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 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points Expire?

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards expire if you have no qualifying earning or redeeming activity on your account for a period of 18 months. However, Hertz isn’t as generous with what qualifies as earning or redeeming activity. Here’s what you need to know to save your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards points.

Aeroplan Adds Sun Express as a New Airline Partner

Air Canada Aeroplan recently announced the addition of Sun Express as a new airline partner. Effective immediately, Aeroplan members can redeem their points and book flights via the website, app, or call center for flights on Sun Express. But, is it a good deal? Let’s dig into some examples to see.

Alaska Ending Lounge Access for Many First Class Passengers

Alaska Mileage Plan has announced that it will cut access to lounges for many paid and award first class tickets effective February 15, 2023. Also, the airline is hiking the price of their yearly lounge memberships. Here’s what to know about these changes and the few exceptions to the new rules.

American Express Announces New “Apply With Confidence” Feature

American Express has introduced a new “Apply with Confidence” feature to its credit card applications. This lets you know whether you will be accepted for a new credit card without pulling a hard inquiry on your credit report (which negatively impacts your credit score). Here’s what we know so far about this feature.

Marriott and Asia Miles Launch Two-Way Point Conversions

Marriott Bonvoy and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles have announced two-way point conversions. You can now transfer your Marriott points to Asia Miles at a ratio of 3:1, and you can transfer your Asia Miles to Marriott Bonvoy points at a ratio of 2:1. That’s a pretty bad rate, so here are all of your transfer options.

New Air Canada Aeroplan Partner: Bamboo Airways

Air Canada Aeroplan announced a new partnership with Vietnam-based carrier Bamboo Airways. Effective immediately, Aeroplan members can earn and redeem points when flying on Bamboo Airways flights. Herae are the earning and burning rates — including 12,500-point redemptions to Bali and US to Vietnam for 75k points.