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.

Emirates-United Mileage Earning and Redemption Rates Live (Plus Double Miles Promotion)

United and Emirates finally unveiled all details of their new relationship, which came into force on March 26, 2023. You can now earn and redeem Emirates miles on United... and United miles for flights on Emirates (including double miles through April 30, 2023). However, the restrictions on this partnership are many. And you might do better by crediting flights to another mileage program. Here's a dive into your options.

U.S. Bank Cash Plus Card 5% Category Choices for Q2 2023

US Bank bonus earning categories for the U.S. Bank Cash+® Visa Signature® Card are open for enrollment for April to June 2023. What makes the U.S. Bank Cash+ Visa unique in comparison to similar cards? You get to choose the bonus categories! Here's how to do so and which categories you can choose from.

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WestJet Rewards Dollars have a complex expiration policy. While Base WestJet Rewards dollars do not expire, Bonus WestJet Rewards expire after one year or at the date specified in the offer/promotion that generated them.