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.

Choice Hotels Releases New Sweet Spot Rewards

Choice Privileges has announced a new round of Sweet Spot Rewards offering heavily discounted award night stays – up to 40% off at selected locations. That drops award rates as low as 8,000 points per night. Score hotel rooms for as few as 4,000 Citi ThankYou points. This offer is valid for stays through January 31, 2023.

World of Hyatt Launches Free Night Promotion [Targeted]

World of Hyatt recently launched a promotion giving targeted members a free night certificate after completing a 2-night stay. You need to check your account to see if you are targeted with this promotion. Once you register for the promotion, you have 120 days to complete your stays. You can earn up to 2 free night certificates with this promotion.

Delta Updates Sky Club Policies, Slashing Access

This week, Delta Air Lines announced a significant number of changes to its Sky Club access policy. The negative changes are aimed at reducing crowding – by cutting many travelers’ access. Changes include huge price increases for Sky Club membership fees, eliminating eligibility of certain cabin classes from access, and much much more.

Do Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points Expire?

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards expire if you have no qualifying earning or redeeming activity on your account for a period of 18 months. However, Hertz isn’t as generous with what qualifies as earning or redeeming activity. Here’s what you need to know to save your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points.

Aeroplan Adds Sun Express as a New Airline Partner

Air Canada Aeroplan recently announced the addition of Sun Express as a new airline partner. Effective immediately, Aeroplan members can redeem their points and book flights via the website, app, or call center for flights on Sun Express. But, is it a good deal? Let’s dig into some examples to see.

Alaska Ending Lounge Access for Many First Class Passengers

Alaska Mileage Plan has announced that it will cut access to lounges for many paid and award first class tickets effective February 15, 2023. Also, the airline is hiking the price of their yearly lounge memberships. Here’s what to know about these changes and the few exceptions to the new rules.