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 Air Asia BIG Points Expire?

Air Asia BIG points expire 24 months after they are issued. Unfortunately, there's no way to extend the validity of your BIG points, and points can't be reinstated once they expire. Fortunately, you have options to use your points, including transferring them to a friend.

Shangri-La Circle Jade 2023 Fast Track Promotion

Shnagri-La Circle is offering a fast track to Jade elite status. Non-elite "Gold" members can earn Shangri-La Jade status with the offer after completing just 10 qualifying nights by May 31, 2023. Once earned, Jade status is valid through December 31, 2024.

Do Malaysia Airlines Enrich Points Expire?

Malaysia Airlines Enrich points expire at the end of the month three years after they were earned. However, you can extend the validity of your points for a fee starting three months before their expiry or even up to three months after their expiry. Here are the full details.

El Al and Etihad Reciprocal Mileage Earning and Redemptions

EL AL and Etihad built on their codeshare agreement by announcing reciprocal earning and redemption options on each other flights. Etihad Guest mileage earnings for EL AL flights started February 13, 2023. However, Etihad Guest members needed to wait until Etihad completed its program overhaul to start booking awards. And that happened this week.

Do Avis Preferred Points Expire?

Avis Preferred has a two-pronged points expiry policy. Your points will expire if you have no activity on your account for a period of 12 months. However, even if you maintain activity on your account, your points have a maximum lifespan of 60 months from when they are earned.