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.

Chase Adds Emirates as Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Emirates Skywards as a new transfer partner, which brings its number of airlines you can transfer Chase points to 10. Although it’s always great to see more options, this isn’t likely to be one of the more lucrative partners for most Ultimate Rewards cardholders.

National One Two Free Promotion Is Back for 2019

National is bringing back its lucrative One Two Free Promotion for 2019. With the offer, you earn a free rental for every two qualifying rentals between now and February 29, 2020. Registration is required before your first rental to receive credit.

AA Reduced Mileage Awards August–November 2019

American Airline’s Reduced Mileage Awards have been updated through November of 2019. AA Flyers with one of the co-branded American Airlines credit cards from Citibank or Barclays can save up to 7,500 miles on round-trip flights to/from any of 185 airports on the list.

Amex Eliminates Airline Fee Credit for Gift Card Purchases

American Express has finally closed a loophole that allowed cardholders to use their airline fee credit to reimburse gift cards purchased directly from the airline. Although the terms and conditions have always stated that gift cards are excluded from the credit, this had never been enforced for gift cards purchased in small denominations.