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 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.

Do Qatar Airways Qmiles Expire?

Qatar Airways just improved the expiration policy for its Privilege Club Qmiles. Previously, Qmiles had an inflexible lifespan of a minimum of 3 years regardless of activity. Now, whenever you generate activity, your miles expiration clock will be extended by 36 months. Here’s how to generate qualifying activity, even without flying.

Do Air Canada Aeroplan Miles Expire?

Aeroplan just changed its expiration policy, and thankfully it’s for the better. Instead of miles expiring after 12 months of inactivity, you now have to generate activity every 18 months to keep your Aeroplan miles alive. Here are some strategies on how to generate activity, and how to get your miles reinstated if they’ve expired.

Earn Up to 4X IHG Points on Stays This Summer

IHG has launched its 4X bonus points promotion for the summer of 2020. With this offer, you can earn up to 4X points for your IHG stays through September 8, 2020. However, the offer is open to US residents only and requires registration before your first stay.