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Kellie Jez

Director of Operations & Compliance

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About Kellie Jez

Kellie joins the UP team after spending 9 years in the education sector, both in Higher Education and K-12. Over the years, she found her professional passion revolved around compliance, data reporting, and process implementation/refinement.

Kellie has always enjoyed traveling but was welcomed to the world of points and miles when her husband showed her how to make the most of those points and miles to travel to Dubai, France, Thailand, Hong Kong, and a few more. Her favorite trip to date was their honeymoon when she got to fly Singapore Suites, The Apartment on Etihad, and Emirates First — all on points and miles.

Kellie, her husband, and 2 dogs (Alley and Scotty Cameron) live in Austin, Texas where they spend time hiking, golfing, and watching a lot of soccer and basketball.

Kellie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s of Education from the University of Texas at Austin.

Countries Visited: 10
U.S. States Visited: 20
Favorite First Class: The Apartment on Etihad
Favorite Business Class: Lufthansa
Best Redemption Value: The Apartment on Etihad AUH > JFK. Retail Value: $9,260. Redeemed for 99,244 Membership Rewards points (resulting in 9.3 cents per point).
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express

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The Apartment on Etihad


The Apartment on Etihad AUH > JFK. Retail Value: $9,260. Redeemed for 99,244 Membership Rewards points (resulting in 9.3 cents per point).

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Kellie's Latest Articles

How I Built My Credit Card Collection & Spending Strategy

I recognize that “Points and Miles Expert” wasn’t a job presented at many career fairs, so often when I tell people what I do, they give me a look of bewilderment and then immediately ask: “Well, what cards do you…

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Andrew Kunesh

Former Content Contributor

Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City.

He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt. Andrew formerly worked for The Points Guy and is now Senior Money Editor at CNN Underscored.

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