Sam Helmy

Staff Writer

Sam joined the AwardWallet team in late 2016. He discovered points miles while planning trips in pursuit of his other passion scuba diving when he started using points and miles to get to some of the world’s best diving destinations. Eventually, he became a bit of an expert on how to use points and miles to get to diving destinations across the globe.

 

Over the years, Sam has lived in 6 countries and enjoys discovering new places and meeting new people, discovering new cultures, and learning new languages.

 

Sam currently lives in Spain, and when not working on points and miles he enjoys scuba diving, traveling, cooking, DIY, hiking, and walking with his wife and two dogs.

Do World of Hyatt Points Expire?

If your World of Hyatt account is inactive for twenty-four (24) consecutive months, all points in that account will be forfeited. However, keeping your account active is a lot easier than it may seem. So, there is no reason you should let your points expire.

Do Virgin Atlantic “Virgin Points” Expire?

Great news points and miles collectors! Effective September 24, 2020, Virgin Atlantic’s “Virgin points” (formerly known as Flying Club Miles) no longer expire. That makes the Virgin Atlantic mileage program an even better program to focus on. Sweet spots include Delta business class flights to Europe for 50,000 points or to Asia for 60,000 points.

Do Air France/KLM FlyingBlue Miles Expire?

Keeping your Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles alive is easy. Simply take a flight with Flying Blue or a partner at least once every two years, or make a purchase with a qualifying co-branded credit card at least once every two years to keep you miles alive indefinitely.

Earn British Airways Avios From Airbnb Stays

British Airways overhauled its relationship with Airbnb. Going forward, members will only earn 2 Avios per £/$/€1. This is a downgrade from the previous 3 Avios per dollar. However, first-time bookers will earn 6 Avios per £/$/€1.

Do Hilton Honors Points Expire?

Hilton just improved its point expiration policy. Now members have to generate qualifying activity every 15 months (instead of every 12 months) to avoid point expiration. The catch is that not all activity is qualifying for extending your expiration date. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your Hilton points alive—even without needing to stay at a Hilton hotel.

Do Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Expire?

Southwest Rapid Rewards points used to expire if you didn’t maintain activity. Now, that’s no longer the case. Starting in October 2019, Southwest points will only expire if you close your account. Still, you may want to utilize these techniques to earn Southwest points—even if you no longer need to worry about generating activity.