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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)

U.S. To Europe From 8,500 Avios One-Way With Iberia’s 50% off Promotion

Iberia just launched an incredible 50% off award promotion for award flights on Iberia-operated flights. Travelers can use this promotion to fly to (or from) Europe for as few as 8,500 Avios in economy; 12,750 Avios in premium economy; or 17,000 Avios in business class. But, you’re going to need to act quickly to take advantage of this promotion.

American Airlines Adds Online Award Booking for 20th Partner Airline

Over the past few years, American Airlines has added new partners, strengthened partnerships with existing partners, and made it easier to search and book awards online. On Wednesday afternoon, American Airlines added the ability to book award flights online for yet another partner. You can now search and book awards for 20 different partner airlines on AA’s website.

IHG Rewards Launches Dynamic Award Pricing in the U.S. and Beyond

After testing dynamic award pricing with a small set of hotels earlier this year, IHG Rewards confirmed to AwardWallet this morning that it has expanded dynamic award pricing to more hotels around the world—including many regions here in the United States. Dynamic award pricing is usually bad news, but we are surprised to be finding some great deals using your IHG Rewards points now!

Citi ThankYou Points Adds Emirates as 16th Airline Partner

While Citi ThankYou Points isn’t known for being the most valuable transferrable currency, it just added its 16th airline transfer partner: Emirates Skywards. This new partnership means you can now book Emirates’ legendary first-class product to Europe for just 135,000 Citi ThankYou Points round-trip, or fly to Europe in Emirates business class for 90,000 points round-trip.

British Airways Devalues Short-Haul Award Flights (Again!)

In under a month, British Airways devalued its short-haul award chart twice. Award flights that used to cost just 4,000 Avios now start at 9,250 Avios. The short-haul devaluations have gotten so bad that it now fewer Avios to book a 3,000-mile award flight than a 651-mile award flight. In this AwardWallet scoop, we show you the drastic changes and the new British Airways short-haul award chart.