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 Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Miles Expire?

Thai miles will expire after three years at the end of the quarter in which they were earned. There is no way to extend the validity of their miles or reinstate them once they expire. Thankfully you can transfer points from Citi or Marriott to top off your account to book an award.

US Bank Cash Plus Card 5% Category Choices for Q4 2022

US Bank bonus earning categories for the U.S. Bank Cash+® Visa Signature® Card are live for October to December 2022. 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.

New American AAdvantage Instant Status Pass Program

American AAdvantage just launched a new Instant Status Pass program this week. The offer gives you instant status. Then, you must meet qualification requirements throughout the year to retain or improve your status. Here’s how this complicated new elite status challenge works.

Aeroplan Launches New HotelSavers Program

Air Canada Aeroplan recently announced the launch of its new HotelSaver program. The new program promises up to 30% discount when booking hotel stays using Aeroplan points at one of hundreds of participating properties worldwide. But is it worth it? Let’s run through some examples to show you.

Marriott Bonvoy Ends Conversion Bonus to Three Airline Partners

Marriott Bonvoy sent out an email this week to select members notifying them that, effective October 31, 2022, the standing points conversion bonus will be ending. For now, the change only affects 3 of the more than 40 airlines you can transfer Marriott Bonvoy points. But it could be a bad sign of things to come.