Sam Helmy

Staff Writer

Sam Helmy joined the AwardWallet team in late 2016. He discovered points and 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 the UK, and when not working on points and miles he enjoys scuba diving, traveling, cooking, DIY, hiking, and walking with his wife and two dogs.

U.S. Bank Cash+ Card 5% Category Choices for Q4 2023

U.S. Bank bonus earning categories for the U.S. Bank Cash+® Visa Signature® Card are open for enrollment for October to December 2023. What makes the U.S. Bank Cash+ Visa unique in comparison to similar cards? You get to choose the bonus categories! Here's how to do so and which categories you can choose from.

Aeroplan HotelSavers Program Now Has a Fourth Night Free for Cardholders

The Air Canada Aeroplan HotelSavers program lets you use your points to book hotels stays with up to a 30% discount at 39 hotels brands worldwide. Furthermore, if you hold a Aeroplan co-branded credit card, you can receive a fourth night free on your award bookings through December 31, 2024. But is it worth it? Let's run through some examples to find out.

Do Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Expire?

Southwest Rapid Rewards points do not expire as long as your account remains open. All your points will be forfeited if you close your Southwest Rapid Rewards account. With no expiration deadline, you can focus your efforts on booting your points balance toward your next redemption.

Accor & Flying Blue Launch 15% Transfer Bonus. Here’s When It Makes Sense to Transfer.

Air France/KLM Flying Blue just announced a new 15% transfer bonus through October 1, 2023. Members transferring Accor Live Limitless points to Flying Blue will receive a 15% bonus. Accor already offers one of the best transfer rates we've seen from a hotel program to an airline mileage program. However, Accor points are some of the most valuable hotel points around. So, when does it make sense to transfer?

Transfer Citi ThankYou Points to Virgin Atlantic With a 30% Bonus (Unlock Delta Flights From 6k Points)

Citi ThankYou just launched a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Now through October 14, 2023, you will receive a 30% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. From 6k-point domestic awards on Delta to 27k-point ANA business class awards to Japan, here are some examples of the incredible value that unlocks.

Do British Airways Avios Expire?

British Airways Avios expire if you have no activity on your account for 36 months. However, a wide range of activity will count towards keeping your balance alive, so there is no reason your BA Avios should ever expire.