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.

Chase Freedom 5X Categories for Q4 2019

The Q4 2019 Chase Freedom bonus earning categories are now active. Through December 31, 2019, you can earn 5% cashback on purchases at department stores, PayPal, and Chase Pay. The bonus is restricted to the first $1,500 of spending across all 5X categories for a maximum bonus of $75 or 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points.

Earn up 4x IHG Points per Stay this Fall

IHG has announced a promotion earning you 1,000 points for your first stay, double points for your second stay, triple points for your third stay, and quadruple points after that. You need to register and complete your stays by January 31, 2019.

1,000 Bonus Hilton Points with One Lyft Ride

In an unofficial promotion, you can earn 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points when you link your Lyft and Hilton accounts and take one eligible Lyft ride. The promotion is only open to those who have not linked their accounts previously and runs through November 15, 2019.

Purchase AA Miles for Less Than 1.7 Cents with These Promotions

You can now purchase AA miles for 1.68 cents apiece, buy stacking a Marriott promotion offering you a 30% discount on point purchases, and then taking advantage of an AA promotion offering you a 25% bonus when you transfer hotel points to AA. The first promo ends on October 18, 2019, so don’t wait to get started.

Time to Activate 5% Bonus Categories for Q4 2019

Q4 2019 is just around the corner. Check out our round-up of cards offering you bonus categories earning 5% cashback. This quarter you can earn 5% back on select purchases with cards from Chase, Discover, Citi, and U.S. Bank. Top categories include Chase Pay, Paypal, Amazon, Target, and department stores.

Cathay Pacific Awards Now Bookable Online with American Miles

American Airlines has added the ability to book Cathay Pacific partner awards on AA.com. This is the third major partner added to American’s online search in the past few months, making it one of the best search tools for Oneword availability. Although this is great news for most, those who have been quietly booking Cathay tickets by phone will now have far more competition for these awards.