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.

JetBlue Rolls Out New Fares Including Basic Economy

JetBlue has introduced a lower-cost Blue Basic fare for price-sensitive travelers. While we’ve been skeptical about the long-term savings we’ll see from basic economy, the JetBlue offering is less restrictive than the competition—especially for those with a cobrand credit card or Mosaic elite status.

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.