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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. Since then, JT has flown over 1 million miles on 73 airlines, visited 45 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 Launches New Cash-Interest Savings Account

Bask Bank is best known as the bank that offers an innovative AAdvantage®-mile-earning savings account. Now, Bask Bank is expanding with a new traditional cash-interest savings account. Here’s what you need to know about the new account, and three reasons you should consider splitting your savings between mileage-earning and cash interest.

Deal Alert: Excellent Singapore Airlines First Class Award Availability

Great news, luxury travelers! Singapore Airlines is bringing the A380 back into its fleet, meaning the return of some of the best first-class products in the sky. Best of all, Singapore Airlines has opened award availability on several routes, including from New York to Frankfurt. Some routes have Singapore Airlines first class award availability every day!

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.

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 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.