Erik Paquet

Editor-in-Chief

Erik joined the AwardWallet team in 2018. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. During school, he discovered points and miles as a way to fund frequent international trips and a semester abroad in Santiago Chile.

 

Following school, he began traveling full time and co-founded Abroaders.com, a startup that helps travelers earn and redeem rewards points for maximum value.

 

Erik first connected with AwardWallet while looking for a tool to manage complex award bookings for clients. With the help of the AwardWallet booking platform, he and his team have redeemed over 49 million points for 2.2 million in airfare savings.

 

Erik lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Gabriela. When not obsessing about points and miles, his hobbies include cooking, photography, learning languages, exploring national parks, watching Michigan athletics (Go Blue!) and of course, travel.

Citi Custom Cash℠ Card: Earn a $200 Bonus and 5% Cash Back

The Citi Custom Cash℠ Card is an innovative rewards card that features an excellent $200 cashback bonus (issued as 20,000 ThankYou points), earns up to 5% back on eligible bonus categories, and charges no annual fee. The latest ThankYou Rewards card to join Citi’s ThankYou Points ecosystem, the Citi Custom Cash is the perfect card to complement Citi’s premium ThankYou Rewards cards like the Citi Premier® Card.

A Beginner’s Guide to Credit Card Application Rules

U.S banks play a huge role in the travel rewards ecosystem. Learning about credit card application rules won’t be the most exciting part of your points-and-miles education. But it’s hard to overstate the importance of building a healthy relationship with the banks. In this post, we explain how to build a sustainable, long term credit-card strategy—without falling out of the banks’ good graces.

How Does the Chase 5/24 Policy Work?

One rule we’re asked to clarify on a regular basis is the Chase 5/24 policy. Although not an officially published rule, 5/24 is a set of guidelines restricting the approval of new Chase credit card products to applicants with less than 5 new credit card accounts added to a credit report over the past 24 months.

Earn a $500 Bonus with Altitude Connect and Pay No Annual Fee for the First Year

U.S. Bank’s Altitude Connect card has one of the most underrated offers on the market! Earn a sign-up bonus worth $500 and pay no annual fee for the first year. And if that weren’t enough, cardmembers earn at least 4x points—equivalent to 4% cash back—on virtually any purchase related to travel, including taxis, rideshare, or even gas stations and electric vehicle charging.

Which United Credit Card is Right for You?

In addition to lucrative opportunities to earn a new cardmember bonus, the United co-brand cards from Chase come with an extensive list of perks that can make them easy to justify keeping for the long term. In this post, we break down the different levels of benefits on offer from each of the United co-brand cards, to help you decide which card is the best fit for your budget and travel plans.