savings with Lyft and DoorDash.

Chase’s Pay Yourself Back: What You Need to Know

Chase’s Pay Yourself Back is now a staple for redeeming Ultimate Rewards points. Chase Sapphire, Freedom, and Ink-branded cards can all use Pay Yourself Back to offset eligible purchases with a bonus. Current categories include grocery stores, dining, home improvement stores, shipping, internet/cable/phone services, and eligible charitable donations. Here’s how Pay Yourself Back works.

Marriott Drops JetBlue as a Point Transfer, Hotel + Air Package Partner

Marriott Bonvoy points are so valuable thanks to the ability to transfer Bonvoy points to 40 airlines. But unfortunately, that long list of transfer partners just got a little shorter. As Marriott confirmed to AwardWallet, the JetBlue TrueBlue program is no longer a partner for point transfers or Hotel + Air packages as of July 1, 2021. Here’s what that means for the Marriott Bonvoy program.

AAdvantage Celebrating 40 Years with Million-Mile Sweepstakes, Instant-Win Prizes

AAdvantage is celebrating its 40th anniversary by giving away 1,000,000 AAdvantage miles to 40 lucky members. Plus members can enter daily to win nearly 1.4 million instant-win prizes. In total, 292 million AAdvantage miles, a trip for 4 to Orlando, 200 Admirals Club memberships, 7,500 Admirals Club day passes, and more are up for grabs. Here’s how to enter to win a share.

AAdvantage Elites Now Earn More Miles When Flying on Alaska

Good news AAdvantage elites: flying Alaska just got a lot more rewarding. As Alaska Airlines joined the Oneworld alliance this week, a small—but impactful—change was made to how AAdvantage elite members earn miles when flying on Alaska. Depending on the flight and your elite status, you might earn thousands of extra miles each flight thanks to this change.

Etihad Guest Adds New Redemption Partner: Saudi Arabian Airlines

Etihad Guest is one of our favorite under-the-radar mileage programs. So, we were excited to see Etihad Guest add a new mileage partner: Saudi Arabian Airlines. Here are the new redemption rates, sweet spots (and which redemptions to avoid), ways to accumulate Etihad Guest miles, and other options for booking Saudia award flights.