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 Starbucks Rewards Stars Expire?

Starbucks Rewards Stars expire 6 months after the end of the month in which they were earned – except for those earned from Starbucks co-branded credit card. Here’s a look at the policy and how to boost your earnings when visiting Starbucks.

Flying Blue Introduces New Family Pooling Option

Flying Blue just introduced family pooling to its program. Now 2 adults and up to 6 children can form a family pool of up to 8 people to better leverage the miles earned by everyone in the family. Here’s what you need to know about how to utilize this new program.

IHG Hotels and Resorts Introduces New IHG One Rewards Program

IHG is finally launching its new IHG One Rewards program. The new program sees significant changes – including a new elite tier – while some tiers have been renamed and qualifying requirements have been tweaked. Also, there are brand new benefits for some tiers, and IHG has announced the upcoming introduction of its Milestone Rewards.

Do Qatar Airways Avios Expire?

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

Citi Now Allowing Product Changes to the Citi Custom Cash

Citi is now allowing existing cardholders to change some of their existing card products to the new Citi Custom Cash℠ Card. The list of eligible cards to change from is wide-ranging—including the Premier, Prestige, Preferred, Dividend, and American Airlines AAdvantage cards. Select from one of 10 categories to get 5% earnings! And, by product changing an existing account, you can avoid a hit to your 5/24 count.

Do Amazon Rewards Card Points Expire?

Amazon Rewards points do not expire as long as you have the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card. You will earn 5% back on your Amazon and related purchases, or 3% if you don’t hold a qualifying Amazon Prime membership. Here’s a closer look at Amazon points and whether you should pursue them or focus on something else.

How to Transfer Avios Between Accounts (British Airways, Iberia, Qatar, Aer Lingus)

You can now transfer Avios for free between all four participating airlines: British Airways, Qatar Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. This flexibility adds a significant amount of value to all the programs. Not only can you use it to consolidate small balances into one account, but you can also transfer Avios into the account that will give you the best value for a specific award. Here’s how.