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.

Citi Now Allowing Product Changes to the Citi Custom Cash

Citi is now allowing existing cardholders to change some of their existing card products to the new Citi Custom Cash℠ Card. The list of eligible cards to change from is wide-ranging—including the Premier, Prestige, Preferred, Dividend, and American Airlines AAdvantage cards. Select from one of 10 categories to get 5% earnings! And, by product changing an existing account, you can avoid a hit to your 5/24 count.

Do Amazon Rewards Card Points Expire?

Amazon Rewards points do not expire as long as you have the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card. You will earn 5% back on your Amazon and related purchases, or 3% if you don’t hold a qualifying Amazon Prime membership. Here’s a closer look at Amazon points and whether you should pursue them or focus on something else.

How to Transfer Avios Between Accounts (British Airways, Iberia, Qatar, Aer Lingus)

You can now transfer Avios for free between all four participating airlines: British Airways, Qatar Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus. This flexibility adds a significant amount of value to all the programs. Not only can you use it to consolidate small balances into one account, but you can also transfer Avios into the account that will give you the best value for a specific award. Here’s how.

Do Etihad Guest Miles Expire?

Etihad Guest miles will expire after 18 months with no qualifying activity on your account. This applies to Bronze, Silver, and Gold members. However, Etihad Guest Platinum members’ mileage balances will never expire as long as they keep their status. Here are the many ways to prevent your miles from expiring.

Do ANA Mileage Club Miles Expire?

ANA Mileage Club Miles will expire 36 months after they have been accrued. The expiration deadline cannot be extended except for top-tier Diamond Service members and for general members that register through temporary COVID-19 extensions. But, once expired, your miles cannot be reinstated.

Do United MileagePlus Miles Expire?

United MileagePlus miles never expire. You have plenty of time and no pressure to research, plan, and develop a way to accumulate the right level of miles for your next award with United or a partner airline. There are numerous ways to earn and accrue United miles along the way. So, here’s a look at United’s mileage policy.

Do Iberia Plus Avios Expire?

Your Iberia Avios will expire if you don’t have qualifying activity for 36 months. But, avoiding expiration is as easy as earning or spending Avios on your account at least once every 36 months. Transferring or gifting Avios does not count towards resetting your Avios expiry clock. Let’s review all of the ways you can generate qualifying activity.