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.

Meet The Awesome Virgin Atlantic Awesome Reward Seat Calendar

Virgin Atlantic recently released the ability to search for award space a month at a time! The new reward availability site allows you to search for Virgin Atlantic and Delta award space on select routes. While the Delta routes are limited, the Virgin routes include destinations in Africa, the US, and Asia.

Do ANA Mileage Club Miles Expire?

ANA Mileage Club Miles will expire 36 months after they have been accrued. The expiration deadline generally cannot be extended - except for top-tier Diamond Service members. However, general members can register to get a Covid-19-related extension. But, you'll need to register by March 31, 2023 to save your miles. Here's how to do so.

Does Your Discover Cashback Bonus Expire?

Your Discover Cashback Bonus does not expire. As long as your account remains open and you are earning with Discover, your bonus will stay alive. If your account is closed due to 18 months of inactivity, you will be sent a check for the balance of any bonus left in your account.

Discover Unveils 5% Cashback Bonus Categories for April-June 2023

Each quarter, select Discover cardholders can earn 5% cashback on up to $1,500 of spending in eligible categories. And Discover just unveiled its 5% bonus categories for the second quarter (April-June) of 2023. Activation isn't retroactive, so we recommend activating your 5% earnings for Q2 now so that you don't miss out on any bonus earnings. Here's how to do so.

Virgin Atlantic Joins SkyTeam; New Redemption Options Already Bookable

Virgin Atlantic joined the SkyTeam airline alliance today, March 2, 2023. Effective immediately, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can earn Virgin points on 14 new partner airlines - and redeem Virgin points on 13 additional airlines. Here are the new redemption rates and the latest details on Virgin Atlantic joining SkyTeam, from lounge access to reciprocal elite perks.