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 Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles Expire?

Hawaiian Airlines just changed its mileage expiration policy. Now your HawaiianMiles no longer expire regardless of whether you have any activity on your account or not. Before now, your miles would expire after 18-months of inactivity. Now that you don’t have to worry about miles expiring, let’s take a look at how you can earn HawaiianMiles

Do Alaska Mileage Plan Miles Expire?

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of a few U.S.-based airlines that still lets miles expire. To keep your valuable Alaska miles from expiring, you need to have earning or redemption activity on your account at least once in a 24 month period. In this post, we will show you what qualifies and some tips for keeping your account active.

Do Sonesta Travel Pass Points Expire?

With a footprint that’s tripled in size in the past few months, Sonesta Travel Pass is quickly becoming a major hotel option. If you’re looking at getting into the Sonesta Travel Pass program, you may be wondering if its points expire. Yes, if you have no activity on your account for a period of 24 months. Let’s show you what qualifies as activity.

Do British Airways Avios Expire?

British Airways offers a generous 36 month Avios expiration policy. All you have to do to keep your points alive is to have some earing, redeeming, purchasing, or sharing activity on your account in a 36-month period. Let’s show you all of the options you have to generate activity.

What is an AA Elite Qualifying Dollar (EQD)?

Elite Qualifying Dollars is a critical requirement for earning American Airlines elite status. But, years after it was introduced, it’s still a confusing metric for many. In this post, we show you how to figure out how many Elite Qualifying Dollars you’ll earn from a flight – whether it’s on American Airlines or a partner.

Do IHG Rewards Points Expire?

Your IHG Rewards points expire if you have no activity on your account for 12 months. You need to either earn or redeem points to keep your points from expiring. In this post, we will show you all of the ways to keep your account active through earning or redeeming IHG Rewards points.

When Do Free Spirit Points Expire?

Your Free Spirit points will not expire as long as you have qualifying earning or redeeming activity on your account in the last 12 months. In this post, we will show you how to keep your account active so that you don’t lose your hard-earned Free Spirit points.

Discover’s 5% Cashback Calendar for 2022

Discover has unveiled its 5% bonus categories for every quarter of 2022. Each quarter, cardholders will earn 5% cashback on up to $1,500 of purchases at qualifying retailers. Retailers on the cashback calendar for 2022 include grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, PayPal, Amazon, Target, and payments through digital wallets. Here are the eligible credit cards and how to activate the 5% earnings before making a purchase.